Food safety, immigration dominate Joint Tomato Conference

09/09/2011 02:46:00 PM
Fred Wilkinson

During the 2010-11 season, which ended in June, Florida tomato growers packed 36.1 million 25-pound equivalent cartons of mature green tomatoes, up from the 27.9 million they packed in 2009-10 but significantly lower than the 50-million-carton annual average during the past decade, Brown said.

The $431 million crop is higher than $402 million production last year, and comes after Mexico’s season. Field tomato shipments from there declined 29%, a year after Mexico filled volume gaps caused by Florida freezes, Brown said.

The Sept. 6-9 event, which also included grower-oriented food safety, production and agronomic sessions, saw strong attendance. Organizers say around 375 participated, similar to the last year’s attendance.


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