When considering how to provide the freshest, highest-quality bananas to retailers and distributors, it’s important to think of the logistical chain and ensuring the quality of the product throughout the growing and shipping process. From the soil to the storage of the bananas before distributors pick up their orders, Marco, the Operations & Logistic Manager for Organics Unlimited, oversees the entire process. He shares more information about how our organic bananas are grown, picked and transferred, all with quality in mind. Continue reading
As you walk into the supermarket, you see a mind-boggling variety of fruits and vegetables. But have you ever wondered whether the attractive looking fruits which promise you that extra pulp and sweetness might not be your ideal health choice. Now there is a way to choose smartly and differentiate between conventionally grown, organically grown and genetically modified fruits by reading their labels carefully. Continue reading
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According to Grocery Headquarters and the Organic Trade Association (OTA), sales of organic food and non-food products set an all-time record in the U.S. in 2014. Sales jumped to $39.1 billion, which is 11.3% more than the previous year.
Organic food sales alone accounts for $35.9 billion of that market, which is an 11% rise from the previous year.
The majority of households purchase organic items on a regular basis; 80% of households polled in the South and 90% on the West Coast and New England buy organic items at supermarkets and retail stores, up from 68% in 2013. OTA research has found that there are no regional, demographic or partisan boundaries when it comes to purchasing organic foods. Continue reading
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The Fourth of July holiday is a time for family and friends to gather, relax and enjoy great summer weather. There is no doubt that many parents will be making grocery store runs prior to the holiday to stock up on kid-friendly and crowd-pleasing snacks. Not only are organic bananas a healthy and portable snack or breakfast item, children can create plenty of adventurous crafts using the fruit. By creating banana-themed craft displays or providing instructions on how to create them, you can boost banana sales and provide parents with a delightful way to keep children entertained. Continue reading
Here are 10 beauty tricks you never knew you could do with bananas. While they help with your physical health and well-being, bananas also help maintain your youth and beauty. Try these at home and share your results with us. Don’t forget to tag #GROWTURNS10 on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram when writing about our GROW organically fresh bananas. Continue reading
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
It’s been a great 2014, and we are thankful for all our customers and GROW supporters who continue to choose Organics Unlimited. As we move into 2015, we promise to keep delivering only the freshest, most delicious sustainable organic bananas on the market. What are your objectives for 2015 and how can you plan ahead? Continue reading