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Consumers find specialty bananas appealing

Importers and distributors offer a number of alternatives to conventional bananas. Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Inc. offers red, burro, manzano and baby bananas as well as plantains, said Karen Caplan, president and CEO. Plantains are used like a vegetable by consumers and foodservice operators, she said. Red, burro, manzano and baby bananas are eaten out of hand when they’re ripe, like regular bananas.
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