Beans are popular with more than one-third of consumers because they are a low-priced source of protein in many diets. Vegan and vegetarian diets have grown in popularity, as both use beans as a meat replacement. Use beans’ nearly universal appeal to get them moving off your shelves.
- Lima beans contain folate, which has been shown to help prevent birth defects.
- Yellow snap beans contain vitamin C, which is a known cancer fighter.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following nutrient content descriptors for the specified varieties.
Green beans: fat-free, saturated fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free, low in calories and a good source of fiber.
Yellow snap beans: fat-free, saturated fat-free, very low sodium, cholesterol-free, low-calorie and high in vitamin C.
Lima beans: fat-free, saturated fat-free, very low sodium, cholesterol-free, a good source of fiber, a good source of potassium, a good source of iron, high in folate, a good source of phosphorus, a good source of copper and high in magnesium.
- Use beans popularity as a staple item to move other product off the shelves, including bacon bits, minced onions, dried potatoes and almondine sauce ingredients.
- Beans are available year-round, so keep them moving throughout the seasons.
- Fall: As the weather turns colder, many consumers start thinking about soup. Include beans in fall soup displays as they are a staple in many soups.
- Winter: Green bean casserole has long been a staple at many holiday tables. Promote them heavily during the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping windows. Cross-merchandise them with cream of mushroom soup, almonds and fried onions.
- Spring: Beans can be a great side dish to springtime meals. Include them in Easter and Mother’s Day promotions.
- Summer: Green beans bring back summertime memories for many. Encourage consumers to purchase green beans as a side dish for grilled meals. Let them know that beans can be grilled as well.
- Green beans and lima beans are the most familiar to most consumers. Use their knowledge of those beans to introduce consumers to other lesser-known varieties that may have similar traits.
- Include both bulk and bagged product to cater to all types of consumers.
- Place beans next to other more colorful vegetables like red cabbage or yellow squash to create an eye-catching color contrast.
- Many consumers are unfamiliar with yellow string beans. Cook them with the more familiar green beans to create an appealing side dish.
- Include several types of beans in a vegetable medley.
- Use beans as a protein replacement in vegetarian dishes.
- Beans are best when used immediately. If you need to store them, store them as they arrive as most beans do not do well with heat, and some generate their own heat when stacked. Don’t wash or snap ends off the beans before storing them.
In The Backroom
26- to 31-lb. bushel wirebound crates/bushel hampers 25- to 30-lb. cartons/crates, including semi-telescope types 20- to 22-lb. cartons 15-lb. cartons 12-oz. pre-snipped bags (retail) 10-lb. bag pre-snipped (foodservice) RPC 6419, 6420, 6423, 6425, 6426 yellow wax beans 30-lb. bushel hampers/crates 25 to 30-lb. cartons 15-lb. cartons
Snap beans U.S. fancy U.S. No. 1 U.S. combination U.S. No. 2 Shelled lima beans U.S. No. 1 U.S. combination U.S. No. 2
With the wide range of color shades available, color alone is not an indication of freeze damage. Look for russeting and other patterns of discoloration, especially on the tips. Snap/green beans Temperature: 40 to 45 F, 4.4 to 7 C Relative humidity: 95% Mist: lightly Typical shelf life: 4 to 5 days Ethylene-sensitive. Do not store or transport with commodities that produce ethylene. Highly sensitive to freezing injury. Susceptible to chilling injury. Damage sometimes is not apparent until the produce is returned to a higher temperature. Snap beans are subject to chill injury and russeting if held at temperatures below 40 F, 4.4 C. Damage may begin to show within three days. They also will become pitted and lose moisture rapidly. Snap bean containers should be stacked to allow maximum air circulation. To retain moisture content, wash beans before refrigeration. Lima beans Temperature: 37 to 41 F, 2.8 to 5 C Relative humidity: 95% Mist: lightly Typical shelf life: 4 to 5 days Susceptible to chilling injury. Damage sometimes is not apparent until the produce is returned to a higher temperature.
- Nearly 40% of consumers purchased green beans in the past year.
- Consumers making $100,000 a year or more are the most likely economic demographic to purchase green beans.
- For the third year in a row, Asian shoppers were the most likely ethnic group to purchase green beans.
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