Melissa Hartmann de Barros on HLB’s 30th anniversary and the company’s expansion

Publication date: January 24, 2020

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of HLB, a family-owned company who started off importing fish into Germany. Since its founding, the company has grown to two independent branches – HLB Tropical Food in Germany, and HLB Specialties in Florida – and helped open up and develop numerous markets for exotic fruits. The company began their […]

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Melissa Hartmann de Barros of HLB: “We made the papaya a staple item in European stores”

Publication date: January 8, 2020

Though still seen as an exotic fruit by many, papayas can be found at almost any major retailer in Europe and North America. HLB Tropical Food, which was formed in Germany by Homero Levy de Barros, was a major player in the development of the papaya market in Europe. When Levy de Barros moved to […]

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