Every year, The Packer conducts the Fresh Trends study that analyzes consumption of fresh produce by the U.S. population. It reveals America’s top 20 fruits and vegetables. This year, bananas made it once again number two, just behind apples.
Fresh Trends shows this year that Americans consumed more fruits and vegetables than 20 years ago. Fruits and veggies are supposed to comprise half of our daily diet, so an increase in consumption is a positive progression.
Diversity of choices (conventional, locally grown and organic produce), variety of places to buy fresh produce and easy packaging all make fresh produce more popular and accessible.
Obviously, we are happy to see that bananas are still part of America’s favorite fruits. For more than 200 years, it has been a staple of our collective diets.
The love story started in the early 1800s. At that time, harvesting technology and shipping weren’t as good as today, making transportation of bananas to the United States and Europe tricky.
In the 1900s, technology improved to increase worldwide trade. The fruit gained also popularity thanks to cookbooks and popular literature which highlighted bananas as a healthy food, highly nutritious and affordable.
Today, bananas are consumed by people of all ages, races and income levels. The fruit remains popular with families and kids.
Consumers purchased 63 percent conventional bananas, 22 percent bought both conventional and organic and 12 percent purchased organic bananas.
Buying organics bananas is not only buying a better quality fruit, it provides better work conditions for the farmers.
At Organics Unlimited, we make sure to provide our workers and communities a better and healthier lifestyle. Our GROW program provides education, medical coverage and a fair wage to those in need.
We work hard to provide our consumers the best quality for their favorite fruit bananas.