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
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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
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
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Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, and moms across the country will be treated like queens by their loving children. Those kids might need a little help in planning a special breakfast-in-bed for their moms, which means fathers or guardians will be making some grocery store visits in order to plan a love-filled morning. Continue reading
Photos courtesy of Nicole Murren. View more images of
Project Amigo in her Flickr album.
It is often all too easy to disengage and forget where our food products are grown and who works to provide us with them. But by volunteering with Project Amigo, you’ll see first-hand the communities surrounding Organics Unlimited’s plantations and gain a deeper sense of gratification by giving a hand up to children and adults in less fortunate areas of Colima, Mexico.
Project Amigo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the community since 1984 to promote education and empowerment as the means to help reduce poverty in the state of Colima, Mexico, where Organics Unlimited and GROW bananas are grown. With the financial support of GROW banana purchases, Project Amigo provides residents with literacy, vision, dental and hearing clinics and also helps establish children’s educational programs, scholarships and boarding homes. Continue reading
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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
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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.