“Over the past 16 years, we’ve seen the American consumer transition to varieties besides artificially-matured tomatoes,” he said. “We don’t see that trend stopping.”
In a statement, Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Nogales-based Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, which represents shippers and importers of Mexican produce, said the association is confident that Mexico has abided by the letter and intent of the suspension agreement.
“The suspension agreement has provided some order to the marketplace, which was the original intent,” Jungmeyer said. “We are pleased that since 1996, when the first Tomato Suspension Agreement took effect, tomato growers from Mexico have been diligent in complying with the agreement.”