Press Release: The Florida Citrus Processors Association and Peace River Citrus Products Announce Donations

CRDF is Presented with Two Research Support Donations

The Florida Citrus Processors Association (FCPA) announced the donation of $250,000 to support the work of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation at the Seventh Annual Citrus Industry Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida. The contribution from FCPA, which includes all of the major juice processors in the state of Florida, is something FCPA hopes will benefit the entire industry. “Processors are committed to the Florida citrus industry and finding a way to eliminate the threat of pests and diseases, like Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) and citrus canker,” said Peter Hahn, President of FCPA. He noted further, “We are grateful for the work of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation and are honored to contribute to the long term effort to attack the pests and diseases that affect the very survival of our industry.”  

This announcement was followed by the announcement of a matching donation of $250,000 from Peace River Citrus Products.  Fran Becker, Vice President, Purchasing and Fruit Procurement at Peace River Citrus Products, made the announcement during the Florida Citrus Mutual Board of Directors Meeting at Bonita Springs.

Kristen Gunter, Executive Director of FCPA, stated the donation this year could be particularly critical since the Foundation needs appropriate funding to support research programs that are in progress. “We need to keep up the forward momentum and not lose ground in this battle,” said Gunter.  The FCPA is a trade association whose members market and process citrus fruit juices. The association was established in 1938 and its headquarters are located in Lakeland, Florida. FCPA’s mission is to represent, communicate, protect and enhance the interests of its members, and to promote the growth and welfare of the citrus industry.

Peace River Citrus Products is a leading producer of bulk juice concentrates, oils, pulp cells, and other byproducts from oranges and white and red grapefruits sourced from Florida growers. The company supplies food and beverage manufacturers from its processing plants in Arcadia and Bartow, Florida. Peace River Citrus was founded in 1994 by President Bill Becker.

June 15, 2011