J.O. Sims Ltd are delighted to announce their new UK Exclusive Supplier Partnership with One Banana. This new opportunity will see J.O. Sims add the supply of banana ingredients to its existing fruit and nut ingredient portfolio.
One Banana is one of the worlds’ largest growers, shippers and distributors of bananas. The team at J.O. Sims chose One Banana as their banana ingredient supply partner due to the quality of their banana ingredients, their strong sustainability values and the added natural functionality that their banana Ingredients can offer.
A family-owned company, One Banana has strong sustainability practices. They are a certified sustainable, vertically integrated, agri food corporation committed to the highest standards of responsible production from their own certified farms in Guatemala and Peru.
Their focus on environmental priorities is clear with their sustainably grown bananas and through their care and optimisation of natural resources.
One Banana have invested in improving technologies for irrigation to manage water usage and improve fertilisation methods in the field, aiming for a reduction in both of 25%. Additionally, 80% of their banana plants are composted for use as organic matter. Their focus on banana ingredients allows them to close the loop on banana surplus with the production of the highest quality puree, flakes and powder. Thanks to their reforestation programs, they have increased their natural reserves to 1,000+ hectares.
The banana ingredients J.O. Sims will now be able to supply include banana flakes, powder and puree. These ingredients have multiple functions and applications including infant foods, cereal bars, bakery goods and even sports nutrition – a growing market around the world but especially in the UK. The banana ingredients carry the same great nutritional attributes as a raw banana including being a good source of fibre, potassium, magnesium, biotin & vitamin C.
Chef Lawrence, Head of Food at J.O. Sims, comments: “We are seeing lots of growth in plant based/Vegan, banana tasting products. They work so well with current trends for chocolate and ‘brown’ flavours – think of a sticky banana pudding with a rich toffee sauce!”
As well as the taste, banana ingredients present many options for product development when manufacturers are looking to adapt recipes to be more nutritionally packed, contain real fruit that delivers added functionality (so enabling a minimal ingredient declaration), that offer strong sustainability and CSR credentials.
Marketing & Innovation Manager at J.O. Sims, Emma Raper, says “Banana ingredients are a welcome addition to our portfolio of ingredient products. They complement our wider offer, and their introduction further demonstrates our commitment to provide innovative food solutions to our customers.”
J.O. Sims are encouraging food and drink manufacturers across the UK to get in touch with them to find out more about the ingredient’s applications. Samples can be supplied on request.