Monthly Archives: February 2011


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Organics Unlimited owners, Mayra and Manuel Velazquez de Leon, traveled to Makuhari Messe, Japan this week to attend the 36th annual FOODEX Japan exhibition. Organics Unlimited will be exhibiting there among 80,000 trade professionals in the food and beverage industry. FOODEX runs from March 1-March 4 and will feature 3,300 booths of international food and beverage products from fresh fruits and vegetables to specialty coffees and teas. 
As one of the largest international shows, FOODEX attracts a large cross section of products that appeal to the Japanese market.  And while for Americans organic bananas are a commodity that we often buy in quantity, the Japanese shopper buys them one banana at a time, individually wrapped once they arrive in Japan. 
Our bananas in Japan sell under the BioFruit label.  For more information on Japanese distribution, visit our website.

New Use for Your Favorite Fruit

Organic, tropical fruits are good for your body–inside and out. We all know that bananas, coconuts and pineapples have incredible health benefits and can help keep our bodies strong and healthy. But did you know these fruits’ superpower qualities could do wonders for your skin and hair? Here are some natural skincare recipes that can help with many skin care concerns. These recipes can add value to the produce department and encourage sales for alternative uses of tropical fruit. Give your customers some tips that will help with their health, their beauty and their budgets and tell them to whip up one of these cost effective and 100% natural concoctions.

Pineapple spot treatment: Place pineapple slices on problem areas. Lay back and relax for 5-7 minutes. The natural enzymes and acids remove impurities from your skin and help clean pores.

Pineapple Face Mask: Mix crushed pineapple, one large egg, a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and powdered oats or rice flour into a gooey paste. Gently massage into skin. Leave the mixture on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

Pineapple Face Wash: Mix some crushed pineapple, sea salt and water until it becomes a thin consistency that is easy enough to scrub your face with.

Banana Moisturizer: Mash 2 bananas and apply to the dry areas of your skin. Wait about 10 minutes then rinse off.

Pineapple Exfoliator: Rub some mashed, fresh pineapple onto dry, flaky skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, wash away apply moisturizer.

Anti-Aging Banana Mask: Mix 1 tablespoon of cream with half a mashed banana and 1 teaspoon of water. Apply the mask to your face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with water.

Damaged Hair Banana Mask: Mix a mashed, ripe banana and some olive oil together in a bowl. Apply to hair and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse with club soda then shampoo and condition.

Coconut Shampoo for Oily Hair: Mix some coconut water into shampoo. The water will help absorb excess oils and add a fresh scent to your hair.

Coconut Spot Treatment: Fill an eve dropper with some coconut water. Apply a few drops on problem skin areas. Leave on overnight.


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Organics Unlimited and GROW will be involved in this year’s Organicology Tradeshow and Conference held in Portland at Oregon’s first Green Seal Certified hotel–the Doubletree Lloyd Center. The tradeshow will run from Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12 and will feature keynote speakers, workshops and food sampling. In addition to a booth at the trade show, Organics Unlimited president, Mayra Velasquez DeLeon, will speak on a sustainability panel. Ted and Susan Rose will also be in attendance to speak about the exciting things going on with our GROW program. We are looking forward to attending Organicology and will be sure to share all the exciting news from the event. If you’re attending Organicology this year, stop by our booth and say hello.