Anthony T. Rossi is the founder of Tropicana Products, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Rossi, who had the equivalent of a high school education in Sicily, came to America at the age of 21 and educated himself to the point that he became an expert mathematician and mechanical engineer. His many inventions and ideas helped spur the growth of Florida’s giant citrus industry. Among his inventions was the process to aseptically pack pure chilled juice in glass bottles, allowing it to be shipped and stored without refrigeration. He also devised a method of freezing pure whole citrus juice in 20-gallon blocks for storage in cold warehouses, and was a pioneer in the sales of Florida citrus juices in the nation’s schools.
Connect & Share
What We Do
The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees on this website have been been produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/
Sort by Year Below
- TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR FEB. 11 AGRICULTURAL HALL OF FAME BANQUET January 2, 2014
- Scottie Butler October 14, 2013
- Bruce Christmas October 14, 2013
- Elver “Doc” Hodges October 14, 2013
- Dallas Townsend October 14, 2013
- 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced October 4, 2013
4-H angus aquaculture beef blueberries cattle citrus commissioner dairy education everglades extension farm bureau FCA fertilizer FFA FFVA forestry fruit greenbelt horse horticulture IFAS law leadership livestock nursery ocala orange juice peanuts poultry redlands research rodeo slider sugar sugar cane swine thoroughbred timber tobacco tomatoes UF usda vegetables