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17 Fun Alternative Uses of Bananas for Kids

17 Fun Alternative Uses for Bananas for Kids

Did you know there are many alternative uses bananas other than eating them? That’s because bananas are a super fruit with so many interesting qualities and characteristics that cannot be contained; it’s ripe with opportunity to be used for more than just sustenance. Although eating nutritious and delicious bananas the biggest selling point in stores, try these 17 fun alternatives for bananas that kids will be interested in. Continue reading

GROWing Outside of the Classroom with Project Amigo

GROWing Outside of the Classroom with Project Amigo

This past January, volunteers from the Project Amigo English as a Second Language Work Week assisted nearly 30 Project Amigo staff members and scholarship students on a day trip with 111 kids at La Boquita in Manzanillo. They plan to make this trip again this February. Continue reading

CONTEST: Win a Weeklong Volunteer Experience in Colima, Mexico with GROW and Project Amigo

Win a Weeklong Volunteer Experience in Colima, Mexico with GROW and Project Amigo

We are ending GROW Month this year with a spectacular chance to work alongside those who your support has benefited. Starting today, one lucky winner – and their guest – may enter to win a wonderful, all expenses paid volunteer experience in Colima, Mexico to help support Project Amigo.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Visit GROW’s Facebook page and/or Jimbo’s… Naturally
  2. Find the contest post on the top of GROW’s Facebook page and/or Jimbo’s Facebook page and Like it
  3. Answer the question on the post
  4. Contest Ends October 31

It’s that simple. Only one (1) entry per person, per page. So you will have two (2) ways you may enter to win if you go to both Facebook pages.

All entries from both Facebook pages will be combined and one (1) winner will be chosen at random and announced a few days after October 31. Contest winner and guest, must be 18 years of age and legal residents of the fifty United States of America. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, another winner will be chosen. This prize is non-transferable.

The winner will have the choice to decide which volunteer week they would like to attend. See the following options:

Literacy and Environment:
November 9-17, 2013

Christmas Fiesta:
December 7-15, 2013

English as a Second Language:
January 5-18, 2014

Preventive Dental:
February 1-8, 2014

Literacy and Environment:
March 15-22, 2014

Literacy and Environment:
November 8-15, 2014

Christmas Fiesta:
December 6-14, 2014

(Learn more about Project Amigo Volunteer activities here.)

Check out the images below to see your accommodations:

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Your flight and accommodations, including food, travel in Mexico, and housing will be paid for on your behalf by Organics Unlimited, founding organization of GROW bananas.

The estimated costs of the volunteer experience $1,200 per person, which includes double-occupancy accommodations, all meals, all transportation within Mexico, entertainment and cultural activities, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. This cost excludes the flight costs, which will vary depending on desired volunteer week and location of winner.

Disclaimer: Jimbo’s…Naturally is not liable for any part of rewarding the winner. It is the sole responsibility of Organics Unlimited and GROW. Winner and guest are responsible to have a passport in their possession at time of trip.

No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. By entering any contest run by Organics Unlimited, you agree to abide by the following terms including all eligibility requirements and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. 

Safe Water Project Testimonials from Children International

Safe Water Project Testimonials from Children International

Organics Unlimited is always looking for new ways in which we can help our communities benefit from the GROW program. We spoke previously regarding the work that Children International-Guayaquil is doing in Ecuador to provide clean water. It’s always nice to hear how the projects we support are doing and we’d like to share with you updates on how it has  affected the lives you are supporting when you purchase GROW bananas.
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Build the Importance of Community

GROW Students

The economy is slowly picking back up, but it’s always a good idea to maintain a strong sense of community with your customers. You are their most reliable source of sustenance and you must instill a sense of trust as their primary food handler. Give your customers a reason to see that you are more than just a grocery store, but an outlet for positive change.  Continue reading

GROW Bananas Now in Canada

Organics Unlimited Logo

San Diego (June 26, 2013) Organics Unlimited of San Diego, CA has announced that they will be introducing GROW bananas to the western Canadian market through Pro Organics of British Columbia. Starting in July, GROW bananas will be available to retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon.

“Pro Organics has supported Organics Unlimited for many years, and we felt the time was right to make a 100% commitment to the GROW label. We strongly support giving back to the communities that produce our food,” stated Steve Boyle of Pro Organics. “The GROW program is all about giving resources and opportunities to the people working at the farm level, and Pro Organics is pleased to partner with Organics Unlimited in that endeavor.” Pro Organics is Canada’s organic fresh food leader with nearly 25 years of service to the trade.

