The Kennedy Family, owners ofÂ Kennedy GrovesÂ and United Indian River Packers inÂ Vero Beach, have announced they will soon be selling their citrus holdings in order to concentrate on the family’s other businesses. TheÂ Florida-based companies have been farming, packing and marketing IndianÂ River CitrusÂ for more than 100 years.
Thomas “T.P.” Kennedy, vice president of the companies, stated, “With the upcoming retirement of my father,Kenneth P. Kennedy, and the hands-on and management intensive nature of the farming industry, the family has decided to divest ourselves of our citrus-related assets.”
John Alexander KennedyÂ came to what is nowÂ Indian River CountyÂ in 1909, purchased a 40-acre tract of good grove land, and planted the family’s first grove. After his deathÂ in 1930, his sons, Thomas and Purnell, carried on and expanded the business, adding a retail and mail order operation that was later sold toÂ Hale Groves.Â Eventually,Â Ken and T.P. KennedyÂ expanded the Indian River andÂ St. Lucie CountyÂ farming operations to more than 3,000 acres of groves and a modern packinghouse.
The Kennedy family has hiredÂ Murray Wise Associates, a national auction firm specializing in agricultural properties, to auction their citrus assets onÂ April 16 at the Tradition Town Hall at Tradition,Â St. Lucie County, FL.Â The auction will include 2,900 acres of groves, irrigated farmland, and the 55,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art citrus packinghouse located inÂ Vero Beach, FL.
Additional information on property and the auction may be obtained atÂ MurrayWiseAssociates.com.
Source:Â Kennedy GrovesÂ and United Indian River Packers