Southern Specialties Inc., is increasing its presence in the Guatemala deal by expanding acreage.

Southern Specialties increases Guatemala lime importsThe Pompano Beach, Fla.-based grower, importer, processor and shipper has planted additional Persian limes groves in Petén which is expected to bring 450 hectares this season with 1,000 hectares expected by next year.

For all of Guatemala, the company next year plans to market 2,000 total hectares of limes.

It plans to ship the limes in traditional bruce and pony boxes and in 2- and 3-pound and custom bags, according to the release.

Possessing a slightly lighter color than Mexican limes, the Southern Selects-branded Persian limes bring a high juice content, according to the release.

Southern Specialties increases Guatemala lime imports“We feel our Southern Selects limes from Guatemala are a natural,” Robert Colescott, Southern Specialties’ president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “Limes have long been a staple in both the foodservice and retail industry. An expanding demographic base incorporates limes in their daily cuisines. Consumers have discovered the fruit’s versatility as an ingredient used for marinades, drinks, seasonings and garnishes.”

In 2001, Southern Specialties planted limes in Guatemala as part of a diversification program for coffee farmers.