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. (more…)
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. (more…)