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Keeping Up With Growing Demand in Organic Bananas

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Organic bananas are becoming ever more popular. In fact, consumer demand for organic bananas has increased dramatically and overall, they are primed for major sales increases. The fact that consumers have noted the health benefits of consuming organic bananas is great, but is it possible to keep up with demand?

There are many factors that are influential in meeting the demand for suppliers of organic produce. One such factor is available land. Land purposed for growing organic fruit must meet standards in sustainable, organic farming methods. When looking for new ground, it is oftentimes difficult to not only find, but also expensive to convert. Soil quality, from nutrients to previously used fertilizers have to be taken into account when looking for new farm land. At Organics Unlimited, we prefer to create sustainable farms from the ground up instead of converting conventional farms. This approach helps us be less disruptive to the environment.

Nature and the elements must also be taken into account. Climate change has already impacted many growing regions. For example, warming trends have allowed the state of Washington to have a crop landscape that rivals that of California. And while warmer climate may open up land for more production in some places, other areas are getting too warm for their traditional crops. In Mexico, and Ecuador, where Organics Unlimited bananas are grown, there is an abundance of rainfall and fertile soil, but also the risk of tropical storms that can destroy whole crops. In order to help communities recover should disaster strike, Organics Unlimited created a special disaster relief fund under its GROW program.

Weather conditions and soil integrity are only a few of the things that need to be taken into consideration. From diseases and pests (which are harder to combat with organic methods), to dangers in transportation, to careful storage and retail display by retailers, ensuring supply means being mindful at all stages of the banana’s journey.

At Organics Unlimited, we definitely intend to keep up with our consumer demand. And although one cannot control natural setbacks, four generations of farm expertise have given us the tools to be prepared and proactive in fulfilling supply. In fact, Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president and CEO of Organics Unlimited in San Diego, recently announced the expansion of the San Diego headquarters, where a warehouse and ripening facility added additional refrigeration in order to keep up with demand.

Through intelligent, sustainable farming practices and a knowledge of the industry, Organics Unlimited intends to continue providing high-quality organic fruit to our customers!

Read more about Organics Unlimited’s farming practices.

To learn more about our organic bananas and how you can supply them in your store, please visit OrganicsUnlimited.com. Follow Organics Unlimited on Facebook and Twitter for more news.

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.

 

Health and Wellness Trends Drive Supermarket Change

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In a recent issue of The Packer, Pamela Riemenschneider reported that grocery store chain Aldi pledges healthy changes throughout its store. Checkout lanes will be stocked with nuts, trail mix, granola bars and other healthy options instead of chocolate bars and candy. Other healthy changes include partnering with registered dietitians to provide healthy eating tips and recipes, expanding the selection of organic meat and produce, and highlighting nutritional facts on private-label packages.

“The industrywide push for health and wellness has retailers trying to figure out where they want to brand themselves,” the article reports.

In the same issue of The Packer, Tom Karst writes that a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report shows that among the schools studied that shifted their lunch programs to provide healthier options, school meals chosen by students were 29% healthier in nutritional value than previously. Additionally, there was no difference in school lunch participation – this means that the same number of students ate the lunch offerings from the schools instead of bringing their own items.

What do these two articles tell us?

It means that people – youth and adults – will eat healthier if given the option to do so. Many retailers are seeing that customers are demanding healthier options and many schools are noticing that students will choose healthier options when provided the opportunity. This information can be used by Organics Unlimited’s retailers in understanding how to incorporate organic bananas and other fresh produce into advertising, featured displays and more. And distributors may begin to notice shifts in produce orders accordingly.

Consider how to capitalize on health and wellness trends using organic bananas – it will create a win-win for retailers and customers.

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Organics Unlimited Responds to the FDA Comment Period on the Term ‘Natural’ in Food Labeling

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened a public comment period on November 12 for those seeking to share their thoughts on the regulation of the word “natural” on food labels. This action came as a result of a series of petitions to the FDA prompted more insight into the term. The Packer states that three petitions asked FDA to define the term “natural” and one asked that the term be prohibited on food labels. Continue reading

Organic Conversations Grow at the PMA 2015 Fresh Summit

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Leading into the PMA 2015 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Atlanta on October 23-25, there’s a lot of buzz about what attendees can expect from exhibitors and speakers. More than 3,900 retail and foodservice buyers will be attending. They will browse the more than 1,000 exhibitor booths and displays, attend the 15 workshops and share ideas with other industry professionals on what’s trending in fresh produce for the 2016 year. Continue reading

Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically Modified

Pick your fruit right – Conventional vs Organic vs Genetically modified!

As you walk into the supermarket, you see a mind-boggling variety of fruits and vegetables. But have you ever wondered whether the attractive looking fruits which promise you that extra pulp and sweetness might not be your ideal health choice. Now there is a way to choose smartly and differentiate between conventionally grown, organically grown and genetically modified fruits by reading their labels carefully. Continue reading