“Pro Organics has been a long time customer of Organics Unlimited, but this will be the Canadian introduction of our GROW brand starting in July,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited. GROW is a program that was started by Organics Unlimited in 2005 to provide support to communities where the bananas are grown in a very direct way without high administrative costs.

Through a small surcharge on each box of bananas, the program has now generated over $500,000 in educational and health-related support programs in Mexico and Ecuador.  “We feel GROW has been very effective in giving the workers, their families and their communities the type of benefits that they need, without the higher costs associated with some of the more well publicized programs intended to protect the workers,” said Velazquez.

Looking Back at 2012 and Moving Ahead to 2013

Mayra, Manuel, Ted and Susan Organics Unlimited

It has been a wonderful year for Organics Unlimited, and it is all thanks to you, our loyal and amazing customers. We wanted to write and say thank you and reflect on how far we have come this past year. There has been great movement within our company and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help.

Over the course of 2012, Organics Unlimited has been campaigning four key messages that promote quality, healthy lifestyles, GROW, and sustainability. Each quarter, we have utilized a famous quote by a historic figure that represented the ideals of each message. Throughout each quarter we integrated each quote in our marketing with great success.

Organics Unlimited not only introduced a bright new marketing campaign, but also fully redesigned websites for both the company and GROW. Each website has been improved to create more user-friendly interactivity. GROW was given its own website to branch off and focus more on the consumer side while the Organics Unlimited’s website maintains business communications.

GROW Month was just as successful as ever. Many retailers pushed our company’s nonprofit arm while consumer awareness grew. Our total year end donations have come to reach almost $68,000. We would like to take this chance to thank everyone who has made the effort to donate to our cause. You can head on over to the International Community Foundation’s website to donate today!

As for the blog, you can see that we have continually kept up each week to provide useful information to increase sales and generate new ideas to bring to your produce marketing in stores. Organic Odes has also established a recipe column that promotes the use of food demos to drive interest with fun, new recipes each week.

For retailers and distributors interested in obtaining resources to help promote our produce, we have developed a brand new online store that allows you accessibility to our merchandising point-of-purchase materials. Click here to access the Organics Unlimited POP online store. Click here to access Fair Trade USA’s POP online store.

As for our continual growth as a company, this year we have branched further east into Texas, and we will continue to expand our outreach to other distributors across the United States and around the world. Our partnership with Japanese retailers remains as strong as ever, and we look forward to providing others with all that we have to offer.

If you’d like to be involved and to learn more about Organics Unlimited, GROW, or how you can obtain Fair Trade Label Organics Unlimited bananas, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com, GROWBananas.org, or call (619) 710-0658.

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Be sure to follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter as well as GROW on Facebook and Twitter!

Consumer Outreach Builds as Organics Unlimited Kicks Off GROW Month

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San Diego, CA (September 18, 2012) At the midpoint of GROW Month, the GROW Program boasts great support from retailers and consumers spreading awareness. Everyone is pitching in to increase sales of GROW label bananas up and down the West coast.

Since GROW Month began, Organics Unlimited has seen significant increase in interest of their GROW label bananas. New in-store, point-of-purchase materials have become available, and are registering well with retail traffic. Retailers are downloading promotional materials on OrganicsUnlimited.com to help educate customers on the benefits of GROW bananas. These brand new POP materials are a great focal point for improving GROW banana displays. (Click the image below to enlarge)

GROW-POP-banner-2012

“It is wonderful to see all of this support from our customers,” says Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Co-Founder of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “The GROW Program means a lot to the communities we are helping, and we are very thankful to all of our customers who share this enthusiasm.”

GROW Month is hosted by Organics Unlimited throughout September and strives to increase sales and awareness of the GROW Program. With each purchase, a portion of the revenue is donated to the GROW Fund, which benefits workers, families and communities in the banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador.

Organics Unlimited is helping retailers with sampling events and contests as well as providing point-of-purchase materials, including display signs, recipe cards, banana bags, and more. Not only are retailers getting involved, so are food bloggers looking to create buzz with delicious recipes that call for GROW bananas.

Support GROW to Protect a Vision

The GROW fund started in 2005, and since then it has provided excellent vision clinics for workers and their families in the area where GROW bananas are grown.

Like the GROW dental clinics, volunteers go down to Mexico to help coordinate and manage the vision clinics for those who would like their eyesight evaluated. A worker’s eyesight is extremely important on the job, but poor vision also impacts their lives. Every year GROW provides hundreds of pairs of glasses to bring a clearer world to these workers. Continue reading