Chiquita Bananas Honored with International Taste Institute’s Superior Taste Award

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – February 1, 2022 – The results are in! After much deliberation, the International Taste Institute has recognized Chiquita for the outstanding taste and quality of the brand’s naturally sweet bananas. Founded in 2005, the International Taste Institute is a team of enthusiastic food and taste experts who are dedicated to improving the quality of consumer food and beverage offerings. The Superior Taste Award reinforces Chiquita’s commitment to providing a top-quality banana for consumers to enjoy.

“Our mission is to help consumers by improving the food and beverage industry, and we’re happy to recognize Chiquita bananas as an authentic, natural, and high quality product with an excellent structure and well-balanced flavors” said Alan Coxon – President of the International Taste Institute’s Jury.

To determine the winners of the Superior Taste Award, a jury of more than 200 independent Chefs & Sommeliers joined from over 20 countries to evaluate each product based on the International Taste Institute’s strict tasting methodology. This methodology consists of non-biased product presentation, a blind taste test using the tasting philosophy, and a general sensory evaluation. Combined, these factors determine overall scores and ranks.

“We are honored to be recognized by the International Taste Institute with this award. At Chiquita, we pride ourselves on upholding our commitment to providing consumers with the best tasting, highest quality banana,” said Jamie Postell, Vice President of Sales North America for Chiquita. “Chiquita bananas’ sweet taste and adaptability make them a perfect stand-alone snack, addition to a hearty breakfast, or better-for-you swap in a decadent dessert.”

Rich with a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, enjoying Chiquita bananas can contribute to a well-rounded, healthier lifestyle. Each yellow banana is packed with fiber, vitamin B2, and natural sugars. These nutrients help the body stay full throughout the day and provide lasting energy without the highs and lows of a sugar spike. Bananas also have high levels of potassium, which is key for building lean muscle and protecting the heart.

About Chiquita Brands International

Chiquita is a leading global produce company that is committed to providing both consumers and customers across nearly 70 countries with the highest quality of fruit and service, making Chiquita the banana of choice. For more than 150 years, Chiquita has been proudly producing great-tasting, superior quality bananas. The brand creates a positive impact by implementing the principles of sustainability throughout its business practices under the “Behind the Blue Sticker” initiative. Chiquita’s iconic Blue Sticker has been the seal of approval for high-quality fruit, and a celebration of fun, but it also represents an unwavering commitment to sustainable farming, biodiversity and giving back to the communities in which the banana plantations operate. Great-tasting and convenient Chiquita bananas are fat-free, cholesterol-free and provide a source of potassium, fibers and vitamin B6. To learn more, visit

About International Taste Institute

The International Taste Institute performs objective sensory evaluation: its jury follows a rigorous blind-tasting methodology in which product samples are anonymised to avoid any scoring biases. In addition to scoring product performance according to the 5 standard sensory criteria, the jury provides comments as well as suggestions for further product improvement and food pairing. For more information please visit

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