Demand grows in Orlando for Puerto Rican food, beer

KISSIMMEE — Hector Godines has scrambled for the past six months to find Puerto Rican brands of coffees, cookies and other favorites to put on the shelves at his Hispanic grocery store Kissimmee Meat and Produce. And when the Puerto Rican beer called Medalla Light returned to Florida last week after a four-year absence, the supermarket manager watched customers fill up shopping carts with the 12 packs. “Business has been growing for a few years, but after the hurricane [Maria], things just went crazy,” Godines said. “People are coming to me every week wanting new things from Puerto Rico.”