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Barn Owls Proving Key to Modern, Sustainable Farming

2022-09-03 | By Ashley Glass, ABC Action News

SOUTH BAY, Fla.  — If you purchase organic sugar or rice anywhere in the United States, there's a good chance it was grown at the Florida Crystals sprawling farmland around South Bay, Florida.

According to the company, the farms are also home to the largest private network of barn owls in the world.

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Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Farmers Achieve Clean Water Goal for Everglades Restoration Again in 2022

2022-08-12 | Blog Article

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) – the local agency in charge of Everglades Restoration – announced Aug. 11 that farmers in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reduced phosphorus by 66% in Water Year 2022, surpassing the goal by more than two times, and marking the 27th year we have met the goal.

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Florida Crystals Announces it is more than Doubling Size of World’s Largest Barn Owl Network to Sustainably Protect its South Florida Farms and Promote Biodiversity as Part of its Regenerative Farming Practices

2022-08-05 | Press Release

The Palm Beach County-based sugarcane company, whose South Florida farms are home to more than 1,250 barn owls that provide natural pest defense and eliminate synthetic pesticides, celebrates International Owl Awareness Day with its expansion from 850 nesting boxes to more than 2,000.

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Sweet Sustainability: Florida Crystals Sugarcane Farm Committed to Reducing Waste

2022-06-19 | By Chris Oberholtz and Brandy Campbell, Fox Weather

To date, Florida Crystals has grown 10,000 acres of the only organic raw sugarcane in the U.S.

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Florida Crystals’ Sponsors Muck City Sports Hall of Fame to Celebrate Glades-area Achievements

2022-06-16 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals is proud to be the leading sponsor of the Muck City Sports Hall of Fame, which held a celebration for its inaugural class on June 5 at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade, Florida. 

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Florida Crystals Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowling Fundraiser to Help Empower Palm Beach County Children

2022-06-11 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was excited to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ recent Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, an annual bowling fundraiser that helps the organization continue its important work helping children facing adversity in our communities.

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Florida Crystals Proudly Sponsors Women’s Chamber Foundation Scholarships for Two Glades Students

2022-06-10 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was honored to renew our sponsorship of scholarships for deserving young women through our participation with the Women’s Chamber Foundation of Palm Beach County, presented at the Foundation’s 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 7 in West Palm Beach. 

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Florida Crystals’ Principal Research Scientist Shiva Ahrens Named Young Professional of the Year by Palm Beach North Chamber

2022-05-29 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals congratulates Shiva Ahrens, who was named Young Professional of the Year by the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual Leadership Awards Dinner on May 26.

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First New Oceangoing, Dry Cargo Barge of its Size Built in America in Nearly 20 Years Departed Port of Palm Beach on Maiden Delivery of Locally Grown and Milled Raw Sugar

2022-05-10 | Press Release

American Sugar Refining, Inc., a member of West Palm Beach-based ASR Group, and its parent companies – Florida Crystals Corporation and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida – celebrated the maiden voyage of its newly constructed, state-of-the-art barge, Knot Refined, which departed from the Port of Palm Beach on Friday to deliver 18,000 tons of Palm Beach County-grown and -milled raw sugar to ASR Group’s Domino® Sugar Refinery in New York.

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Florida Crystals Employees Mark Arbor Day by Planting Trees

2022-05-10 | Blog Article

As part of Florida Crystals’ commitment to sustainability, it was our privilege to plant trees with a local nonprofit to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.

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Fanjul Family Donates $50,000 for Humanitarian Aid through United Way’s Ukraine Refugee Fund

2022-04-08 | By Carol Rose, Palm Beach Daily News

With donations to organizations helping refugees now topping $1 million, the Town of Palm Beach United Way's Ukraine Refugee Fund has received three new matching grants totaling $125,000 from island residents. 

The organization announced Wednesday that George Albrecht and the Fanjul family will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000, while Christine and Alan Curtis will match donations up to $25,000.

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Florida Crystals’ Habitat for Humanity Build Brings Employees Together to Help Belle Glade Families

2022-04-05 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was pleased to help two local Glades families achieve their dream of homeownership, with our recent sponsorship of and participation in a home-building event with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County.

