FCI Residential’s “Atlantico at Kendall” Community Celebrates Opening

Pepe Fanjul Jr. - Atlantico at Kendall Opening
Pepe Fanjul, Jr. and Juan Porro celebrate as Mayor Carlos Gimenez Cuts the Ribbon.

FCI Residential’s newest community, called Atlántico at Kendall, is now open in Miami-Dade County.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. along with the FCI Residential team, friends and family, was pleased to welcome Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon at our event on January 28, 2016.

FCI Residential is the real estate division of Florida Crystals Corporation.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. Proud to Support Local Schools

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. Glades Academy Fundraiser

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. and his wife Lourdes were happy to be in attendance during another year of “A Night of Great Expectations.”  The event is hosted annually by Pepe’s mother Emilia Fanjul in order to raise fund for two charter schools in the rural communities of Palm Beach County.   Everglades Preparatory Academy, a charter high school, and Glades Academy, a charter elementary-middle school, are located in Pahokee, Florida, in the heart of Palm Beach County’s agricultural community.  The school focus learning using the latest high-tech tools and teaching methods and are helping students flourish.

Pepe Fanjul Jr.: Phosphorus Reduction Efforts

Florida farming operations have always been major contributors to the food supply of the United States.  More than 20 years ago, some noticeable changes began to affect the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.  Birds were no longer nesting along the shores, fish were dying and small animals were staying away.  Scientists became concerned with the phosphorous levels in the water.  Surface waterways throughout the state were studied for various chemicals to determine the source of the phosphorous.  Immediate changes were required to change the course before it was too late.  Florida Crystals Corporation, led by Pepe Fanjul Jr., was one of the early adopters of the phosphorous reduction efforts.

Maximizing the yield on every acre is essential in a farming operation since profits are dependent on the amount of crop that can be sold each year.  Fertilizers have always provided necessary nutrients that would encourage plant growth for high-yield crops.  Millions of acres of farmland were enhanced with phosphorous-rich fertilizer.  Changes to this procedure would cause farmers to find ways to capture the water runoff from the farmland.  Pepe Fanjul Jr. and Florida Crystals Corporation have contributed to the creation of filter marshes on 60,000 of former farmland.  Water from the large farms is captured to trap the phosphorous.  Natural filtration reduces the amount of phosphorous that proceeds downstream.

Over the past 20 years, Florida’s sugar producers have implemented the best practices that continue to improve the quality of the surface water.  Pepe Fanjul Jr. is proud of the joint accomplishment that has returned the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee to the beautiful wildlife habitats that made Florida famous.  Annual efforts to reduce phosphorous rates will continue as long as the farming operations continue to contribute to the nation’s ability to feed people here at home as well as around the world.


Pepe Fanjul Jr.

Pepe Fanjul Jr., at a recent luncheon, said he was pleased with the positive reception a new vignette has received about sugar farmers’ successful efforts in preserving the Everglades.

The video is part of a partnership between Everglades Agricultural Area farmers, including Florida Crystals Corporation (where Pepe Fanjul Jr. serves as executive vice president), Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida and United States Sugar Corporation.  The vignette is an important element of an outreach program that has a goal of educating people about sugar farmers’ collaboration of more than 20 years with the state of Florida in successful efforts to restore the Everglades.

Pepe said that sugar growers have so many good stories about what they are doing on their farms, like using advanced techniques to protect the soil and water, but he said, oftentimes it is easier to see them in action than to articulate them verbally.  That’s why the video is so effective, he says.  “We are virtually inviting people onto our farms to see our good business practices.”

For more than 20 years, Florida’s sugar farmers, who are located in the Everglades Agricultural Area, have invested more than $200 million to implement advanced farming methods called Best Management Practices (BMPs).  These best practices and their innovative research are highlighted in the vignette, which shows how sugar farmers have all come together to preserve the Everglades ecosystem.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. invited anyone interested in learning more to visit http://youtu.be/NG3s1Fg36iA to view the sugar farmers’ vignette.

