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Updated: 05/20/2013 11:24:00AM

Coke believes Florida citrus is the real thing

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PHOTO BY SCOTT ISKOWITZ

Debra Shankle, Vice President Coca-Cola Refreshments East Region Manufacturing, left Richard Hamann, Mayor of Auburndale, Commissioner Adam Putnam, Florida Department of Agriculture, Steve Cahillane President, Coca-Cola Americas, Bill Becker, President of Peace River Citrus Products, and Jose Luis Cutrale, Chairman Cutrale Citrus Juices plant a tree after announcing the planting of 25,000 acres of new orange groves last week in Auburndale.. The largest planting in Florida in more than a quarter century will be used for Minute Maid and Simply Brands.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, lauded the news last week that Coca-Cola will invest $2 billion in citrus tree plantings in the state.

By TAMARA LUSH

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AUBURNDALE — The Coca-Cola Co. said last week that it is spending $2 billion to support the planting of 25,000 acres of new orange groves in Florida, a move officials are lauding as a major investment in the Sunshine State’s citrus industry.

The announcement was made at a news conference at Coca-Cola’s juice production plant in Auburndale.

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