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GROW Scholar Takes Leadership Role at Organics Unlimited

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San Diego, CA (March 18, 2014) – Alberto Ramirez Rivera, former GROW scholar who graduated in 2012 from the University of Colima with a major in agronomy, has recently joined the farming operations of Organics Unlimited. Ramirez is the new general manager of production at Rancho El Tesoro, the company-owned banana farms in southern Mexico.

“We are excited to have Alberto as a part of our growing team in Mexico,” said Organics Unlimited President Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “He was an outstanding student and a natural leader from the time he joined the GROW program in junior high school. When the position became available, we sought him out based on what we had previously seen with his interest and commitment both to our program and with his work ethic.”

Beto, Production Manager

In his new position, Ramirez is responsible for the quality of the fruit, from planting through harvesting. This includes the application of organic fertilizers, protection from pests and quality control at harvest. “Throughout my studies I have had a passion for organic growing and the benefits for both the workers and the environment,” said Ramirez. “I am very proud to be part of this great organization.” Ramirez worked as a young boy on banana farms in the local area, and is one of 44 students who have now completed university studies through the GROW program.

The GROW program was started by Organics Unlimited in 2005 to help the communities in the areas where their bananas are grown. Since that time, the program has provided over $750,000 for programs in Mexico and Ecuador that cover a variety of social issues: education from elementary to university level students, safe drinking water, vision clinics, dental clinics and early childhood education. All funding for GROW is through a small surcharge on the sale of GROW bananas.

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

Safe Water Project Continues to GROW in Ecuador

GROW Safe Water Project Continues in Ecuador

Thanks to your support of the GROW program, Children International made a Safe Water Project possible in the Flor de Bastión Cooperative area of Guayaquil, Ecuador. A total of 400 families are being served by this project – impacting about 1,500 people. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Sends Lucky Winner to GROW Volunteer Week in Mexico

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San Diego, CA (December 11, 2013) – Following GROW Month in September, a month-long awareness campaign for their non-profit banana label, Organics Unlimited co-hosted a giveaway with San Diego grocer Jimbo’s…Naturally. Karla “Sam” Gonzalez has been chosen as the giveaway winner and will be taking her brother along on a weeklong, all-expenses paid volunteer experience with GROW to Colima, Mexico in March 2014.

“What interested me in the contest was the opportunity to go learn and see a new place which I otherwise couldn’t have afforded,” states Gonzalez, a San Diego resident, born in Mexicali, Baja California. “I’m most excited to see how my life may have been different had my mom stayed in Mexico. And I’m hoping to learn new things about my culture and help others in any way I can.”

Sam, as she likes to be called, will be partaking in a Literacy and Environment volunteer week which offers visitors a unique and fulfilling combination of service and ecological discovery. Volunteers assist in various regional literacy projects with disadvantaged children and youth, and enjoy a variety of ecological immersions with local experts in birding, botany, agriculture and volcanology, in a variety of settings from the Pacific Coast to the local volcanoes of Colima.

“We’re very excited to share what we do with GROW with someone who supports our efforts in the non-profit community,” says President and Co-Founder of Organics Unlimited, Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We hope she and her brother are able to takeaway a lifetime experience that they can pass on to their friends and family.”

Currently Sam works as a customer service manager for a health and safety office in San Diego County as well as a CPR, First Aid, BBP, and AED instructor. She is involved with a local volunteer program for her daughter’s sixth grade class called Classroom Parent.

“I’ve shopped at Jimbo’s for about four years. My daughter loves their Mac and Cheese,” exclaims Gonzalez. “I’ve been eating organic bananas from Jimbo’s for about six months, and I buy GROW bananas because they taste good and are reasonably priced.”

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

Christmas Fiesta 2013 Pinata

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

Sustainable Trend Requires Education Efforts

Sustainable Trend Requires Education Efforts

Organic, Fair Trade and other sustainable solutions remain popular with banana companies, and companies continue the education efforts needed to promote those programs. Continue reading

Retailers Focus on Bananas with Good Results

Retailers Focus on Bananas with Good Results

Banana suppliers know retailers are the key to increasing sales, and lately they’ve seen an increase in interest about growing the category. Continue reading