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Global Focus — Bananas
Important tips when quick freezing bananas
The increasing trend for fast, ready to eat products, has also made it possible for the frozen banana market to grow. The worldwide popularity of the fruit, along with growing demand from consumers for new and diverse products, has driven producers to come up with new alternatives and ideas. Beyond selling.....
Banana supply bounces back after Hurricane Patricia damage
Bananas out of Mexico are enjoying an increase in sales as post holiday, healthy eating resolutions ramp up.“We’re actually seeing demand increase over last year’s numbers for a couple of reasons. One of them being the exceptional color the bananas are currently giving off in ripening,” says Patrick Stewart.....
Portugal receives first shipment of organic bananas from Peru
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) stated that two thousand families devoted to producing organic bananas in northern Peru, through the Peruvian association of United Organic Banana Producers (BOS), had sent the first shipment of this fruit to the market in Portugal under the Fresh Peru.....
Mexican crop supplemented with product from Ecuador
Banana production is typically lower at this time of the year
“The majority of our organic bananas come from Mexico,” says Mayra Velazquez de León, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited. “However, at this time of the year the weather cools slightly in our growing regions in Mexico and production slows as a result. Therefore, we supplement the Mexican product with.....
Chiquita® launches new California banana shipping service
Chiquita North America has announced a new, dedicated banana shipping service and supply chain improvements to better serve its West Coast customers. The new shipping service will reduce fruit transit time by half, resulting in 4-5 days from the banana production area to the Port of Hueneme-Los Angeles, CA......
Organic bananas and specialty varieties showing strong growth
“Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the produce department,” says Natalia Rangel with Fyffes North America. “In the past 12 months, 82 percent of customers purchased bananas and the fruit is liked by people of all ages, races and income levels.” Although bananas are often a fruit of choice for.....
California company upcycles bananas into a snack
As a way to “upcycle” bananas deemed imperfect, one Santa Monica, Ca.-based company has developed them into soft and sweet snacks. “Our snacks are different than most banana products on the market. People know banana chips but our product is similar to a product I grew up eating in Brazil,” says Caue.....