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Southern Specialties growing volumes of large papaya

Ever expanding and evolving, Southern Specialties, headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, is now expecting its volumes of large papayas to grow.

“Due to warmer temperatures, volumes are expected to grow from both Mexico and Guatemala,” said Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development.

Southern Specialties’ Golden papaya sizing is shifting to the smaller end, so customers should expect more 09 and 10 sizes.

Eagle noted that Mexico averages approximately 800 loads of avocados per week to the United States, which translates to over 1.6 billion pounds in 2016.

“We will be in Peruvian avocados in April,” said Eagle. “The Peruvian crop looks good. Movement will begin in the U.S. around May.”

“The mango market is currently in transition,” he continued. We are in Guatemala and transitioning to Mexico. This program is entirely the Tommy Atkins variety. The first Guatemala Tommy’s are clean and solid with about 30 to 50 percent red blush, similar to Mexico. This will be the primary variety of round mangos until Kents start in Southern Sinaloa in June.”

Southern Specialties also offers limes out of Guatemala, and it fills in from Mexico.

Southern Specialties was founded in 1990 by President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Colescott, with a mission to provide the finest restaurants and hotels in the nation with the best quality specialty produce.

After years of success as a grower and supplier to the foodservice industry, it expanded its product line to include a variety of offerings for the retail sector.

The Southern Selects product line was developed to meet the needs of today’s educated consumer. The company controls all aspects of growing, importing, processing and distributing its expanding menu of specialty fruits and vegetables from the best farms in the Americas.

The foundation of Southern Specialties resides in the quality of people and businesses that make up its culture and enterprise.

“As a company, its rewarding to have traveled so far and have such great visions for the future,” said Eagle. We look forward to continuing our enduring partnerships, and providing the freshest and most delicious, healthful fruits and vegetables to our valued customers for years to come.”

The company offers an extensive line of specialty and tropical items, many of which are sold under the popular Southern Selects’ brand name. The line includes sugar snap and snow peas, asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, berries and more.

“Southern Specialties is a gateway into the U.S. for produce items grown in Central and South America, and it is an integral part of the fresh produce industry in North America,” explained Eagle. “What the current administration determines is the value of what we bring to the table remains to be seen. Our produce items are planted and harvested by hand, and in many instances they are processed and packaged by hand. These are not typical commodity items. Yet we are able to bring them to consumers at very reasonable price points.”