Seminole Petroleum fuels growth for Tribe
Seminole Petroleum rolled out its new name and freshly painted tanker trucks Oct. 28 at the company’s bulk fuel processing plant in Naples. Tribal officials introduced the Seminole Petroleum management team as they celebrated the transition to the new brand with a luncheon at the Naples plant.
The petroleum distributor provides fuel and lubricant products to retailers and other companies in Florida with a fleet of fuel tankers and smaller trucks, all of which prominently display the Seminole Petroleum name and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. logo.
Cattle feast on fruit and vegetables at Brighton feedlot
BRIGHTON — Most reputable weight loss programs endorse eating fresh fruits and vegetables for health benefits and as a way to lose those excess pounds. That may be true for humans, but in Brighton the cattle have been eating their fill of produce and gaining weight steadily.
Brighton’s recycled produce cattle feed program, which has been in place at the feedlot for three years, has been a cost saver and efficient weight increaser. Eating typical cattle feed, cows gain about 1.75 pounds per day; eating the produce mix they can gain about 2.5 pounds per day.
Seminole Pride Beef makes FSU debut
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s homecoming weekend wasn’t only about football, parades and princesses; it also marked the debut of Seminole Pride Beef on the menu for students at the Suwannee Room dining hall Oct. 14. It wasn’t the first time Seminole Pride Beef has been featured on campus; the brand has been supplying beef to athletes in their dining room for about a month.
There are three dining halls plus 29 restaurants on campus. The Suwanee Room, which serves about 21,000 meals per week, offers a large variety of food choices but steak isn’t normally on the menu. Michael Sauceda, Seminole Pride Beef director of business development, provided about 220 pounds of beef striploin for the debut.
Seminole cattle program maintains upward trend
A business lunch featuring tender and juicy rib-eye steaks from the Tribe’s own cattle ranches gave a clue for news to come Oct. 29 at the 11th annual Cattle Owners Summary.
Overall, the business of beef in Seminole country is up and rising, said Alex Johns, Natural Resource director and head of the Tribe’s cattle program during the midday meeting at Big Cypress Community Center.
“Our program profit, without cost share, is significant and very important,” Johns told dozens among the Tribe’s 67 cattle owners. “Some things we are definitely doing right.”
Cattle keepers buy, sell at Salacoa Seminole market
BRIGHTON — Salacoa Valley Farms, a division of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc., hosted its first cattle auction on Seminole soil before an ample crowd eager to buy and sell.
“Today is unique. We’ve always had the sales in Salacoa (Georgia), but now we have the first one in our own backyard,” said Brighton Board Rep. Larry Howard. “For cattle people from all over to come out and see what we have, and what we can bring to the table, has been a long time coming.”
Farm to fork: Seminole Beef hits Broward grocery store shelves
For the first time, Seminole Pride Beef is available for purchase at two retail grocery stores in Broward County. The meat debuted in April at the Broward Meat and Fish Co. supermarkets in North Lauderdale and Lauderdale Lakes.
President Mitchell Cypress, Hollywood Board Rep. Steve Osceola and a group of Hollywood seniors toured the North Lauderdale store July 29 to witness the milestone.
Board adds Blue Lake Citrus, OWV water to business portfolio
The Seminole Pride brand recently added Blue Lake Citrus Products and OWV water to its lineup of products that includes beef, electronic cigarettes, wines, Seminole/Stiles Construction and Development and commercial cleaning.
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. purchased 60 percent of Blue Lake Citrus, the parent company of Noble Food Service, in which a majority stake was acquired by the Tribe in April 2013. The partnership positions the company for significant growth through the Tribe’s existing distributors.
Government contracts: Good business
The federal government spends nearly $350 billion a year on goods and services, making it the world’s largest consumer.
Almost a year ago, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. (STOFI) Board of Directors made the decision to try to enter the federal government marketplace. We hired Dawn Houle, a Chippewa-Cree from Montana and former Chief of Staff of the National Indian Gaming Commission, who is dedicated and preparing key STOFI businesses for selling to the government.
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Board’s ventures booming in Brighton
BRIGHTON — Business is booming in Brighton, where the Board’s ventures are thriving.
“Oranges, sugar cane and the RV Resort are all in the black,” said Board Rep. Larry Howard. “The shell pit will show a profit later this year with the completion of the pending job that was delayed from last year.”
Brighton is home to 366.5 acres of orange groves; 174 at Tucker Ridge and 192.5 at Flowing Well. Eight truckloads of Hamlin and Valencia oranges were recently harvested and sold. The groves were in disrepair and required a lot of work when the Board took charge of them in 2011.
Profit Reigns at Annual Shareholders Meeting
HOLLYWOOD — The annual Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.’s shareholders meeting Jan. 9 welcomed several newcomers to Board offices, reported good news overall for 2015 and predicted profits for 2016 through continued business diversification.
But before talk about dollars and cents commenced, the Cowbone Band ushered more than 250 Tribal citizens into the Hard Rock Live concert hall turned conference room with thoughtful music.
Brighton Shell Pit Digging up Profit
BRIGHTON — A steady procession of dump trucks has traveled in and out of the Brighton Reservation shell pit thanks to an abundance of work from multiple sources, including the Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).
“It’s in full throttle now,” said Brighton Board Rep. Larry Howard. “Everything is running like a well-oiled machine. We’re just trying to make things more efficient.”
The Bol opens at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
COCONUT CREEK — When the Seminole casinos introduce something new, they go big or go home. After the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood introduced the Pan-Asian restaurant, The Bōl, to its customers in 2013, it proved a huge success. Now, the Asian legacy has made its way to the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
The Bōl opened its doors on May 26. At a private opening prior to the public reveal, Tribal and restaurant representatives offered kind words about the casino’s new venture and honored guests watched a traditional dragon dance and live entertainment.