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Global Organic combining operation to larger Sarasota County facility

SARASOTA - Global Organic Specialty Source Inc., a wholesale distributor of organic produce, plans to combine its Miami and Manatee County operations in a larger facility in Sarasota County to accommodate the company’s growth.

The expansion is expected to result in 62 new jobs over the next five years, according to Mark Huey, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County.

“This was a case of regional collaboration to keep a successful company and fine employer in the Sarasota-Manatee community,” Huey said. “Working with our colleagues at the Manatee Economic Development Corp., we were able to assist Global Organic Specialty Source in expediting the company’s expansion. Global Organic started in Sarasota County and outgrew the facility, then moved to Manatee County and outgrew another home, and is now returning to Sarasota County to continue growing.”

Global Organic Specialty Source is a wholesale distributor of certified organic produce, serving large supermarkets, retail stores, restaurants, resorts, and buying clubs/co-ops. The company will combine operations from a South Manatee County facility and a Miami location to 85,000 square feet in Meridian Center at 6284 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Sarasota County government recently approved $124,000 in performance-based economic development incentives to expedite the company’s expansion. To receive incentive funds, the business must add 62 employees over five years.

“The organic industry has shown double-digit growth over the last year as people become more aware and concerned about their food sources and health,” said Mitch Blumenthal, president of Global Organic Specialty Source. “We also have a reputation for freshness and quality which has aided us in our growth. We currently serve the Southeastern U.S. and export to the outlying Caribbean islands. We’ve simply outgrown our current physical plant. The larger facility will allow us to move our Miami operations to Sarasota so that we will receive ocean containers in Sarasota for national distribution and oversee all of our operations under one roof.”

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