Every week while shopping at our local wholesale store, we walk by the piles of bananas displayed on a table. Sometimes they are quite green and other times they look yellow and ripe but we have noticed that we never see any bananas that are too ripe. We wondered why and decided to ask.

A guy working in the produce department said that an important part of his job is to make sure to carry enough bananas to meet demand but not so many that they aren’t purchased before they become too ripe and need to be discarded. He proudly reported, “We regularly stay below the allowable waste of 3.8% set by corporate management. This week we only had to throw away 293 bananas.