TR-4 fungus threatening bananas worldwide may have met its match: genetic altering

Banana market faces great change as monoculture threatens extinction of West’s most popular variety

A company in the United States is developing a fungus-proof, genetically engineered banana that will be resistant to a deadly disease threatening to destroy most of the world’s banana crops.  TR-4, also known as Fusarium Oxysporum, is a fungus that attacks the roots of banana trees and is resistant to fungicides and other chemicals. The fungus […]

How to merchandise bananas for profit and ensure shopper satisfaction

Bananas have traditionally been considered a loss leader, yet effective merchandising can help stores realize profit in this key category. Bananas are consistently one of the top-selling items, according to Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole Food Company. That’s why it’s critical they remain a focus in the department, he says. “Opportunities remain ripe […]