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Our History

With more than 35 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, we are proud to offer our expertise and experience to our customers. Still family-owned, we consider all of our customers as family and as such want you to know where it all began.

Florida Worldwide Citrus is born!

foundersFirst office

Founded by Jan Soudijn and Marty O’Brien.

The company opens its first office.

First Office

The company moves to a larger sales office located off of Manatee Avenue and remained there for more than 26 years.

Marc Soudijn begins at Florida Worldwide.


Marc, son of Jan, would remain an integral part of the company for almost three decades until his passing.

Flavor Division is formed!


In addition to trading by-products, the company begins to develop flavors. It finds its first flavor customer in Liko.

The team grows!

Arthur Soudijn

Arthur Soudijn, Jan’s son, joins the Florida Worldwide Citrus team supporting the sales operations.

Expansion continues!


The company begins to expand by offering other citrus ingredients such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, and tangerine.

We are moving!

New Offices

As the company becomes vertically integrated it moves its operations to a larger facility to accommodate more value-added production technologies.

Marc Soudijn passes.


The Soudijn family mourns the loss of a son, father, brother, and friend. After Marc’s passing, his brother, Arthur, takes over leadership of the company.

We love Chemistry!


Florida Worldwide builds its fully operational laboratory for enhanced quality control, R&D, and flavor design.

We are getting bigger & taller!

Distillation Column

The company invests in 2 vacuum distillation columns utilized for internal ingredient production and expansion of its specialty product portfolio.

In memory of Marc Soudijn.

Marc Neil Soudijn Foundation

To honor Marc’s legacy, the Marc Neil Soudijn Research Foundation is established to support innovation in our industry. The foundation has pledged support to citrus research at the University of Florida.

We are organic!

USDA Organic

Florida Worldwide is certified organic.

We are 3 Generations

Matt and Art

Matthew Soudijn, son of Marc Soudijn and Arthur’s nephew, joins the team overseeing our Product Development & Regulatory. Our company is now being served by 3 generations of the Soudijn family.

We are SQF!


Florida Worldwide receives the SQF certification as part of the GFSI global food safety standard.

Florida Worldwide reimagined!

Florida Worldwide Citrus

With the expansion of global marketing development, the company evaluates its vision and mission for the years to come and begins a new transition of updated company identity and strategy.

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