Bunch whips up flavorful fruit-based ‘nice’ creams and saves bananas from the landfill along the way
Jen Miller is on a mission to challenge our current food system — more specifically, to tackle food waste. Bunch, her company launched just this year, uses perfectly good produce that’s too ripe to stock to make banana-based ‘nice’ creams. While the product might be free from dairy, artificial ingredients and refined sugars, the seductively named results are full of flavor: Deep Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge, Coffee Chocolate Chunk, and Cinnamon Swirl.
“I have a passion for food, health and wellness,” says Miller from her Culver City commissary, where you can pick up her hand-packed pints.
Working in kitchens throughout her life, Miller became aware of just how big a problem food waste is over the course of her culinary career. In fact, she has the statistics to prove it: up to 40% of food in the U.S. gets tossed because of factors like cosmetic imperfections and supply surplus, according to USDA estimates.
“That means roughly 72 billion pounds of perfectly good food ends up in the trash instead of on plates,” says Miller, who also donates a portion of Bunch’s proceeds to a national hunger nonprofit. “For every pint purchased, one meal is provided to a family in need.”
Last year, Miller earned her certification in plant-based cooking from PlantLab Culinary School in Venice and became holistic health-certified at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Combining her background in brand management and passion for health and wellness, Miller decided to launch her own product.
“Making banana ice cream was something I loved to do at home, and I also recognized a desire for it by its popularity on social media,” says Miller.
Miller moved from Ohio to L.A. eight years ago, and she’s never looked back.
“I’ve lived in Venice, Santa Monica and now Marina del Rey,” she says. “I love the Westside because of its proximity to the beach and the mountains. Around here, everyone is centered around taking care of themselves.”
Which makes it a perfect fit for Bunch.
— Jessica Koslow
Wednesday (April 17) is National Banana Day. Bunch will celebrate by giving free pints to followers on Instagram (@bunchicecreams) and offering delivery across L.A. through Postmates, UberEats, Doordash and GrubHub. Learn more at bunchicecream.com.