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19, 2013

Maurice R. Hernandez

Vice Chair Lynda Bell tours Brooks Tropicals as part of her monthly "Work Days" Program

Vice Chair Lynda Bell toured the Brooks Tropicals packing and distribution plant in Homestead earlier this month, as part of her continuing tradition of learning the everyday pressures and challenges that small businesses in her district face.  Once there, Mrs. Bell received a briefing from the company's President, N.P. Brooks, its CEO, Greg Smith, and Ms. Mary Ostlund, the firm's Marketing Director, on the scope of their domestic and international tropical fruit and vegetable distribution business.  After the briefing, Vice Chair Bell got down to business by helping to pack and prepare these fresh commodities to the market.

"This was an unforgettable experience as it gave me a profound understanding of the pressures and demands this small family-run firm faces to distribute only the freshest tropical produce to American dinner tables. Brooks Tropicals is administered by dedicated individuals who place quality above all else to provide only the finest produce.  I am delighted to have an institution of this caliber in my Commission District," Said Vice Chair Bell.

Founded by Charlie Brooks in the 1920s; the company has remained in the Brooks’ family while steadily expanding to become the premier grower, packer and shipper of tropical produce grown in Florida and the Caribbean.  Farming more than 4,000 acres; Brooks Tropicals harvests more than 70% of what they sell including, Papayas, Avocados, Starfruit, and other tropical specialties.  In order to maintain the company’s reputation for quality tropical fruits and vegetables, Brooks Tropicals solidly invests in research and development.  This has been essential in producing several revolutionary achievements over the past 30 years to help bring tropical produce to market in top condition for the enjoyment of the North American consumer.

Vice Chair Bell’s “Work Days” program has been highly acclaimed by a number of governmental organizations and institutions, including the National Association of Counties (NACo) as examples in innovative leadership. If you are a business owner who would like to invite Vice Chair Lynda Bell for a “Work Day,” or if you would like more information on the program, please contact Vice Chair Bell’s office at 305-378-6677.