(Feb. 24) Bananas, sometimes marketed as the ultimate convenience food, are making their way to convenience stores.

Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Feb. 22 it has reached an agreement with Core-Mark International, a convenience-store distributor, to supply more than 5,000 C-store units with bananas by the end of the year.

“We are confident this offer will resonate with convenience store consumers and will help our customers grow their sales profitably,” Core-Mark’s chief executive officer Mike Walsh said in a news release.

The program recently tested successfully at more than 200 convenience stores in the Midwest, said Mike Mitchell, Chiquita’s director of corporate communications.

He declined to comment on the volume of bananas involved in the program.