Prepare for Summer: Merchandising and Display Ideas

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Hammocks (such as this miniature one) can be used in organic banana displays as a way to evoke summer fun. Photo courtesy of The Hammock Shack on etsy.com.

As Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer around the nation, consider using the holiday weekend to change up your merchandising. Creating a playful produce display is a way to showcase organic bananas and other summer favorite fruits.

Fruit salad is a summer picnic and party staple. Create the illusion of a large fruit salad using a circular fruit display. Section off the round display into pie-shaped segments and fill each with a type of fruit, creating a colorful pinwheel. Top off the effect by placing an oversize bowl or basket in the center of the display and filling it with unpeeled and uncut fruit. This merchandising display is not only visually appealing, but useful; all a customer has to do is walk around the display and pick their favorites to make a fruit salad for their friends and family. Here’s a Guava Banana Fruit Salad recipe you can share with your customers. Continue reading

Strawberry Banana Granola Bars Recipe

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Photo courtesy: Jen of CincyShopper

You thought making your own granola bars was a lot of work? With this Strawberry Banana Granola Bars recipe, it is as easy as running to the store to buy pre-made ones. Except it’s healthier, fresher and so yummy! Your co-workers and kids’ friends will be jealous of your homemade snack bars. Don’t feel bad for craving some sweetness. It’s all natural! Continue reading

Haggen Rolls out More San Diego Stores

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About two months since grocery chain Haggen entered the California market with a Carlsbad store opening, it’s been doing well, according to one measure by an analyst.

Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of the Strategic Resource Group in New York, said four key suppliers of a wide range of grocery items told him traffic and sales are up at Haggen stores in Southern California compared to the numbers for the stores that were previously Albertsons and Safeway (known locally as Vons.) Continue reading

Bananas are a Brain Super Food

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Photo courtesy of healthyfoodstyle.com.

In 2013, President Obama proclaimed May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a critical part of overall health and wellness. What we eat plays a part in our mental health and brain function. For example, if you’re feeling particularly blue, a food that promotes serotonin production may improve your mood. An organic banana might be just what the doctor ordered!

There are a number of vitamins, minerals and amino acids within bananas that help brain function and mental health. You can help educate your customers by creating a display showcasing all the benefits of organic bananas in regards to mental health. Or, consider bringing in a nutritionist to share more information with your customers about how various nutrients are used by the body and brain. Here’s a short list of how some nutrients within bananas help improve mental health and brain function. You can use Mental Health Month to help educate your customers and sell more Organics Unlimited bananas at the same time.   Continue reading

Banana Cocoa Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Photo courtesy: Monica Matheny of The Yummy Life

Start your morning off great with this healthy and fresh, banana cocoa oatmeal. Did you ever think you would be eating oatmeal cold? It is refreshing for a hot summer morning and a great on-the-go breakfast or snack. Oatmeal contains high amounts of fiber and it is known that fiber decreases risk of high blood pressure, lowers high cholesterol and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the Dairy Council of California. This month is also National Mental Health Month, making bananas the perfect fruit to eat while celebrating this holiday. Bananas produce dopamine, which is important to keep us alert and focused as it controls the brains reward and pleasure centers. Look for our informational blog later this week that will discuss more details on bananas and mental health. Continue reading

Appreciating the Work of Teachers and Project Amigo

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Julieta helping a group of students at a homework club. Photos courtesy of GROW and Project Amigo.

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5, we wanted to share more about the dedication and work of the Project Amigo staff. With the help of GROW donations, raised through the purchase of GROW organic bananas, Project Amigo is able to aid the rural families in Mexico that live near the banana plantations. Educational scholarships pay for school uniforms, textbooks and supplies for the youth, and homework clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for students to visit after school. At each homework club location, a Project Amigo staff member serves as a teacher and provides other assistance.

Project Amigo staff not only serve as tutors and administrators for each club location, but they are mentors to many of the youth; tutors like Jorge and Julieta are role models for Project Amigo students that also want to go on to college and give back to their own communities through their chosen professions. Continue reading

Vegan Triple Banana Cake

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Photo courtesy: Janet Hudson of Vegan Feast Catering

With so many summer celebrations around the corner, all your guests will be looking for something sweet and delicious to indulge in at the end of the night. Consider the triple banana cake when prepping for your Mother’s Day celebrations. Don’t hesitate to bring out the big guns and surprise everyone with this recipe at the family barbeques for Memorial Day weekend or Fourth of July weekend. This may be a favorite recipe for those that enjoy vegan treats. Continue reading