When you buy All Good Bananas, you are not only ensuring that a fair price is paid to the grower, but you are also contributing to the Fairtrade Premium.
This Premium goes back to the growing co-operative (in the case of All Good Bananas, El Guabo), but who decides how this money is spent? And where?
Alright yes, gold-star to you, they are in fact just dried bananas, but there is a lot more to these juicy little fellas than meets the eye.
To get them here to New Zealand, we started working with and Samoa’s (a not-for-profit organisation working with over 250 small-scale farmers). Organically certified by WIBDI has been working with Samoan farmers to export organically certified Misiluki bananas to NZ since 2008. By partnering closely with Oxfam and WIBDI, we’ve been able to provide these Samoan farmers with a market for a product that currently has almost no economic value locally.
As well as being good for the growers, and in turn Samoa, there are plenty of documented health benefits for eating All Good’s organic dried banana chunks too.
Unlike banana chips, which are commonly deep fried, All Good’s banana chunks are naturally dried. Being made from the more sweeter-tasting Misiluki banana means that nothing else needs to be added; we’re talking no sugar, no sweetener, no preservative and no oil. The bananas are first peeled, then sliced and dried ripe.
All in all making our organic dried banana chunks good for the growers’ futures, as well as a tasty healthy sweet treat for you too.
…and for the environment category too, no less.
Bringing fresh produce from across the other side of the world doesn’t instantly seem to be the most sustainable option, but for a country that is literally bananas for the yellow fruit, importing is currently the only viable commercial option. So we say, why not do it in a way that limits the impact on the environment as much as possible?
We’re super-proud of the work our growers do to ensure the environment (and their health) is looked after now and for future generations. As Angel says (pictured above with his daughter Daniella) “The important thing is to keep helping us by buying our Fairtrade bananas… If you don’t buy our fruit, we can’t look forward to better times and keep taking care of the environment”.
Oh and keep your fingers crossed for us on the 30th Nov too eh, eh.
from Fairtrade UK visited our shores in June. A gifted and passionate speaker, she spoke about the rigour and standards behind the Fairtrade mark and just exactly why it guarantees a better deal for Third World Producers. Click or on the image above to see what she has to say.
You can buy these beauties in Auckland from:
And we’re currently working on stores in Wellington too.
Hang tight Wellingtonians. Soon, soon.
You may have seen these little squares appearing in places before and wondered what the heck they were. Well for the uninitiated (*warning geek-speak alert*) these squares can be read by any smartphone with a QR-code reader which converts the squares into hidden content downloaded straight to your phone.
In simple terms?
- Point phone
- Take picture
- Web brower opens up with cool stuff like videos to play with
- You go “ooooooooooh that’s good to know”
Go on have a play now or next time your instore…
. The answer is no – not if we can demonstrate that enough kiwi shops and consumers want them.
We’re getting great support from everyone buying All Good Fairtrade bananas and all the stores that stock and promote them and we’re incredibly grateful for that. We want to celebrate this.
But we do need to sell more to show the stores that don’t stock them it’s worthwhile for everyone to get behind Fairtrade. And, although we are getting great support we still aren’t quite selling all the bananas we get from our growers in El Guabo each week. The catch is that we reckon if we were in a few more stores we would.
So, if you want to help the best way is to accentuate the positive. Tell those stores that do sell All Good Fairtrade bananas how much you appreciate being able to buy from them and tell those that don’t stock them how much you’d appreciate them if they did.
Dad, Abel Ugarte, Mom, Elizabeth Urdiales sons Abel Alberto and Axel Andres and baby Eimy Elizabeth all live on the family farm in El Guabo where Abel and Elizabeth grow the bananas you can buy from Commonsense Organics in Wellington.
We took this photo to show how much they appreciate the support of stores like Commonsense and the people who buy our bananas from them.
Angel Iniguez and his daughter Daniella.
This is Angel’s family farm in Tenguel, El Guabo. You’ll find his bananas in the New World stores that have got behind Fairtrade. A big thankyou to New World from Angel and Daniella.