Made in Lakeland: Products manufactured in Swan City

From cottage cheese to lottery tickets, there are some amazing things manufactured in Lakeland.

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Publix Headquarters

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We’d like to officially propose a new slogan for Lakeland: “Yes, we make that here.” Why? Because from lottery tickets to fragrances to orange juice, the Lakeland area has plenty of locally made and grown products, including some that you may use in your own home.

Make your shopping list

When you walk the grocery store aisles, you may be adding items to your cart that were made just miles away. Take Publix, for example. Lakeland is home to its dairy processing plant, fresh kitchen, and bakery, where some of the Publix-brand products you love are made. Sprinkle cookies and ice cream, anyone?

On another aisle you may find bread and snacks by Pepperidge Farm, which manufactures treats like Goldfish crackers and Swirl bread at its Lakeland facility. We also hear it has a store open to the public on Saturdays at 2222 Interstate Dr.

Thirsty? Stock up on Florida’s Natural juice. The co-op’s plant is based in Lake Wales and has been supplying the state with fresh OJ and more for over 90 years. Pro tip: Visit the Grove House near the plant from October to May to learn more about the company’s nearly century-long history.

Refresco, another big name in beverage bottling, also has a local presence. Its Lakeland facility supplies some of the 40 million liters of drinks the company produces worldwide on a daily basis.

Location, location, location

With Tampa only about 35 miles southwest, and Orlando only 55 miles northeast, Lakeland is a perfect place for transporting goods by land. Interstate 4 offers direct access to major markets and airports. Other options for transportation include Lakeland Linder International Airport (for jet use and Amazon Prime) the CSX Rail Access, and two major airports (TPA and MCO) less than one hour away.

Business Climate

Florida has the fourth-best business tax climate in the country. Plus, the state has no individual income tax.

Aside from taxes and incentives, Lakeland promotes research and innovation — evidenced in programs like Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute and the Advanced Mobility Institute within Florida Polytechnic University.

Last (but certainly not least), Lakeland is a nationally recognized community — read: People want to live here. We’re well-ranked as a safe place to live, the hottest housing market in the U.S., the most philanthropic city, and the top city to buy a home.

Roll Call

Ready to explore who is here and what are they making?Here is a list of our top employers and a bit about what they do:

Don’t forget the “little” guys

Big names account for a lot of Lakeland’s reputation as a manufacturing hub, but the mid-size and small businesses are an important part of our economic landscape.

Lakeland’s resources target the specific needs of mid-to-small-sized businesses — such as the Chamber’s Leads Groups, Business After Hours, and New Business 101 sessions. Catapult Lakeland provides educational programs, workshops, and mentoring opportunities for entrepreneurs. Additional resources include the Lakeland Economic Development Council, Lakeland CRA, Central Florida SCORE, and many more.

Roll Call

Here are a few (of the many) mid-to-small businesses in Lakeland.

The main takeaway is this: Lakeland attracts and sustains businesses. We have a growing workforce, a prime location, and resources to support a variety of industries.
Is there a biz that didn’t make our list? Tell us about it. If you’re job hunting, take a look at our list of the largest employers in Lakeland for some great opportunities.

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