Roma emerges as Baja tomato standout

05/18/2012 10:46:00 AM
Jim Offner

“Last year, we had weather problems in all areas. This year has been the opposite.”

In the early months of 2011, areas of Mexico as far south as Culiacan experienced record low temperatures, and an extensive freeze affected the normally reliable supply of tomatoes leading up to the California and Baja California seasons, a number of growers recalled.

Not so, this year, Spezzano said.

“It’s a wonderful time for supply,” he said.

Retail margins are another matter, but that’s a problem that envelops the entire produce department, he added.

“If you look at the consumer price index, prices in some categories are up 80% over last year, but not so in produce,” Spezzano said.

That won’t last long, though, Spezzano said.

“We are a cyclical business, and the same applies to retailers and growers,” he said.


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