Banana farmers in Ecuador are protesting against an Aldi price reduction announced for next year. The discount supermarket chain plans to pay the farmers a dollar less per crate. Ecuador is currently the world's biggest banana exporter.
The grocery chain has said that sausages being sold at stores near Hanover may contain the bacteria listeria. Aldi has also recently come under fire for its business practices regarding produce from South America.
Ecuador is the world's largest exporter of bananas. The fruit plays just as big a role as oil for the country's economy and its fight against poverty. Some German discounters seem to care little about that.
Authorities were alerted to what they now say is an international drug smuggling ring after finding cocaine hidden in shipments of bananas. It could turn out to be one of the largest cocaine trials in Germany's history.
Workers and farmers who supply food to German supermarkets often face abuse and exploitation, Oxfam has said in a report. When it comes to fair trade, German retailers rank worse than their UK or Dutch counterparts.
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