Seed companies have seen increased orders for bell pepper seeds and other non-tomato vegetable crops, he said.
While tomato producers in Mexico and Florida are on the front lines of the suspension agreement situation, the financial stake of U.S. retail and foodservice clients regarding the need for a stable tomato market adds to the urgency to settle the issue in a timely manner.
Chris Ciruli, chief operations officer of Nogales, Ariz.-based importer Ciruli Bros., said the amount of business and money on the line on both sides of the border and to so many allied sectors of the economy — transportation, distribution, equipment, marketing — should result in Mexican and U.S. trade negotiators coming to a resolution.
Tomatoes account for about 60% of production among AMHPAC’s 260 members, with bell peppers, squash, eggplant and other vegetables making up the difference, Viramontes said.
The group’s convention ran Aug. 22-25.