A good logistics system improves the quality of produce to the end consumer. And depending on where you are, deciding on a produce distributor closest to your area of operations is always the best course of action to limit a carbon footprint. With Organics Unlimited’s farms in Mexico, we are able to provide our customers with the highest quality, freshest organic bananas in a short amount of time. Continue reading
San Diego, CA – Organics Unlimited has added 370 acres of certified organic banana production in Michoacan, Mexico to increase their supply of bananas. This new acreage will provide an additional six to seven loads of product per week in the summer and about four loads per week in the winter. This translates to a low in winter of 3840 cases, and a summer high of 6860 cases of bananas.
“We are very excited to expand Organics Unlimited to not only increase production for our customers, but also to ensure the growth of organic bananas in the marketplace,” says President of Organics Unlimited Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “As demand in organic produce continues to grow, this new farm will help continue to support the industry in providing more sustainable and healthy bananas to consumers.”
According to a survey run by the Organic Trade Association, organic fresh produce accounts for 90.8% of all organic fruit and vegetable sales. Organic fresh produce also saw an increase in sales by a little more than 13% in 2012 to $9.7 billion, and it is expected to increase this year.
“Adding more acreage in Michoacan will help provide current and future customers the opportunity to request more produce at a convenient location,” states Manager of Operations and Logistics of Organics Unlimited Marco Garcia. “Having our farms near the U.S. and Mexican border allows for lower carbon footprint and quicker distribution for a fresher product.”
Consumers will often buy organic products in a quest to be healthier. They have images of harmful chemicals being introduced into their diets, and for that reason, they will often feel they can compromise their need for organic produce when it comes to a fruit like bananas that has a peel that they remove before they eat it. Continue reading
They say the way into the heart is through their stomach, which is why sampling your products is one of the best tactics to influence your consumers to buy. With so much debate on GMO, food productions, and health conscious options, organic bananas are the perfect choice to sample in your store. And to gain the maximum amount of customers your best bet is to reach out to children. Continue reading
San Diego, CA (February 18, 2014) – Organics Unlimited Inc. has announced the hiring of Marco A. Garcia as Manager of Operations and Logistics and George Pazos as Controller to further its pursuit of becoming one of the largest competitors in the market for organic bananas.
Organics Unlimited President Mayra Velazquez de Leon recognizes the growing trend in organic products. “We have an incredible opportunity in this emerging market, and we wish to not only continue our excellence in product quality and customer service, but further expand our distribution across the U.S. and international markets. George and Marco are here to do just that.” In addition, Mayra believes, “George and Marco are making an immediate impact in the company, capitalizing on our national brand recognition and expanding our distribution centers across the country.”
Marco brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in supply chain management and a passion for superior customer service. He was previously the Regional Logistics Manager for six years at Heineken Mexico where he managed the company’s supply chain in adherence to compliance and quality assurance. “I pledge to promote continued growth by reinforcing our company’s prestige and image through excellent customer service,” said Garcia.
George Pazos has over ten years of financial and human resources experience in multiple industries. Earlier in his career, George served as a purveyor of fine fruits and vegetables for Andrews Produce Company. In his most recent positions, he was the Payroll Specialist and Human Resources Manager for M Bar C Construction as well as the Human Resources and Purchasing Director for Marine Group Boat Works. “I am inspired by Organics Unlimited’s dedication to social responsibility. A major factor for my joining the team was the GROW program and the wonderful opportunities it provides for farm workers,” said Pazos.
Organic products are becoming increasingly popular among consumers in the United States. According to a USDA report released on October 24, 2013, industry analysts estimate that U.S. organic food sales were $28 billion in 2012 (over 4 percent of total at-home food sales), up 11 percent from 2011. The organic industry is predicted to generate an estimated 42 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. In addition, the top U.S. organic product imports in 2013 were bananas, which valued close to $215 million.
With an eye on expanding its market and buoyed by strong demand, Organics Unlimited has increased its organic banana acreage.
“Organics Unlimited is an organic banana grower in Mexico, and we also pack and import all of our bananas to the United States for distribution there,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, who, with her husband, Manuel, owns and operates Organics Unlimited in San Diego. “Distribution is from our warehouse in San Diego, where we sell to both chains who have ripening capabilities and wholesalers who ripen.” Continue reading
As you prepare for the New Year today, think bigger for your New Years resolution. Set sustainability goals for your business that will not only improve the way your company works and could help cut costs, but also the help the planet in the process.
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As GROW, the non-profit label of Organics Unlimited, continues to flourish, the more opportunities the workers and families in the banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador gain. One of the wonderful places our funds go to is Project Amigo, a non-profit organization that helps poor children of Colima, Mexico achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school and improve their access to higher education. This month was their annual Christmas Fiesta. Continue reading
Sustainability is important to many consumers these days. As they try to be more conscious of the impact we have on the Earth, what better way to show them you care than to help them understand the sustainable programs of your favorite banana company? Continue reading