Organic Category is Up 11 Percent as of 2014

OUUNITED STATES – The organic train continues across the continent, full steam ahead.

The organic industry reported that the category made an 11.3 percent leap, and the trend is not restricted to any particular region. Continue reading

Stress Less with Organic Bananas

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Alice at shyintroverts.wordpress.com.

For many in the United States, this week is a particularly stressful one. Wednesday, April 15 was Tax Day, and some procrastinators may have been down to the wire on filing (or may have asked for an extension). Whether your source of stress this week is looming taxes or another cause, the majority of Americans could use a bit more relaxation in their lives.

Which brings us to the topic of bananas. Most consumers are aware that there’s a high amount of potassium found in bananas, and potassium helps prevent muscle cramps. However, you can educate your customers that potassium is also an agent in stress relief. Potassium aids in the regulation of blood pressure, and this fruit actually has one of the highest potassium counts of all fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

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Photo courtesy: Angie of Friday is cake night

We all have a sweet tooth from time to time, sometimes it’s even every night, and it feels so good to satisfy it. If you are craving some chocolate cake but feel guilty because of all the oil and butter in it, try the double chocolate banana cake. Bananas and applesauce create the perfect moist texture without having to add any extra fat. It’s easy, delicious and healthy. Give it 5 minutes to prepare and 30 to bake and your taste buds (and hips) will be eternally grateful.

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Improving the Health of our Consumers and our Growers

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This week, on April 7, we celebrated World Health Day. The WHO, organizers of the international day of awareness, focused its message this year on food safety: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

The mishandling of foods can cause more than 200 diseases, from diarrhea to even cancer. This is why it’s important to make sure the food you provide to your customers is grown, transported, handled and stored using the highest of supply-chain standards. Thankfully, bananas do not often cause foodborne illnesses, but keeping the growing and supply chain processes contaminate-free is still very important.

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Banana Almond Baked Oatmeal Cups (Vegan)

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Photo courtesy: Erica of Coffee & Quinoa

In honor of World Health Day, we thought we would provide you with a healthy on-the-go breakfast, snack or dessert. This (banana almond baked oatmeal cup) takes a maximum of 35 minutes to prepare and is a healthy, delicious recipe that everyone will love. Bananas are packed with potassium, which helps keep your heart beating. While almonds are a source of vitamin E and are high in protein, they help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. This recipe provides you with the healthy nutrients you need, while allowing your sweet tooth to enjoy its sweetness. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Continues to Support its Local Communiti

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Employees from Organics Unlimited and grocer Jimbo’s… Naturally! volunteered their time to provide GROW organic bananas to runners at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday, March 29, 2015. The 5K race, held in Carlsbad, Calif., in San Diego County, attracts thousands of amateur and professional participants annually. More than 40 cases of bananas were donated, which provided race participants with key post-race nutrients including carbohydrates, potassium and sodium, which are important in helping prevent muscle cramps after exercise.

Utilizing Spring and Easter Colors in Fruit Displays

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Spring has officially arrived, and with it comes the anticipation of color; soon, we will see tender green stems poking up from the soil. Flowers will bloom. Grass will grow. And vibrant colors will abound in nature and in grocery stores.

While bananas are a perennial fruit in the U.S.  – an astounding 96% of American households buy bananas at least once a month – it will soon be joined in stores by other in-season, colorful spring favorites: honeydew melons, blueberries, apricots, strawberries, and more. Banana merchandisers can capitalize on the beauty of these fellow fruits and create vivid, visual displays. No matter what surrounds them, bananas will always stand out due to their color, unique shape and international appeal.

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