10 Things We Love, Made in Florida

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Guest post by Jen Whitfield of whitfieldawesome.com
Ah, Florida. The bendy state at the bottom of the good ole U-S-of-A. The one chock full of coastline and folks who treat every day easy like a Sunday morning. But we in the sunshine state are about more than sandy white beaches, snowbirds and cartoon mice. We’re also about quality and innovation. Check out a few top-notch products made in Florida.
  1. LandShark Lager – the beer of Parrotheads. Margaritaville Brewing Company in Jacksonville began brewing LandShark in 2006. It is a clean tasting pale lager with a hint of island living in every sip. LandShark has also partnered with Ocean Conservancy to keep our oceans clean and beautiful. Fins up! landsharklager.com 
  2. 4 Orange Premium Vodka. Each bottle contains 20 Florida oranges of four different varieties – Parson Brown oranges, Temple oranges, Valencia oranges and Hamlin oranges. 4 Orange is distilled at Florida’s first registered distillery, established in 1943 in Lake Alfred. What makes it different? 4 Orange in not a orange flavored vodka, it is a orange-based vodka, made from 100% orange spirits. Plus it tastes like sunshine! 4orangevodka.com 
  3. The Wish Kingdom - coastal inspired linens for your little one. The Wish Kingdom offers elegant baby gifts with a coastal feel. Everything from apparel to bed sheets is available from this Singer Island company. Each item is cut and sewn by hand, so no two are alike. thewishkingdom.com 
  4. Viking Surfboards. It’s no surprise that surfing is big in Florida with 1350 miles of coastline. Around 40 percent of the East Coast surfing population is in Florida. Viking Surfboards has been based in Fort Lauderdale since 1998. Viking produces surfboards, SUP’s, kite boards, tow in boards and surf apparel. vikingsurfboards.com 
  5. Black Diamond Guitar Strings. Black Diamond, a small shop of musicians making strings for musicians in Sarasota, has been around since 1890. ”It’s a fact, if there’s music in the roots of your family tree, chances are there’s a Black Diamond story resting in the branches.” You’ll find the likes of Josh Turner, Julian Mandrake and Matt Noveskey among Black Diamond’s fans. blackdiamondstrings.com 
  6. Tibor Reel Corp. More records have been set using hand-assembled Tibor Reels — the favorite fly-fishing reels of both President Bushes — than any other in salt or fresh water. According to the International Game Fish Association, Tibor Reels holds more than 750 world records to date. Every inch of the reel, which has a lifetime warranty, is made in the U.S., mostly in the company’s 25,000-square-foot factory headquarters in Delray Beach. Be sure to read about Tibor Reels in “The Man Who Changed Fly Fishing Forever” in Garden & Gun Magazine’s April/May issue. tiborreel.com 
  7. Nature’s Kitchen Dog Food is the first all natural product from Maverick Pet Foods, Inc. based in Hollywood, Florida. Nature’s Kitchen’s philosophy is that dogs are carnivores and they thrive on fresh meat. As such, their food is made with a minimum of 80% fresh meat and is based on the wild diet. Nature’s Kitchen is made with only human-grade ingredients and is packaged in 100% recyclable containers. yum4dogs.com 
  8. Florida Crystals – the only certified organic sugar grown and harvested in the USA. Florida Crystals is a leading sugar producer and the USA’s first fully integrated cane sugar company.  Located in West Palm Beach, Florida Crystals owns 155,000 acres of land, two sugar mills, a sugar refinery, a rice mill, a packaging and distribution center, a renewable energy facility and the largest biomass power plant in North America. Florida Crystals’ production capacity  exceeds 7 million tons of sugar per year. floridacrystals.com 
  9. Belle Ame’ Bath and Body. Belle Ame’ started as a hobby and expanded to a line of bath and body products that are beneficial to the skin with a personal touch. Every product, from bath bombs to goat’s milk and honey lotions to lib scrub, is made-to-order and shipped from Pensacola. Belle Ame’ even offers prodcuts for men and children. belleame.com 
  10. Tropicana Pure Premium. Florida’s groves are known for their superior, sandy soil conditions, state-of-the-art irrigation practices and fine citrus. Tropicana, the largest single buyer of Florida fruit, monitors more than 400 Florida groves. Tropicana was founded in Florida in 1947 and purchased by PepsiCo in 1998.  In 2007, Tropicana began adding Brazilian oranges to the juice due to decreased productivity of Florida oranges (thanks to damaging hurricanes). Tropicana Pure Premium announced in Feb 2012 that it had returned to using only hand graded Florida oranges. Tropicana.com
Jen Whitfield is a rare Florida native. She firmly believes that to sustain life, she must always reside near the Gulf of Mexico. By day she is a marketing professional for an economic development office in Northwest Florida. By night she writes at WhitfieldAwesome.com, a humor blog about her life in Florida and various other things.

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Comments

  1. Sandy Jones says:

    Florida's Natural is the only orange juice made from only Florida oranges.

    • Sandy Jones says:

      Sorry, I didn't see the comment about Tropicana returning to using Florida oranges. I knew they had used others in the past. So Florida's Natural should be added to the list.

      • Florida's Natural is a good one too Sandy! Thanks for adding it. This list is not an end all/be all to Florida products…just 10 awesome ones. Wouldn't want to make other states jealous with too many great Florida products :).
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  2. I love that Land Shark is the first product on your list! Haha! Don't forget about LabelValue though! We are located in Tampa and we manufacture our own labels. :)

  3. lianemarkus says:

    This is the reason why Florida is considered to be one of the best places in the world, with so many stuffs that they have. Great choices of stuffs.
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  4. Thanks for the recognition Jen! We at Maverick Pet Foods really appreciate it!

  5. I make the Sprinkler Buddy here in FL. It's a lawn sprinkler head indicator/guard that custom fits to both sprinkler head rotors and spray heads. Keeps sprinkler heads safe by keeping them visible, so one can avoid running them over with mower tires,etc… It's also made from recycled materials. Check out our independent product review from a well known and respected professional in the irrigation industry,posted on our site. Sprinkler Buddy doesn't break,sink, or float away like other sprinkler donuts found on the market. I'm the lawn care professional that invented the Sprinkler Buddy, this product works!

  6. We are a chocolatier producing gourmet chocolates here in Florida. Our cocoa comes from Hawaii and Trinidad Tobago as cocoa trees cannot be grown in the sandy FL soil.
    Thanks for the list, we loved it!

  7. Don’t forget about BARN LIGHT ELECTRIC (located in Titusville, Florida)!! They’re the only company in Florida to make porcelain lighting! http://www.barnlightelectric.com

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