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Successful Farming Magazine Highlights Florida Crystals' Sustainable Farming Story

2022-03-31 | Cary Estes, Successful Farming

After six decades, Florida Crystals is part of the world’s largest refiner and marketer of cane sugar with annual production of more than 6 million tons. Along the way, the company has implemented multiple techniques to improve environmental sustainability and increase economic efficiency.

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Dozens of Florida Crystals’ Employees Race to Raise Nearly $200K for Local Nonprofits

2022-03-01 | Blog Article

Dozens of Florida Crystals employees put their feet to the pavement to raise money for two Palm Beach County nonprofits that support education in our community.

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Florida Crystals Helps Bring Free, High-Speed Wi-Fi to Glades Students

2022-02-26 | By Angela Rozier, WPBF

WPBF — Hundreds of students in the Glades area will now have free high-speed internet access.

Palm Beach County School Superintendent Mike Burke delivered the good news Thursday to students at Glade View Elementary in Belle Glade.

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Florida Crystals Employees Inspire Glades Youth at ‘Claim Your Future Showcase’

2022-02-25 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals shared our many career opportunities with students at Pahokee Middle Senior and Glades Central high schools as part of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County’s “Claim Your Future Showcase." 

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Pepe Fanjul, Jr. and Fellow EAA Farmers Educate Hundreds at Palm Beach Chamber Breakfast About Modern Farming

2022-02-05 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was excited to support and participate in the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Feb. 2 breakfast, featuring a discussion about modern agriculture in Palm Beach County and a fresh market of locally grown produce, including our organic raw cane sugar and rice.

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Kelvin Llaverias Refines Technology at Florida Crystals

2022-01-25 | By Zach Baliva, Hispanic Executive Magazine

It’s a daily routine for people in kitchens and diners across the world. Something sacred. Something automatic. We pour a cup of coffee, rip open a small paper packet, pour in some sugar, and stir. We don’t ponder the process it went through on the way to our cup—we simply drink and enjoy. But Kelvin Llaverias knows that the harvesting, refining, and packaging of sugar is a 24/7 operation, and as the director of IT for Florida Crystals, he works around the clock to build and maintain the complex tech infrastructure that makes it all possible. 

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Florida Crystals Honors Civil Rights Leader with Sponsorship of MLK Day Community Event in Belle Glade

2021-01-21 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was honored to continue its support of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Belle Glade. 

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Florida Crystals Helps Make Holidays Bright for Families in the Glades Communities

2022-01-12 | Blog Article

We were happy to help make the holidays brighter for our neighbors in South Bay, Belle Glade and Pahokee through giveaways that provided more than 7,000 toys for children of all ages.

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The Land Report Magazine: "Sweet Setup"

2022-01-07 | By Cary Estes, The Land Report

Thanks to a wide array of innovative initiatives — some high-tech and others involving Mother Nature — FLORIDA CRYSTALS is raising sustainability along with sugarcane.

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Florida Crystals’ Director of Consumer Products Shares Automation Advancements with Local Middle School Students

2022-01-06 | Blog Article

Through our ongoing partnership with the Palm Beach County School District, we have shared our many agricultural career opportunities with students throughout our area, developing local talent and engaging young minds.

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Florida Crystals Celebrates the Holidays with Our Community at Annual League of Cities BBQ in the Glades

2021-12-08 | Blog Article

We look forward every year to celebrating the holidays with our communities and fellow farmers at the Palm Beach County League of Cities’ annual Holiday BBQ in Belle Glade.

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Florida Crystals Joins City of Belle Glade to Provide Thanksgiving Meals for Local Families

2021-12-06 | Blog Article

We were pleased to have the opportunity to help feed hundreds of families in the Glades communities in western Palm Beach County through our support of the City of Belle Glade’s annual Thanksgiving giveaway that included 500 turkeys and 500 hams as well as locally grown trimmings. 

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Florida Crystals Shows Gratitude to Local Law Enforcement through Donations of Thanksgiving Staples, Hot Meals

2021-12-05 | Blog Article

We are grateful to have helped make Thanksgiving a little more special for the brave people working in law enforcement in Palm Beach County over the holiday.

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Florida Crystals® Consumer Brand Gets Award-Winning New Look!

