San Diego-based Organics Unlimited will offer GROW bananas in the western half of Canada through Pro Organics of British Columbia.
The bananas are scheduled to arrive in July and will retail in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Yukon, according to a news release.
“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, President of Pro Organics.
The GROW bananas program adds a small surcharge on each box of bananas and has funded more $500,000 in educational and health-related programs in Latin America and Mexico, according to the release.
“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,” says Mayra Velazquez de Leon, president of Organics Unlimited.