Growing interest from retailers in dragon fruit

Publication date: November 17, 2021

Supplies of dragon fruit are seeing a bit of a transitional period right now. By mid-December, an uptick in volume of yellow dragon fruit is anticipated. White dragon fruit: Florida is ending a challenging season on white dragon fruit that saw lower production. “We had more rains than seasonal so that affected volumes from Florida,” says […]

Continue reading…

Increasingly adventurous consumers demand larger selection of tropical items

Publication date: November 5, 2021

In the past 18 months, demand for tropical produce items like mangosteen, rambutan, and guava has shown considerable growth. “Retailers have become more adventurous,” says Melissa Hartmann de Barros with HLB Specialties. “Retailers are responding to the trend of consumers cooking at home more and trying to experience excitement. As a result, we have seen […]

Continue reading…

HLB Specialties remains a leader in tropical and exotic fruits

Publication date: October 28, 2021

For more than 30 years, HLB Specialties has been bringing its own love of nutritious, delicious tropical fruits to health-conscious people all across the United States, Canada and Europe. “We’re passionate about tropical fruits and committed to bringing delicious and nutritious foods to consumers in North America and Europe,” said Melissa Hartmann de Barros, director […]

Continue reading…

South Florida Ports Record Busy, But Not Traffic-Jammed Like Los Angeles

Publication date: October 6, 2021

“You get tired of eating the same that you’ve been eating all your life.” He explained, people’s habits changed during the pandemic, and it helped to drive up demand for tropical fruits, which is what he imports from South America to large supermarket chains. “And with that extra demand came more pressure on us to […]

Continue reading…

Rainforest Papaya Salad

Publication date: October 1, 2021

Ingredients 2 small ripe golden papayas 2 oz pine nuts, toasted 1 head romaine lettuce 5 oz baby arugula 3 oz sunflower sprouts 1 shallot, minced 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Yield  Makes 4 first-course servings Preparation In a small bowl, […]

Continue reading…

Papaya-Mango Smoothie

Publication date: October 1, 2021

Preparation Time 5 mins Ingredients 1 mango (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, pitted, and chopped coarse 1 papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped coarse 2 cups plain yogurt 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice plus 4 lime slices for garnish 3 tablespoons honey, or to taste 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Directions In a blender blend the mango, the […]

Continue reading…

Crème de Papaya dessert

Publication date: October 1, 2021

Ingredients • Vanilla Ice Cream • Creme de Cassis Liquor • Mint Leaf (for decoration) Directions 1. Blend together 1 small papaya (or a ½ large papaya) with 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream. 2. In each serving bowl, pour 2 teaspoons of Crème de Cassis liquor. 3. Pour the papaya and ice cream mix […]

Continue reading…

Generation Next: Yessenia Arroyo is loving life

Publication date: September 16, 2021

“I love my job.” “I love my company.” “I love my boss.” “I love my co-workers.” “I love being in sales.” “I love Washington (state).” “I love the weather here. People say it rains every day. They are lying. In Puerto Rico, it rains more.” The list goes on and on. Arroyo punctuates almost every […]

Continue reading…

Seen on Social: March 22-26

Publication date: March 26, 2021

Here we are, our second installment of “Seen on Social.” No worries if you missed the first one. The concept is pretty basic. These posts —related to the produce industry or fresh produce itself — caught our attention this week. It’s a simple way to keep up. There’s too much cool stuff online to follow […]

Continue reading…