Strong demand for Florida tomatoes - The Packer

Strong demand for Florida tomatoes

04/04/2013 09:40:00 AM
Andy Nelson

“I think it’s still too early to determine. I don’t know if it’s had much of an effect,” he said. “Look at the market pre-suspension, it was a $12-14 market. Since then the market in Florida has come down to $8-10.”

Weisinger, however, did think the new agreement was already making itself felt in the market.

“Any secondary product can’t be sold,” he said. “Stuff that’s just fair won’t bring the minimum. In previous years, you could do something else with it. Now, you have to send it home.”

Chamberlain said he hadn’t heard of Mexican shipments being turned back as of April 3.

“Fortunately, I’ve been able to sell at above the minimum.”

Next season, he said, is when the full effect of the new agreement will be felt.

“I think it will be tough, but something we have to live with,” he said. “It’s going to be very, very tough for a lot of consumers to swallow that they’ll have to pay more.”

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