Category Archives: Press Releases

Organically Grown Company Announces $1 Million Donated to GROW through Sales of Organic Bananas

SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2016) – Northwest-based organic distributor 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 Northwest-based retail customers, the company is proud to celebrate this philanthropic achievement.

Through the GROW program, $.60 from of every box of organic bananas from GROW by Organics Unlimited is invested back into the communities in Mexico and Ecuador where Organics Unlimited’s bananas are grown. Continue reading

GROW by Organics Unlimited Provides $150,000 Grant to Project

 

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 3, 2016) – The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited in 2005, has approved a grant of $150,000 to Project Amigo for 2016 program support. Organics Unlimited and its GROW brand are longtime supporters of Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of Colima, Mexico, where many Organics Unlimited organic bananas are grown.

“Children of most agricultural workers in the Colima area lack the resources and incentives to continue their educations beyond primary school,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “I am thrilled this contribution from the GROW Fund will help provide opportunities for the youth and continue to advance the region.” Continue reading

Organics Unlimited Hires New Engineer to Oversee Farm Operations

Organics Unlimited Engineer Jairo - officialFrom 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

Organics Unlimited Celebrates 10th Anniversary of GROW Beginning Sept. 1

GROW organic banana labelSAN DIEGO (Aug. 31, 2015) – Organics Unlimited is pleased to announce the 10th anniversary of its nonprofit program, GROW. Throughout the month of September, Organics Unlimited will execute a special GROW Month campaign in order to raise awareness of the social responsibility program and inspire more distributors, retailers and consumers to become involved.

Since 2005, GROW has raised nearly $2 million to advance the rural Mexican and Ecuadorian communities surrounding its organic banana farms. With each box of GROW organic bananas sold to retailers and distributors, a portion of the proceeds go to the GROW fund. These donations are managed and distributed by the International Community Foundation and are used for youth educational scholarships in Mexico, clean water programs in Ecuador, dental and vision care in Mexico, micro-loans for small businesses and more.

“In celebration of the 10th anniversary of GROW organic bananas, we have released a new GROW banana label that features the special hashtag #GROWTURNS10,” said Organics Unlimited President and CEO Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We hope this limited-time GROW label will inspire consumers to become more involved with the social responsibility campaign and share how their GROW purchases are making a difference in the lives of others.”

Consumers can join in GROW Month throughout September and help raise awareness of the humanitarian work of GROW by purchasing GROW organic bananas and sharing the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tips for how to share the #GROWTURNS10 message – such as organic banana recipes, inspirational stories of GROW scholars, crafts for children and more – are available at GROWbananas.org.

Organics Unlimited encourages retailers to join in the campaign by purchasing GROW organic bananas and sharing information with consumers on how their purchases affect lives in communities in need. Organics Unlimited has created a bundle of promotional materials to help retailers and distributors share information about the mission of GROW organic bananas with their customers on social media and in-stores. For access to these materials, please contact organics@osterads.com.

About Organics Unlimited

Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic bananas from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional Organics Unlimited label as well as the GROW label. Its fruits are USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com, GrowBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog post from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, or find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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GROW by Organics Unlimited Partners with Produce for Kids during #GROWTURNS10 Campaign

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SAN DIEGO (August 4, 2015) – GROW by Organics Unlimited announces a partnership with Produce for Kids in its Power Your Lunchbox campaign. This is the second year that GROW and Produce for Kids have collaborated for this digital marketing program that inspires more health-conscious lifestyles.

The Power Your Lunchbox campaign, scheduled for August 3 through September 18, encourages families and individuals to take a pledge to pack healthier lunches during the back-to-school season, utilizing GROW bananas and other participating healthy brands. For each pledge taken, Organics Unlimited and other sponsor brands will make a donation to Feeding America® children’s programs that focus on health and wellness across the country.

“GROW is celebrating 10 years in September, and partnering with Produce for Kids provides another avenue in which we can be socially responsible and give back to communities,” said CEO of Organics Unlimited, Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We are excited to join this Produce for Kids initiative and work together toward a healthier nation.”

