Importers greet winter fruit deal

Excerpts from The Packer, article posted 12/16/11 by Andy Nelson

Shipping Profiles

As the memories of rainy fall weather receded, importers of Central American fruit looked forward to abundant quantities of high-volume fruit this winter.

Brooks Tropicals Inc., Homestead, Fla., ships its Caribbean Red papayas from Belize year-round, said Mary Ostlund, the company’s director of marketing.

Fruit ships overland through Texas or by boat to Florida, Ostlund said.

In January, Brooks plans to add Uniq fruit from Jamaica to its winter Central American/Caribbean fruit roster.

Because of favorable weather conditions in Belize and Jamaica, Ostlund expected similiar-sized weekly shipments as last season in the coming weeks for its Caribbean Reds and Uniqs.

“Volumes are expected to be normal for both this winter,” she said.

“Mother Nature has been kind to us this year. We can’t complain.”