is a family business through and through. HLB Tropical Food was founded by the Barros family, who emigrated from Brazil to Germany in 1989 to start a fruit importing company that would not only bring the delicious, exotic papaya to Europe, but more importantly, would get Europeans excited about papayas.
After successfully remarketing papayas from an ultra-exotic item to an indispensable everyday fruit, the Barros family moved to Florida in 1998 to establish HLB Tropical Food USA. The Barros family soon established a nationwide presence, positioning the Brazilian Caliman papaya brand with top retailers and wholesalers across the country. Our German company currently supplies a variety of tropical fruits to over 10 European countries.
With our company well established and thriving, HLB Tropical has now moved forward to a new phase, joining forces with another industry pioneer, Robert Colescott, and his Southern Specialties team. Seizing an opportunity, HLB Tropical and Southern Specialties created a new company called HLB Specialties, LLC, with the sole aim to expand the tropical fruit line beyond papayas. HLB Specialties grows, packs and distributes a wide array of premium tropical fruits from around the globe. Our risk-management strategy to diversify growing areas enables us to create and customize large programs with retailers and wholesalers, big and small.
If this is your first time contacting HLB Specialties, let this be an invitation for you to put us to the test. You will be pleasantly surprised with HLB Specialties’ level of attention and creativity to help you profit from our vast experience and know-how in tropical fruit.