QR Codes on Bananas – Really?

I was at the grocery store and bought a bunch of bananas. To my surprise I found a QR Code sticker on them. QR codes on fruit? What’s next?

I was at the grocery store the other day and I bought some bananas. When I got home I realized there was a QR code on one of them. Really? A QR Code on my bananas? Here’s the proof.

QR Code on Bananas

So, being the geek I am, I decided to scan it. It gave me a link to the Del Monte website. So I can explore more of their fruit products.

DelMonte Website

QR Codes are definitely a cool technology that are included on websites and other products. But having a QR Code on Bananas doesn’t seem to work. How many people would even know what the code is first of all. Secondly, who (other than a hardcore geek) is going to actually scan it with their mobile device?

What about you? Have you seen QR Codes in some strange places where they don’t seem to make sense? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.



  1. Stan Duncan

    May 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I saw a CR code the other day on a poster for a church event. I thought it was a little odd, but, like you, I scanned it and sure enough it was a nifty flier about the church. I’m thoroughly ensconced in my own church, so I wasn’t interested, but I thought it was cleverly done. Maybe its target audience was religious geeks?

  2. Austin

    May 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I see QR codes everywhere, but it’s too much trouble for me to take out my phone and launch the scanner app and then wait for my crummy 3G connection to load the website.

    I think it’s a good idea, but still too soon to be adopting QR codes on such a wide scale. Once mobile internet speed and processing time increase to the point that scans become instant – then it will be more viable.

  3. Alan Wade

    May 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I havnt seen QR codes yet but a couple of years ago in England I went into a butchers shop for sausages. “A pound of sausages” I asked for, the butcher quickly responded with “its kilo’s now sir” “ok” I said “A pound of kilo’s please”

    I got my sausages!

    • VOXPOP

      May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      BRAVO! for a sense of humour

    • Steve Krause

      June 25, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Nice. Hopefully you watched him pack it. ;)

  4. Brian Burgess

    May 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    LOL. I just thought it was strange that they put QR codes on bananas. Then, when i scanned it out of curiosity,..it just took me to the Del Monte site.

    It seems like a futile attempt at marketing. The average person isn’t going to know what it is, and secondly, who is going to scan it?

    They’re bananas!

  5. Marian

    May 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I think I will have one tattooed on my butt.

    • Aaron Ashtin

      May 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      and when scanned, takes you to an online pictures of your butt. Perfect (since the QR scanner isn’t much different than a camera)

  6. Brian Burgess

    May 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Ya know, I wonder if you could get a QR code tattooed on yourself and if a QR Code Reader would actually be able to decipher it…mmmmm….wait, YouTube has the answer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It0MNFL6SDI no way, this has to be an augmented reality app. Funny though.

  7. Devon

    May 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I insert QR codes into my resume, so potential employers (who may be a little lazy and tech savy) can quickly zap my contact info into their mobile, or visit the online version of my resume, and I have been thinking of adding some additional qr functionality as well.

    • Steve Krause

      June 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

      What do you use to create the QR Code Data?


    May 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    i have yet to see qr codes in un-likely places but i will keep a sharp eye out for them..and i don’t even own a smart phone!!


    May 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    BTW what does qr stand for? anything?

    • Steve Krause

      June 25, 2012 at 1:41 am

      QR = Quick Response Code…

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