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Del Monte Fresh Produce Introduces Plastic-Wrapped, Single-Serve Bananas: Healthy Snack or Environmental 'Obscenity'?

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Del Monte Fresh Produce has introduced plastic-wrapped, single-serve bananas -- and if you're wondering why the peel doesn't suffice, you're not alone.

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BusinessGreen.com's Sceptic Tank blog calls the move "an obscenity to common sense, nature and every attempt the food industry has ever made to improve its environmental credentials."

"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart recently inducted the item into the show's Pantry of Shame, quipping, "What function does the bag serve that the peel does not serve?"

But Dionysios Christou, Del Monte Fresh Produce’s Vice President of Marketing (not the same as regular Del Monte), responded to the criticism in an interview with Forbes.

"[Jon Stewart] failed to note that the product serves another important role, namely the ability to now offer healthy alternative snacks to consumers in locations when they were previously not available due to the highly perishable nature of bananas," Christou said.

The bananas are currently being offered in vending machines and convenience stores in the U.S. and the U.K., where Christou thinks they can help fight the obesity epidemic, especially among schoolkids.

The bag is also recyclable, and Del Monte is currently researching biodegradable alternatives.

Additionally, since the product stays fresh longer, it is now possible to reduce the number of deliveries, which is also good for the environment, Christou said.

What do you think? Is the plastic-wrapped, single-serve banana worth the hazards to Mother Earth?

Read More: http://blogs.forbes.com/csr/2011/03/15/del-monte-r...

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  • Werkea 2011/03/30 03:43:44
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Werkea
    +1
    oh those producers are stupid
  • GaPch 2011/03/30 03:43:42
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    GaPch
    +1
    Put it in a paper bag for pete sake.
  • pyromaniaticwhale17 2011/03/30 03:42:14
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    pyromaniaticwhale17
    +2
    Two words:

    FACE PALM
  • nikki lee 2011/03/30 03:41:32
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    nikki lee
    +1
    Just ignorance
  • rich714 2011/03/30 03:38:09
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    rich714
    +1
    I thought mother nature did a fine job to start with. More crap for our land fills smart S=Stupid M= Morons A= Ass H@lE R= retarded T= Turds= S*M*A*R*T
  • Stephaniee 2011/03/30 03:37:03
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Stephaniee
    +1
    Why Not just A Regular Banana?
  • PortaPocketGal 2011/03/30 03:35:19
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    PortaPocketGal
    +2
    are they serious??
  • holdenferall 2011/03/30 03:33:54
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    holdenferall
    +2
    I wouldn't call it "obscene", just stupidly redundant.
  • Mr Marvin 2011/03/30 03:18:16
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Mr Marvin
    +1
    Obvious waste of plastic.
  • PinkFlowerCake. 2011/03/30 03:13:36
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    PinkFlowerCake.
    +2
    ...... I don't understand..
  • rich714 PinkFlo... 2011/03/30 03:43:21
    rich714
    +1
    Don`t try. I gave up with the microwave baked potato.Talk about your oxymoron
  • PinkFlo... rich714 2011/03/30 03:55:46
    PinkFlowerCake.
    +1
    LOL! microwavable BAKED potato. oxymoron. funnny guy lol.
  • rich714 PinkFlo... 2011/03/30 04:03:12
    rich714
    +1
    Thank you, But i just an observer of the outlandishly foolishness that is modern society. And the beat goes on
  • Jenn the Psycho 2011/03/30 03:13:09
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Jenn the Psycho
    +1
    .... why do they need to be plastic wrapped? Just buy a single banana! That's a useless waste of plastic!!

    plastic wrapped buy banana waste plastic duh
  • Ernie 2011/03/30 03:06:41
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Ernie
    +1
    seriousely unless you eat the peel seems kinda double wrapped to me
  • santaisgod4ever 2011/03/30 03:01:50
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    santaisgod4ever
    +1
    The peel isn't enough???
  • ljhfldsj 2011/03/30 02:50:22 (edited)
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    ljhfldsj
    +1
    Why would you even do that? It's just a waste of plastic. I'm prefectly fine with my non-plastic-wrapped bananas. It's also a waste of time.. to unwrap the plastic, then peel it... All I want is to eat my goddamn banana!

