America’s salty snack lovers are broadening their taste preferences, and recent research1 suggests that plantain chips could be the next salty snack sensation. Barnana®, a sustainable snacks company, recently fielded a national consumer survey to gauge mainstream America’s knowledge about plantains as it introduces its newest chip, Organic Plantain Crisps. The national survey revealed that while potato chips may still be America’s favorite, with 87% of Americans finding them at least somewhat appealing, plantain chips are a contender at 42%, far ahead of kale chips at 27%. Younger adults are even more enthusiastic, with plantain chip appeal jumping to 55% among 18-34 year olds, versus potato chips at 84%.
“Plantains are an incredibly versatile fruit, used in countless ways globally,” said Caue Suplicy, Barnana’s Founder. “Our new Organic Plantain Crisps are a savory, crispy, layered chip perfect for Americans who love potato chips but seek something new that’s made from ingredients that are better for you and better for the planet.”
Barnana’s Organic Plantain Crisps will also appeal to the growing number of people, sometimes called planetarians, who eat foods that leave a lighter footprint on the planet; or anyone who is trying to eat more sustainably to help reduce global environmental and social justice problems within the food system. They fit in perfectly with the growing demand for plant-based snacks.
“We work with hundreds of small farmers in Ecuador, many of whom are indigenous people, to grow organic plantains using regenerative farming practices that rebuild and restore soil biodiversity,” said Suplicy. “As a Certified B Corporation, it’s critical to us that our snacks not only taste great, but that they are produced in a socially-just, environmentally sustainable way.”