Organics Unlimited has added 370 acres of certified organic banana production in Michoacan, Mexico, to increase its supply of bananas. This new acreage will provide an additional six to seven loads of product per week in the summer and about four loads per week in the winter. This translates to a low in winter of 3840 cases and a summer high of 6860 cases of bananas.
“We are very excited to expand Organics Unlimited to not only increase production for our customers, but also to ensure the growth of organic bananas in the marketplace,” says Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited. “As demand in organic produce continues to grow, this new farm will help continue to support the industry in providing more sustainable and healthy bananas to consumers.”
Company officials say that according to a survey run by the Organic Trade Association, organic fresh produce accounts for 90.8% of all organic fruit and vegetable sales. Organic fresh produce also saw an increase in sales by a little more than 13% in 2012 to $9.7 billion and it is expected to increase this year.
“Adding more acreage in Michoacan will help provide current and future customers the opportunity to request more produce at a convenient location,” says Marco Garcia, manager of operations and logistics. “Having our farms near the U.S. and Mexican border allows for lower carbon footprint and quicker distribution for a fresher product.”