Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

  • Published on Apr 21, 2019
  • A deadly fungus is spreading from Southeast Asia and wiping out whole plantations of America's favorite fruit: the banana. The tropical fruit's popularity is thanks to a few pioneering entrepreneurs, who founded Chiquita under a different name over a century ago. Now, the business they built is at risk of decimation if the fungus reaches Latin America, the source of 97% of the U.S.' banana imports.
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    Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

Comments • 2 787

  • CNBC
    CNBC  5 months ago +353

    Are you worried that bananas will go extinct?

    • Ezequiel Pedroza
      Ezequiel Pedroza 22 days ago

      It could be a plague mentioned in the bible.

    • Ginger Kitty Project
      Ginger Kitty Project Month ago


    • pete welch
      pete welch Month ago

      stupid question because there will be lab grown bananas in 10 years. so NO! fake news

    • Michael Pettersson
      Michael Pettersson Month ago

      @AEtheGOD I have a choice of several types of potato at the local grocery store, we need to do this for bananas as well.

    • Jumpin Nemo
      Jumpin Nemo Month ago

      They are. Its CONFIRMED

  • Blake Davlin
    Blake Davlin Day ago

    This video is bananas!

  • patrick F.
    patrick F. 4 days ago

    Looks like the US owes central America big time and haiti

  • 13thSystem
    13thSystem 5 days ago

    You can say the world went bananas

  • George McGovern
    George McGovern 6 days ago

    Americans used to prefer the Grosse Michael but they were wipeout...they are stuck with the Cavendish.

  • Charuhas Kshirsagar
    Charuhas Kshirsagar 8 days ago

    Capitalism for the wealthy and the rich , oppression for the poor and the deprived.

  • Adrian Jimenez
    Adrian Jimenez 11 days ago

    Lol 😂

  • Luthfan Ikhsan Munir
    Luthfan Ikhsan Munir 13 days ago

    Gedang goreng

  • Givepeace Achance
    Givepeace Achance 15 days ago

    my bananas are turning brown before ripening, i have green and brown bananas, what changed this year in how they are managed in the USA? 3 different grocers same result, CNBC can you answer this?

  • Anthony St Hilaire
    Anthony St Hilaire 18 days ago


  • Gustavo Medrano
    Gustavo Medrano 20 days ago

    After the chaos they created with the killing, rapes, overthrown democracies in central america sometimes i can't even look at a banana...

  • zack trever
    zack trever 20 days ago

    Yes, we have no ban-an-as
    Good job cnbc - more vice-style reports

  • Ezequiel Pedroza
    Ezequiel Pedroza 22 days ago +1

    This plague has already arrived in Colombia.

  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson 25 days ago

    i know it may be tragic for all the lazy people. but plantains are better. and lets face it. my neighbor has a fantastic ass but she is not single...

  • Alquimista
    Alquimista Month ago

    Noooooo!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭

  • Kerv D
    Kerv D Month ago

    #Awesome story. As usual sick greedy American company for the United States of America Empire.

  • King Beef
    King Beef Month ago

    The white man will do anything for money

  • Madison McKenzie
    Madison McKenzie Month ago

    Absolutely love these informative mini-documentary type videos. Please continue making them.

  • Great Outdoors
    Great Outdoors Month ago +1

    It happened

  • Tre Israel
    Tre Israel Month ago

    If the bananas were seeded and not injected with GMO that wouldn’t be a problem

  • The truth
    The truth Month ago

    As of August 2019 TR4 has finally reached the Latin Americas. Now it’s just a matter of time before the cavendish joins the gros michel. Once again the U.S proves how really corrupt and evil it really is

  • Risky Nights
    Risky Nights Month ago +2

    Colombia announced TR4 has arrived in Latin America and announced a national emergency

  • Huy Nguyen
    Huy Nguyen Month ago

    avocados have about 10x more potassium than banananana

  • Patrick Baptist
    Patrick Baptist Month ago

    BTW IF you think Adam and Eve ate an actual fruit like apple/banana then you will not be able to understand the Bible at all, that is just false doctrine taken out of context by idiots and parroted by the ignorant that don't do their own study work.

  • Patrick Baptist
    Patrick Baptist Month ago

    They go great with peanut butter. My kids love em and eat ALOT of them, but they aren't our fav, apples and berries are which are more healthy anyways.

  • fabian fabi
    fabian fabi Month ago


  • Bob Joy
    Bob Joy Month ago

    gmo and phage therapy can solve this mess easily

  • JailGuide
    JailGuide Month ago

    Here's a video of a dumpster full of bananas... ruclip.com/video/wdjZ50Ay1ZY/video.html these videos pop up weekly of freegans finding food that could have been donated....

  • NDP Films
    NDP Films Month ago

    So that decease is kinda like Bitcoin...Once it's on the wild nothing can stop it ;)

  • Aashish
    Aashish Month ago

    Cavendish banana has quite dull taste when compared to other banana varieties grown in Asia, but it is not as fragile as others and is bigger in size. That's one of the reasons GM food is so popular in America, cause so long as it is good looking despite lacking taste or perhaps nutrients as well, it will sell.

  • Ryan Tran
    Ryan Tran Month ago +1

    "By the way it's lookin DWIGHT, I'd say he's a dirty,"
    "oh god"
    "Yeah go get em dwight!"

