History

Haines City Citrus Growers Association was founded as an agricultural cooperative by six local citrus growers in 1909.  The packing house has undergone many expansions over the years, but is still located at it's original 7.5 acres in downtown Haines City, Florida.

Today, Haines City Citrus Growers Association is a full service cooperative, offering our grower members complete grove care, harvesting, fresh fruit packing and marketing. HCCGA has 72 members and 7,000 acres of citrus enrolled in membership. All 9,000 acres are located within a 120 mile radius of Haines City, and produce 19 commercial varieties of Florida citrus. HCCGA is also a member of Florida's Natural Growers (Citrus World) where all of our surplus fruit is processed into juice and marketed in a cooperative manner.

HCCGA's regular season typically begins in September and ends early June. At the peak of the season, HCCGA employs 250 employees, of those, 60 are year-round employees. Many employees both year-round as well as seasonal, have been with the organization for more than 20, 30, and even 40 years.

HCCGA is the second oldest citrus co-operative in Florida and the fifth largest packing operation in the state (out of 75 commercial packers), and still packing under it's original HillTop Brand since 1909. Other brands include, HillTop Gold, Fresh Squeezin's, Red Cloud and Canoe Creek. HCCGA is recognized as an innovative and technologically advanced leader in the Florida citrus industry.

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