Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana and Berry Green Smoothies

Recipe Peanut Butter Banana and Berry Green Smoothies

We’re going green to celebrate the first day of spring – which was yesterday. And for those who are on the go or looking for a quick, healthy smoothie we’ve got two for you today. A Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie and Berry Green Smoothie is on the menu. Both containing spinach, these smoothies are the perfect way to hide the taste and add a little extra nutrients. Continue reading

Heat Up Your Produce Sales with Tropical Fruits

Heat Up Your Produce Sales with Tropical Fruits

Take your customer away to a tropical land by promoting organic bananas and coconuts, as well as other warm destination fruits such as plantains and red bananas. Tropical fruits bring a bit of the exotic to shoppers throughout the year.
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GROW Scholar Takes Leadership Role at Organics Unlimited

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San Diego, CA (March 18, 2014) – Alberto Ramirez Rivera, former GROW scholar who graduated in 2012 from the University of Colima with a major in agronomy, has recently joined the farming operations of Organics Unlimited. Ramirez is the new general manager of production at Rancho El Tesoro, the company-owned banana farms in southern Mexico.

“We are excited to have Alberto as a part of our growing team in Mexico,” said Organics Unlimited President Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “He was an outstanding student and a natural leader from the time he joined the GROW program in junior high school. When the position became available, we sought him out based on what we had previously seen with his interest and commitment both to our program and with his work ethic.”

Beto, Production Manager

In his new position, Ramirez is responsible for the quality of the fruit, from planting through harvesting. This includes the application of organic fertilizers, protection from pests and quality control at harvest. “Throughout my studies I have had a passion for organic growing and the benefits for both the workers and the environment,” said Ramirez. “I am very proud to be part of this great organization.” Ramirez worked as a young boy on banana farms in the local area, and is one of 44 students who have now completed university studies through the GROW program.

The GROW program was started by Organics Unlimited in 2005 to help the communities in the areas where their bananas are grown. Since that time, the program has provided over $750,000 for programs in Mexico and Ecuador that cover a variety of social issues: education from elementary to university level students, safe drinking water, vision clinics, dental clinics and early childhood education. All funding for GROW is through a small surcharge on the sale of GROW bananas.

Recipe: Banoffee Pie

Recipe Banoffee Pie

In celebration of National Pi Day, we thought we would share with you something more entertaining and sweeter than an actual pi. How about a tasty recipe for a Banoffee Pie? which is inspired by a British pudding. The Banoffee Pie is a tasty creamy  recipe that is fun to make and enjoyable to eat!

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U.S. Produce Aisles Experience Volume and Sales Growth

U.S. Produce Aisles Experience Volume and Sales Growth

Revenue from U.S. produce departments rose 4.8% in 2013, averaging $47,000 per week, reported United Fresh in its annual FreshFacts on Retail.

Average weekly dollar sales grew 4.5% for fruit in comparison to 2012. For vegetables, all top 10 categories also experienced an increase in weekly dollar sales, alongside value-added fruit and fresh-cut fruit. Continue reading

Merchandise Your Organic Bananas in Preparation for Spring

Merchandise Your Organic Bananas in Preparation for Spring

The first day of spring is quickly approaching. With daylight saving time now taking into effect, your customers will want to be out and about more often, which means they will need to keep their energy levels up. Help your customers maintain their active lifestyles with organic bananas and make sure you provide them with reasons to keep coming back for more through informative merchandising. Continue reading

Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Recipe Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

As spring approaches and we continue our celebration of National Nutrition Month, we thought these chocolate peanut butter energy balls. These rich and chewy balls of fun are not only healthy, but the perfect way to ease your way into a healthy lifestyle in a delicious way. Packed full of protein, fiber and nutrients, these energy balls work before or after a workout. Continue reading