Coliman Organic-Fairtrade Bananas Move into Peak Production.

The most favorable weather conditions for banana production in Colima, Mexico start in the summer months and continue to produce peak volumes of the highest quality, deep into late Fall.  Coliman is expecting cooperating weather patterns to continue and are predicting an ample and high quality peak season. If ever there was an optimal Mexican banana season, it is indeed starting now.

 

The warmer summer and fall months in Tecoman, Colima, where Coliman produces 100 percent of their organic banana volumes, contribute to optimal banana length, shape and form and create some of the most ideal starting conditions for ripeners. The natural warmth during peak production leads to less resistance in the ripening process as the starches turn to sugars, with more even, vibrant coloring resulting.

 

Coliman is one of the largest organic, fairtrade banana growers in Latin America, with over 1,100 hectares of certified organic bananas, of which over 800 hectares are also certified Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified. 100 percent of Coliman’s production and packing operations are proprietary, giving Coliman complete and rare control over all aspects of the company’s growing, packing, shipping and marketing operations globally.

With the rising global demand of organic fairtrade bananas, Coliman is well positioned in land, air and sea, to service some of the most important organic-fairtrade markets in the world, including the USA/Canada, Europe and Japan.

 

Coliman is well prepared for the continued increased organic-fairtrade demand trend, driven by global consumers..  Their Fairtrade America certification ensures continued fixed price points on the commodity globally; keeping the business viable and sustainable for years to come, while the Fairtrade premiums ensures ongoing communally agreed projects continue, such as several Community Centers where homework clubs, day care, skill workshops, special events and educational courses are held as well many different community celebrations.  Other past premium projects include After School Programs and Reforestation Projects, which helped rebuild environmental degradation and enhance fishing opportunities lost to pollution.

 

Coliman has been dedicated to their community and the communities through Mexico in which they operate since the company’s inception in 1963. “At the core of the company is people”, shares Victor Heredia, US Sales Manager for Coliman.  “The Fairtrade and Rainforest certifications substantiate, the company’s most important idealogy.”

 

Coliman is currently working on some new digital marketing initiatives, which will give customers and consumers more insight and information on the Fairtrade and Rainforest projects currently in action in Tecoman. Watch for the ongoing roll out of these initiatives in the months to come.

 

Coliman offers year-round, large-scale production and distribution of organic-fairtrade bananas globally.  High volume programs are currently available.

Coliman Allfresch opening market for mexican organic banana in Europe

At Coliman Allfresch we are proud to continue expanding our market with the export of organic bananas to Europe, where our fruit is already found in countries such as Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Ireland, Finland, Holland, among others.

 

Thanks to the fact that we are growers and distributors of our organic bananas, we can export our fruit directly, without intermediaries, from our fields, keeping the cold chain so that it arrives at its cellars in the best condition.

 

We know that to offer the best organic banana it is necessary to have the best infrastructure and the best team, so we work every day to provide our workers safe working conditions so they can develop professionally, that’s why we have certifications such as Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance that guarantee each of our processes for the benefit of our collaborators and the environment.

 

Coliman Allfresch will be present at the Fruit Logistica fair in Berlin 2018, where you can visit us in Hall C-23, where you will find the best of the mexican organic banana.

Coliman Allfresch: Filling the world with nutrition.

When we talk about Mexican products, we talk about things done well. We talk about hard work, passion, delivery: we talk about quality. Seeing the profile of the eagle surrounded by the legend “Made in Mexico” must, forcefully, awaken in the consumer nothing more than total confidence in acquiring a Mexican product, wherever you are.

With this in mind, in January 2017 we entered into an alliance with Allfresch Group, resulting in the trading company Coliman Allfresch.

Thanks to this union and a constant search in our way to efficiently distribute our bananas around the world, we open doors that allow us to place our bananas on the tables of families in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, benefiting from the most select bananas of Mexico: Coliman’s.

Neither nutrition nor quality should be limited to certain countries; nutrition and quality should know no limits or borders. Holding a Coliman banana in our hands means to be holding pure quality, 100% Mexican made. We continue to work daily in our distribution channels to generate new and efficient ones. Every Coliman banana that is consumed, anywhere in the world, is undoubtedly a victory for Mexico, a solid statement that what is produced in our country is produced well.

