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.
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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.
GROW by Organics Unlimited provides ongoing financial support and opportunities for banana growing regions, enriching the lives of the farm workers, their families and surrounding communities.
Since 2005, GROW has raised over $1 million, which has helped thousands of families in Mexico and Ecuador. Project Amigo, which provides educational scholarships, homework groups, study centers, dental programs and vision exams in Mexico, is one of the largest recipients of GROW funds. Continue reading
March is National Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate it than with creative promotional displays or in-store events. Last week, we spoke to you about in-store and community events that can drive traffic to your store and increase banana sales. This week, we will provide you with some nutritional benefits of bananas, developing unique promotional displays and a few tips on nutritional benefits of peanuts, since March is also National Peanut Month. Continue reading
Organics Unlimited banana’s make for a great on-the-go snack to take on a picnic or incorporate in a fruit salad for a cookout. Due to their “just in time” motto, Organics Unlimited is able to transport bananas from Mexico to the U.S. in 4 days, minimizing the carbon foot print and allowing them to deliver a fresh fruit to your store. In turn it gives your customers fresh bananas in their spring/summer snacks. Continue reading