From small, family-owned companies to nationwide supermarket chains, Florida agriculture encompasses industries of all sizes with the goal of promoting Florida-grown and -produced products. Whether selling a product, helping agricultural entrepreneurs, advocating for local companies, promoting agritourism or highlighting an important commodity, the diversity within the state keeps agriculture innovative and progressive. Click the arrows to learn more about a sampling of the different industries that make up Florida agriculture.
1. Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company
The freshest juice in the industry – that’s the goal and commitment of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company.
Founded by Marygrace Sexton 27 years ago and named for her daughter, Natalie, this company markets its product as a “clean label” juice company that hand-selects the fruits and vegetables for its products. All of the juices are natural and healthy.
Marygrace came up with the idea for the company in her family’s orange grove while pulling Natalie in a red wagon. Her husband had always wanted to start a juice company but he was busy running the farm, so she began working toward the shared dream. Located in Fort Pierce, the company landed its first major account in 1990 and is now available in 33 stores and 41 countries.
From orange to cranberry to tangerine, the juices are delicious and wholesome. The company has also introduced flavor combinations such as Carrot Ginger. All products are free of GMOs, concentrates, flavor packs, artificial ingredients and preservatives. The company also strives for a small carbon footprint – using recyclable bottles and feeding the fruit and vegetable remnants to cattle.