Coliman collaborators and the Fairtrade premium

Published on The Produce News

July 31, 2017

 

Concerned about the well-being of its collaborators, Coliman Group has taken on the task of finding the necessary tools and platforms for the improvement of working conditions that are 100 percent safe and are focused on health, education and housing.

Coliman Group obtained in December of 2014 the Fairtrade certification for organic bananas that are planted and harvested in Tecomán, Colima, Mexico.

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on an association between producers and traders as well as between companies and consumers. Its contribution to sustainable development lies in offering better trading conditions and guaranteeing labor rights.

According to a company press release, Coliman Group has met the criteria that Fairtrade International establishes of support for the development of collaborators by empowering them to fight poverty and strengthen their skills.

Fairtrade requires that the company pays decent wages, respects health and safety, and protects the environment.

Selling its organic products under the Fairtrade criteria enables Coliman’s collaborators to receive an additional amount of money called Fairtrade premium. This is used for projects that promote the improvement of the economic and social situation of the collaborators and their families, as well as the natural habitat.

The Fairtrade premium fund has been earmarked for the investment of more than 20 projects related to health, education, construction, housing improvement and community aid.

With this certification, two foundations have been created benefiting a total of 595 associates as well as their families and communities.

Since its creation, the foundations have aimed to review the most urgent needs of the collaborators through socio-economic studies, talks and assemblies of the Fairtrade committees.

The Fairtrade certification adds value to Coliman, taking care of personnel and generating adequate work spaces.

Coliman Group Celebrates its 54th Anniversary With New Organic Banana Farm

By Jessica Donnel

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COLIMA, MEXICOAs Coliman Group reaches its 54-year anniversary of providing high-quality, Mexican-grown bananas, the company is celebrating by revealing a brand new 300-hectare organic banana farm. Located in Coliman’s native land of Tecomán, Colima, in the south of Mexico, the new farm will also come equipped with a modern packaging machine with state-of-the-art technology.

 

With the opening of this new farm, Coliman has the largest and best equipped organic banana packing plant, not only in Mexico, but also in Latin America,” shared CEO Jorge Angel Aguilar Jr. “With this new project, Coliman is now one of the largest organic banana producers in the world, once again demonstrating the leadership of our organic banana worldwide.”

 

In response to the growing needs of Coliman’s customers in the international market, the company’s new projected production is now at 3,800 boxes per hectare per year, according to a blog postWith this latest addition, Coliman brings its total number of organic banana farms in Colima to three.

 

Coliman’s organic bananas are all Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance, and USDA Organic certified, ensuring that the company is compliant with regulatory issues including environmental care, labor rights, and the quality and care of products.

 

And with 54 years of nourishing its customers’ lives under the company’s belt, Coliman Group shows no signs of stopping.

Coliman inaugurates new organic banana farm

In the framework of its 54th anniversary, Coliman Group proudly celebrates the inauguration of its new organic banana farm.

COLIMAN celebrated the inauguration of its new banana farm, which has about 300 hectares of banana organic production, as well as a modern packaging machine with state-of-the-art technology. This new project is located in Coliman’s native land, Tecomán, Colima, in the south of Mexico.

With this new project, COLIMAN has now 3 organic banana farms in the state of Colima.

Our organic banana holds certifications such as Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance and USDA Organic, which regulate issues like environmental care, labor rights and the quality and care of products.


The projected production is 3,800 boxes per hectare per year, in order to meet the needs of our customers in the international market.

With the opening of this new farm, Coliman has the largest and best equipped ORGANIC BANANA packing plant, not only in Mexico, but also in Latin America.

With this new project, Coliman is now one of the largest ORGANIC banana producers in the world, once again demonstrating the leardership of our Organic Banana worldwide. 

Coliman Group, 54 years of nourishing your life!

Coliman’s CEO talks ramping up its organic banana program.

