A group of prominent South Florida growers and agricultural investors with over 100 years of farming success to their credit has formed HBS Florida Specialties, LLC to purchase Florida Specialties, LLC and its Blue Ribbon Beans brand.
Our company is a combination of principals from AgGator farming Inc., Little Cypress Farms and four members of the Hilliard family - Joe Marlin Hilliard, son of the company's namesake brothers Joe A. and Marlin Hilliard, his daughter Mary Elizabeth Hilliard Carroll, and sons Joe Marlin Hilliard II and Bryan Hilliard.>
The Hilliard family began their farming and ranching business in 1932,
growing in Hendry and Glades counties. Along with cattle, citrus, sod and sugarcane, they have been an industry leader in row crops since the 1980's.
In 1995, they added green beans to a vegetable division that currently includes bell peppers, squash, cucumbers, and eggplant. Hilliard Brothers of
Florida grows on average 2,800 acres of green beans annually. "Our ability to diversify our crops and utilize the latest farming techniques availably
has kept us a top producer in the vegetable industry," says Bryan Hilliard, who will manage HBS Florida Specialties.
Pablo Sanchez, owner and president of Little Cypress Farms, Inc., has more than 30 years of farming experience in South Florida, having grown celery, sweet corn, green beans, broccoli, numerous other vegetables and sugarcane. He has grown green beans for over twenty years, for the last twelve of those years his beans have been handled exclusively by Florida Specialties. Little Cypress is currently growing approximately 2,000 acres of vegetables annually.
AgGator Farming LLC., managed by Julio Sanchez, was formed by a group of investors with the express purpose of supporting and investing in agribusiness ventures, such as Little Cypress Farms, Inc. and HBS Florida Specialties, LLC.