While Apple ranked tops again for the fourth year in a row in Fortune magazine's ranking of the most admired companies, some Florida companies also fared well.
In the food and drug store industry, Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets ranked No. 1. Also tops was NextEra Energy of Juno Beach (formerly FPL Group) in the electric and gas utilities industry. Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. ranked No. 2 in the wholesale electronics/office equipment industry while St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial came in No. 4 among securities firms.
Lagging further behind in their respective industries were Tampa's WellCare Health Plans, Jacksonville grocer Winn-Dixie and mortgage processor Lender Processing Services in Jacksonville. St. Petersburg electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit ranked No. 11 in a semiconductor industry that pitted the company against such giants as Intel and Texas Instruments. Overall, the least admired companies in the world were mostly foreign beer makers and Chinese automotive businesses.