WOODBURY, MINN. — Kowalski’s Markets is now offering Fyffes Fair Trade Certified Bananas in its 11 grocery stores.

This certification ensures customers that the bananas are sourced from farms with safe, ethical work conditions for employees. It also means that the communities in Colombia and Ecuador are being properly compensated financially.

“We are excited to partner with Kowalski’s Markets to provide their consumers with Fyffes Fair Trade Certified Bananas,” said Jack Howell, senior vice president of sales at Fyffes North America. “Fair Trade bananas help fund life-changing projects for communities and provide, fair, living wages for workers. We are proud to be able to support Kowalski’s vision of living in a better planet.”

“For Kowalski’s committing to a partnership with Fyffes on a Fair Trade banana program was an easy choice,” said Max Maddaus, produce director at Kowalski’s Market in Minneapolis/St. Paul. “Not only is the product quality fantastic, but the direct impact that Fair Trade programs have on workers, families and the communities they live in played a significant role in our decision to change. We have received an outpouring of feedback from customers expressing gratitude we support such impactful programs.”