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Happy Thanksgiving from Organics Unlimited and GROW

Happy Thanksgiving from Organics Unlimited and GROW 2015

From all of us at Organics Unlimited, we’d like to express our thanks to all our dedicated retailers, distributors and organic banana consumers for your support throughout the year. Thanksgiving is always a great time to reflect upon the positive moments throughout the year. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Responds to the FDA Comment Period on the Term ‘Natural’ in Food Labeling

Organics Unlimited Naturally Delicious

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a public comment period on November 12 for those seeking to share their thoughts on the regulation of the word “natural” on food labels. This action came as a result of a series of petitions to the FDA prompted more insight into the term. The Packer states that three petitions asked FDA to define the term “natural” and one asked that the term be prohibited on food labels.

The FDA provides a series of prompts for comments. The organization is interested in knowing public thoughts on items such as:

  • Should we define, through rulemaking, the term “natural?” Why or why not?
  • Should we prohibit the term “natural” in food labeling? Why or why not?
  • If we define the term “natural,” what types of food should be allowed to bear the term “natural?”
  • Should only raw agricultural commodities be able to bear the term? Why or why not? Section 201(r) of the FD&C Act defines the term “raw agricultural commodity” as “any food in its raw or natural state, including all fruits that are washed, colored, or otherwise treated in their unpeeled natural form prior to marketing.”

At Organics Unlimited, we feel this is a conversation growers, distributors, retailers and consumers should be a part of, particularly those connected with the organic food industry.

“It’s clear that consumers are concerned with the foods they choose and the conversations surrounding defining the term ‘natural’ will prove to be just as significant as the ones surrounding the definition of ‘organic’,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, CEO of Organics Unlimited, in a statement for The Packer.

“Organics Unlimited believes there should be parameters around how to use ‘natural’ on a label,” said Velazquez de Leon. “It should signify that no artificial additives are within the food itself, such as dyes, but also that food production and manufacturing processes are held to the same standards, meaning no synthetic pesticides, pasteurization or other artificial growing methods can be used in a ‘natural’ product.”

Organics Unlimited believes consumers should know exactly what they are purchasing and ingesting. Our organic products adhere to these standards and feel that, in order to keep consumers safe, terms such as “natural” are important to define on food labeling.

We encourage our retailers and distributors to share their comments with the FDA as well. The commenting period runs through February 10. Stakeholders, including consumers and growers, can submit their comments for FDA review during this time. You can also share your thoughts with Organics Unlimited directly by emailing

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It’s Time to Liven Up Lunchboxes

banana4-1024x764 Bananafly OC Mom BlogImage courtesy of OC Mom Blog

School has been in session for a few months and your customers with kiddos may be running out of ideas for healthy lunchbox items. By creating appealing and nutritious packable dishes, parents can help their children get the fuel they need throughout the day. And, the more fun the items, the more fun kids will have eating them.

Retailers can promote more Organics Unlimited banana sales and help busy moms with meal planning by creating recipe cards for customers to take home with them. Recipes can also be shared in weekly mailers or newsletters. Continue reading

Tips for Merchandising Organic Bananas this Fall and Winter

Ashland Food Co-op DisplayAn example of how Ashland Food Co-op uses organic bananas to anchor a display of football-party necessities.

As a grower of high quality organic bananas, we are proud of the product we provide to our retailers and distributors. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our fruit reaches consumers in pristine condition, ready-to-eat, so they can experience the naturally delicious taste of Organics Unlimited bananas. Therefore, we work to provide tips on how to merchandise and display organic bananas to move them through your store quickly, guaranteeing you a return on investment and happy, repeat customers.

To provide you some fall and holiday merchandising ideas, we solicited the help of Ashland Food Co-op, a retailer in Oregon that sells Organics Unlimited produce. Continue reading

Update on Damage from Hurricane Patricia

Update on Damage from Hurricane Patricia

As Hurricane Patricia has dissipated, the Organics Unlimited team has begun to assess the damage incurred by the storm. Thankfully, since the hurricane quickly lost strength once reaching land, the devastation across the entire Colima region of Mexico was less than expected.

We are happy to report that problems at the Organics Unlimited farms appear to be minimal in comparison to what was predicted from the powerful storm. The team began to clear away downed trees and assess farm damage on Sunday, and those activities will continue throughout this week. Operations are up and running and there will be no gap in organic banana supply to our distributors and retailers. Continue reading

Hurricane Patricia and its Effect on Organics Unlimited Produce

Hurricane Patricia Mexico

Hurricane Patricia made her way through Colima and the surrounding area, including many of the Organics Unlimited farms. The strongest storm ever measured, Hurricane Patricia is a category 5 hurricane that had the power to produce 200 mph winds and waves up to 40 feet tall. The 7 million residents of Puerto Vallarta, Colima, Manzanillo and the surrounding areas prepared for the fierce storm. Continue reading

Organic Conversations Grow at the PMA 2015 Fresh Summit

Organics Unlimited 2014 PMA Fresh Summit

Leading into the PMA 2015 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Atlanta on October 23-25, there’s a lot of buzz about what attendees can expect from exhibitors and speakers. More than 3,900 retail and foodservice buyers will be attending. They will browse the more than 1,000 exhibitor booths and displays, attend the 15 workshops and share ideas with other industry professionals on what’s trending in fresh produce for the 2016 year. Continue reading