San Diego-based Organics Unlimited has added 370 acres of certified organic banana production in Michoacan, Mexico.
The new acreage will mean six or seven additional loads of bananas per week in the summer and about four additional weekly loads during the winter, according to a news release.
Broken down, that means a total of 6,680 cases of bananas per week during the summer and 3,840 cases per week in the winter.
Having farms near the U.S.-Mexican border also should help the firm reduce its carbon footprint and speed distribution, according to the release.
“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,” company president Mayra Velazquez de Leon said in the release. “As demand in organic product continues to grow, this new farm will help continue to support the industry in providing more sustainable and healthy bananas to consumers.”