Bananas. They're sweet, creamy, packed with nutrients, and taste good when combined with other flavors. So it's no surprise that this healthy fruit is trending with consumers and formulators who are including them in a wide range of food products. But could a new strain of Panama disease threaten banana crops in the near future?
News Drill Down
- According to a recent article from Food Business News, banana flavor is trending in products as diverse as cookies, granola bars, popcorn, and dip seasonings. The article also makes a link between the popular film, "Minions," which features "small, yellow creatures with an affinity for the fruit."
- Food Dive also picked up on the trend, noting the array of ingredient forms the banana comes in, "including freeze-dried, dehydrated, in slices, dices, chips, powders, flour, and juice concentrates, which increases its versatility in food and beverage products."
- Food World News reports that a new strain of Panama disease is once again threatening banana crops. The disease, caused by a common fungus, is now present in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.
- The bananas cultivated for consumption all have exactly the same genetic makeup, making them extremely vulnerable to disease, says an article from ZME Science.
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