“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.”