The story of Natalie’s begins in an orange grove with a mother pulling her daughter in a red wagon.
Marygrace Sexton’s husband Bobby Sexton, a fourth-generation Florida citrus grower, dreamed of producing fresh squeezed juice but was too busy running the family’s packing house to pursue it. Marygrace knew the superior qualities of Florida citrus firsthand. Though she had exclusive access to the country’s best citrus, she didn’t have the same access to fresh juice unless she squeezed it herself or purchased it from a roadside stand. With the world’s best fruit at her fingertips, she was determined to bring her husband’s idea to fruition.
Surrounded by the bounty of her husband’s groves, she made good on the idea that was first intended only to supply her own family with fresh, clean label juice, but soon blossomed into a family-operated, women-owned business that produces some of the finest juices on the market. That was nearly 30 years ago now.
Driven by the same family values from which the company originated, Natalie’s Orchid Island Company (named after Marygrace Sexton’s oldest daughter, Natalie), is focused on high-quality, minimally processed juice, squeezed fresh each week. With a commitment to uncompromising quality and honest transparency, Natalie’s goes to great lengths for authentic freshness. Human hands select the finest fruits and vegetables. Each order is handcrafted in small batches and pasteurized at the minimum time and temperature to ensure the quality and freshness of each ingredient.
Life is complicated enough. Natalie’s keeps it simple, which is why there are never more than five ingredients in each juice. No preservatives. No artificial ingredients. No GMOs. Nothing to deter you from the optimal health that lives within each bottle of Natalie’s juice.
It’s fresh. It’s clean. It’s the Natalie’s way.
Marygrace Sexton started the Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, Thanksgiving of ’89. At the time, Natalie’s only squeezed orange and grapefruit juice in a facility that measured 1,000 square feet. The first order, to the Carnival Fruit Company in Miami, was squeezed fresh, bottled, and shipped on a truck borrowed from a local meat company.
The first full truck of Natalie’s juice heads to the northeast. Three full pallets of juice delivered to Sid Wainer.
Natalie’s adds lemon and lime juice to its family of juices. The company now ships to Miami, Boston, and Chicago.
Due to an increase in demand, Natalie’s moves into a new 76,000 square foot facility and increases the number of juice extractors from two to seven. The company now produces seven juices total and logs 25,000 gallons of juice per week.
Publix becomes one of our first major retail customers.
Star Markets in Puerto Rico becomes the first international customer for Natalie’s.
The company acquires the Just Pik’t brand and begins its line of flash-frozen products which allows the company to sell internationally in five countries.
Natalie’s produces seven different juices and starts the process of gourmet pasteurization to comply with FDA regulations.
The Today Show, one of the leading nationally televised morning shows, votes Natalie’s orange juice as the “#1 Best Orange Juice” in the country.
Natalie’s changed the label design for the first time in 21 years.
Natalie’s purchased their first non-citrus juicing machine, a small-scale vegetable juice press. Natalie’s has now expanded their juice offering and produces over 16 different varieties including classics and newest items like Carrot Ginger.
Natalie’s is now sold in over 32 states and 41 countries. What started as a small family-inspired dream team of four, has grown into a brand with an international presence, and over 175 team members throughout the country.
After 30 years, the legacy set forth by Marygrace Sexton continues to flourish as the company has grown from a local operation to a global one. Now, our namesake, who has been involved with the business for 7 years and currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing, has a daughter of her own to carry the third generation into the bright future of Natalie’s juices.