Introducing GROW Students Erasmo and Alondra

Introducing GROW Students Erasmo and Alondra

Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of Colima, Mexico, is one of the primary beneficiaries of the funds raised from the purchase of GROW organic bananas. Through your purchases, Project Amigo is able to award scholarships to help bright young students attend school all the way through college by providing tuition support, tutoring, supplies and more.

We are pleased to introduce two new students to the program, funded through GROW scholarships. Both students participate in the Cerro de Ortega Homework Club and have been identified by their teachers as promising scholars. Continue reading

GROW Scholars Participate in ESL Class

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Organics Unlimited and GROW have been longtime supporters of Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of Colima, Mexico. Funds from GROW sponsor students in Project Amigo’s programs. Recently, a group of volunteers visited to facilitate a week-long ESL class for the GROW scholars. Volunteers worked one-on-one with the students, helping them improve their English-speaking skills through classroom work and field trips.

There was learning, laughter and friendships created throughout the week. The GROW scholars shared these thoughts about the ESL program: Continue reading

Facility Upgrades Help Maintain a High-Quality Organic Banana

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We pride ourselves on delivering a consistently high-quality, sustainable, organic product to our customers. From our state-of-the-art warehouse and ripening facility near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County, Organics Unlimited’s tropical fruit is distributed throughout the year to the western U.S. and Canada. In order to maintain our strict standards, we are constantly assessing our logistics and facilities. And, as warmer, summer temperatures approach, we decided to prepare by upgrading the refrigeration systems in our distribution and ripening facility in San Diego. Continue reading

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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GROW by Organics Unlimited Supports Project Amigo through Grant

DSCF0122As most Organics Unlimited retailers and distributors know, a percentage derived from the purchase of each box of GROW organic bananas is earmarked for the GROW Fund. The GROW Fund was created in 2005 to allow Organics Unlimited and its customers to give back to the communities near Organics Unlimited’s banana farms. Over the past decade, through retailer and distributor support, GROW organic banana purchases have provided over $2 million in aid for these communities in Mexico and Ecuador.

Organics Unlimited and GROW have been longtime supporters of Project Amigo, a nonprofit that helps provide access to education for youth in the state of Colima, Mexico. We are pleased to announce that Organics Unlimited has approved a grant of $150,000 to Project Amigo for 2016 program support. 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

How to Educate Your Staff and Customers about Organic Bananas

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In a recent article, the Supermarket News asked multiple grocery chains what is the one thing the produce department would do to increase produce sales. Many answers included education. Produce managers understand the value of educating their staff on various fruits and vegetables so staff can in turn educate customers.

“How do I educate my customers more?” wonders Roman Teig, produce manager at Hy-Vee. “Because right now everyone wants to know where their food’s coming from. Customers want that connection.” Continue reading