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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Lower rambutan volumes but steady demand on US market right now

Publication date: July 19, 2020

One of these products is rambutan, which is currently being sourced from Guatemala and Mexico. Andrés Ocampo of HLB Specialties, located in Florida, says: “We are currently sourcing our rambutan from Guatemala. The season started late April, early May in the Pacific region, which is just across the border from Mexico. Then, as the season […]

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“Every week, we have to adapt to new carriers and transit routes”

Publication date: April 17, 2020

Nowadays, consumers are used to being able to buy many fruit and vegetable items all year long. Although in-season much is grown domestically, some fruit and vegetable varieties are almost exclusively imported. Papayas are one of these items and 97.7 percent of consumption is grown outside the US, according to the USDA. What is the […]

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Suppliers detail COVID-19 effect on business, outlook— Part 2

Publication date: April 8, 2020

Published by: Produce Retailer Continued … Specialties Andres Ocampo, CEO of HLB Specialties, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said that some offshore suppliers of specialty produce have been limited by the lack of freight in passenger planes. “For markets serviced only by passenger planes, it’s been a big blow,” Ocampo said. “For markets serviced by air freighters […]

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Coronavirus upends global food supply chains in latest economic shock

Publication date: April 8, 2020

Published by: Reuters LAND, SEA & AIR In addition to the trucking problems, a sharp decline in air traffic has cut deeply into capacity to move fresh produce long distances.Slideshow (13 Images) Andres Ocampo, chief executive of HLB Specialties LLC, a fruit importer based in Miami, Florida, relied on commercial flights to shift papayas and other […]

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