Shipments from suppliers, including tomatoes from the DiMare Co., Homestead, Fla., were delayed.
“Trucks don’t want to deliver product as they’re afraid of the ice,” Tony DiMare, vice president, said Feb. 11. “This is having many adverse effects on the industry. During the snow event that they had couple of weeks ago, trucks were stranded and product was late in getting delivered.
“We couldn’t get trucks turned around and back to the f.o.b. end. At same time, truck rates went up significantly again this week,” DiMare said. It’s a domino effect that’s trickling back to the grower-shipper level.”