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Global Focus — Bananas
Ecuador: The first plantain farms with Rainforest certification
The Rainforest certification, which is beginning to be necessary due to the increase in deforestation, has been one of the most sought after certifications in recent months. The Tropical Fruit Export Company from Ecuador, recently decided to take its social and environmental responsibility to the next level.....
Hugo Castro, of Ginafruit:
"Ecuadorian bananas are still considered a delicacy in Asia"
10 cents moreThe Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador (Magap), confirmed at the end of 2016 that the minimum price for the banana box in 2017 would increase from $6.16 to $6.26, which resulted in different reactions within the Ecuadorian banana industry. Exporters in the sector said that "the government did.....
José Uyaguari, of American Farmer Organic:
"The nutritional value of our bananas is our competitive advantage"
Entering the banana market in our times is not a simple task for new producers, as the large supply and competition on the part of experienced exporters is a hurdle. The only way to have an opportunity is to differentiate yourself, but how do you differentiate your bananas from the competition?The Ecuadorian.....
Mexican banana grower discusses supply, distribution and consumption
"Our bananas are packed and palletized in Muchachita and TropiFruit brand boxes," says Jose Hernandez withBananera Muchachita. "Packing is followed by a few hours of stabilizing the fruit in our forced air coolers and then loaded into controlled atmosphere containers that take almost two days to get to the.....
Freeze-dried banana snack is fresh-fruit alternative
Freeze-dried, not deep fried—that’s the difference between Crispy Green’s freeze-dried banana slice snack product and your regular banana chip. “So it’s not dehydrating them or heat drying or oven baking bananas. Our whole line is made by freeze-drying products,” says Angela Liu of Fairfield, NJ’s Crispy.....
Banana company donates organic bananas to San Diego food bank
In 2016, Organics Unlimited provided healthy organic bananas to both the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America San Diego. When shipments of organic bananas arrive at the Organics Unlimited warehouse in San Diego, boxes of fruit can sometimes be imperfect for distribution to.....
Research shows banana starch may help regulate blood sugar
New research out of Dublin University in Ireland claims that resistant starch, which occurs naturally in foods such as bananas, potatoes, grains and legumes, may offer health benefits such as aiding blood sugar control, supporting gut health and enhancing satiety.The comprehensive review by researchers from.....