    And okay, so they're recyclable. But what about the people who are going to throw it on the ground, or put it in the garbage?
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2011/03/30 02:44:47
    Healthy Snack
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +2
    I meant to click "environmental obscenity." Bananas don't NEED a plastic wrap! They're already naturally wrapped!!
  • Candi; Bella 2011/03/30 02:44:45
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Candi; Bella
    +3
    i really just picked one but, whats the point? you could prob buy a bunch for less than the one would cost.
  • KingdomNow 2011/03/30 02:35:10
    Healthy Snack
    KingdomNow
    +1
    The peel is not enough to maintain a marketable shelf life.
  • Jim KingdomNow 2011/03/30 06:12:20
  • KingdomNow Jim 2011/03/30 08:13:34
    KingdomNow
    I buy my bananas green and let them ripen but edible, ripe bananas have only a few days unless specially treated and wrapped. Even one or two days longer in a vending machine makes a big difference when you deal in volume sales.
  • kent KingdomNow 2011/03/30 06:37:22
    kent
    marketable shelf life has been maintained just fine up to now but some dink in marketing and sales told the boys in R&D to get a new way to make more money per unit.
  • KingdomNow kent 2011/03/30 08:15:19
    KingdomNow
    Yes, they are doing their jobs. The other method has been to breed the hardier, more photogenic, flavorless bananas that Americans are used to eating.
  • Necromantic 2011/03/30 02:28:56
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Necromantic
    +1
    It dosen't really seam necessary to me, allthough, I can see why they wanted to make them last longer.
  • AmberMonstrawrFace 2011/03/30 02:28:49
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    AmberMonstrawrFace
    So in other words, you're just going to make them rot faster. Yum! Just what I want for breakfest, banana soupy flop! :D
  • S123 AmberMo... 2011/03/30 05:43:00
    S123
    The bags are for keeping the bananas fresh longer.
  • missnamecaller 2011/03/30 02:19:15
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    missnamecaller
    +1
    If you want one banana then take ONE banana and pay for it.
  • Kei 2011/03/30 02:10:04
    Healthy Snack
    Kei
    umm, anyone heard of Nitrogen? It prevents spoilage. All Potato chips exported to other countries have had nitrogen put in the bags to maintain shelf life and keep them from tasting like wood shavings. This is my guess for bananas as well.
  • ur XLNC-PWCM 2011/03/30 01:56:55
    Healthy Snack
    ur XLNC-PWCM
    Again...either or answers. I think I'm going to wait and see. This might be in the category of 'good-intentions or brilliant.
  • Maleficent 2011/03/30 01:52:56
    Healthy Snack
    Maleficent
    If it's safe and healthy, then fine but I just think that it is weird.
  • Juliet 2011/03/30 01:28:56
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Juliet
    +1
    the good thing about bananas is they already come in a wrapping..
    bananas wrapping banana
  • TrishHart 2011/03/30 01:28:40
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    TrishHart
    http://www.facebook.com/video... Heres a taste of a Del Monte product.
  • Juliet TrishHart 2011/03/30 01:33:01
    Juliet
    +1
    eewwww.. that was horrible
  • TrishHart Juliet 2011/03/31 20:00:36
    TrishHart
    +1
    Yes, yes it was. Beware what u eat in packaging u cant see into.
  • Juliet TrishHart 2011/03/31 23:46:30
    Juliet
    +1
    i will for sure now!
  • Nisa PinkySwear(*~*) 2011/03/30 01:16:34
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    Nisa PinkySwear(*~*)
    When I first saw the title...my mind went and thought " Are they talking about penises or actual bananas? "
  • Moose 2011/03/30 01:13:45
  • NoName 2011/03/30 01:10:46
    Environmental 'Obscenity'
    NoName
    +3
    Honestly, these choices suck - why is SodaHead incompetent in the field of making a poll with good choices?

    Bananas are ALWAYS a healthy snack regardless of how they are packaged - OTOH, this is stupid - bananas have their own wrappers as is.

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