Bananas Remain International Produce Favorite, Thomas Hoey Jr. Comments on Fruit’s Popularity

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Emerging reports reveal that bananas remain one of the most popular imported fruits across the world, specifically in South Korea and New Zealand. Thomas Hoey Jr.—owner of Long Island Banana Corp.—comments on this continuing trend.

As the owner of Long Island Banana Corp.,Thomas Hoey Jr. has made a profession out of providing consumers with one of the most beneficial and widely favored fruits in the world. Not only does Hoey’s company specialize in expanding the reach of bananas within the US, but it also ripens the fruit to provide consumers with the best final product. Although the banana has remained a long-time staple in the United States, Hoey explains that the fruit is also prized in other countries, especially in terms of imported produce.

For instance, a recent article from Fresh Fruit Portal reveals, “Bananas topped the list of most consumed imported fruit in South Korea for the tenth consecutive year, according to the Korea Customs Service. At 368,000 tons, bananas made up a reported 48.7 percent of total fruit imports in 2012.” Additionally, another recent article from The New Zealand Herald reports that its country’s citizens are also showing strong consumer trends toward the fruit.

The New Zealand Herald explains, “Kiwis spend more on bananas than any other fruit, getting through 18kg of them every year, or roughly two each a week, a survey has found. An average Kiwi household spends $88 a year on bananas, compared with $61 for apples and $26 for oranges, figures released by Statistics New Zealand show. While spending on bananas remains high, their cost has risen more slowly than other foods.”

While some may criticize the carbohydrate-rich qualities of bananas, Thomas Hoey Jr. notes that the New Zealand trends reveal many positive aspects of bananas—specifically in portability and nutrition. Nutritionist Claire Turnbull tells The New Zealand Herald, “The reality in New Zealand is that people are still not eating enough fruit and vegetables, and if they'll eat a banana rather than a pie or a cookie then nutritionists will be very happy.”

Although the single popularity of bananas in South Korea and New Zealand has won the attention of produce maven Thomas Hoey Jr., he highlights the additional positive trend of imported fruits. Specifically, the Fresh Fruit Portal article explains, “Almost all, 98.7 percent, of the banana imports in 2012 came from the Philippines. Oranges were dominated by a 96 percent share from the United States and grapes were led by Chile with 79.9 percent of imports. New Zealand represented 69.9 percent of kiwifruit.”

“Just a simple look at the imported rates of produce show just how diverse the market is. More importantly, it reveals how much the global economy is dependant on other countries to provide exceptional, nutritious goods,” Thomas Hoey Jr. concludes.


Thomas Hoey Jr. is a proven business professional whose history extends from a long line of successful fruit merchants. Hoey is currently the owner of Long Island Banana Corp., which specializes in importing bananas—as well as a full of line of other produce items—from Central and South America to the entire New York City area, and Long Island. This company is known for ripening its produce directly at the Long Island Banana Corp. facility, thus guaranteeing that each piece of fruit is delicious and perfect, ready for the consumer to enjoy.

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