Serving the Caribbean and the World Since 1978

Email: Sales@Cariba.com Contact Us: 727.725.2517

 

 

Formed in 1978 by

Stephen Hopwood.

Direct shipments of U.S. manufactured products

to customers in the Caribbean and around

the world.

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

 

Cariba International was formed in 1978 by Stephen Hopwood, a Jamaican by birth. He had been involved with consumer product distribution since the early 1960's. In 1974 he migrated to Florida where he set up as a broker writing orders for direct shipment of U.S. manufactured products to customers in the Caribbean and around the world. By 1978 he saw Cariba could better serve the manufacturers he represented and the customers he served, by buying and consolidating the shipment of goods which had a direct and immediate reduction in freight and forwarding charges. This resulted in lower duties and ultimately, much lower prices for the consumers.

 

In 1983, Brian Ladell joined Stephen as a partner and oversaw sales and operations, regularly traveling to the Caribbean Islands for sales presentations and the introduction of new products, prior to the ease and convenience of the Internet. After many years of hard work and successfully growing the brands and business, both Stephen and Brian wanted to retire.

 

Introduced by a mutual friend in 2010, the company was sold to Rob Harrison and Anece Hughes. This allowed Stephen the opportunity to retire and Brian remained with the company until 2012 to assist with the transition of ownership.

 

Cariba prides itself with having a multicultural staff, with several having 20+ years with the company, providing an extensive and diverse knowledge of the markets we serve and of the export distribution business as a whole. This also allows Cariba International to continue to offer the consistent customer service that has always been provided.

We continue to expand our product lines and business partners into other regions of the world and offer our services globally.

RELATIONSHIPS

 

The Caribbean market within themselves are truly diverse. In the region rich with cultural heritage you will hear English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Creole and a plethora of dialects of these languages. The migration of Africans, Europeans, Asians and Middle Easterners has produced a mosaic of people as beautiful as the countries themselves. Experience in this area has given us the ability to adjust to the ever changing global environment with mixes of race, region and cultural.

 

We continue to expand our product lines and business partners into other regions of the world and offer our services globally. We currently have partnerships in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji & Cypress. Our customers happiness and satisfaction with their delivery of our products and service, is our ultimate goal.

Cariba International

represents over 40 first-class United States Manufacturers that produce a variety of products and enrich the

quality of lives of consumers

all over the world.

VENDORS

 

We represent over 40 first-class United States Manufacturers that produce a variety of products and enrich the quality of lives of consumers all over the world. Cariba International has partnered with many of these vendors since it's inception and have worked very closely with the introduction of various new products into the Caribbean regions. We continue to work with Industry leaders in the Health & Beauty Category, such as the Ethnic Division of L'Oreal, SoftSheen Carson. We have recently expanded from primarily offering Health & Beauty Aids and now we can supply our customers

with quality Medical Products for Hospitals and Doctors office uses.

 

We represent the following first-class manufacturers with name brands known around the world.

OUR MARKET

Because of it's heritage and experience, Cariba International has positioned itself as the leader and specialist in providing health and beauty aids and other products to the Caribbean marketplace and around the world.

 

A true and in-depth understanding of this unique area is a major part of Cariba's success.

 

The Caribbean markets within themselves are truly diverse. In the region rich in cultural heritage you will hear English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Creole and Papiamento and a plethora of dialects of these languages.

Cariba International

 has positioned itself as the leader and specialist in

providing health and beauty

aids and other products to

the Caribbean marketplace

and around the world.

Migration to the region has produced a mosaic of people as beautiful as the countries themselves. The Aborigines-Arawaks and Caribs still exist in pockets. The migration of Africans, Europeans, Asians and Middle Easterners has produced a mix of people as interesting as any other place in the world.

 

The Caribbean is a true melting pot. While many of the people are not wealthy in worldly goods, they have created a wealth of colorful life and a unique culture that is overwhelming to the visitors. The islands attract millions of visitors every year, most of whom travel from North America.

 

What does this all mean to the Caribbean business climate?

 

These visitors and cultures have had a great influence on the people and their lifestyles. The wants and needs of the Americans are being translated into the wants and needs of the Caribbean consumers.

 

Cariba researches, understands and provides products to fulfill those needs!

DEMOGRAPHICS

 

MASTER EXPORT DISTRIBUTOR

  • Exporting Health & Beauty items since 1978 to the Caribbean, Latin America and the South Pacific. Now offering Medical Supplies and over 1400 SKUs of private label products.
  • Representing over 40 different vendors & private label products including industry leader L'Oreal/Soft Sheen Carson
  • Introduction of multiple new product lines into the territories we service

South Pacific

Australia

Papau New Guinea

Fiji

Solomon Islands

Vanuatu

ISLANDS AND TERRITORIES

Caribbean and Latin America

Anguilla

Antiqua

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

Dominca

Domincan Republic

Guyana

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Haiti

Honduras

Jamaica

Monserrat

Martinique

St. Eustatius

St. St. Kitts-Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Maarten

St. Vincent

Trinidad & Tobago

Puerto Rico

Suriname

U.S. Virgin Islands

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