The produce section can be a profitable department in any natural products business. While customers may come in to purchase supplements on a monthly basis, a well thought out produce department can keep them coming back multiple times throughout the week. In 2012, perishable goods averaged over $1.5 million of sales per natural products store, with over one-third from fresh produce alone (1). However, there are several key items to focus on to run a successful produce section. Continue reading
A new Appalachian State University study, which compared bananas to a sports drink during intense cycling, found that naners offered several advantages. In addition to providing antioxidants not found in sports drinks, they pack more nutrients and a healthier blend of natural sugars. In the study, trained cyclists gulped either a cup of a carb-rich drink or downed half a banana every 15 minutes during a two and a half to three hour road race. Blood samples taken before and after revealed that the cyclists experienced similar performance effects, and a greater shift in dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in movement and mood after eating the bananas. Some research also indicates that inadequate dopamine may be tied to obesity. Continue reading
San Diego, CA (May 29, 2012) There is a growing demand for coconuts as consumers begin to realize the beneficial properties of organic coconuts and coconut water. Organics Unlimited, supplier of mature organic coconuts from Mexico, has partnered with Truly Raw Gourmet to provide coconuts for their coconut cream used in making their sorbets without losing sight of their organic promise.
“We did a lot of research to find a company that could provide us with a completely organic, mature coconut,” says Truly Raw Gourmet owner, Kippy Miller. “The other coconuts we found were young Thai coconuts, which require dipping in order to maintain quality in shipping. This dipping process involves chemicals, which concerns us in maintaining the organic nature of our product. Although many raw food companies will use these, we have chosen to stay organic. Organics Unlimited was the only company to offer mature organic coconuts that were not dipped.”
Truly Raw Gourmet is very particular in their choice of ingredients for their sorbets. Their goal is to provide a truly healthy product that is also exquisite in taste. In addition to the coconuts from Organics Unlimited, all sorbets contain locally grown fresh organic fruit in season and local raw unheated honey. And everything is packed for the consumer in eco-glass packaging to maintain its purity and healthful properties.
The partnership between Organics Unlimited and Truly Raw Gourmet is based on the altruism to sustainability in both organizations. “We have discussed the way we grow our coconuts in Mexico with Both Kippy and her partner Max Wolfe,” said Organics Unlimited president Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “Our focus on making sure our workers are treated well and receive fair wages was very important to Truly Raw Gourmet.”
The benefit of providing a lower carbon footprint because of the shorter distance the fruit travels before reaching the US is a part of providing more sustainable products. The need Truly Raw Gourmet has for transparency in sourcing and operations has provided a strong synergy that has made this collaboration successful not only economically, but also philosophically.