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GROW Bananas introduced to Canada

GROW Bananas introduced to Canada

Organics Unlimited of San Diego, CA has announed that they will be introducing GROW bananas to the western Canadian market through Pro Organics of British Columbia. Starting in July, GROW bananas will be available to retailers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon.  

“Pro Organics has supported Organics Unlimited for many years, and we felt the time was right to make a 100% commitment to the GROW label. We strongly support giving back to the communities that produce our food,” stated Steve Boyle of Pro Organics. “The GROW program is all about giving resources and opportunities to the people working at the farm level, and Pro Organics is pleased to partner with Organics Unlimited in that endeavor.” Pro Organics is Canada’s organic fresh food leader with nearly 25 years of service to the trade. 

“Pro Organics has been a long time customer of Organics Unlimited, but this will be the Canadian introduction of our GROW brand starting in July,” said Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited. GROW is a program that was started by Organics Unlimited in 2005 to provide support to communities where the bananas are grown in a very direct way without high administrative costs.

Through a small surcharge on each box of bananas, the program has now generated over $ 500,000 in educational and health-related support programs in Mexico and Ecuador. “We feel GROW has been very effective in giving the workers, their families and their communities the type of benefits that they need, without the higher costs associated with some of the more well publicized programs intended to protect the workers,” said Velazquez.

For more information:
Organics Unlimited
Tel: +1 619 710 0658
www.OrganicsUnlimited.com or www.GrowBananas.org

Publication date: 6/27/2013


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Three new varieties of eastern bell peppers introduced

Gridiron, Blitz and Touchdown
Three new varieties of eastern bell peppers introduced

Sakata Seed America has introduced three new varieties of Eastern Bell Peppers expected to please growers and consumers alike. The three players – Gridiron, Blitz and Touchdown have been specifically bred to thrive in Eastern regions, and are sure to be a top draft pick.

Always striving for innovation, Sakata’s team of experts and analysts have been hard at work creating a line of bell peppers for the East with outstanding yield, adaptability, disease resistance, shelf life and flavor, and are proud to present their winning line-up. “From a development perspective, emphasis is placed on features and benefits for the complete customer chain, from growers to the final customer,” states Bryan Zingel, Senior Product Development Manager for peppers. Grower friendly, the bells deliver improved returns and satisfied customers.

To learn more about Eastern Peppers, including a pathology report and column by pepper-industry expert Kevin Ratchford, growers can also download the Eastern Bell Pepper Bulletin.

For more information:
Alicia Bush
Sakata Seed America, Inc.
Tel: +1 408-782-5391
Fax: +1 408-778-7768
Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 12/23/2014


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Cherry Armor introduced to North America

Jet Harvest Solutions has entered an exclusive distribution agreement with Simplot Growers Solutions and Western Ag Improvement for the distribution of its Cherry Armor product, which is organically certified and uses a patented plant extract to strengthen a cherry’s natural ability to defend itself again rain events.

“After seeing the rain damaged 2013 crop, we are excited to offer cherry growers a product that will help reduce rain-induced splitting on their cherries,” Bill Grant, Jet Harvest Solutions president, said in a press release. “Ultimately this should lead to higher packouts for the grower and the warehouse. Cherry Armor has been very successful in Europe and we feel it is another horticultural tool that will increase the quality of cherries in North America.”

“Simplot is always looking for products that safely help the growers produce a better piece of fruit,” Dennis Bohanon of Simplot said in the release. “Cherry Armor is a welcome addition to our long list of products and product innovations that provide growers with cost-efficient solutions to specific crop issues.”

Cherry Armor originated in Europe in 2001 and is annually applied to over 45,000 acres globally. It is now available in North America starting with the 2014 crop season.

Composed of food-grade materials, Cherry Armor protects the cherry during its final growth stages, helping to avoid splits, especially during rain events. It also helps increase stem retention, which can lead to better storage life. It is suggested that Cherry Armor be applied twice during the season; it is tank mix compatible with most products and can be used with GA sprays for efficient application timing.

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Cherry Armor introduced to North America

Jet Harvest Solutions has entered an exclusive distribution agreement with Simplot Growers Solutions and Western Ag Improvement for the distribution of its Cherry Armor product, which is organically certified and uses a patented plant extract to strengthen a cherry’s natural ability to defend itself again rain events.

“After seeing the rain damaged 2013 crop, we are excited to offer cherry growers a product that will help reduce rain-induced splitting on their cherries,” Bill Grant, Jet Harvest Solutions president, said in a press release. “Ultimately this should lead to higher packouts for the grower and the warehouse. Cherry Armor has been very successful in Europe and we feel it is another horticultural tool that will increase the quality of cherries in North America.”

“Simplot is always looking for products that safely help the growers produce a better piece of fruit,” Dennis Bohanon of Simplot said in the release. “Cherry Armor is a welcome addition to our long list of products and product innovations that provide growers with cost-efficient solutions to specific crop issues.”

Cherry Armor originated in Europe in 2001 and is annually applied to over 45,000 acres globally. It is now available in North America starting with the 2014 crop season.

Composed of food-grade materials, Cherry Armor protects the cherry during its final growth stages, helping to avoid splits, especially during rain events. It also helps increase stem retention, which can lead to better storage life. It is suggested that Cherry Armor be applied twice during the season; it is tank mix compatible with most products and can be used with GA sprays for efficient application timing.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.