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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.
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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.
NEWS
July 9, 1990 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along U.S. 101 near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line lies a small tropical paradise that for years has astonished weather analysts and farmers. Tucked between the ocean and 300-foot-high bluffs is a place called La Conchita, a seaside community that is also the home of the only commercial banana plantation in the continental United States, according to the International Banana Assn. There, 10,000 banana trees are fanned by balmy ocean breezes, basking in an island of frost-free weather.
NEWS
August 6, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reeling from Honduras' costliest labor feud in 36 years, the civilian government sent army troops onto banana plantations and censored radio broadcasts Sunday to help an American multinational fruit company end a seven-week-old strike by 10,000 workers. Two workers and an undercover police officer were wounded outside the Chiquita Brands headquarters here when a soldier fired his machine gun into an angry crowd Saturday night.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
The California health official who threatened to issue a health advisory unless bananas treated with an acutely toxic pesticide were removed from the market said Thursday that the use of the chemical constituted "an accident waiting to happen." Dr. Richard Jackson, chief of the state's Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Division, also described a series of conference calls between federal agencies and state health departments over the pesticide last week as "extremely confrontational."
BUSINESS
April 15, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing that the market for its home-grown fruits might be imperiled, South Korea for decades looked with trepidation upon foreign-grown bananas. So stringent were restrictions against imported bananas that about 2,000 ingenious farmers in southern Korea started raising the fruit in greenhouses, using electricity or oil heating. The costs were prohibitive, but import curbs ensured profits. The banana became a luxury--a government-created "forbidden fruit."
BUSINESS
August 3, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pardon the Ecuadoreans for being a little dubious about "free trade." An international banana war triggered by the European Union has devastated plantations clustered around this coastal city. The effect has been the same in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. It has also rippled through the boardroom at Dole Food Co. in Westlake Village and clobbered consumers in Europe.
NEWS
February 4, 1999 | JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crisis in Asia. Chaos in Russia. Turmoil in Brazil. Had enough? Well, here's one more migraine headache for the world economy: bananas. The United States and Western Europe are tangled up in a smoldering feud over a fruit they barely grow, that provides them with next-to-no jobs, that matters to only a few companies in each region and that nobody even pretends has a lot of strategic importance. Indeed, a 1995 mudslide in Ventura County led to the demise of one of the U.S.
NEWS
February 20, 1991 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As his banana harvests grew ever more bountiful, Doug Richardson silenced skeptics who claimed that the fruit could not be grown in the continental United States. But in each of the past five winters, the pioneering Ventura County farmer harbored a fear that a rare frost would destroy his Seaside Banana Garden, which banana experts say is the only commercial banana plantation in the continental United States.
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