USDA Expands Organic Sales Tracking

USDA Expands Organic Sales Tracking

Organics don’t dominate in the fresh produce aisle, but produce is by far the leading organic food category with 43% of organic food sales in 2012 being fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the journal’s statistics in its “Organic Market Overview” earlier this year. The government agency does not track sales of all organic commodities, but relies on industry and academia to provide some statistics on organic sales. Continue reading

Recipe: Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

Recipe Banana-Cinnamon Waffles

National Waffle Day was yesterday, but we think there is still cause to celebrate with this deliciously wonderful recipe for banana-cinnamon waffles. Because not only is National Waffle Day an incredible reason to try this recipe, it is also Banana Lovers Day on August 27. The combination of warm fluffy waffles and bananas is a breakfast made in heaven. Continue reading

Support Healthier Lunches for Back to School!

GROW Healthier Lunches for Back to School

September is just around the corner and families are wrapping up their summer vacations. Now more than ever, your customers have started shopping for back to school lunches. Just as eating healthy for adults is currently a big trend, parents are also encouraging their children to eat healthy. Back to school means opportunities to create new promotions for sales; make sure you are emphasizing the importance of healthy eating in your back to school promotions. Continue reading

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Caterpillar

Recipe Peanut Butter Banana Caterpillar

Since we partnered with Produce For Kids in their Power Your Lunchbox campaign to for parents to pledge to pack healthier lunches, we found this wonderful banana recipe that is quick, easy and fun for all ages. This little peanut butter banana caterpillar gives kids something enjoyable to discover in their lunches when they open them up and is fun to share with their friends. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Celebrates Ninth Annual GROW Month this September

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San Diego, CA –  Every September Organics Unlimited celebrates GROW Month, a time when more emphasis on the GROW program is placed on consumer awareness. Having raised over $1 million in support for scholarships, educational programs, and health clinics in the banana growing regions of Ecuador and Mexico, GROW Month has become a very important part in retailer promotions.

“Every year we see GROW Month expand among our customers,” states Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Founder of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “I have nothing but gratitude towards the enthusiasm and support our customers show for GROW.”

From 2012 to 2013, GROW support increased by almost 250 percent. This year, GROW has raised almost $200,000 in funds to help continue their efforts in social responsibility. Proceeds of the funds go to Children International and Project Amigo to help build opportunities for the workers, their families and their communities.

“It is very important to us that our customers have all the essential tools and information they need to raise the awareness of the GROW program to encourage the efforts supported with the purchase of every organic GROW banana,” says Velazquez de Leon. “We are all working together to change lives for the better.”

Organics Unlimited continues to offer free point-of-purchase materials to their customers. Complete with header cards, recipe cards, and other signage, all items in the free online store by Organics Unlimited is available for free download for self-printing. Printing is available at a reasonable cost. Banana bags are also available for special order.

GROW: Letters from Ecuador Tutors and Children

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With your support of GROW, we are able to continue funding educational programs in Mexico and Ecuador to help families and workers gain better opportunities. GROW supports to Children International who has created a tutoring program in Guayaquil, Ecuador and has delivered a few heartwarming letters from the tutors and children.  Continue reading

Recipe: Baked Oatmeal with Bananas

Recipe Baked Oatmeal with Bananas

Warm, rich, and just the right amount of flavor, this recipe for baked oatmeal with bananas is the breakfast of champions. Packing a ton of comfort, there is little that can compare to this extraordinary delight. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so may this recipe a priority! Continue reading