Tag Archives: GROW Bananas

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

Help Us GROW a Conversation

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Since 2005, GROW has strived to make a difference in communities throughout Mexico and Ecuador. With each purchase of GROW organic bananas, you are helping create new opportunities for those who would not otherwise be able to do so on their own. This year’s GROW Month has been extra special as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of the program. Although GROW month has passed, we hope you will continue celebrating and raising awareness for the rest of 2015.

In honor of our 10th anniversary we have created content to spark fun conversation around bananas and the GROW program:

Help us create more opportunities for workers and communities through your social media channels or in-store POP materials using this shareable content. Share these stories, recipes, ideas, facts and more with the hashtag #GROWTURNS10 to start a conversation and help bring more familiarity to the program. Let your customers know how much they have helped make a difference with each GROW organic banana purchased.

Thank you for being a part of GROW Month! We look forward to spending the next 10 years and beyond with you, helping to make our world a better, more sustainable place.

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Better Breakfasts Build Better Communities

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Better Breakfast Month is an unofficial holiday recognized by many school districts around the nation throughout September. The goal is to promote the importance of breakfast, both for youth and adults. Breakfast has been proven to increase academic performance of students. According to WebMD, the American Dietetic Association reports children who eat breakfast concentrate better and have increased problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination. Breakfast is important for adults, too. Nutritionally balanced breakfast can lower cholesterol levels, help control your weight and provide more energy for regular exerce. Join conversations about #BetterBreakfastMonth on social media and find inspiration for your morning plate. Continue reading

GROW Supporter PCC Natural Markets Surpasses $200,000 in Contributions

Centro Educativo Suchitlan

We are midway through GROW Month, a 30-day celebration aimed at promoting awareness for the mission of GROW and celebrating #GROWTURNS10. Over the past decade, through incredible retailer and distributor support, GROW organic purchases have provided nearly $2 million in aid for communities near Organics Unlimited banana farms in Mexico and Ecuador. Continue reading

How GROW Benefits Quality of Life in Ecuador

GROW EcudadorAs GROW celebrates a milestone of 10 years of giving back to communities in Mexico and Ecuador, we want to share information on how funds raised from GROW organic banana sales are distributed and used. Through Children International, with the help of the International Community Foundation to manage and distribute funds, GROW organic banana purchases aid communities within Ecuador. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Celebrates 10th Anniversary of GROW Beginning Sept. 1

GROW organic banana labelSAN DIEGO (Aug. 31, 2015) – Organics Unlimited is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of its nonprofit program, GROW. Throughout the month of September, Organics Unlimited will execute a special GROW Month campaign in order to raise awareness of the social responsibility program and inspire more distributors, retailers and consumers to become involved.

Since 2005, GROW has raised nearly $2 million to advance the rural Mexican and Ecuadorian communities surrounding its organic banana farms. With each box of GROW organic bananas sold to retailers and distributors, a portion of the proceeds go to the GROW fund. These donations are managed and distributed by the International Community Foundation and are used for youth educational scholarships in Mexico, clean water programs in Ecuador, dental and vision care in Mexico, micro-loans for small businesses and more.

“In celebration of the 10th anniversary of GROW organic bananas, we have released a new GROW banana label that features the special hashtag #GROWTURNS10,” said Organics Unlimited President and CEO Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We hope this limited-time GROW label will inspire consumers to become more involved with the social responsibility campaign and share how their GROW purchases are making a difference in the lives of others.”

Consumers can join in GROW Month throughout September and help raise awareness of the humanitarian work of GROW by purchasing GROW organic bananas and sharing the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tips for how to share the #GROWTURNS10 message – such as organic banana recipes, inspirational stories of GROW scholars, crafts for children and more – are available at GROWbananas.org.

Organics Unlimited encourages retailers to join in the campaign by purchasing GROW organic bananas and sharing information with consumers on how their purchases affect lives in communities in need. Organics Unlimited has created a bundle of promotional materials to help retailers and distributors share information about the mission of GROW organic bananas with their customers on social media and in-stores. For access to these materials, please contact organics@osterads.com.

About Organics Unlimited

Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic bananas from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional Organics Unlimited label as well as the GROW label. Its fruits are USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com, GrowBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog post from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, or find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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GROW by Organics Unlimited Partners with Produce for Kids during #GROWTURNS10 Campaign


SAN DIEGO (August 4, 2015) – GROW by Organics Unlimited announces a partnership with Produce for Kids in its Power Your Lunchbox campaign. This is the second year that GROW and Produce for Kids have collaborated for this digital marketing program that inspires more health-conscious lifestyles.

The Power Your Lunchbox campaign, scheduled for August 3 through September 18, encourages families and individuals to take a pledge to pack healthier lunches during the back-to-school season, utilizing GROW bananas and other participating healthy brands. For each pledge taken, Organics Unlimited and other sponsor brands will make a donation to Feeding America® children’s programs that focus on health and wellness across the country.

“GROW is celebrating 10 years in September, and partnering with Produce for Kids provides another avenue in which we can be socially responsible and give back to communities,” said CEO of Organics Unlimited, Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We are excited to join this Produce for Kids initiative and work together toward a healthier nation.”

Retailers, media and other trade organizations can support the Power Your Lunchbox program by joining GROW and Produce for Kids in a Twitter party at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, August 12.  Other back-to-school messaging and healthy eating tips will be available from GROW throughout the Power Your Lunchbox campaign.

About Organics Unlimited

Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic tropical fruit from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional label as well as the GROW label. It is USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com and GROWBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog posts from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, and find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About Produce for Kids®

Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $5 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

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