Gluten-free Banana Peanut Butter Brownies

peanut butter

Rich, soft and chocolaty, this brownie makes a delectable dessert guaranteed to have you savoring each bite. Best of all? You’re likely to have all the ingredients in your pantry already! Easy and fun, this grain-free and gluten-free delight melds the delicious flavor of bananas in every square. Continue reading

Study: supermarket share of local food sales grows

produceSupermarkets are stealing some local food demand from farmers markets, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates.

Called “Trends in U.S. local and regional food systems,” the 89-page USDA Economic Research Service report said inflation-adjusted sales through farmers markets did not increase between 2007 and 2012, while overall sales of local food increased by nearly 30% in roughly the same period.

While sales of food through direct-to-consumer outlets (farmers markets, roadside stands, you-pick operations) have leveled off, local food sales through intermediated marketing channels (distributors, food hubs and retailers) appear to be increasing, according to the report. “Growing consumer demand for local food may have been met by retailers rather than through direct to consumer sales,” according to the report. Continue reading

West Coast Port Dispute Update

Port of Los Angeles Container Cranes

As the port dispute closes its second lockout week, we’d like our distributors and retailers to know that we’re continuing our best efforts to provide you with excellent customer service during this challenging time. Wednesday of this week, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez met with both sides in an effort to break the stalemate and avoid a shutdown of 29 West Coast ports.

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Tips for Reaching your Athletic Customer

Banana bunches from Organics Unlimited

For athletes looking to fuel their bodies, a healthy, nutritious diet remains a top priority. Creating organic banana displays that speak to athletes is a smart idea that can be easily done in your store. Loaded with diverse health benefits and with an easy, on-the-go nature, organic bananas can be every athlete’s fruit of choice.

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Banana Chai Smoothie

Easy-to-make Banana Chai Smoothie

A favorite ingredient of smoothies, bananas not only provide a creamy base but offer superb health benefits, such as improved digestion and heart health. Light, silky and with just a hint of spice, this banana smoothie will give you a delicious-tasting, energy-boost any time. With just four simple ingredients, preparation is also a breeze.

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Project Amigo Fiesta Week

Children enjoying snow during the fiesta's Frozen show

Children enjoy snow during the fiesta’s Frozen singalong show

To all of our retailers carrying GROW bananas, we’d like to express our gratitude for helping make the GROW (Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers) program successful. We’re pleased to be able to share with you what your support efforts look like in action. This past holiday season, volunteers with Project Amigo dedicated their time during the Christmas Fiesta Week in Colima, Mexico.

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Banana Crunch Muffins

Recipe for banana crunch muffins

Sweet and crunchy, these muffins will vanish from your table in a heartbeat. Perfect with breakfast, as a snack or as dessert, these banana crunch muffins are loaded with flavor. Whether you’ve got a sweet-tooth snack craving or are searching for a delightful new muffin to try, this scrumptious recipe will leave your home smelling heavenly – and you reaching for more.

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