Barron Gift Collier made his first move into agriculture in 1922, when he acquired a 200-acre grapefruit grove at Deep Lake Hammock, located 30 miles inland on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp. Thus began the Collier family’s involvement in the citrus industry, producing some of the finest grapefruit in the country.
In the 1960s, the family developed what then was one of the largest groves in Southwest Florida – the Collier County Grove. Collier Enterprises again initiated a significant citrus expansion program in the 1980s and, after forming Consolidated Citrus LP with King Ranch in 1998, became a partner in the largest citrus operation in the United States that remains a leading producer for top orange juice brands distributed nationwide.
With its roots in the Deep Lake Grove, citrus has been central to Collier Enterprises’ overall agribusiness strategy. Today, Tamiami Citrus continues to pursue emerging trends and varieties within the citrus industry.
Oil exploration and production has been ongoing on Collier land since first being discovered in 1943. Today, Collier Enterprises and Barron Collier Companies together manage the family’s mineral holdings through Collier Resources Company (CRC). The largest private mineral company in South Florida, CRC manages and develops more than 800,000 mineral acres in Collier, Lee and Hendry counties, leasing mineral rights and monitoring oil exploration, development and production at three oil fields – Raccoon Point, Bear Island, and Sunniland Field.
The Collier family is committed to integrity, strong business values and a deep respect for the land, and is proud to play a part in more than seven decades of safe and successful oil exploration and development in Southwest Florida. Since the beginning, CRC has been a responsible manager of its mineral rights, including the development of oil fields in Southwest Florida through leasing agreements with some of the most reputable oil production companies in the nation.
Collier Enterprises continues to operate Immokalee Ranch, a cow-calf operation covering tens of thousands of acres with more than 10,000 head of cattle during the year. A purebred Brahma herd produces quality bulls. While Immokalee Ranch is oriented primarily to the production of feeder calves, the operation includes periodically overwintering or feeding out animals in other states.