On behalf of the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of The Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc. We are pleased to announce Mr. José Luis Cutrale as the Brazilian Recipient of the 2017 Brazil-Florida Business Award. Mr. Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Company will introduce this year's illustrious honoree. This prestigious honor is awarded annually to remarkable business leaders and corporations for their extraordinary contributions to the economic and social development of Brazil and the U.S.
Mr. José Luis Cutrale is Chairman of the Board of Cutrale Group, the largest citrus company in Brazil and one of the largest suppliers of orange juices in the world. Not only is it the largest player in the Brazilian market, but it also has deep roots here in Florida. It owns local juice processing plants employing hundreds of Florida workers and is a major orange-juice supplier to the Minute Maid and Simply Orange brands. Mr. Cutrale's family has been in the orange business for over 50 years and today the Cutrales also invest in soy trading and other commodities. In 2015, Mr. Cutrale partnered with Brazilian banker Joseph Safra to acquire Chiquita Brands International, Inc., one of the world's largest banana producers and distributors.
Cutrale Citrus Juices USA is based in Auburndale, Florida's Polk County and Chiquita Brands International has relocated its US headquarters to Broward County while its fresh convenience division of Fresh Express is now located in Orange County. As one of the major economic players in the state of Florida, Cutrale Citrus Juices USA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
We would like to invite you to salute Mr. Cutrale at the Awards Ceremony and Business Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, November 15th in Tampa.This most anticipated international business event will be held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel.
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