HLB Specialties LLC in Pompano Beach, FL, continues to import its high-quality papayas from Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico, Homero Levy de Barros, president and chief executive officer for the company, told The Produce News.
“The three countries keep us supplied year-round,” said de Barros. “The papayas from Brazil are the small golden type, which is a variation of the Sunrise Solo. We source the large Tainung variety papaya from Mexico and from Guatemala. We refer to the Tainung by our marketing name, the ‘Formosa,’ which is an old Portuguese name. Because we are from Brazil, we wanted to retain the name.”