By Jordan Okumura.
And Now U Know

 

COLIMA, MEXICO – With the goal of differentiating the company while also responding to the growing trends in organic produce, Coliman is ramping up its organic banana program in Mexico’s fertile growing regions. Coliman’s goal as we move into the second half of 2016, is to become a premier leader in the organic banana category while actively expanding its reach in North America as it does in the UK and Europe.

 

“Our organic commitment is a key part of our value proposition and it is our goal to follow agricultural practices that help foster, restore, and maintain a healthy ecological balance of the soil and land we use for our organic production. Simply put the consumer is requesting more and more organic products, and organic bananas are amongst the most requested product in the category. We are serving the market need in a truly, socially responsible, way,” Jorge Angel Aguilar Jr., Corporate CEO, tells me as we discuss why organics are important to the company. “Organic markets are expanding rapidly all over the world and in the organic banana category we want to be the company that retailers, multinationals, and distributors look to.”

 

Coliman started the conversion to organics in 2010, with certification in 2014, in order to address many issues including the reduction of chemicals-use, both for the sustainment of the land and the health of consumers and the workers at the farm level.

 

“As stated previously, Colima is an ideal region for organic bananas due to its weather and mild temperatures year-round,” Jorge adds. “Coliman has expanded these areas to better serve the growing demand for organic products in addition to addressing the concerns for Coliman’s impact on the land. From nursery to harvest, everything is organic. What makes our program such an accessible, beneficial, and quality company for U.S, retailers to partner with, is our passion for growing the best bananas and produce, with the highest food safety standards, along with our resources as a vertically integrated company that cares about making a positive difference in the lives of our customers and workers.”

 

Global GAP, Primus GFS, Organic and Fair Trade Certified, the company is also now RainForest Alliance certified. Coliman grows 100 percent of its own organic production in the Tecoman, Colima, Mexico. In addition, the company’s transport time to the southern U.S. border in Nogales, AZ, is 60 hours, and to McAllen, TX, travel time is around 36 hours max, the company notes, giving Coliman efficient access to both the East and West Coast from its growing operations. To ensure that the organic bananas travel well, Coliman pre-cools all of its fruit within one hour of being harvested and uses Biotempak on all shipments and/or customer specified temp-recorder.

 

Currently, the company exports organic bananas to many countries including the USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan.

 

In conclusion, Jorge Aguilar Gallegos Jr, states, “We’ve spent the last 50-plus years growing and distributing our produce in Mexico and across the world, and we are very excited to be expanding and growing our organic banana program along with our Fairtrade program. We are looking forward to the next 50 years and promoting our message, ‘Nourishing Your Life for 50 Years.’”

 

Coliman Organics welcomes you to learn more about its program at the Organic Produce Summit booth #310.

Organic bananas, Fair Trade & Rainforest Alliance Certifications.

By Jordan Okumura.
And Now U Know

 

COLIMA, MEXICO – “For Coliman, our people as well as their families and our land are just as important as our customers. We feel it is a symbiotic relationship where everyone contributes to the betterment and improvement of both people and mother earth,” Jorge Angel Aguilar Jr., Corporate CEO of Coliman, tells me as we discuss the company’s vision, foundation and Fair Trade Certification (FTC).

 

With Coliman’s continued goal of becoming a regional, national, and international leader in marketing and distributing organic bananas, FTC is a topic that remains top-of-mind as the company discovers new ways to add value to its product and its family of workers. Consumers continue to support FTC products, Jorge notes, due to their positive social and economic impact on farm labor and its communities, as well as the impact on environmental sustainable farming practices.

 

“The annual sales of Fair Trade Certified products is $6.5 billion and this program continues to grow in Europe and in North America showing 30% growth in Canada and U.S. sales are now $577 Million,” Jorge adds. “Fair Trade Certification came about as the result of Coliman’s values and commitment to corporate social responsibility. As an important grower in Mexico, our ownership prides itself on the direct and honest communication and dialogue with the industry based on the respect of its workers.”

 

In addition to the company’s FTC initiatives, Coliman has also achieved Rainforest Alliance Certification on its organic bananas, passing rigorous social and environmental standards set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network(SAN) to ensure the company grows crops and manages ranchlands sustainably.