Retailers, media and other trade organizations can support the Power Your Lunchbox program by joining GROW and Produce for Kids in a Twitter party at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, August 12.  Other back-to-school messaging and healthy eating tips will be available from GROW throughout the Power Your Lunchbox campaign.

About Organics Unlimited

Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic tropical fruit from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional label as well as the GROW label. It is USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com and GROWBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog posts from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, and find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About Produce for Kids®

Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $5 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

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GROW by Organics Unlimited Unveils New Label for 10th Anniversary

GROW organic banana labelSAN DIEGO (July 20, 2015) – In celebration of the 10th anniversary of GROW organic bananas, Organics Unlimited has released a new label. The new label will roll out to consumers in August, just in time for GROW Month, a 30-day campaign during the month of September aimed to raise consumer awareness for the humanitarian work of GROW. The program will continue through October to highlight social responsibility.

On September 1st, Organics Unlimited will usher in GROW Month and encourage retailers to join in the campaign by purchasing GROW organic bananas and sharing information with consumers on how their purchases affect lives in communities in need. The celebration will go above and beyond this year to honor 10 years of consumers supporting the socially responsible brand’s efforts.

“This is a very exciting time for everyone at GROW by Organics Unlimited,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, Organics Unlimited CEO and GROW Founder. “For 10 years now, our customers have affected entire communities, in addition to the workers who grow our organic bananas. Our socially responsible program provides more benefits than a fair trade model, allowing each GROW purchase to have a larger impact in creating sustainable communities.”

The new GROW label features #GROWTURNS10, a social media call-to-action for consumers to share how their GROW purchases are making a difference in the lives of others. Distributors, retailers and consumers can also go to GROWbananas.org to find exclusive organic banana recipes, stories of GROW scholars in Mexico, how to share the message of GROW, crafts for children and more.

With each box of GROW bananas sold, a portion of the proceeds go to the GROW Fund. Since 2005, GROW has raised nearly $2 million to advance the rural Mexican and Ecuadorian communities surrounding its organic banana farms through clean water, educational programs, dental care and vision care. These donations are managed and distributed by the International Community Foundation.

About Organics Unlimited

Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic bananas from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional Organics Unlimited label as well as the GROW label. Its fruits are USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com, GrowBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog post from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, or find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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GROW by Organics Unlimited Creates Disaster Relief Fund to Aid Communities

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SAN DIEGO (May 27, 2015) –
The GROW Fund, a nonprofit program developed by Organics Unlimited in 2005, has opened a special sub-fund earmarked to specifically aid in disaster relief. Administered by the International Community Foundation (ICF), it was created in light of recent natural disasters worldwide.

Beginning on May 11, 2015, a percentage of the funds derived from the purchase of GROW bananas will be directed toward the new disaster relief sub-fund. This allows for GROW to respond quickly if there is a devastating natural event near the communities in Mexico and Ecuador where GROW organic bananas are harvested.

“With so many catastrophic events happening around the world, we felt it was imperative to create a way to help our communities recover if disaster should strike,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “We have a social responsibility to support communities surrounding our banana plantations, as many workers live in areas plagued by storms.”

This special GROW sub-fund can be used in multiple stages of disaster relief, such as immediate response – providing food, water and medical treatment quickly after a catastrophe – or long-term, such as rebuilding schools and homes. In the wake of a disaster, ICF will produce a list of reliable third-party agencies that are able to provide relief as quickly as they reach the affected area; once Organics Unlimited approves a recommended plan, funds can be distributed to the organization(s) almost immediately.

“Our farms tend to be in areas often affected by natural disasters,” said Velazquez de Leon. “By creating a GROW disaster relief sub-fund, we can be as prepared as possible to assist if or when something devastating happens.”

To donate or learn more about GROW, please visit http://donate.icfdn.org/. To purchase GROW bananas, visit organicsunlimited.com.

About Organics Unlimited
Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic tropical fruit from Mexico and South America, providing its traditional label as well as the GROW label. Its fruits are USDA certified organic for the U.S. and Canada through Organic Certifiers. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit OrganicsUnlimited.com, GrowBananas.org, or call 619.710.0658. Check out the latest blog post from Organics Unlimited at: OrganicOdes.com, or find Organics Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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