UPDATED: Mexican tomatoes officially cost more

03/05/2013 09:24:00 AM
Tom Karst

All fresh or chilled tomatoes from Mexico are covered by the new prices. Tomatoes imported for processing are not. The agreement accounts for changes that have occurred in the tomato industry since the signing of the original agreement in 1996, according to the release. Since then, Mexico has significantly increases greenhouse acreage.

“I’m pleased with the collaborative efforts that resulted in this agreement, which will help to maintain stability in tomato trade between the United States and Mexico,” Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez said in the release.

The original 1996 suspension agreement was updated in 2002 and 2008.

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Los Angeles  |  March, 05, 2013 at 01:00 PM

Awesome news !!!! We need to protect our growers !!!!!

March, 05, 2013 at 06:13 PM

Higher floor prices protect growers here, not consumers. It's good for a select few, like most special interests, not the general good. Prices for fresh produce is expensive enough as it is, we shouldn't shift the inefficient Florida-grown slave labor tomatoes costs onto the public.

U.S.  |  March, 05, 2013 at 03:41 PM

How about tomatos from say...South America...or Canada? Doesn't Canada export 90% of it's tomato production?

Johnny Produce    
Dallas, TX  |  March, 06, 2013 at 06:22 AM

Can we get a clear definition of "adapted environment" and their seasonal calendar. With these prices it would seem winter could last longer than usual.

Detroit  |  March, 06, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Glad this is behind us for a few years. Now if we can keep the MX shippers from subsidizing freight and Florida growers from sending price after loads, maybe there can be a level playing field. NOT!!!

Florida  |  March, 09, 2013 at 08:53 AM

Brian, Where do you get "Florida grown slave labor" from? Its been eradicated, It's all in the past however your allegations and comment indicates you may know of someone being enslaved. Please let us know where this may be in Florida unless you're talking about the drug cartel driven tomato industry in Mexico. I believe you'll find it there, please try to eradicate slavery in Mexican tomato fields.

AZ  |  March, 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Todd, your logic is flawed/lacking. First, how would/could Brian be referring to Florida grown slave labor in Mexico? Second, your allegations of a drug cartel driven tomato industry are just as baseless if not more so than the comments you are railing against. At least there was/is evidence of mistreatment in the ag industry in the south, well documented many times over. The CIW exists for the purpose of protecting the workers because the industry in Florida obviously is too crude and subversive to do it themselves.

AZ  |  March, 11, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Johnny, there is no definition of adapted environment. Adapted environment includes any tomato that is not grown in open field conditions but does not meet the definition set forth as controlled environment. This can include any number of growing technologies that are typically chosen to best suit the growing area/climate where the tomatoes are grown. These tomatoes, just like open field tomatoes, can be grown year-round as long as the climate is right.

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