Tag Archives: Organic Bananas

Healthy Bananas, but So Much More

Healthy Bananas, but So Much More Organics Unlimited

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

Taste the Difference: Sample Organic Bananas to Kids

Taste the Difference Sample Organic Bananas to Kids

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

Organics Unlimited Expands Team Amid Emerging Market

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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.

OU Bananas – Marco Garcia (Left) and George Pazos (Right)

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.

Organics Unlimited Increases Organic Banana Plantings in Mexico

Organics Unlimited Increases Organic Banana Plantings in Mexico

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

Make Your New Years Resolution Sustainable

Make Your New Years Resolution Sustainable

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.

Do you have sustainable goals for the New Year? Tell us in the comments section below.

From all of us at Organics Unlimited, we wish you a Happy New Year

Want to help promote sustainability?  Check out our online store for new POP materials for each of your retail locations. Contact us at info@organicsunlimited.com for login information.

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

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Project Amigo Celebrates their Christmas Fiesta

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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

Sustainable Programs at Organics Unlimited

Sustainable Programs at Organics Unlimited

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

Incorporate Sustainability into your Business Plan

Incorporate Sustainability into your Business Plan

Whether you like to admit it or not, 2014 is right around the corner and now is the best time to start thinking about your business plan for the New Year. Incorporating sustainability is a great addition to your business plan because it’s a sure fire way to set yourself apart from the competition and bring a new way of thinking to your customers to increase sales. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Gives Thanks for Sustainability this Holiday

Giving Thanks for Sustainability this Holiday

From all of us at Organics Unlimited we’d like to express our thanks to everyone for your support this holiday season. Thanksgiving is always a great time to reflect upon the positivity of sustainability.

Giving thanks can be go beyond our friends and family, our careers, our homes, and material possessions; we mustn’t forget that without the Earth we wouldn’t have such wonderful opportunities in our lives.

So remember to give thanks to the Earth this year among everything else. Remind yourself to practice sustainability in your everyday life and relay that message to your customers. Every act of kindness counts; and the more we give back and appreciate the Earth, the more we can stay here to give thanks.

We appreciate your kind words and feedback, and hope you have a fantastic holiday.

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GROW at Work in Mexico

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Occasionally we get an opportunity in our lives to do something that we feel really makes a difference.  Last week was one of those occasions for me, so I wanted to share the experience.

Through a program called Project Amigo, which is the largest recipient of funding from GROW, we have become very involved with the underprivileged children in the state of Colima, MX. 60 cents of every box of GROW bananas goes back into helping communities. And GROW allows retailers to market their bananas with a strong differentiator. If a shopper buys a GROW banana, they know they are contributing to an organization that is accomplishing great things. And it may only cost that shopper a penny or two!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis blog is about an experience volunteering during a literacy week, designed to provide help to elementary schools primarily in the rural areas of the state of Colima. Each day, we delivered libraries of books to one or two elementary schools so that these children have reading material. Additionally, each school received a set of maps – one of the world and one of the country of Mexico. And a very precious part of our “delivery” was that every student also received one book of their very own that they could take home, read, and share with their families.

As we went through the week, we found that every school had its own personality. Some had prepared programs with folk dancing for us, knowing that we were coming to visit. Some seemed to not even have realized we were coming, and were totally unprepared for a presentation. But the students in all of the schools were excited, enamored with what we were sharing with them, and eager to learn.

Scattered within the mountains of Colima are sugar cane fields, and the workers in these fields are migrants who come from further south.  The migrant camps have very minimal living conditions – central washing facilities, poorly functioning sanitation, and tin roofs over concrete lean-tos as housing for the inhabitants.  One such camp outside the town of Queseria has a small school built by Project Amigo that has classes for pre-school through first grade. Because of poverty, many of the children run barefoot year round, but because of this they are also banned from participating in some festivals. So one of the days during our Project Amigo volunteer week, we took 45 young children into the city to buy them each a pair of new shoes. Most of them have never had a bit of new clothing.

It may be hard to see the connection between a week like this and marketing bananas in the US. It certainly isn’t typically an involvement that is part of the work of marketing for a US company. But participating in a Project Amigo work week gives a depth of understanding I could never have by simply reading materials about the good works they do. These are now our kids too, and we can honestly say that when you buy a GROW banana, you are changing a life.