FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. says it will give an additional $1.5 million contribution to finance citrus greening research over the next three years.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that the contribution raises the company's total contribution to the Lake Alfred-based Citrus Research and Development Foundation to $3 million since 2011.
The foundation is an affiliate of the University of Florida. It's the Florida citrus industry's chief agency in the research effort against the deadly bacterial disease that threatens the viability of the state's commercial citrus industry, which has an estimated $9 billion annual economic impact.
Coke owns the Minute Maid juice brand, the second-largest orange juice retailer in the United States.