Meet the Co-op

Citrus growers who cultivate the land and foster tradition

Florida's Natural Growers cooperative shares its history with its grower-members, all integral forces in the growth of the Florida citrus industry. The story of our company's success is tied to the common vision of this group of citrus growers, shippers, and processors. Behind the labels of the watchful growers of our greatest resource are the cooperative's dedicated members. From diverse beginnings, each grower has come to share one common goal: to produce the freshest tasting not-from-concentrate juice available on the market today.
Lake Wales Citrus Growers Association

Lake Wales Citrus Growers Association

Alluding to Lake Wales' claim as "The Jewel of the Ridge," the label shown here is the oldest known version of this brand. The cooperative has been in existence since 1919.
Winter Haven Citrus Growers Association

Winter Haven Citrus Growers Association

Chartered in 1909, Winter Haven was touted as having the "largest citrus packing house in the world" by 1931. It consisted of 93,000 square feet of floor space. This label was registered in 1924.
Waverly Growers Cooperative

Waverly Growers Cooperative

Founded in 1914 by eight growers, this packinghouse once featured a Waverly Welcome House gift fruit operation. The label shown here dates back to the 1930s.
Haines City Citrus Growers Association

Haines City Citrus Growers Association

Organized in 1909 by six growers, the Haines City Citrus Growers Association Hill Top label has been in use since 1909.
Peace River Packing Company

Peace River Packing Company

The Peace River Packing Company was founded in 1928 by a group of 11 growers. Originally built as a "four-car plant,“ it is still located on the original property in Fort Meade.
Umatilla Citrus Growers Association

Umatilla Citrus Growers Association

Umatilla means "Land of Many Waters," an appropriate name for a region with 40 clearwater lakes within a two-mile radius. This label was in use around 1930.
Lake Placid Citrus Cooperative

Lake Placid Citrus Cooperative

The Lake Placid Citrus Cooperative was founded in 1963 by five area growers.
Dundee Citrus Growers Association

Dundee Citrus Growers Association

Founded in 1924, Dundee's original packinghouse was the W.E. Lee House just north of the City of Dundee.
Hunt Bros. Cooperative

Hunt Bros. Cooperative

Founded in 1922 by D.A. Hunt and Charles M. Hunt for grove development, Hunt Brothers gradually bought groves of its own, and in 1928, built the Highland Park Packing House. D.A. Hunt was inducted into the Citrus Hall of Fame in 1989.
Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.

Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.

Over 50 years ago in the small town of Frostproof, Florida, Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. began shipping citrus to markets throughout the United States, starting with a 10-acre orange grove, a small packing facility, and a commitment to excellent quality.
Orange Growers Marketing Association

Orange Growers Marketing Association

The Orange Growers Marketing Association became a member of Florida's Natural Growers cooperative in 1997. Originally formed by seven local growers, the group has grown to several times its original size and now includes growers from all across Florida's citrus-growing regions.
Citrus Marketing Services

Citrus Marketing Services

The Great Fruit Company was born of a marriage between a citrus caretaking, development, and real estate business and a citrus buying, selling, and harvesting company. Citrus Marketing Services was incorporated in 1968.
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