About US

About US

Our Story

Banana Joe began in 2012. Joe is an avid runner. One stormy evening after a marathon-prepping run, he returned home ravenous. The only thing he could find in his kitchen were some unripe Hom Thong bananas. Stomach growling, he decided to find a way to eat them. Thinly sliced with a bit of rice bran oil, he ended up with delicious chips that were the start of the Banana Joe brand.

Co-founder Nat was working with a social enterprise that helped convert farmers to organic farming and fair-trade marketing. Together, the two friends committed to sharing the exotic and unique flavor of Thai bananas with the world. To develop a functional snack that is also fun. To source and market that snack in a socially responsible manner.

The result ?

The first synbiotic chips – our chips have both prebiotics and probiotics, “good” bacteria promoters and ”good” bacteria, which work together synergistically to help restore and improve gastrointestinal health

X-Factor

Our chips taste like a proper chip – thin, crispy, and tasty..

Team

The majority of our team are women, most of whom are the bread-winner for their households.

The result ?

The first synbiotic chips – our chips have both prebiotics and probiotics, “good” bacteria promoters and ”good” bacteria, which work together synergistically to help restore and improve gastrointestinal health

X-Factor

Our chips taste like a proper chip – thin, crispy, and tasty..

Team

The majority of our team are women, most of whom are the bread-winner for their households.

Cavendish and Plantain

Hom Thong

The banana joe difference

The sweet, creamy, and fragrant Hom Thong bananas, also known as Gros Michel, were once the dominant export banana to Europe and North America. In the 1950’s the Panama disease wiped out vast tracts of ‘Gros Michel’ plantations in South America and Africa, but the cultivar survived in Thailand.

Banana Joe uses only sustainably grown Hom Thong bananas sourced from small family-owned farms. Our Hom Thongs are the original flavorful strain of the Gros Michel bananas, the type your grandparents used to eat. Although they are more sensitive to their environment, requiring extra care in growing, we chose to use them to preserve this tasty species by supporting farmers who grow them.

GREEN HARVEST

Daily Harvest

Everyday at sunrise we pick our bananas, cook and pack them on the same day for extra freshness.

Lower sugar

Green or unripe bananas are much lower in sugar. They are a good source of resistance starch.s.

Good for your body

Loaded with prebiotic fibers which feed the all-important probiotic biomes in your gut.

SYNBIOTIC CHIP ON THE MARKET

Banana Joe chips contain both prebiotic and probiotic fibers. Probiotics are good bacteria which help your gut to digest food that you cannot digest on your own. Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers that nourish the good bacteria. Together, they work to help:

Over 1 Billion Probiotic Cultures Per Serving

SUPPORT DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Probiotics create a physical “mucus” barrier which prevents the development of bad bacteria in your gut. Bad bacteria can affect the absorption of nutrients in the food you eat.

SUPPORT IMMUNE FUNCTION

By digesting prebiotics, probiotics will release metabolites which induce the development and maturation of immune cells within your body.

ENHANCE PROTEIN UTILIZATION

Probiotics allow you to absorb more of the amino acids from the protein you consume. These amino acids will help with muscle growth.

10%

OF PROFITS GO TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE.

100%

OF OUR BANANAS ARE
SOURCED FROM SMALL
FAMILY OWNED FARMS

10% of our profits go towards GREEN NET to convert our existing banana farmers to organic banana farmers.

200+

FAMILIES WILL BE CONVERTED TO ORGANIC FARMING OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS.

This transition will be documented and shared on our social media platforms where we will keep track of each key step of the conversion.

GREEN NET is a social enterprise which, over 25 years, has converted thousands of small-scale farmers throughout Asia to organic agriculture and fair-trade practices. With the help of Banana Joe, GREEN NET will significantly increase the livelihoods of local farmers and their families.

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