By the time Alfie Oakes graduated high school, he was brokering wholesale deals and harvesting his own crops. Over the next 15 years, he never lost focus on the brokerage side of his business while also buying more farmland, and expanding into the retail grocery business.
Then in 2005, Alfie’s business took on a new momentum when he secured a contract to procure a large amount of raw product for a national supplier. Within five years, the deal put him in a position to invest in the producer, Fruit Dynamics, and eventually buy out all other investors.
With the success of Fruit Dynamics, Alfie invested some of his earnings into other areas of the agribusiness industry including packing, shipping and food service. He also initiated a major renovation at the Naples retail market and bought out his father’s business partner so he could support Food & Thought’s organic produce needs better.
Rarely taking a day off, Alfie also added another 500 acres of farmland, re-fabricated 10-acres of greenhouses, rescued and rebuilt a large aquaponics farm, purchased Captain Jerry’s Seafood, and began raising chickens.
Having established one of the largest privately owned agribusinesses in Collier County, Alfie Oakes’ next adventure will be opening a 65,000 sq. ft. market in North Naples.