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Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals LLC has added Javier Gonzalez Ebra as the firm’s sales manager and added industry veteran Emil Bravo as the company’s newest salesman.

Both began with the company in January, said Deanna Obana, sales representative for Brooks Tropicals LLC. 

In packinghouse investments, she said the company also added a new passion fruit sizer and waxer. She said the new technology will allow the company to pack more efficiently and also extend shelf life for the fruit.

2019 will be the first season Brooks will be marketing kiwano melon from New Zealand. 

“Our customers are always looking for ‘the next kiwi’ and we simply cannot grow kiwano here,” Obana said. 

“We’re working with Enzed Exotics and are bringing their enthusiasm and knowledge of kiwano to our customers that demand the best the world has to offer.” 

Starting in late summer, Brooks Tropicals will enter its second year of handling Guatemalan rambutan, Obana said.