U.S.: HLB Specialties upbeat on goldenberry import changes

HLB_Andres-OcampoA U.S. exotic fruit importer expects authorities will loosen regulations for Colombian goldenberry imports in early 2014, prompting the reintroduction of the product to its North American portfolio.

The fruit – also known as ‘Physallis’, ‘Cape gooseberries’, ‘Inka berries’ 0r ‘Aguaymanto’ – currently requires cold treatment for entry into the U.S., but the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has proposed a rule to remove the measure and replace it with a systems approach for some parts of Colombia.

During the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit event in New Orleans, HLB Specialties head of operations Andres Ocampo told www.freshfruitportal.com the fruit had strong potential in specialized chains and upscale restaurants.

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