Subway, Fresh From Florida Make for Winning Combo

Florida ag commissioner Nikki Fried promotes Fresh From Florida fare at a local subway franchise

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried celebrates a menu full of Fresh From Florida produce with local Subway franchise owner Brian Smith [right] and grower Scott Rush of Lipman Family Farms.
Photo courtesy of FDACS

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried recently stopped in at a Subway restaurant in Tallahassee — not just to eat, but also to highlight a renewed Fresh From Florida-Subway partnership that promotes Florida-grown produce. From March 1 through April 30, nearly 1,500 participating Subway locations will use Fresh From Florida seasonal produce in their menu items.

The partnership has been a success for both Subway and Fresh From Florida for the last couple years. In 2017, Subway purchased roughly 60 million pounds of Florida-grown cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes. In 2018, the fast food giant bought 74 million pounds of seasonal produce from Florida growers.

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“Florida’s hard-working farmers make it easy for everyone to enjoy fresh, local produce any time of the year,” Fried said during a news conference. “We’re proud to partner with Subway, one of Florida’s largest restaurant chains, to highlight the availability and affordability of that produce and Fresh From Florida’s proven return on investment.”

Subway franchise owner Brian Smith added that locally-grown produce helps serve customers a great product at a great price. “Fresh From Florida and Subway is a natural partnership that supports regional farmers, our local economies, and our mission to help people ‘eat fresh.’”