The Guatemalan tomato deal has several things going for it, Eagle said.
“Logistics and labor are advantageous (shipping) into Florida,” he said. “We save days and have better controls over quality.”
The new Guatemalan heirlooms started shipping under the Southern Selects label in December, Eagle said.
The U.S. imported about 5.5 million pounds of tomatoes from Guatemala last season, according to the USDA.
Snow and sugar snap peas, meanwhile, should begin shipping from Guatemala in promotable volumes by the second half of December, he said.
“French beans and peas are the volume items for us,” Eagle said.