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Agriculture Press Release

July 8, 2002

Groundbreaking for Produce Distribution Facility in Sanford set for July 11

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Sanwa Growers, Inc., will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the Sanford State Farmersí Market at 11 a.m. on July 11, 2002. The ceremony will mark the beginning of renovations that will transform the Sanford State Farmersí Market into a state-of-the-art distribution facility.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in May announced an agreement with Sanwa Growers, Inc., to locate a distribution facility at the Sanford State Farmersí Market. Under the agreement, Sanwa and the Department will work together to add coolers, fixtures, processing equipment and storage facilities to the market, which is the oldest state-owned farmersí market in the United States.

"I am happy to welcome Sanwa to the Sanford State Farmersí Market," Bronson said. "This venture benefits our stateís agriculture industry and the citizens and economy of the Sanford area."

Sanwa Growers, Inc., based in Wimauma, operates farms and distribution centers in Florida and Georgia. The company carries a full line of ethnic foods, specializing in Asian and Hispanic items. Their customers include chain stores, restaurants, independent food markets and delicatessens.

"The Sanford Farmersí Market is a great part of Florida history," said Tony Leung, president of Sanwa Growers, Inc. "We are proud to be involved in this revitalization. From this location, we will be able to provide our Orlando area customers with fresh, quality produce."

The renovations are expected to be completed by December 2002.


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