The sunshine and beauty of Vero Beach, Florida, was a doctor’s prescription for J. L. Rogers Sr. and in 1928, he came to Vero Beach to join his brother. At that time, there was a young and expanding citrus business centered in Vero Beach. The Rogers family had a love for the land and agricultural background in Kentucky, so it was natural for the Rogers Brothers to acquire their first grove in 1928.
For the next 34 years, the Rogers Brothers sent their fresh fruit to the Indian River Grower’s Services packinghouse in Vero Beach. During that time, the harvest boomed and it became necessary for them to expand. In 1962, the Rogers Brothers became partners with two other growers in the Indian River Growers Services packinghouse. It was renamed, The Packers of Indian River, Inc. In 1980, the Rogers family became sole owners of the packinghouse and continue to operate it today. The company now owns and operates 7,000 acres in Florida.
Sticking with his grandfather’s philosophy of good land, stewardship and quality, J. L. Rogers III, along with his son-in-law, Mike Garavaglia are today overseeing the business that his grandfather started. Indian River citrus, grown in our own Packer’s groves, can be found in fine hotels, restaurants and gourmet shops worldwide. The Packers of Indian River, Ltd. takes pride in providing premium citrus. Enjoy!