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Papaya in focus: get to know some of the producers cultivating 1.5 million tons of this fruit on Brazilian soil every year

Thursday November 9th, 2023

Papaya is a widely cultivated and cherished fruit in Brazil, and its export potential has been explored by numerous producers. Standing out among them are six companies and one association, all dedicated to cultivating and exporting this flavorful and nutritious fruit. They actively participate in the Frutas do Brasil project — the export program of the Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivatives Producers and Exporters (Abrafrutas), with the support from the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).

According to estimates from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the global production of papaya reaches 6.8 million tons annually, with 1.5 million tons grown on Brazilian soil. This makes Brazil the second-largest producer in the world.

Discover more about these Brazilian producers of this delectable fruit, all of whom are actively involved in Frutas do Brasil.


Founded in 1995, Agrícola Famosa is a national capital company, based on the border of the states of Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. Its main farm occupies an area of ​​7 thousand hectares, of which 3 thousand are exclusively focused on the cultivation of different varieties of melons and watermelons. They also produce papayas, bananas and passion fruits. Discover more about the company.


Established in 1996 by the Caldara family in the city of Linhares, located in the northern region of the state of Espírito Santo, Interfruit specializes in papaya production. With over 25 years of history, the company has gained prominence in both the national and international markets, adhering to stringent norms and quality standards. Its exports began in 1999, reaching up to 20 tons of papaya monthly and expanding into European markets. Discover more about the company.


The Brazilian Association of Papaya Producers and Exporters, known as Associação Brasileira dos Produtores e Exportadores de Papaya (Brapex), was established in July 2001 by six Brazilian papaya exporting companies: Agra Produção e Exportação, Gaia Importação e Exportação, Brasfuit Importadora e Exportadora, Caliman Agrícola, and the Union of Growers of Brazilian Papaya (UGBP). The organization currently represents papaya producers and exporting companies in Brazil, gaining both national and international recognition for its efforts to organize and strengthen the producer community, with the aim of securing benefits for the entire industry. Discover more about the company.


A Spanish company focused on the export of horticultural products. In addition to papayas, they cultivate yellow and frogskin melons, catering to both the domestic market and, predominantly, the international market (95% of production). Their primary focus lies in the trade, import, export, and distribution of fruits and vegetables. The organizational structure also encompasses a production company in Brazil, along with a subsidiary dedicated to the production and sale of 100% fruit ice cream. Discover more about the company.


The company from Paraíba has been in operation since 1990, specializing in the production of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. With a focus on the quality of fruits and the well-being of customers, employees, and suppliers, they strive to implement the best management practices for productivity, profitability, and sustainability. Their expertise lies in working with papayas, including the formosa papaya variety. Discover more about the company.


“MBR Comércio Exp. and Imp. is based in São José dos Campos, São Paulo. Apart from papayas, the company specializes in the production and export of a diverse range of fruits, including mangoes, lemons, guavas, figs, persimmons, melons, grapes, oranges, and apples. MBR is known for delivering a comprehensive solution to customers, offering a variety of high-quality products with a strong emphasis on service excellence and reliability. Discover more about the company.


Established in 2004 and headquartered in Linhares, Espirito Santo, in the southeastern region of Brazil, the Union of Growers of Brazilian Papaya (UGBP) is dedicated to providing high-quality fruits. With private farms and packinghouses, UGBP ensures a consistent supply of quality production throughout the year. The company holds certifications from USDA/APHis and Eurepgap, enabling it to cater to both the American and European markets. In August 2005, UGBP became the first company to receive the PIF certificate, signifying integrated production of papayas, from the fields to the packing house. This certificate assures customers of a consistently high standard of fruit quality. Discover more about the company.


About Frutas do Brasil

Abrafrutas (Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivatives Producers and Exporters), in partnership with ApexBrasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency), is committed to promoting the growth of Brazilian exporters. This project aims to expand its business, open new markets, highlight Brazilian fruits’ qualities and encourage the consumption of high-quality and tasty fruits. Currently, 63 export companies in the Brazilian fruit sector participate in Frutas do Brasil, achieving partial results exceeding USD 500 million in exports. To be part of the project, you only need to be a producer and register on the website by clicking here.

About Abrafrutas

The Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Derivatives (Abrafrutas) is a non-profit association whose purpose is to represent and promote Brazilian fruit growing in the international market. Created in 2014, Abrafrutas has approximately 70 associated fruit exporters and holds approximately 85% of the total volume of fresh fruit exported by Brazil.

About ApexBrasil

The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad and attract foreign investments to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy. In order to achieve its goals, ApexBrasil carries out several trade promotion initiatives aimed at promoting Brazilian products and services abroad, such as prospective and trade missions, business rounds, support to the participation of Brazilian companies in major international fairs, visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, among other business platforms that also aim at strengthening the Brazil brand.


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