Notice: None of our products are intended for anyone under 14 years of Age
The Dole Foods company started as the old Castle & Cooke trading
company in 1851. Today it one of the largest suppliers of fresh fruit and vegtables in the western hemisphere. They have 7
refrigerated container ships in their fleet, the one shown is the Dole Columbia, built in 1999 and has a capacity of over
1000 (Yes I said "one thousand") forty foot long containers ! - PS: Dole Foods has over 12,000 containers in service.)
Think of this way, if the ship landed at Miami, and all its
cargo was loaded onto double stack rail container cars, the train would need to be 500 cars long just to unload this one
One of Dole's major product lines is bananas, and marketing
banana's is not as easy as it may seem. I can remember when banana's sold for a nickle a pound, and out of that price the
company had to grow them, transport them to your local store, and accept the spoilage and waste in a product that only has
a shelf life of a few days.
Another issue is the "appearance" of banana's on the store
shelf. Now be honest with yourself, do you buy the long and lean banana's, or the short stumpy ones? As it turns out
the "stumpy ones" are from the bottom of the 5 ft tall bunch of banana's that grows on the tree's, and it is sweeter than
the long and lean bananas that are further up the bunch. But the stumpy ones are more often or not the ones that stay
unsold and thrown away by the store.
Someone at Dole's came up with an idea in the early 1980's
to market these short sweet bananas to be the ideal size for packing in a child's lunch box, and started to market them as
such using a newly created cartoon character named "Bobby Banana". They even charged a slightly higher premium price for them
and the waste problem disappeared quickly.
As part of their marketing plan, they started to decorate
many of their containers with "Bobby Banana" cartoon images. (You will see a few of them in the picture of the Dole Comlumbia
Con-Cor Trains is pleased to bring you this new series of
"HO" Refrigerated 40' Containers, all with different "Bobby Banana" Cartoons on them. These will be a quick sell out, so
reserve yours immediately to avoid being disappointed.
Expected Delivery: March-April 2015
See details of our Pre-Order Program at bottom of this page.
"HO" Refrigerated Bobby Banana, side view, add end views when
we have some samples available with decoration.
Artwork Shown,Production model photo as soon as samples ready.
Pre-Orders must be placed prior to "Pre-Order Closing Date" for that specific item to guarantee delivery of that item to you.
But we encourage you to still place a Pre-Orders for the item you wish even after the closing date as
we often have a few pieces left after all confirmed Pre-Orders are shipped, and then we go to the list of Pre-Orders received after the closing date, and fill orders
based on the Date the order as received. (That means we fill the off the standby list starting with the oldest date first.) Pre-Order discount will be taken off invoice at time of shipping product.