Florida strawberries deal with Mexico

09/28/2012 09:07:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“I think we need to get our message out to consumers when the Florida berries are available. Hopefully, consumers will help drive that demand for chain stores to purchase more Florida berries because most consumers would prefer the domestic product.”

As grower opinions are diverse, Campbell said he’s not sure what the industry plans to do to influence that change.

He’s looking for increased marketing but said it’s ultimately up to growers to decide how they want to invest their resources.

One thing’s for sure, they don’t want a long and protracted trade war that wouldn’t likely benefit either side.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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tom    
florida  |  October, 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM

Florida produces and packs a great strawberry(with help from mother nature,when she is nice) and we spend millions of dollars on research and patents which mean nothing to other countries. If we develope a great berry other countries are going to copy it for nothing and as all American growers will tell you we cannot afford to sell with all the regs we have as cheap as other nations. I will put my work ethic and passion for the business up against any country but give me a level playing field.

Gregory Smith    
Lakeland, FL  |  October, 02, 2012 at 04:10 PM

Improved cold chain management. Bring the cold chain to the berries. This will improve quality, shelf life and create an area of differentiation. The COLDPICK mobile harvest tunnel.

JC    
Arizona  |  October, 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM

Note that many of the Mexican berry deals are finaced and in partners with Americans and Chileans, that's who your competiton is on the berry deal, your compatriots. And in tomatoes Lippmann, Procacci, Esformes, Village Farms, Windset, Euro Fresh and many Canadian companies are finacing and partered up with Mexcian growing operations. If yo have yur head buried if you think this si all about Mexicans, the guys who signed to suspend the Agreement are into Mexican growing operations up to their neck.

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