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Small Business Snapshot: Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Small Business Snapshot: Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company Credit: Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Marygrace Sexton, founder and CEO of Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company, explains how this image represents her business.

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice is a leading clean label juice company. Since our inception 27 years ago, we've been hand-selecting fruits and vegetables to squeeze fresh for our customers and their families. We provide the highest quality, honestly sourced juices and blends. All our juices have four ingredients or less, and are free from preservatives, flavor packs, concentrates and artificial ingredients. Our mission is to provide the freshest juices on the market. 

Natalie's began in our family's orange grove when I was pulling my newborn daughter Natalie in a red wagon. My husband, a fourth-generation citrus grower, had always dreamed of producing fresh squeezed juice, but was too busy running the family's packinghouse to see it through. So I decided, on that crisp fall morning in the middle of the grove, to begin my new labor of love, and name it after my daughter Natalie.

Starting Natalie's was no easy feat. I can remember borrowing our local butcher's truck at night to make deliveries. As a founder and CEO, it's really important to do what it takes to get your business off the ground. 

The above photo is a great representation of our business. We are women-owned and family operated. My daughter Natalie, the namesake of the company, is our director of marketing and future successor. This photo shows us in our factory, where all of our fruits and vegetables are squeezed fresh. Our juices are authentically sourced, all natural, minimally processed with no GMOs, no preservatives or added sugars. We pride ourselves on being the freshest juice in the industry.  

I feel incredibly blessed to own my own company, but like any other business we are met with challenges. Expanding as fast as we are, our biggest obstacle is keeping our core family values throughout our growth and from generation to generation.  Our goal is to be in all 50 states. Natalie's is already sold in major grocery stores and we hope to expand even further.

Edited for brevity and clarity by Nicole Fallon.