Importers discuss squeezed grower margins and record profits for shipping lines

Publication date: September 23, 2022

Andres Ocampo, CEO of HLB Specialties, is facing the same challenges. His company imports tropical and exotic fruits like papaya, rambutan, dragon fruit, and more. “Shipping rates from Central and South America to North America have pretty much doubled in the past three years,” Ocampo said.

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Guatemala presents innovative agricultural offer based on industrialization

Publication date: May 24, 2022

“Of the importing companies that will be visiting the country, the following stand out: Procacci Brothers, Tomasino Farms, Vanna Tropical & Exotic Fruit, Dulcinea Farms, Courchesne Larose, Southers Specialties, Harvest Sensations, HLB Specialties, as well as some of the Central American supermarket chains such as Walmart, Automercado, Colonial and La Colonia.

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Shippers watchful of Texas-Mexico border blockades and inspections

Publication date: April 16, 2022

Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties in Fort Lauderdale, FL says it had trucks stuck at the border four to five days. “They didn’t make the crossing on Friday. Those trucks only made it to our warehouse Wednesday evening. It’s a big impact on our supplies,” he says. […]

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Weather and logistics pressure imported dragon fruit supplies in the US

Publication date: March 10, 2022

Supplies of imported dragon fruit are less than anticipated. White dragon fruit: This red skinned, white fleshed fruit is coming from Ecuador currently and peak season supplies began in November. “But they have been underwhelming. We have been supplied probably below 50 percent of what we were expecting during the whole season,” says Andres Ocampo with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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