A very large and lovely ‘bunch’ of bananas are heading to beaches around the country this summer thanks to one of New Zealand’s largest and oldest fresh produce companies.

T&G Global is delighted to again be supporting the aptly named Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series which runs from December 2018 until April 2019

Heading into its twelfth summer of nationwide ocean swims, the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series attracts around 8,000 swimmers and over 20,000 supporters annually.

Swim events are scheduled for the Bay of Islands, Omaha, Auckland harbour, Rotorua, Mt Maunganui, Wellington and Nelson with every swimmer receiving a fresh banana after they cross the finish line thanks to T&G – one of the country’s largest fresh produce growers and sellers.

Scott Rice, Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series founder and event director, says having T&G on board again as a partner is a natural fit for a recreational activity that relies heavily on replenishing with hydration and nutrition after each event.

“Our swimmers are from all walks of life, ages and abilities but one thing is for certain, they are all very hungry after their swim so it’s absolutely awesome to be able to give each person a banana thanks to T&G.”

T&G’s managing director of New Zealand produce, Andrew Keaney says in total one tonne of bananas will be donated.

“T&G grows and markets just about every fruit and vegetable possible, but we thought bananas were the best fuel option for competitors, and not just because of the event name. Bananas have so many beneficial nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium and folate and refuelling after a strenuous event like ocean swimming is essential.”