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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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 […]

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Samba swings into supermarkets

Publication date: January 25, 2021

HLB’s new papaya variety is already available in Europe and is now set to launch in the UK Exotics specialist HLB Specialties has launched a new papaya variety to bring cheer to consumers during their winter confinement. Samba, a proprietary variety developed by some of the company’s growers in Brazil, is slightly larger than a […]

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Hurricanes create unprecedented situation for Central American rambutan growers

Publication date: November 18, 2020

A rambutan importer was on Monday anticipating an unprecedented situation for growers in Central America, which was preparing for the imminent arrival of Hurricane Iota even as it recovered from another storm that struck just days before. The storm hit Nicaragua earlier this week with sustained winds of 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It […]

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Hurricane Nana brought more rain to already wet Guatemala papaya season

Publication date: September 4, 2020

Hurricane Nana made landfall in a sparsely populated part of Belize right after midnight on Thursday morning. From there, Nana weakened to a tropical storm, pushing across Guatemala on Thursday. “The storm affected the northern part of Guatemala, the heart of our papaya growing region,” said Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties. “Fortunately, Nana had turned […]

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