(March 14) Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International Inc. has found a way to keep bananas fresher so they can be sold singly in convenience stores, coffee shops and drug stores, the Boston Globe reported.

Chiquita worked with Gen3 Partners Inc., Boston, a consulting firm that developed a way to delay the banana ripening process.

Bananas destined for non-grocery stores are laid on top of one another in boxes covered with a semi-permeable membrane.

The packaging controls the flow of carbon dioxide and delays ripening until the box is opened, according to the Globe report.