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SOURCE Organic Alliance, Inc.
First to Import Mexican Organic Mangoes in 2013, Staying Ahead of its Competition
SALINAS, Calif., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Organic Alliance, Inc. ( OTCQB : ORGC ), a global grower and marketer of fresh, organic and Fair Trade fruits and vegetables, today announced that it had shipped its first container load of Organic Tommy Atkins and Ataulfo Mangos from Company-leased orchards in Mexico. This announcement further demonstrates the Company's commitment to implement its business strategy to vertically integrate its supply chains, and own and control sources of production to increase revenue and profit margins while reducing risk.
Organic Alliance, Inc. also noted that it had received organic certification on its leased mango orchards in February 2013, after three months working to develop the Organic production plan and identify organic non-toxic pesticides and herbicides for the mango groves. Due to Organic Alliance, Inc.'s greater degree of control, they were able to be the first U.S. produce company to import Mexican Organic Mangoes in 2013, staying ahead of its competition by two weeks.
According to Parker Booth, CEO of Organic Alliance, Inc., "We are excited about this shipment, which demonstrates to the marketplace that we have greater control of mango supply and quality through our Company-owned infrastructure. We are now in a position to work hands-on during pre-harvest and control the flow from the field to the packinghouse of our company owned product.
Chris White, Chief Development Officer at Organic Alliance, Inc. added "This is a positive turning point for our Company and will have a dramatic effect toward the reduction in costs due to having long-term orchard leases, while enabling us to manage specification and volume demands with our customers most effectively."
In addition, the Company indicated that they expect this project alone will generate $1.8mm in additional revenue (1200 Metric Tons of Organic Mango Packed and Shipped Between February and September) and is currently working on Fair Trade certification for its mango production sites.
About Organic Alliance
Organic Alliance, Inc. is a global grower and marketer of organic, Fair Trade and conventional fresh food products. By establishing collaborative relationships with key growers, Organic Alliance has built a vertically integrated supply chain through an alliance of growers that enables it to support its customers with an increasing variety of certified sustainable products, sensible pricing, steady supply and inspiring multi-media stories from our many producing communities. For more information, visit: www.organicallianceinc.com.
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