Growing Florida Citrus for the Best Orange Juice in the World!

Over 1,000,000 (equivalent to 41,000 metric tons) boxes of fruit are grown every year on our 5,000 acres of privately owned and operated citrus groves.

About Us

Gardinier Florida Citrus, Inc. is a 100% subsidiary of French Holding company, Gardinier et Fils, located in Paris, France. Gardinier Florida Citrus, Inc. is incorporated in Florida, and headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. For 30 years, Gardinier Florida Citrus, Inc. (Doing Business As “GFC”) has owned and operated citrus properties across the state of Florida.

Florida Orange Juice

Florida is the leading orange juice maker after Brazil. Both countries represent 90% of the world-wide orange juice production. Ninety percent of Florida oranges are utilized in orange juice production and sold mainly in the U.S. market.

The two leading brands of orange juice are Tropicana and Minute Maid/Simply Orange, owned by Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola, respectively.

About Our Groves

Gardinier owns and operates its own properties (total of four groves). It is 5,000 acres of land and produces 1,000,000 boxes of fruit, equivalent to 41,000 metric tons or 6 million gallons of orange juice (equivalent to 23 million liters), with more than a half million trees in inventory. Our groves are located in Labelle, Immokalee, Lake Wales, and Frostproof.

The variety of citrus produced is mainly Valencias, harvested each season between March and the end of June. The Valencia orange has the most sugar, is the most colorful of its categories, and is the most desired by processors.

Healthy, Sustainable Practices

Although this agricultural activity remains highly productive, it always needs to be ready to face weather-related events, such as freeze, hurricanes, or tropical storms, and also citrus disease that can damage crops and trees.

Gardinier et Fils has always had a long term approach in managing Gardinier Florida Citrus, and remains so by resetting trees, planting new blocks, acquiring citrus properties, and also looking for opportunities to manage large tracts of citrus land for other citrus owners, as we have done in the past.