Nikki Fried celebrates 30 years of Fresh From Florida campaign
The Fresh From Florida program turns 30.

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Along the way, marketing effort generated $7 billion in annual revenue for farmers.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried heralded the 30th anniversary of the Fresh From Florida program on Friday.

Established in 1990 as the Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign, the marketing effort has helped a multibillion agriculture industry to thrive in the state.

“For the past 30 years, Fresh From Florida has built a worldwide brand that’s become a household name, known for farm-fresh, high-quality products,” Fried said.

“Fresh From Florida has created $7 billion in revenue for Florida’s hardworking farmers and ranchers and keeps our state’s more than 300 commodities front-of-mind for consumers. For Florida’s taxpayers, it’s a return on investment like no other.”

The effort, including everything from recipes by Chef Justin Timineri to partnerships with Subway, has turned the words “Fresh From Florida” into a brand reaching 50 million consumers each year.

“From fresh fruit and vegetables to seafood and peanuts, Florida’s farmers are the best in the world – and Fresh From Florida helps showcase our world-class products across the globe,” Fried said.

Most notably, the state allows Fresh From Florida labeling to appear only on products meeting high standards. But in doing so, the brand itself ends up reaching 50 million consumers every year.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs calculates the Fresh From Florida programs generate a $22 return on investment for every dollar spent. That means it raises $137 million cash each year for the 47,000 farmers and ranchers calling Florida home.

Since 2013 alone, the program has created $840 million in sales as trade shows.

Fried’s office figures the brand contributes 2,300 jobs to the Florida economy while generating $12.8 million in tax revenue for the state.

The Department this year called for $10.8 million in the state budget.

With that, the program partners with 70 national retailers in 25 different countries.

It all grows Florida agriculture into Florida’s second-largest industry behind tourism and keeps Florida as one of the top agriculture producers in the U.S.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


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