Tokyo, Japan- - Governor Scott is midway through his week long trade mission in Japan.
Wednesday the Governor and his delegation of business leaders visited a wholesale market in Tokyo to kick-off Florida’s citrus season, and highlight Florida’s citrus industry’s worldwide economic impact.
Governor Scott said, “It is great to be here in Japan and see the reach Florida citrus has around the world. This industry not only creates jobs and opportunities for Floridians today, but has been passed down through generations of Florida families. We appreciate all those across the globe who recognize that Florida has the best citrus. Florida is a global hub for business, and this trade mission will help us continue to attract businesses and investment to Florida from Japan.”
According to Florida Citrus Mutual, the citrus industry provides an economic impact of nearly $9 billion annually, provides over 75,000 jobs, and represents about two-thirds of the U.S. citrus market.
Governor Scott also presented Governor’s Business Ambassador Awards to several members of the Florida citrus industry for their work in helping Florida citrus thrive. These Memebrs include,
Mike Garavaglia, Florida Citrus Commission/Packers of Indian River, Tom Mitchell, Riverfront Packing Company, Michel Sallin, IMG Citrus and Michael Schadler, Florida Department of Citrus
This is the Governors tenth International trade mission, but his first to east Asia. The Governor and his delegation will travel to Osaka for the remainder of the weeks meetings.