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Lindsay Raley

Dundee Citrus Growers Association

Founded in 1924, Dundee’s original packinghouse was the W.E. Lee House, just north of the City of Dundee.

Like his father before him, Lindsay Raley is President and Chairman of the board for the Dundee Citrus Growers Association, Director of Florida's Natural Growers, and a former member of the Florida Citrus Commission.

He also supports industry-related organizations like Florida Citrus Mutual and the Florida Farm Bureau.


We hear that your blood is actually orange.
Yes, citrus is in my blood! I can’t imagine the operation my parents built not being a part of our family.

What’s the family history?
My mom, Thelma Hollister, married Ed Cornell, who started the family citrus business in the 1920s. Ed became a founding member of the Dundee Citrus Growers Association (DCGA) in 1924. When he died, Mom decided to run the business herself—one of the few women at the time to do so. She married my dad, William L. Raley, Sr., and together they became very prominent in several grower organizations, including Florida’s Natural Growers. In fact, they were both inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame.

So the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree after all.
No. My family’s values were always hard work, dedication and loyalty to employees. As a kid, I spent time in the groves with my parents. That’s how I learned the “growing” side. When I became President of Raley Groves, I also learned to run daily operations by doing. I listened to other growers, read a lot, relied on friends in the industry. I’ll do whatever it takes—out in the groves with my sleeves rolled up. There’s nothing I ask my employees to do that I haven’t done myself.

And what about your children?
My oldest daughter, Alex, works in advertising in San Diego, but my son, Sam, and my youngest daughter, Mei, have both expressed an interest in the family farming operation. It’s a path I’ve worked hard to pave, and I hope it will continue for generations to come.

What’s your feeling about the Florida’s Natural Growers cooperative?
I see my involvement as a way to share my family’s dedication with consumers. People I’ve met are fascinated with the story of a grower-owned orange juice company. Because it’s not imported, they know it’s good. We believe it’s important to keep giving customers a healthy, quality product.


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