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Scott Announces Caffeine Fix for Palm Beach

A joint venture called America's Natural Caffeine LLC is planning to invest $25 million in a Florida plant to produce a natural caffeine food supplement.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) β€” The Port of Palm Beach is getting a caffeine fix from Brazil.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday plans for a 75-employee caffeine plant from Brazil. Scott is there on a trade mission. With nearly a million Floridians unemployed, he's made job creation his chief focus.

A joint venture called America's Natural Caffeine LLC is planning to invest $25 million in the plant. It will produce a natural caffeine food supplement derived from a Brazilian fruit called guarana. The supplement will be sold to the food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Plans call for starting with 25 workers and expanding to 75 in three years at the port in Riviera Beach.

The venture is not getting an incentive package from the state.

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