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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

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

Organics Unlimited Bananas

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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