Organics Unlimited is now the first provider of organic Fair Trade Certified™ bananas from Mexico. With their growing area the closest proximity to the US, this means that they can now provide organic bananas under the Fair Trade Certified label with a turnaround of four days from harvest to market.
“While we’ve long been involved with providing support for the communities in Mexico where our bananas are grown, we’re excited to also now be able to offer a Fair Trade option for our customers,” say Organics Unlimited president, Mayra Velazquez de Leon. “We realize that many consumers who buy our bananas are familiar with the Fair Trade label, and adding this option is not only good for the workers and their communities, but also a positive recognition of consumer preferences.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Organics Unlimited to launch the first Fair Trade Certified organic bananas from Mexico,” says Paul Rice, President and CEO of Fair Trade USA. “Demand for Fair Trade organic bananas continues to rise thanks to growing consumer awareness, and Fair Trade community development funds are allowing growers to bring much-needed services to their communities, includingscholarships, health care, improved housing and micro-enterprise.”
Organics Unlimited is a San Diego-based distributor of organic tropical fruit from Mexico and South America, giving buyers the options of the Organics Unlimited label, the GROW label (organic and socially responsible) or Fair Trade (organic and socially responsible.). GROW bananas and other tropical fruits are available exclusively from Organics Unlimited. For more information on Organics Unlimited and GROW, visit their website at www.organicsunlimited.com or call 619.710.0658.
Fair Trade USA(previously TransFair USA), a nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farming communities with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Visit www.FairTradeUSA.org for more information.