Florida Crystals began as a small sugarcane farming and milling company in Pahokee, Florida, where it was founded by the Fanjul family in 1960. The family’s more than century-long heritage in farming, dating back to 1850 in Cuba, inspired the ideals on which they would build their company: one that values its employees, is committed to giving back to its community and utilizes the most environmentally friendly farming practices to produce the foods that feed its neighbors.
The initial building block for their new business included the purchase of three defunct sugar mills in Louisiana, which were disassembled and barged to the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee, where they were then pieced together to form the Osceola sugar mill. The first sugarcane harvest took place on 4,000 acres of land that the family and a group of investors had pieced together and yielded 10,500 tons of raw sugar. The harvest was celebrated as a success. The next year, hurricanes ravished the crop. But, the family persevered, acquiring and cultivating a new farm under the name "New Hope Sugar Company," which reflected the optimism the family felt as they rebuilt their business in America.
As the decades progressed, the company continued to grow through farmland purchases and strategic acquisitions.
Our commitment to quality, the environment and our consumers led us to pioneer organic sugarcane farming and milling in the 1990s. We continue to be the only producer of organic cane sugar products 100 percent made in America – grown, harvested and milled in Florida. Our Organic and Raw Cane Sugar products are sold through our Florida Crystals® brand.
Over the past six decades, Florida Crystals has grown and diversified. Today, the Florida division of the company has grown to include two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a rice mill, a packaging and distribution center and the largest biomass renewable power plant in North America. Along with sugarcane, we also farm rice and sweet corn in a sustainable rotation cycle.
Our holdings also include ASR Group, the world's largest cane sugar refining and marketing company, which is a partnership with Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida.
Our company's expertise in land management made an expansion into residential real estate development a natural fit. In 2012, the company founded FCI Residential Corporation, a fully integrated real estate services company that develops, constructs and manages luxury rental communities in urban areas.
While Florida Crystals has grown into a multi-national company, we continue to stay true to our family-centric values.