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NEWS
August 7, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bowing to an army occupation of the company town of La Lima and its sprawling plantations, Honduras' banana workers union accepted a government-proposed wage boost and returned to work Monday, ending a seven-week strike against a giant multinational fruit grower. The settlement Sunday night was a relief not only for Honduras' premier private employer, Chiquita Brands International, but also for the civilian government of President Rafael L.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 2000 | Associated Press
European Union farm ministers approved a plan to revise their banana import system, hoping it will resolve a lengthy dispute with U.S. and Latin American producers and lead to the lifting of trade sanctions. The plan calls for the 15-nation EU to keep a transitional system of tariffs and quotas to allocate the quotas on a first-come, first-served basis as of April 1, until a tariff-only system takes effect in 2006.
FOOD
June 8, 1989
Easy Pork Chop Saute can be made in just minutes and slices of sauteed bananas make it irresistible. Cooking bananas lightly in a hot skillet gives them an entirely new character. Combining with chops that were simmered in a curry powder, cumin and orange juice mixture, adds an exotic touch. Choose firm bananas with a hint of green at the tip for cooking. They will hold their texture and are not too sweet. Store ripe bananas in the refrigerator for a week or slightly more. The peels may darken, but inside, the fruit is good and fresh.
NEWS
February 16, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
Oh, the unappealing tales that can slip through e-mail. Like the warning about bananas from Costa Rica allegedly infected with flesh-eating bacteria. When a secretary at UC Riverside's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences got such a warning last week, she innocently forwarded the e-mail to some friends. And they passed it on to others, who passed it on. . . .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1989
"You may vary this recipe by using chocolate cookie crumbs and instead of pineapple you can use fresh sliced strawberries," Margarita Salazar writes. "Use your imagination--there is no end to what you can come up with." BANANA SPLIT DESSERT 1 (13 1/2-ounce) package Graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 cups butter or margarine 1 (1-pound) package powdered sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 5 or 6 large ripe bananas or 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 (12-ounce)
BUSINESS
January 25, 1999 | From Reuters
The European Union and the United States were holding last-minute talks Sunday aimed at heading off a trade war over bananas that would hit EU exports and the authority of the World Trade Organization. Diplomats said contacts were underway between officials in Brussels and Washington, and meetings were arranged between the trade ambassadors of the two powers in Geneva to avoid a clash set for today after WTO chief Renato Ruggiero proposed a way out of the dispute.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1999 | MELINDA FULMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plagued by weak banana sales in Europe and Russia, Dole Food Co. said Thursday that it will cut its global production by 17%, eliminate 1,500 jobs and terminate contracts affecting thousands more workers in Central America. The world's largest fresh fruit and vegetable producer will cease operations in two of its 15 banana- producing regions--Nicaragua and Venezuela--and consolidate operations in the U.S. and Europe.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2001 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States agreed Wednesday to call a truce in its bitter eight-year banana dispute with Europe, clearing the way for improved relations with a key ally in the global trade liberalization battle. Under the deal announced in Brussels, the European Union agreed to amend a controversial banana import system opposed by Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Dole Food Co. by July 1, and the U.S. said it will drop stiff sanctions it imposed two years ago on European goods.
BUSINESS
November 27, 1998 | Reuters
The European Union said it was hopeful it could agree with the United States on a timetable for a World Trade Organization review of EU banana import rules, provided Washington met its conditions. The banana trade controversy was raised at a WTO gathering in Geneva this week. Trade sources in Geneva said EU and U.S. negotiators were continuing to meet to try resolving the dispute.
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