The Future for Bananas

Dole, Chiquita and Del Monte all posted earnings reports last week, and the results were not good. The problem? Supply is up, demand is down, prices are escalated, and large publically-held companies have a responsibility to shareholders that doesn’t always allow for best practices. Are bananas really struggling? Here’s the small producer perspective.

Organics Unlimited is a small, independent grower and importer of organic bananas as well as some other tropical fruits. Organic bananas are grown so that the workers have a healthy living environment. There are not problems with pesticides and fumigants that have created major health issues in many banana growing regions. And the number of consumers concerned about the health and environmental impacts of chemicals has grown astronomically. The American public wants food that they feel is safe, and they would like to feel good about how it is grown both from a health and a social standpoint.

Organics Unlimited has increased production in the past two years, with new fields that have never been used for growing before, and also working closely to expand production with other small growers who are committed to organic farming. As a family-owned company, we know we need to expand our business cautiously, but we have also seen demand greater than the supply we had to offer. Consumers are asking for more organic bananas, and they want good quality, flavorful, attractive produce – something we have been working on for four generations.

The future for bananas? It is America’s favorite fruit, and many 21st century parents are committed to providing organic food for their children. The market may be struggling for large producers, but the organic category continues to grow. And consumers are judicious in the way they spend their money today. With banana prices rising, perhaps it’s time to expand the organic banana category.

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