Florida Food Products, Inc. (FFP) has offered a portfolio of healthy, naturally sourced plant-based food and beverage ingredient solutions for over 65 years. Based in Eustis, Florida, FFP has extensive manufacturing capabilities including extraction, fermentation, drying, and blending technologies, with vegetable juice concentrate production facilities in Florida, premium brewed tea, coffee and herbals production in Georgia, flavors from New York, cold brew coffee extracts out of our California and Indiana based sites along with natural caffeine and L-Theanine from our Oregon based facility.
FFP is committed to providing innovative clean label solutions that naturally provide exceptional food protection, flavor, color, and texture for a variety of applications, including processed and cured meat, beverages, plant-based alternatives, health and wellness, culinary, and pet nutrition. FFP believes in improving the food and beverages we eat and drink with ingredients from nature that work.
Florida Food Products Through the Decades
For more than 65 years, we’ve been a leading agribusiness specializing in fruit and vegetable ingredients for a number of industries. Here are a few places we’ve been during that journey:
Founded by Alexander “Jerry” Brown, Florida Food Products first specialized in orange juice concentrate. The business grew rapidly with capabilities soon extending into citrus pellet and pulp manufacturing and orange oil production.
Expanding on our foundation in orange juice production, we pioneered the process of carbonated beverage canning.
Growth continued at a rapid pace with the opening of seven plant locations on the eastern seaboard.
As the result of back-to-back winter freezes that destroyed the regional supply of oranges, we shifted our focus to other fruits and vegetables. We became a leader in supplying aloe vera concentrates and freeze dried powders worldwide. Through extensive R&D efforts, Florida Food Products pioneered the concentrating of vegetable juice concentrates for a variety of applications and industries.
The second generation of the family, Jerry and Tom, took over the business, and it was during this time that the facility was expanded to include an updated fruit and vegetable processing plant, modern vacuum drying facilities, and a well-equipped research and development center.
The company’s portfolio of products expanded to include natural solutions for flavor and color, texture, and clean label cure solutions for meat.
With Kainos Capital’s acquisition of the business in 2016, a number of significant projects were undertaken to expand production capabilities, improve efficiencies and product quality. In late 2018 MidOcean Partners became the company’s new owners and under their guidance we will accelerate our mission of driving product innovation and delivering on-trend product solutions for the food, beverage, meat, sports and pet nutrition market segments. In August 2020 FFP acquired Amelia Bay of Johns Creek, GA, a leading provider of brewed tea extracts, coffee extracts and botanicals. In mid 2021 Ardian partnered with MidOcean to become the majority owner of FFP. This move facilitated FFP’s November 2021 acquisition of Comax Flavors, headquartered in Melville, NY and T-Bev of Eugene, OR in May 2022, followed shortly thereafter with cold brew coffee extracts leader Javo Beverages of Vista, CA coming on board. These actions have not only solidified FFP’s relevance in the CPG and foodservice beverage industry, but they also strengthen the company’s clean label offerings to the culinary, bakery, confections and nutraceutical segments.