October 23, 2014

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How America fell out of love with orange juice

America has fallen out of love with orange juice. + Sales dropped almost every year for the last decade. Last year, orange juice sales hit their lowest level in at least 15 years, according to Nielsen. Over the same period, per-capita consumption fell roughly 40%. And this year is looking to be another rough one for big orange. More at Quartz.


Florida sales take off at Singapore Air Show

While Florida aviation and aerospace parts suppliers as well as maintenance and repair companies expect to make millions in sales from their just-completed visit to the Singapore Air Show, this year’s financial outcome isn’t as high as in previous years. More at Miami Today.


Big new 'Villages'-style project may be in the works

Real Estate

Reversal in Northeast Florida

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Reacting to a changing market two years ago, real estate investment firm JWB Real Estate Capital in Jacksonville decided to shift gears and build houses to rent rather than sell.

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The aging U.S. population is a key ingredient in the St. Joe Co.’s vision for its landholdings in Bay and Walton counties. St. Joe wants to expand its West Bay Sector Plan to 50,000 acres to the west, including 12,000 in Walton County, to build pocketed retirement communities similar to The Villages in Central Florida. More at the Panama City News Herald.


Rebounding economy sparks Vista Business Park

Commercial real estate developer Steven McCraney wishes he had pulled the trigger sooner on construction at the Vista Business Park near West Palm Beach. Buoyed by the rebound in the commercial market, McCraney Property Co. will break ground in the next few weeks on 100,000 square feet of warehouses on seven acres. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.


When it comes to employee engagement, career coaching beats a free lunch

Offer employees free lunch and you will see a stampede into the lunchroom. But ask those same workers if they feel engaged and you will discover perks are not enough to keep them loyal or inspire them to put in extra effort on the job. More at the Miami Herald.

Business Profile
KidoZen: Powering the future of mobile

miami digAs more and more corporations embrace the reality that their systems and databases need to be accessible anywhere, anytime for their increasingly mobile workforces and customers, Jesus Rodriguez saw a big need in the market to ease the process for the companies. Large companies want to build mobile applications that “talk” to their database systems — HR, payroll, etc. — and his new company, KidoZen, provides the safe, secure cloud-based platform that simplifies that.

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