In 1950, traveling salesman Henry H. Schacht took a liking to a small Florida town called Vero Beach and decided this was where he would fulfill his dream of owning a citrus grove. He bought 50 acres of orange grove west of town. Henry couldn’t have picked a better location. Vero Beach is situated in the heart of Florida’s prized Indian River growing district, recognized for producing the highest quality citrus in the world.
Within seven years, Henry expanded the groves twice and moved his family down from North Carolina. He prospered, thanks to a simple business philosophy: Focus on growing the finest quality fruit, and there will always be a market for it.
Commercial packers soon realized that the Schacht name was synonymous with the juiciest, sweetest oranges, grapefruit and Honeybells.
In 1970, Henry’s son, Henry F. Schacht, launched the gift fruit shipping service. At first it was a hobby, and those early customers consisted mainly of the Schacht family’s circle of friends. But soon hundreds of others discovered what the commercial packing houses had known for two decades—that fruit from Schacht Groves is simply the finest available.
In the 1990’s, the combination of NAFTA and a global oversupply of citrus fruit contributed
to the demise of many small citrus farms. Small growers simply could not compete
with the large agri-
Today, Schacht Groves encompasses 145 acres—very small by citrus grove standards—and it’s still a family operation. Henry F. Schacht and his son, Louis, now run the groves’ gift fruit shipping service, which fills thousands of orders each season.
If you’re in the Vero Beach area, stop by and take a little tour of the groves and the fruit shipping operation. Then you can witness firsthand the love, care, and friendliness that is packed into each carton of citrus.