100% pure squeezed sunshine. Tropicana Products, Inc. Yes, the orange juice giant is a Christian Business. Tropicana has been in the orange juice business for over 70 years, since its founding in 1947 by immigrant Anthony Rossi. After going public in 1969 and being subsequently sold to Beatrice Foods (1978), Seagram Company (1980’s), and PepsiCo (1998), Tropicana has become the world’s leading producer of branded fruit juices.
The Tropicana story begins with Anthony T. Rossi, who arrived in the U.S. with just $25 in his pocket. He founded Tropicana in 1947 with the mission of making the goodness of the finest fruit accessible to everyone. He developed flash pasteurization and pioneered orange juice transport in 1970 via train from Florida to New York.
But it is the root of this citrus tree that interests me most. Because out of the root, the tree flourishes.
Anthony, a native of Sicily, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21. With all the credentials you would expect of any future entrepreneurial powerhouse, right?
Wrong. His credentials were as follow:
No English. No formal education. No money. No connections. His business education came through hard work and tenacity. As he navigated through numerous businesses in New York, Virginia, and Florida. Before his greatest business achievement:
The transformation of a small orange juice company in Bradenton, Florida. Which became its industry leader and a household name.
See this 3-minute historical video for a glimpse at some of Anthony’s most profound industry innovations. Flash pasteurization of freshly-squeezed orange juice resulted in Tropicana’s flagship product — Tropicana Pure Premium. Refrigerated shipping of fresh orange juice that revolutionized consumers’ access to never-frozen juice. http://www.giantsforgod.com/anthony-rossi-tropicana/
Surely Anthony’s spiritual journey was at the core of his noteworthy business achievement. As recounted by Giants for God:
Anthony was raised a Catholic but after selling his New York City grocery business, began reading the Bible and attending the First Methodist Church. He then began to daily commune with Jesus Christ, subsequently taking everything to the Lord in prayer. He began to give God the glory for the solutions to difficult problems and the development of new ideas.”
What a concept… Amen?
Anthony retired in 1978 after Beatrice purchased Tropicana for $500 million. That’s a lot of oranges! But the word “retirement” cannot be found in the Bible he loved. So…
Anthony subsequently advanced the Gospel through his Aurora Foundation. His initiatives included the Bradenton Missionary Village — a 100-acre, $10 million retirement community for Christian missionaries. And the Bible Alliance — recording scriptures and sermons for the blind and incarcerated.
http://www.giantsforgod.com/anthony-rossi-tropicana/ AND https://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/27/us/anthony-rossi-92-tropicana-founder-and-industry-leader.html
In 1983, Town and Country Magazine named Anthony one of the top ten most generous living Americans. Because pleasing God had become his primary objective in life. A life that ended in 1993.
(At least, this side of Heaven). He was just 92 years into his Eternal Life.
I love fresh orange juice as much as the next person. But it occurs to me that Anthony had another taste that showed on his face… and throughout his business and life.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
Originally published: https://championsofdestiny.com/the-taste-that-shows-on-your-face/