Florida Crystals leans heavily on its cane. One of the top US sugar producers, the company processes some seven million tons of sugar a year. It farms sugar cane and rice on some 190,000 acres and operates two sugar mills, a rice mill, a sugar refinery, a packaging and distribution center, as well as a renewable power plant. Its products include certified organic, granulated, powdered, and brown sugars, and agave nectar, which are sold under the C&H, Florida Crystals, Jack Frost, and Redpath brands. With the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, Florida Crystals owns American Sugar Refining, the world's largest care sugar refiner and holder of the Domino and Tate & Lyle sugar brands. The company is owned by the Fanjul Corp.
Florida Crystals' growth is fueled in large part by Domino Foods, which drives sales, marketing, and logistics for its owners' sugar products. Domino distributes to customers in the industrial, grocery, foodservice, and specialty and export markets.
In late 2011, Domino inked a supply agreement with China's Sunwin International Neutraceuticals, a major supplier of stevia extracts. Domino and its affiliated companies intend to use stevia extracts in making low calorie sweeteners, such as Domino Lite, as well as market the extracts to food and beverage industry customers in North America and Europe.
Meanwhile, Florida Crystals and the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami teamed up in fall 2011 to develop the South Florida Intermodal Logistics Center on 850 acres owned by the sugar company. The center will serve as a distribution facility, where freight from South Florida ports can be transported by road and rail, and stored and routed. It will also expand Florida Crystals' distribution capacity nationwide. – less