 

“The Rainforest Alliance reinforces our commitment to ecosystem conservation, sustainability practices, wildlife protection, fair treatment and good working conditions,” Jorge tells me while we speak about how the company’s goal is to remain stewards of the land. “Coliman has always had the objective of improving the lives of its workers and the community. Our workers come from local communities as our farms produce year round. Our programs include education, housing, promoting exercise and nutrition, and improving our environment. All this ensures that we help to improve the quality of the lives of our workers and their families while providing a high quality product to the marketplace and our valued, socially responsible customers”

 

The Fair Trade program, through the local committees, has allowed Coliman to buy washing machines, refrigerators and stoves for 260 families, school kits for 136 families, bicycles for 174 families, and the construction of lunch rooms for two public schools in the community. Coliman also works in conjunction with local and state authorities to help in the construction of a city park and reforestation.

 

So what is it about Colima that makes it such an ideal growing region? Jorge tells me that it has the optimum climate conditions for growing bananas due to its mild year-round weather and low precipitation levels compared with other growing regions.

 

“In order to be congruent with our values and to maintain the work/life balance for our workers we already have established, it only made sense to become Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified,” Jorge adds.

 

Coliman is already shipping its FTC products, identified by the FTC logo, to the U.S. through Nogales, Arizona, and McAllen, Texas, for retail partners. Rainforest Alliance Certified products are also shipping now, with certification recently awarded in June of 2016.

 

As the company continues to expand its retail distribution, and raise the bar on its social and corporate responsibility, stay tuned to AndNowUKnow for continued updates on Coliman.

Coliman expands its reach in North America.

By Jordan Okumura.
And Now U Know

 

COLIMA, MEXICO – With the mission of becoming a regional, national, and international leader in marketing and distributing organic bananas, Coliman is ramping up in 2016 with its goal to actively expand its reach in North America. The vertically integrated grower, packer, and shipper, was founded by Mr. Custodio Aguilar in 1963 and is now lead by Mr. Jorge Aguilar (President) and Jorge Angel Aguilar Jr. (CEO), who bring 53 years of growing experience to retail partners. Currently, the company exports organic bananas to many countries including the USA, UK, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan.

 

“Coliman is a family-owned and operated company and we take great pride in that aspect of the business. When Mr. Custodio Aguilar decided to establish the first operations in Colima, he knew that the land was ideal for tropical farming and offered the best climate for producing bananas and for creating a foundation for the family. In 2010 Mr. Jorge Aguilar transitioned the farm to organic and by 2014 all banana production was certified organic,” Jorge Angel Aguilar Jr, Corporate CEO, tells me as we discuss the company’s evolution and vision moving forward.

 

Global GAP, Primus GFS, Organic and Fair Trade Certified, the company is also working on its Rain Forest Alliance certification in 2016. Coliman grows 100% its own organic production in the Tecoman, Colima, Mexico, which is ideal for organic banana production. In addition, the company’s transport time to the southern U.S. border in Nogales, AZ, is 60 hours and to McAllen, TX, travel time is around 36 hours max, the company notes, giving Coliman efficient access to both the East and West Coast from its growing operations. To ensure that the organic bananas travel well, Coliman pre-cools all of its fruit within one hour of being harvested and uses Biotempak on all shipments and/or customer specified temp-recorder.

 

“Pre-cooling the fruit as soon as possible after harvest reduces respiration, minimizes water loss, which is the key to maximizing shelf-life and weight, preserving curb appeal and flavor,” Jorge Jr. adds. “Control is the number one objective for our drivers and managers, and is executed through our modern refrigerated transportation methods. We also pack to customer specs and can tailor programs to our retail partners’ needs.”

 

Coliman Organic Products As the company looks to continued growth in 2016, Coliman is ensuring it remains committed to being socially responsible company. Coliman has been recognized five years in a row (2012-2016) by Mexican Center for Philanthropy for these efforts. The company has also been recipients of the Mexico Agri-food National Award in 2014 by the President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto. In 2015, Coliman was recognized by the Mexican Department of Labor as a Child Labor Free company.

 

As Coliman continues to innovate in the increasingly competitive fresh produce environment, stay tuned as we bring you more on the company’s passionate pursuit of excellence in organic banana production.