Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bread

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July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day, according to NationalDayCalendar.com. This sounds like a holiday our taste buds are happy to support! Organic bananas are the perfect accompaniment to milk chocolate, and this twist on a banana bread adds a touch of sweetness with milk chocolate chips. The addition of the oats in this recipe allows you to eat it for breakfast without guilt, or serve it for a snack or dessert. Continue reading

Summer Trends in Organic Banana Sales and Merchandising

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Bananas are a hot commodity. Measured by value or by volume, bananas are the major fresh fruit imported to the United States. In organics categories, bananas are the largest organic import to the U.S. as well, boasting a $214.5 million import value in 2013.

With the summer harvest season in full swing, bananas have quite a few fresh friends in fruit departments lately. How do grocery stores and retailers continue to sell bananas when there are so many fresh fruits in season?

Thankfully, the banana is an American household staple. The Packer indicates that 84% of consumers purchased bananas at least once in the past year. Other statistics point out that more than 96% of U.S. households buy bananas at least once a month. Regardless of the season, bananas are a tried-and-true purchase for most Americans.

This means that retailers shouldn’t approach fresh produce as competition, but as additional sales opportunities. As one of the best-selling commodities in the produce department, bananas are often one of the reason consumers visit the produce department. Therefore, many merchandisers place their banana displays at the back of the store or department, allowing customers to walk through the displays of fresh fruits such as watermelons, stone fruits and berries in order to reach their staple: bananas.

Organics Unlimited expects minimal fluctuations in purchases as the seasons change, based on consistent consumer demand.

We’d love to hear your feedback. Share your thoughts and suggestions on merchandising and displaying organic bananas during the summer months by commenting below.

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Vegan Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Cake

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In the warmest days of the year, nobody wants to turn on the oven to make a dessert. Instead, opt for this no-bake banana ice cream cake for a sweet summer treat. It also happens to be vegan, dairy-free, low-calorie and very tasty. With just a few minutes in the kitchen, you can create a beautiful, guilt-free, refreshing dessert for you, your friends and your family. Continue reading

Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically Modified

Pick your fruit right – Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically modified!

As you walk into the supermarket, you see a mind-boggling variety of fruits and vegetables. But have you ever wondered whether the attractive looking fruits which promise you that extra pulp and sweetness might not be your ideal health choice. Now there is a way to choose smartly and differentiate between conventionally grown, organically grown and genetically modified fruits by reading their labels carefully. Continue reading

Celebrating GROW Students Maria Dolores and Heraclio

Maria Dolores CroppedGROW by Organics Unlimited was created 10 years ago as a way to involve consumers in raising funds to assist the communities where Organics Unlimited bananas are grown. With the financial support of GROW banana purchases, Project Amigo, a non-profit partner in Mexico, is able to provide residents of the Colima, Mexico region with literacy, vision, dental and hearing clinics and also helps establish children’s educational programs, scholarships and boarding homes. Continue reading

10 Ways to Share GROW bananas

In celebration of #GROWTURNS10, we invite you to share the message of GROW with your friends and family on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Help us spread the word about how GROW gives back! Continue reading

10 Banana Facts

Organics Unlimited DisplayBananas are often considered a super fruit. They provide many nutritional benefits for the body, but other than their vitamins and potassium, bananas have a bigger effect on our bodies that can help with quick reliefs, such as heartburn. There are also some fun facts that you may not have known. Enjoy and share them with your social network. Send us any cool banana facts that we may be missing #GROWTURNS10. Continue reading