Neighbors welcome Del Monte to Florida - The Packer

Neighbors welcome Del Monte to Florida

12/06/2013 12:18:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“We feel their entry into the Florida industry can only help to improve the state’s overall standing as the nation’s No. 1 tomato supplier. I believe they can help the state improve both its image and its operations.”

Tony DiMare, vice president of the Homestead-based DiMare Co., said this isn’t a good time for new entrants into a struggling tomato industry.

“They have a lot of capital because of who they are and will eventually become a major force in our industry,” he said. “The tomato industry is not in the very best shape. Lots of grower-shippers have exited the industry for many reasons but mostly financial.

“To have another major industry player come into the marketplace is a little concerning for the overall welfare of the industry and markets in terms of volume and pricing.”

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