Melissa Hartmann DeBarros, director of communication for HLB Specialties, headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, told The Produce News that although the company handles several offshore products, it’s strength is in papayas.
“We bring papayas in from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico,” said Ms. Hartmann DeBarros, “and all three countries provide us with year-round programs. The papayas from Brazil are the small golden type, which is a variation of the Sunrise Solo. We source the large Tainung variety from Mexico and from Guatemala. We refer to the Tainung by our marketing name; the Formosa, because it is how Brazilians traditionally refer to it. Because we are from Brazil, we wanted to retain the name. Our primary brand name from Brazil is ‘Caliman,’ and from Mexico we use the ‘HLB’ label. The ‘HLB’ label is for fruit from Mexico, and it is shipped to the Midwest and Western U.S.”