2021-11-05 | Press Release

As the only grower of organic sugarcane in the U.S., Florida Crystals is excited to launch a fresh look for our consumer brand that highlights our organic offerings and reflects six decades of sustainably growing sugarcane on our family-owned farms and crafting cane sugars.

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Florida Crystals’ Ben Sadler Named to Chamber of the Palm Beaches Board

2021-11-11 | Blog Article

We are pleased to announce that Ben Sadler, our Real Estate Counsel, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, marking another step for Ben in his dedication to public service and volunteerism.

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Florida Crystals Completes Rice Harvest in South Florida

2021-11-04 | Blog Article

Thanks to fair weather and excellent planning, Florida Crystals’ dedicated, hardworking rice team delivered our final truckload of the season to our Sem-Chi Rice Mill in Belle Glade, Florida, on Oct. 20.

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Florida Crystals’ Evelyn Hopkins Receives ATHENA Leadership Award® from Chamber of Palm Beaches

2021-11-03 | Blog Article

The award honors women who excel in their fields, devote time and energy to their community, and mentor and open doors for other women to follow. 

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U.S. Department of Defense Honors Florida Crystals' Employee for Supporting Army Reservist

2021-10-12 | Blog Article

The United States Department of Defense has honored a member of Florida Crystals’ Information Technology department for her support of one of our employees during his deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve this year.

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City of South Bay Thanks Florida Crystals for Supporting Youth in Glades Communities through Back-to-School Event

2021-10-11 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was delighted to receive a special “thank you” from South Bay’s City Commission for our philanthropic support of their annual backpack giveaway that prepares local children to return to school.

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Florida Crystals’ Rice Donation Helps Feed Louisiana Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

2021-10-02 | Blog Article

As a South Florida farmer, we know firsthand how devastated communities can be when hurricanes strike.  That’s why we were pleased to help lend a hand with hurricane recovery in Louisiana by donating our locally grown rice, milled at our Sem-Chi Rice Mill, to Second Harvest Food Bank in Southeast Louisiana, which will help feed more than 7,000 families who are still working to recover from Hurricane Ida.

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Florida Crystals and Fellow EAA Farmers Celebrate More Than 25 Years of Sending Clean Water to Everglades

2021-09-20 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals is delighted by the announcement that our Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) farming region has once again achieved better than the State of Florida's water-quality goal for water flowing south to the Everglades.

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Florida Crystals’ 2021 Rice Harvest Season Begins in South Florida

2021-08-27 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals’ rice harvest is underway in western Palm Beach County, Florida, where we rotate the staple food with our sugarcane and vegetables as part of our sustainable farming practices.

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Ohio FFA Students Get Up-Close Look at Florida Crystals' Rice Harvest

2021-08-03 | Blog Article

We had a great time hosting a group of high school future farmers on one of our western Palm Beach County rice farms recently, giving a behind-the-scenes look at how we grow and harvest the staple food.

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Florida Crystals Employees Support Hunger-Relief Efforts by Gleaning with CROS Ministries

2021-07-08 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was honored to volunteer to harvest mangoes to donate to local food banks, a process called gleaning, with our friends at CROS Ministries on June 24 at SWA’s mango grove on their High Ridge Road property.

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Florida Crystals Sponsors Take Stock in Children Scholarships for 30 Promising Youth from the Glades

2021-06-12 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was proud to sponsor scholarships for 30 graduating high school seniors from the Class of 2021 in Palm Beach County as part of our support for Take Stock in Children, an organization that provides opportunities for higher education.

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Florida Crystals Supports Glades Central High School Food Pantry with Donations of Rice and Sweet Corn

2021-05-26 | Blog Article

Florida Crystals was excited to be part of the ribbon-cutting for Glades Central High School’s Muck Market Food Pantry, a program we supported from dream to fruition in Belle Glade, Florida, where we grow, harvest and mill our sugarcane and rice.

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Florida Crystals Joins Big Heart Brigade and Local Farmers to Thank West Palm Beach Firefighters

2021-05-04 | Blog Article

At Florida Crystals, one of our founding values is giving back to the community, especially to those that have supported us over the past six decades. We were delighted to join with our fellow farmers in western Palm Beach County’s Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) to say “thank you” to our local first responders by donating gift bags of fresh foods to West Palm Beach’s Fire Station 1, located down the street from our headquarters.

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