Hugh H. Branch, founder of Florida sweet corn company, dies

Hugh H. Branch, founder of Florida sweet corn company, dies

Hugh Hinton Branch, who co-founded Hugh H. Branch Inc. with his brother in 1957, has died.

Branch died Jan. 23 in Belle Glade, Fla. He was 95, according to an obituary in the Palm Beach Post.

Although Hugh H. Branch Inc. grew and sold other vegetables, it became known for sweet corn. Branch retired in 2007, and sold the company to his son, Hugh "Chip" Branch Jr. and salesmen Brett Bergmann and Dan Shiver.

In 2015, the company changed its name to Branch: A Family of Farms, to recognize the farmers who supply the company, some who had been growing produce for more than 50 years.

Survivors include Barbara, his wife of more than 70 years, daughters Tammy and Kimberly Branch, and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Hugh H. “Chip” Branch Jr.

Hugh H. Branch, after returning from World War II, founded Hugh H. Branch Inc. with his brother Julian, according to the obituary

In the early 2000s, Branch became a Pahokee City (Fla.) city commissioner and was on the board of a local bank, according to his obituary.
A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Methodist Church, Pahokee, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church of Pahokee, 491 E. Main St., Pahokee, FL, 33476.

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