  • cetriya's Art n Comics Channel

    good riddance, I feel sorry for those who lost jobs but as they weren't paid well and forced to work... I don't like these bananas anyways. you can get plenty of potassium and lots less sugar from other produce

  • Shopify Expert
    Shopify Expert Month ago

    Hahahaha Good Stuff

  • teijeiro74
    teijeiro74 Month ago +1

    Huh!! The competition.

  • digiryde
    digiryde Month ago +1

    Funny thing is the same claim that was used back then that those who would protect the people from the companies as communists is still being used today for the same purpose. What I hear is if you are not for our wealth and control, you are a communist. And this is why the problems exist in all of these countries today.

  • a.m. remorse
    a.m. remorse 2 months ago

    Fascinating. If the cavendish succumbs then maybe we can grow an appreciation for the plantain. When ripe you can fry those bad boys up and they’re damn delicious. Maduro. I’ve never once had a banana and went “ahh this is just so damn delicious”. Bananas are typically a let down like continental breakfast in which it happens to be a prominent feature of.
    Don’t even get me going on plantain chips. Amazing.

    • lovesgibson
      lovesgibson Month ago

      Have you tried ripe organic bananas? They’re almost always sweeter and more complex flavor than conventional bananas

  • Mohame Farah
    Mohame Farah 2 months ago +1

    Am eating banana while watching this.....

  • Dima Gass
    Dima Gass 2 months ago


  • Frank Smith
    Frank Smith 2 months ago

    If you've ever been to Southeast Asia, you know there are FAR more interesting and tastier varieties of banana, which make the Cavendish seem boring in comparison.

  • demsy ciu
    demsy ciu 2 months ago

    do american fried their banana?

  • Gustavo Medrano
    Gustavo Medrano 2 months ago

    same thing that happened with bananas is happening today with oil, look at the USA backing an evil monarchy in the middle east, trying it best to get in a fight with Iran and Venezuela, those are real humans suffering at this moment and it looks like things could go worst for them in the future while people in the usa don't even know all the wars the usa have been involve in the last 5 years direly or indirectly... and the media love backing those wars and don't say anything about it or try to prevent or get out of those wars...

  • julius jones
    julius jones 2 months ago

    This is the kond of nideo my tax sdkollars are pauing for

  • jim beam
    jim beam 2 months ago

    It's all their fault ...they took all the seeds out of everything....WE ARE SCREWED!

  • Keith X
    Keith X 2 months ago +1

    Nothing has changed . Banana, drugs, opium, oil, sugar, banking ... wars declared on behalf of the cooperate interest.

  • Veronica Rossi
    Veronica Rossi 2 months ago

    In Argentina we get all sorts of bananas. We have red bananas that are tiny, and yellow normal ones, and then a smaller version and a tiny version.

    • Chris Gilliam Man Stuff
      Chris Gilliam Man Stuff 2 months ago

      I grow several varieties in my yard, but rarely get any. Can't wait for my first red ones to make.😉

  • Joseph Mai
    Joseph Mai 2 months ago +1

    How bout gmo bananas and I know people would say gmo is bad but gmo saved the Hawaiian papaya

    • Chris Gilliam Man Stuff
      Chris Gilliam Man Stuff 2 months ago

      @Riki Rikin kanayin Idiot.

    • Riki Rikin kanayin
      Riki Rikin kanayin 2 months ago

      Oh shut up you white people and your mono agriculture practises are destroying many varieties of plants so people pay for your seed this why you create problems in other nations and you have refugees crisis and than you cry about themis thanks to central american slave labor and land giving to united fruit company that stablish your first multinational by putting puppets government at some point something in your brain has to click that is not working out for you.

  • Salman Ariffin
    Salman Ariffin 2 months ago

    Before you eat a banana, always remember the number one rule:
    1. Never make eye contact while eating a banana

  • Erick Palacios
    Erick Palacios 2 months ago

    Ah, the greedy capitalist monster that is the US. Such a horrible national history any way you look at it. SMH

  • Konstantinos Valkanas
    Konstantinos Valkanas 2 months ago

    2:54 did she just called Papua a "tiny" island??? Wth

  • Soumyakanti Chakraborty

    US is a criminal enterprise of white businessmen.

  • Doug SwampRat
    Doug SwampRat 2 months ago

    The US causing conflicts and trying to politically influence other countries? No, never. *cough* oil *cough*

  • jb411000
    jb411000 2 months ago

    Give me a break. Not hearing from an America 'expert'.

  • Muf
    Muf 2 months ago +2

    You forgot to mention the part where researchers in Honduras over the past 30 years have bred a variety of banana with a taste similar to the superior Gros Michel but resistant to all known forms of Panama disease, without the use of genetic splicing (GMO). It's called the Goldfinger.

  • Hanyue Li
    Hanyue Li 2 months ago

    Amazon is the modern United Food.

  • Father Finger
    Father Finger 2 months ago


  • For Love And Hugs
    For Love And Hugs 2 months ago +6

    I don't think Cavendish bananas are that good....it's flavorless compared to Asian types

  • chancy319
    chancy319 2 months ago

    This is just propaganda to increase banana prices.

  • Leam D
    Leam D 3 months ago

    So basically the US is largely responsible for supressing the rights of latin americans and thus largely responsible for the migrant crisis.

  • Markstubation01
    Markstubation01 3 months ago

    I'd be interested to see what a Gros Michel taste like.

  • kdfosifki
    kdfosifki 3 months ago

    What is the song playing during the history portion? :D

      NEGUS MBARKA 3 months ago