Executive SummarySun Sweet Orange Juice Company is the largest United States supplier of 100 percent pure Florida not-from-concentrate (NFC) orange juice. Unlike other companies, Sun Sweet Orange Juice Company controls every step of its juice production, from growing and extraction, to quality control, and packaging. We are dedicated to operating and supplying our products nationally, while staying committed to our core values, coexisting with the environment and supporting sustainable business by helping to reduce the consumption of natural resources. We offer a highly efficient, fully integrated process featuring homegrown oranges and state-of-the-art processing.
Sun Sweet Orange Juice Company is an industry leader in advanced agricultural techniques and environmentally friendly farming methods. Not only do these innovations produce the highest quality juice and orange byproducts available, but we also ensure that the land the Company farms remains healthy and productive. The Company's 2.5 million greenhouse-grown trees are the foundation of its success.
From 1986 to 1994, 500,000 of these specially bred trees were planted each year on former cattle pastures to create our resilient groves. Our location in Hendry County Florida, near Lake Okeechobee, has milder winter weather compared to other historic orange growing regions, making it less prone to damaging winter freezes.
Sun Sweet Orange Juice's groves produce more than four million boxes of Valencia and Hamlin oranges each season, enough for 25 million gallons of juice. During the growing season, fruit is sampled in the field and evaluated for quality, based on the variety of the orange and its rootstock. Quality control technicians scout our groves daily. Custom-designed, computerized irrigation and fertilization programs determine exact amounts of nutrients and water required. At harvest time, low-producing areas are identified and targeted for the proper horticultural prescription to encourage optimal growth. To ensure freshness and quality, oranges are grown, picked, processed...