Banana Bread to help growers get through tough times

A group of Carnarvon Banana Growers has announced that bananas, salvaged after Tropical Cyclone Olwyn destroyed Banana Plantations in Carnarvon, will be turned into banana bread to sustain growers through the next 12 months.

Launched in Perth today by Minister for Agriculture the Hon Ken Baston, Woolworths will be the first major retailer to stock the Western Australian sourced and made Sweeter Banana Bread, growing its distribution to 30 Woolworth’s stores in WA.
Speaking at the launch of Sweeter Banana Bread into select Woolworths Perth stores, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston applauded the co-operative members for their entrepreneurial response during a very difficult period for Carnarvon growers.
“Cooperative members are not giving up despite the setbacks and they are doing everything they can to provide their customers with a product.” Said Minister Baston.

Owned and operated by 25 farmers on family run farms, The Sweeter Banana Cooperative was formed in 1993 to develop the Carnarvon Sweeter Banana brand, providing delicious local produce to local customers.

The unique environmental growing conditions of the Carnarvon Sweeter Banana make it a sweeter and creamier sub-tropical banana than its Tropical North Queensland cousins. However, these same unique environmental conditions can also result in bananas being damaged with superficial skin markings, rendering the fruit unsuitable for retail sale but still perfect eating. To combat wastage, the farmers came up with a solution; Sweeter Banana Bread.

The all-natural Sweeter Banana Bread contains Carnarvon bananas along with other locally sourced ingredients including flour, eggs and sour cream. The result is a sustainable product that not only minimises wastage but also further supports the wider Western Australian Farming Industry.
Sweeter Banana Co-operative is part of the Buy West Eat Best labelling program, run by the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The program provides Western Australian consumers and the local food industry with a food-specific brand to clearly identify Western Australian grown, farmed, fished and produced food products.

The Sweeter Banana Co-operative Business Manager, Doriana Mangili said, “Our farmers have been producing bananas for more than 30 years but the effects of Tropical Cyclone Olwyn have been devastating to the Western Australian banana industry, destroying nearly all of our crops. We will be out of production for at least the next 9 months.”

“The crops that we were able to salvage have gone into our Sweeter Banana Bread. By buying our delicious banana bread, you’re also supporting the Western Australian banana industry at a time we need it the most.”

Woolworths Local Sourcing Manager for WA, Lynne Vawser said, “The Sweeter Banana Co-operative has been supplying our WA customers with some of the best tasting bananas and our customers love being able to choose local produce. We are extremely pleased to now stock their delicious Sweeter Banana Bread. ”

The 600g loaf of the Sweeter Banana Bread is available in 30 Woolworths stores in WA and retails for $6.99.

Sweeter Banana Bread Launch at Perth Royal Show

Posted on 24.09.2013

Carnarvon Sweeter Banana Bread
Tasty, all natural ingredients proudly baked and grown in WA

We have taken WA’s favourite bananas and turned them into a fantastic new all natural banana bread. Here at Sweeter Banana we care about WA farmers and this delicious bread is made with 30% ripe Carnarvon bananas, and all natural ingredients – no preservatives or artificial colours or flavourings. Made in WA with WA ingredients the Bread contains Carnarvon Bananas and WA flour, WA eggs and WA sour cream and it’s made from real bananas not pulp!. Purchasing our Banana bread not only gives you some great options for snacks but it helps to keep our Carnarvon Banana industry sustainable. So not only are you doing a good deed for farmers but you get a tasty reward!

Our Banana bread is great toasted or warmed in the microwave with butter, or ricotta cheese. Perfect for breakfast, morning tea or for a tasty and satisfying lunchbox snack. You can even cheat, tell your kids and friends you made it yourself, it tastes so real they will believe you! (and we won’t tell!)

Available at the Buy West Eat Best Stand in the Centenary Pavillion at the Royal Show all day on Sunday 29th September and in the morning of Friday 4th October.

Our bread will be on sale in stores from next week. If you want to know where you can buy it email us with your suburb and we can put you in touch with your local retailer or ask them to email us at info@sweeterbanana.com and we will get in touch.

Our special growing conditions mean that we have lots of bananas perfect for bread, click here to find out more about why we need to make banana bread to keep our industry sustainable.

Why we need to make bread to keep our banana industry sustainable…

Our Climate in Carnarvon has strong sea breezes in summer, cooler temperatures in winter, low humidity and hot summer days, all the things bananas don’t like! We work hard to keep our bananas protected from the wind, heat, cold and keep the humidity in by growing them close together. This creates a perfect microclimate and helps us reduce our water use.

All this stress on our bananas is good news though, as they take much longer to grow and because of this end up much sweeter and creamier than the tropical Queensland bananas.

Unfortunately, this also means that as they grow, they sometimes get skin markings, with leaves rubbing on the growing bananas. These marks are just superficial, they don’t impact on the banana underneath, or change the taste, they just don’t look too pretty.

Alas in this day and age, everyone only wants pretty things, and no matter how sweet and tasty our bananas are, they are sadly, judged on their looks. Sometimes they just go back into the paddock as fertiliser, for no other crime that having a few markings. We decided to fight back. We don’t like wasting bananas that we have spent 18 months watering, fertilising and tending to and we know that lots of people who love our bananas feel the same way. We figured that if we make banana bread, you won’t even see the skin, and all you need to do is love the taste.

So try some today, and help us to make sure that everything we grow is eaten, because that’s what mother nature intended. It might be a stretch to say that eating our banana bread is saving the planet, but at least you are saving our bananas from turning into fertiliser, one loaf at a time…

Page Last Modified: Wed 01 Apr 2015

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