Pepe also recently attending the bill signing of an important new piece of state legislation for Everglades restoration.  Pepe celebrated along with other farmers, environmental leaders like Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper and the Everglades Foundation’s Erik Eikenberg, members of the Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District and the governor.  All stakeholders came together support the bill, which has been hailed as the final phase of Everglades restoration.

Pepe Fanjul Jr.: Early Christmas Event to aid Pahokee Center

Pepe Fanjul Jr. and Lourdes Fanjul

By Shannon Donnelly

Daily News Society Editor

The holidays came early to the home of Lourdes and Pepe Fanjul Jr., as they opened their doors for the Christmas in October event.

Each year in October, family and friends of New Hope Charities gather toys for children in need from the Glades area of Palm Beach County. The toys are distributed on Dec. 10 at a Christmas party at the charity’s family center in Pahokee.

And, much like the other giver of toys, the friends and supporters of New Hope Charities didn’t let a little bad weather – in the form of a storm named Sandy — stand in the way of their mission.

The evening took place Oct. 25 and included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a gigantic pile of toys donated by individuals and the Hasbro and Mattel companies.

Pepe Fanjul Jr. and Lourdes Fanjul were chairman and chairwoman for the event.

More than 40 people attended, including founder and president Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta andNorberto Azqueta, executive director Lyanne Azqueta, and Jason and Wilder Regalbuto.

New Hope Charities was founded as a grassroots food distribution program in 1988. More than 20 years later, the organization has grown into a multi-service family charity.


Pepe Fanjul Jr. says Florida Crystals Corporation is Committed to the Development of an Intermodal Logistics Center in western Palm Beach County.

Florida Crystals Corporation recently announced that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Palm Beach, which means the two entities will collaborate and share information and resources with the goal of developing an Intermodal Logistics Center.

Pepe Fanjul Jr., who heads the real estate and land management division of Florida Crystals Corporation, said the company has identified a parcel of land that is located between the cities of Belle Glade and South Bay.  The parcel is close to US Highway 27 and is located in an area with an available and eager workforce.

Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay – collectively known as the Tri-cities — have been experiencing record unemployment levels that are three to four times the statewide average. Pepe Fanjul Jr. said his family and the company have been farming sugar cane and producing sugar in the communities for five decades.  Because of the long relationship with the cities and their residents, the company isdedicated to being a stable job provider and helping the rural cities with much-needed economic development opportunities.  It has been estimated that an intermodal logistics center could create roughly 20,000 jobs in the area.  The cities have been vocal advocates of the project.

The completion of the Panama Canal expansion in 2014 will increase trade in South Florida and makes the creation of an intermodal logistics center in the western portion of the county ideal as it will serve as an outlet to quickly alleviate container traffic at the crowded east coast ports.

Florida Crystals Corporation has been strategically planning the intermodal logistics center project for several years and is confident that the project will be developed in the most efficient and sustainable way to provide benefits for the cities, Palm Beach County and South Florida.

Pepe Fanjul Jr. Named to the Board of Directors of the Foundation For Florida’s Future

Pepe Fanjul Jr., executive vice president of Florida Crystals Corporation, has joined the board of directors of the Foundation For Florida’s Future, an organization whose stated goal is to help foster an education system that allows each child to achieve his or her God-given potential and prepares all students to succeed in the 21st Century economy.

The mission of the Foundation, which is led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who serves as chairman, is to make Florida’s education system a model for the nation.  In order to achieve this, the Foundation advocates for policies to help the state of Florida remain at the head of the national education reform movement.  Working in collaboration with students, parents, educators, business leaders and lawmakers, the Foundation educates about reforms and aids in their adoption by the Legislature.


As governor, Mr. Bush implemented major policies and programs to advance Florida’s education system.  Since leaving office, he has established a national reputation as a leader in education reforms. Lawmakers in more than 15 states have explored implementing policies based on Florida’s education model.


