Governor Scott with Florida National Guard troops deployed to Kuwait
Photo from Governor's Office

Members of the Florida National Guard and an Orlando-based Army Reserve unit currently deployed in Kuwait got a taste of the Sunshine State Tuesday – courtesy of Governor Rick Scott. Governor Scott traveled to the Middle East during the Independence Day holiday to thank the soldiers for their sacrifice to the country.

“While these brave men and women are serving their country thousands of miles from home, I am sure they are missing the local flavors of Florida,” said Governor Scott. “I am proud to be in Kuwait and to share these products from great Florida businesses with our troops. It is important that we all do what we can to honor our active duty military, veterans and their families.”

While visiting with the servicemen and women at two different stops in Kuwait, Governor Scott shared with them coffee from Lucky Goat of Tallahassee, Buddy Brew of Tampa and Social Grounds of Jacksonville, fresh orange juice from Sun Harvest Citrus of Fort Myers and key lime pie cookies from Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies of Naples. All products unavailable to them in Kuwait.

The business owners who provided their products all say they’re happy to give back to Florida’s servicemen and women.

Ben Pautsch, owner of Lucky Goat Coffee said, “It’s a privilege to know that our coffee is being served to the troops in Kuwait. I hope the coffee will help lift their spirits as they fight for our freedom.”

Susan Ward, cofounder and co-owner of Buddy Brew Coffee said, “At Buddy Brew, we have a passion to Brew Good and Do Good, so we are so happy to hear that the troops overseas will be enjoying some of our coffee as they defend our country. Thank you, Governor Scott for providing our coffee to the soldiers.”

Jason Kelloway, Marine Corps Veteran and owner of Social Grounds Coffee Company said, “As a veteran-owned company, we believe in giving back to our veterans and supporting our military. I’m proud to know that our coffee is being served to our brave men and women in Kuwait.”

Sandy Nicely, owner of Sun Harvest Citrus said, “We are proud to hear that some of our fresh Florida Orange Juice is being shared with soldiers overseas. We can’t thank them enough for all they do serving our country, and we hope that our orange juice will remind them of home.”

Kim Casciero, owner and creator of Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies said, “It’s an honor to know that our Key Lime Cookies are being provided to our troops by Governor Scott. I would never have been able to pursue my dreams and start a business without their sacrifice. I hope they enjoy our cookies.”

Governor Scott’s trip to Kuwait is a quick one. After meeting with the state-based troops and then with the United States Ambassador to Kuwait, it’s back home to Florida.