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Tomatoes flourish in foodservice

A healthy foodservice industry translates to a robust Florida tomato business, said Michael Schadler, deputy manager of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Committee.

Reggie Brown: From 4-H to negotiating trade

From raising chickens for a  4-H project to representing Florida tomato growers, Reggie Brown has been dedicated to Florida’s agricultural industry.

Tomato suspension agreement hanging in the balance

I recently asked the public affairs office of the U.S. International Trade Administration about the status of the talks for a new tomato suspension agreement between Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. 

Village Farms challenges Fresh Summit attendees  

It was a close competition at the Village Farms booth at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, with a taste challenge between the Heavenly Villagio Marzano and the Lorabella Blossom in Orlando, Fla.
Nov 02, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #PMA, #Tomatoes

Study: Mexican fresh tomato trade worth nearly $5 billion to U.S.

TUBAC, Ariz. ——  The Mexican tomato trade contributed an estimated $4.8 billion in total economic activity to the U.S. economy in 2016, a new study says.

Researchers create new crop from wild tomato

Researchers from Brazil, the U.S. and Germany have created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using CRISPR-Cas9, a modern genome editing process.

Partnership expands Tasti-Lee Tomatoes to Western U.S.

Western U.S. availability of Tasti-Lee Tomatoes is expected to rapidly grow in 2019, in a partnership with Flavorful Brands and The Produce Exchange/Lipman Family Farms.
Oct 18, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Tomatoes

Pure Flavor has a lot to talk about, show at Fresh Summit

Greenhouse grower Pure Flavor, Leamington, Ontario, is launching seven products at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20 in Orlando, Fla.

Updated food safety guidelines available for tomato supply chain

The third edition of the Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain has been released. 

Greenhouse, potato operations hit by immigration raids

A 10-acre hydroponic greenhouse complex and a large potato farming operation in O’Neill, Neb., were two of several agricultural businesses targeted in raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.