11/16/2012 09:00:00 AMDoug Ohlemeier
So know what is going to happen with the tomato suspension agreement U.S "Florida growers" wanted to put into effect against Mexico, and know the U.S. is going to have to go back and try to work some issues out with Mexican growers and then guess who has the upper hand.
It's a shame to watch companies that have been a pillar in the tomato business go under. (woodys,nobles,RVC,tomato man, severt,thomas etc..). 90 percent for the success of a business is administering costs and having employees protect the employer. Nafta was not the downfall of the companies, nor was competition from Mexico. Competition is good because it helps business stay on their toes and rethink the business mission. No debt, keep costs down and maintain customer relation are top priority in keeping a business afloat. In the produce business, it's not the company that makes most money that wins, it's the company who lasts the longest!
I do not see in the picture abandon production infrastructure, where are the greenhouses or shadehouses from Florida going out of business? Ohh!! no one built any over there, correct? I don't care what industry you are in, if you do not invest in research, production innovation, efficiency and become more competitive, you probably will go out of business. The consumer dose not have to pay more, because someone is inefficient , Right? If you can not deliver a high quality tomato, at a competitive price, you will go out of business. And that will happened in Florida, Mexico, Netherlands, or anywhere...
PANDO, you said it right. "No debt, keep costs down, maintain customer relations" & I say maximize your operation--don't go hog wild and do more than last years yield if it was profitable or down. Pay your bills & keep your suppliers happy. You're right, NAFTA was not totally the downfall of the companies---just plain good marketing & perseverance, competition builds strength in any endeavor of life.
Would there be a possiblity for our volunteers to come in and glean what is not being harvested?
GLEAN WHAT? NOTHING IS LEFT OF THE PRODUCE.