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Top Tips for Effective Merchandising of Organic Bananas

First Alternative CoopIn the world of produce sales, bananas are consistently a top-seller. However, it is important to remain proactive in increasing banana sales and keep them top-of-mind for customers. How are you merchandising the high quality, organic bananas you sell, and communicating that they are grown sustainably with a concern for the environment and for communities?

Successful merchandising can help you sell more organic bananas. Here, we pull together some of our tried-and-true tips and tricks that we’ve accrued over our decades of selling organic bananas. Continue reading

Ensuring Quality Organic Bananas Every Time

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There is nothing better than a perfectly ripe, sweet banana, just like the ones that Organics Unlimited is proud to provide. But what goes into the making of a perfect banana? There are many factors that play into quality when growing and shipping organic bananas.

At Organics Unlimited, our focus on quality starts at the very beginning, with the soil meeting certain conditions that allow us to certify our bananas as organic. When a banana begins its journey from our farms to your table, the very first step after picking is washing and packing. It is then that the bananas are ready for transport and storage. Because bananas undergo biochemical reactions as they mature, it is particularly important that attention is paid to transport and storage conditions. Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Helps Organically Grown Company Celebrate $1 Million Donation Milestone to the GROW Fund

GROW scholars Thank YouNorthwest-based organic distributor of GROW by Organics Unlimited, Organically Grown Company (OGC), recently reached an impressive milestone, announcing the donation of $1 million to the GROW program through 10 years of sales. OGC committed to purchasing its organic bananas exclusively from GROW beginning in 2005 when the brand was first introduced by Organics Unlimited. Together, with the cooperation of its retail customers, the company celebrates this philanthropic achievement. Continue reading

Promote Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Consumer Health

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We all know that fruits and vegetables are a key component to a healthy diet, and now we have more research that shows why produce is so important.

A new study in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry demonstrates new understanding of how bananas make and store carotenoids, a compound found at various levels within bananas. Carotenoids are important vitamin precursors for eye health because they are converted to vitamin A in the liver, which promotes good eyesight. These findings could help scientists develop banana varieties that have higher amounts of carotenoids, leading to enhanced health benefits for consumers. Continue reading

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Bananas are America’s top 2 favorite fruits

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Every year, The Packer conducts the Fresh Trends study that analyzes consumption of fresh produce by the U.S. population. It reveals America’s top 20 fruits and vegetables. This year, bananas made it once again number two, just behind apples.

Fresh Trends shows this year that Americans consumed more fruits and vegetables than 20 years ago. Fruits and veggies are supposed to comprise half of our daily diet, so an increase in consumption is a positive progression.

Diversity of choices (conventional, locally grown and organic produce), variety of places to buy fresh produce and easy packaging all make fresh produce more popular and accessible.

Obviously, we are happy to see that bananas are still part of America’s favorite fruits. For more than 200 years, it has been a staple of our collective diets.

The love story started in the early 1800s. At that time, harvesting technology and shipping weren’t as good as today, making transportation of bananas to the United States and Europe tricky.

In the 1900s, technology improved to increase worldwide trade. The fruit gained also popularity thanks to cookbooks and popular literature which highlighted bananas as a healthy food, highly nutritious and affordable.

Today, bananas are consumed by people of all ages, races and income levels. The fruit remains popular with families and kids.

Consumers purchased 63 percent conventional bananas, 22 percent bought both conventional and organic and 12 percent purchased organic bananas.

Buying organics bananas is not only buying a better quality fruit, it provides better work conditions for the farmers.

At Organics Unlimited, we make sure to provide our workers and communities a better and healthier lifestyle. Our GROW program provides education, medical coverage and a fair wage to those in need.

We work hard to provide our consumers the best quality for their favorite fruit bananas.

 

Organic Produce Display Signs with Design in Mind

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With the many available produce options to offer customers, what can you do to grab their attention? Is it with discounts? Could it be in the way you display products? Location? Or maybe it’s the right sign? We spoke with graphic designer Nate Grundmann from Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, a seller of Organics Unlimited and GROW organic bananas – their number one selling produce item, to hear from a retail perspective what goes best into creating compelling visuals that sell produce as well as additional tips in managing signage. Continue reading

New Organic Foods Research Highlights Benefits

New Organic Foods Research Highlights Benefits

As more studies are performed on the differences between organic and conventionally grown food products, researchers are finding macro and micro evidence that organic food may be more beneficial for consumers. Fresh Plaza recently shared a story from NPR.com about the results of a British Journal of Nutrition study. The renowned nutritional science publication found that organic production can boost key nutrients in foods by way of flavonols, anthocyanins and nitrogen absorption. This boosts evidence from a 2014 study by the same peer-reviewed journal. Continue reading