On a hot summer day in 1981, architect Joao Suplicy took home a large broken skylight from a construction project in the hills of Curitiba, Brasil. Suplicy woke the next morning and discovered that all the grass beneath the skylight had died. This simple, unintentional experiment sparked an idea that started as a personal hobby and continued on as a family tradition. From this simple revelation, Joao constructed a natural dehydrator and tested it with fresh, peeled bananas. After just five days he had raw, organic, dehydrated bananas that tasted sweet and lasted for months. To their delight, Joao shared the organic bananas with his family and friends, but perhaps the biggest fan of all was his eldest son, Caue.
In 2001, Caue relocated to Southern California to commence his career as a professional triathlete. The Suplicy family tradition of creating organic chewy bananas carried on, as Caue shared the banana superfood with his friends and fellow athletes across the country. After ten years of competing at an elite level, Caue retired from his professional racing career. In 2010, he decided to share the Super Potassium Snack with the world and embark on a journey that would soon become Barnana.
We began our journey in Serra Do Mar Brasil to find the best organic bananas. Our Journey continued throughout South America until we found farmers who shared our belief of sustainable, organic whole foods. Equipped with the family secret, we set out to change the way the world snacks, one banana at a time. From humble beginnings in Southern Brasil to the headquarters in La Jolla, California, As the journey continues, Join us as we write our next chapter.