Florida Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Unlike cranberries, grapefruit aren’t native to North America. In 1823, the French Count Philippe Odet brought them to Florida from the West Indies and planted a grove in what is now Safety Harbor on the west shore of Tampa. Fifty years later, Florida made its first shipment of grapefruits to the ports of New York and Philadelphia, in 1885. This created a whirlwind of interest in the fruit, launching the beginnings of the commercial grapefruit industry in Florida. In 1976, following an industry boom that began amid the grapefruit diet craze of the early 1970s, Ocean Spray expanded beyond cranberries, opening the Cooperative to grapefruit growers from Florida’s Indian River region. Ocean Spray® grapefruit comes primarily from the Indian River region of Florida, as well as other select growing areas throughout the state. The grapefruit harvest generally takes place between October and April, when the fruit meets our stringent quality standards for the sweetest and juiciest grapefruit. Grapefruit groves are located within an hour's drive of our fresh packaging and processing facilities to ensure the freshest possible fruit. About 40 percent of Florida’s harvest is used for juice, while 60 percent is sold as fresh grapefruit. Today we have 30 plus growers in the state, as well as a receiving facility in Vero Beach.