Bananas are one of our most popular products, grown and produced in countries on the equator and shipped into the UK every day. As bananas can be grown by both smallholder farmers and on large plantations, it is important that we understand our supply chains well to make sure we are able to support sustainable and ethical production in the most appropriate way.
Bananas and plantains are produced in more than 123 countries worldwide and are one of the top ten crops globally in terms of yield produced, area occupied and calories provided. The Cavendish variety, which is the type of banana most commonly sold in Europe, comes from warm climates with limited winds such as Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Export revenues from bananas contribute significantly to the local economies of these regions and, as a whole, the sector provides employment for thousands of people.
We are working closely with our suppliers to increase supply chain transparency. This includes closely checking every box of bananas as it moves from farms, through packhouses, onto ships and into our stores. Every box of bananas in our stores clearly states the country of origin and we use this knowledge to help support our sustainability initiatives. We are also committed to sourcing 100% of our bananas from either Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance certified sources. By ensuring that all the bananas are independently certified we are working hard to support sustainable production methods which conserve natural resources and promotes community development.
The supply list below, updated every year, identifies the countries and regions of all the Fairtrade bananas sold in our stores during 2018.