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
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
Photo courtesy: Janet Hudson of Vegan Feast Catering
With so many summer celebrations around the corner, all your guests will be looking for something sweet and delicious to indulge in at the end of the night. Consider the triple banana cake when prepping for your Mother’s Day celebrations. Don’t hesitate to bring out the big guns and surprise everyone with this recipe at the family barbeques for Memorial Day weekend or Fourth of July weekend. This may be a favorite recipe for those that enjoy vegan treats. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of Tony Kadysewski of Fixtures Close-Up
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
Photo courtesy Jo Missoula of Jo in the Kitchen
Looking for a fast and easy dessert or snack that is just deliciously yummy? This recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and creamy, similar to a banana cream pie but without all the extra work. Did you ever think you would eat cheese and bananas together? With this delicious recipe, it’s a must have. Mascarpone is an Italian cheese of smooth, creamy, buttery texture that blends well with honey and caramel. Add a banana on top, and you’ll have your guests and family begging for more. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of Alice at shyintroverts.wordpress.com.
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
Photo courtesy of World Health Organization
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.