From left to right: Jesus Chavez (Controller), Maria Elena Ochoa (General Manager), Jairo Hernandez de los Santos (Farm Operations Manager), Manuel Velazquez de Leon (VP of Operations)
SAN DIEGO (Nov. 5, 2015) – Organics Unlimited is pleased that Jairo Antonio Hernandez de los Santos is the latest engineer to join the team in Colima, Mexico, as a Farm Operations Manager. The addition of Hernandez de los Santos ensures that the high level of quality of organic produce will not be compromised as fruit production continues to expand. Continue reading
An example of how Ashland Food Co-op uses organic bananas to anchor a display of football-party necessities.
As a grower of high quality organic bananas, we are proud of the product we provide to our retailers and distributors. We want to do everything we can to ensure that our fruit reaches consumers in pristine condition, ready-to-eat, so they can experience the naturally delicious taste of Organics Unlimited bananas. Therefore, we work to provide tips on how to merchandise and display organic bananas to move them through your store quickly, guaranteeing you a return on investment and happy, repeat customers.
To provide you some fall and holiday merchandising ideas, we solicited the help of Ashland Food Co-op, a retailer in Oregon that sells Organics Unlimited produce. Continue reading
As Hurricane Patricia has dissipated, the Organics Unlimited team has begun to assess the damage incurred by the storm. Thankfully, since the hurricane quickly lost strength once reaching land, the devastation across the entire Colima region of Mexico was less than expected.
We are happy to report that problems at the Organics Unlimited farms appear to be minimal in comparison to what was predicted from the powerful storm. The team began to clear away downed trees and assess farm damage on Sunday, and those activities will continue throughout this week. Operations are up and running and there will be no gap in organic banana supply to our distributors and retailers. Continue reading
Quality is important to Organics Unlimited. We guarantee our customers a certain level of quality in each box of organic bananas. Creating a quality product starts well before the boxes arrive in distribution centers or stores; it starts at the farm. We ensure our customers with a high level of quality by hiring knowledgeable engineers to lead the growing efforts and manage daily operation. Continue reading
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
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Plantains are oftentimes a forgotten fruit. As they can be green, yellow or black and quite hard, customers may assume they’re under-ripe or overripe and pass them by. Customers may also not understand how to cook them, knowing perhaps of only the fried methods. With a little in-store education, you can introduce your customers to an under-appreciated fruit and sell larger quantities of plantains. Continue reading
Julieta helping a group of students at a homework club. Photos courtesy of GROW and Project Amigo.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 5, we wanted to share more about the dedication and work of the Project Amigo staff. With the help of GROW donations, raised through the purchase of GROW organic bananas, Project Amigo is able to aid the rural families in Mexico that live near the banana plantations. Educational scholarships pay for school uniforms, textbooks and supplies for the youth, and homework clubs provide a safe and supportive environment for students to visit after school. At each homework club location, a Project Amigo staff member serves as a teacher and provides other assistance.
Project Amigo staff not only serve as tutors and administrators for each club location, but they are mentors to many of the youth; tutors like Jorge and Julieta are role models for Project Amigo students that also want to go on to college and give back to their own communities through their chosen professions. Continue reading