There is an interesting article here on the La Voz de Almería site. It is about a company in Almería freezing bananas from La Palma. Then donating them to food banks around Spain.
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Bananas from La Palma will be frozen in Almería so that they are not wasted
All the fruit, once treated, cut and packed, will be donated to soup kitchens
The Union Corp. and the Association of Canary Islands Banana Producers Organizations (ASPROCAN), announced this morning at the Fruit Attraction Fair in Madrid, the start of freezing tests for the Canarian Banana damaged by the ashes of the La volcano. Palma, using for this a new technology that manages to keep the fruit for as long as necessary, preserving all its flavor and nutrient qualities once it is defrosted.
The objective of this initiative is to fight against the food waste of a product that, although it is in perfect condition for consumption, by European regulations is not suitable to be marketed because it is exclusively damaged in its external image. All the fruit, once treated, cut and packaged, will be donated to soup kitchens, with which this initiative will allow, on the one hand, to alleviate and compensate for the inevitable losses of product that the palm banana producers are currently suffering and, on the other hand , to be able to give the product a second chance and turn it into a help for those most in need.
The damaged fruit will be collected on La Palma for subsequent transfer to the new freezing and processing plant in Almería, where it will be processed to be packaged and sent to different food banks throughout Spain.
Currently on La Palma there are more than 10,000 families that depend on the Canarian Banana who live a situation of increasing loss due to the unstoppable advance of the ash in the crops. Domingo Martín Ortega, president of ASPROCAN, “from the Association we are working on different alternatives to give viability to the maximum possible volume of fruit from the island of La Palma. This new conservation technology can be one of them, with the ability, in addition, to become an interesting complement for the longer term ”.
"Innovation and technology at the service of solidarity"
In the words of Jesus Barranco, Dtor Gral De la Unión Corp, “this initiative is showing that today new technologies and innovation in the agri-food sector can also be a tool to improve people's lives, especially when tragic events occur. as well as those that the farmers of La Palma are going through today ”.
Likewise, Barranco has also stated that “the agreements between producers such as Asprocan and innovative companies such as La Unión, serve to consolidate new work models based on quality and sustainability, but always from the field of innovation as a means of improving competitiveness of the national producer sector ”.
The Almeria agri-food company La Unión Corp is today the world leader in cucumber exports and is a benchmark among the fruit and vegetable producers and marketers of the old continent.
The new technology for freezing fruit and vegetables launched by La Unión is protected by a world patent and is expected to revolutionize the frozen fruit and vegetables sector. Last May, a transformation plant of more than 10,000 square meters was inaugurated, with a current transformation capacity of more than 12 million kilos.