Doug OhlemeierWoody’s Tomato Corp., Palmetto, Fla., this past season closed operations. Reggie Brown, executive vice president of the Florida Tomato Exchange, said it isn’t surprising some companies left the business.
“It’s obvious the deal has been rather tough for a couple of seasons,” he said. “That’s certainly manifesting itself by those long-term companies that appear to be exiting the business.
“It’s not just one bad year,” Brown said. “The year before last was not that great either. There has been a series of years here to where the deal has been less than ideal.”
Nobles-Collier grew, packed and shipped about 2 million boxes of mature greens and roma tomatoes a year, according to the website of parent company Naples-based Barron Collier Cos.