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Barnana creates organic snacks – including chips and brittle – from dehydrated bananas and plantains.
Barnana is on a mission to end food waste on organic banana farms by upcycling bananas that would otherwise go to waste. The company selects “ugly” – imperfect or slightly over-ripe bananas – for use in its dehydrated banana snacks, allowing them to prolong the life of these fruits, many of which would be rejected based on looks alone before ever being distributed. With a focus on sustainability, the company also created a unique system for transforming dried banana peels into pellets that fuel its dehydration ovens. In 2017, Barnana upcycled 4 million pounds of bananas for its products.
Barnana’s co-founder and CEO, a professional triathlete from Brazil, moved to San Francisco and found his father’s dehydrated banana snack recipes were popular among friends and fellow athletes alike. When looking into potential banana supplies, he and his co-founders were moved by statistics showing banana famers lose up to 20% of their crops due to imperfections – and that more than half of all food wasted in Latin America happens before ever reaching distribution. Barnana’s work – and energy-rich food – hasn’t gone unnoticed: it counts among its brand ambassadors major professional athletes, including volleyballer Jennifer Fopma, crossfitter Maddy Curley, mixed martial artist Jon Tuck, and BMX riders Lennie Westfall and Anthony Napolitano.