PHOTO BY SCOTT ISKOWITZ
Debra Shankle, Vice President Coca-Cola Refreshments East Region Manufacturing, left Richard Hamann, Mayor of Auburndale, Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida Department of Agriculture, Steve Cahillane President, Coca-Cola Americas, Bill Becker, President of Peace River Citrus Products, and Jose Luis Cutrale, Chairman Cutrale Citrus Juices plant a tree after announcing the planting of 25,000 acres of new orange groves last week in Auburndale.. The largest planting in Florida in more than a quarter century will be used for Minute Maid and Simply Brands.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, lauded the news last week that Coca-Cola will invest $2 billion in citrus tree plantings in the state.
AUBURNDALE — The Coca-Cola Co. said last week that it is spending $2 billion to support the planting of 25,000 acres of new orange groves in Florida, a move officials are lauding as a major investment in the Sunshine State’s citrus industry.
The announcement was made at a news conference at Coca-Cola’s juice production plant in Auburndale.
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