The appointment to the Foundation’s board was a natural fit for Pepe Fanjul Jr.  Among his various duties at the company, Pepe Fanjul Jr. leads Florida Crystals’ community relations and philanthropic activities.  Under his guidance, the company focuses on educational, scholarship and mentoring programs, including annual support of Take Stock in Children, New Hope Charities, charter schools and another Bush family program: Celebration of Reading.


Along with former Governor Jeb Bush, other current board members include Phil Handy, former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings, Susan Pareigis, John Winn, Brian Yablonski, and Zachariah Zachariah.Joining Pepe Fanjul Jr. as new members of the board are Allan Bense, T. Willard Fair, Al Hoffman, Jr., Julia Johnson, Peter Rummell, Linda Taylor and Trey Traviesa.

Pepe Fanjul Jr. Welcomes the Partnership between the AnquanBoldinFoundation and Florida Crystals Corporation to ProvideYouth Summer Programs in the Glades Communities

Florida Crystals Corporation and the AnquanBoldin Foundation (Q81 Foundation)announced a new partnership last week that will establish and sponsor a series of summer enrichment activities for students in the Glades communities of Palm Beach County.

“The collaboration with the AnquanBoldin Foundation is an ideal fit within the framework of support Florida Crystals strives to build in the communities,” said Pepe Fanjul Jr., who serves as executive vice president of Florida Crystals Corporation.

Pepe Fanjul Jr.
Pepe Fanjul Jr.

The summer activities will be hosted by Everglades Preparatory Academy in Pahokee.  Everglades Prep is a charter high school established by Emilia Fanjul to give parents and students in the Glades communities more options for high school education.  The programs will be offered to students in the Tri-cities — Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay — and will include a two-day sports camp headed by three-time Pro Bowl receiver AnquanBoldin, who is from Pahokee, and other top-name professional athletes from western Palm Beach County.

Florida Crystals has been a member of the Glades communities since 1960 when its first sugar mill, Osceola, was constructed in Pahokee.  The company is now a leading sugar producer and is proud to support the communities that have played a role in the company’s success.

“We are always ready to do our part as a proud member and partner in the community to help its next generation of leaders with their personal growth and development,” Fanjul Jr. added.

The Q81 Foundation was established in the Pahokee area in 2004 by Baltimore Ravens receiverAnquanBoldin to provide quality after-school programming in Pahokee, primarily for kids 13 and up who have very limited resources and support.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. Leads Sugar Firm’s Public Affairs, Land Management and Investments

Pepe Fanjul Jr. serves as Executive Vice President of Florida Crystals Corporation, a global leader in sugar, based in Palm Beach County, Florida. At the sugar firm, Fanjul heads the state and national governmental affairs efforts, corporate communications, land development and real estate investments.

Pepe Fanjul Jr. is also a vice president of Fanjul Corp., the parent of the Fanjul group of companies, which includes Florida Crystals. Fanjul Corp. is a privately held, diversified agricultural, real estate, luxury resort and power generating company with global operations and holdings in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Fanjul Corp. owns more than 400,000 acres of land, including the world-renowned 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. Fanjul Corp. can produce more than seven million tons of sugar per year and has $5 billion in annual revenues.

Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading cane sugar producer and the United States’ first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding its sugar from the field to the table. Florida Crystals owns and operates the largest biomass renewable energy facility in North America, which powers the company’s sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals pioneered organic sugar cane farming in the country and remains the sole producer of certified organic sugar 100 percent made in the USA. The company’s organic sugar is grown, harvested and produced in Florida and is marketed under the Florida Crystals® brand.

Florida Crystals also refines sugar through its subsidiary, American Sugar Refining, Inc. (ASR). ASR is the world’s largest sugar refining company. ASR’s products are sold under the leading brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, and Tate & Lyle®.

Fanjul presently serves as a director of Florida Crystals Corporation, American Sugar Refining, Inc.; Central Romana Corporation; BlueGate Partners, LLC; the Sugar Association and the Florida Sugar Cane League.