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.
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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/
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