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Organic Produce Purchases Claim Record Numbers in 2014

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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

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

Early Childhood Education Program is GROWing in Ecuador

Early Childhood Education is GROWing in Ecuador

Last week we talked about the Safe Water Project that continues to thrive thanks to your wonderful support of the GROW program. We’d like to share with you that the Early Childhood Education Program in Ecuador has developed and expanded to six sponsorship areas. They are now working with 388 children, ages 3-5. Participants include sponsored children, siblings and relatives of sponsored children, and children from the communities in which Community Centers are located. Continue reading

Strong Growth in Organics in 2012

Organic Produce Industry 2012

Official organic sales figures from 2012 won’t be finalized until around the end of March, but the industry anticipates strong year-on-year improvement.

“Indications are that organic food sales continued to have strong growth during 2012 and are likely to have met the projected 9% increase over 2011 sales predicted in the Organic Trade Association’s 2012 Organic Industry Survey,” said Christine Bushway, executive director of the Brattleboro, Vt.-based OTA. Continue reading

Continuing Sustainability in 2013

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Organics Unlimited strives to uphold the best, safe practices of sustainability to ensure the finest quality products for our customers. With only a few weeks until 2013, we are looking ahead to see that our work in sustainability continues to uphold a high-level of standards for your consumers to enjoy. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Focuses on the Present to Create a Better Future

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San Diego, CA (October 4, 2012) — As Organics Unlimited heads into the fourth quarter, the company would like to remind its customers that sustainability is important for future generations. Helping merchandisers relay this message to consumers, Organics Unlimited will offer special fourth quarter point-of-purchase materials and provide tips to show the benefits of buying sustainable produce.

Rolling out the final installment of their famous quote campaign, this quarter’s print and online ads recognize Wendell Berry, a poet, activist and writer who stated, “The only possible guarantee for the future is responsible behavior in the present.” The management at Organics Unlimited works continually to enhance and add programs that will reach this goal.

“Sustainability is a key priority at Organics Unlimited,” says Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Co-Founder of Organics Unlimited. “Not only is our company focused on social responsibility with GROW [Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers], but we must always keep in mind the safety of our planet for the future.”

Materials for sustainability marketing will be available online at OrganicsUnlimited.com. Retailers who are would like to educate their customers on sustainability can look to the company’s blog at OrganicOdes.com for insights and tips.