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Village Farms distributes healthful snacks at fundraiser

Village Farms, Heathrow, Fla., participated in the 15th Annual Cars for the Cure fundraiser for the American Lung Association, handing out snacking tomatoes to the crowd.

Bipartisan group seeks end to tomato agreement with Mexico

Florida legislators have gathered bipartisan support from dozens of House and Senate colleagues in a push to terminate the suspension agreement between the Department of Commerce and Mexican tomato growers.

Bill introduced to take on Mexico’s trade practices

Legislation called the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act would relax thresholds needed by U.S. producers to bring anti-dumping lawsuits against imported produce.

Tasti-Wee grape tomatoes appearing in grocery stores

Tasti-Lee Tomatoes are now available as a grape tomato snacking variety, marketed as Tasti-Wees.

Jan 04, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Tomatoes

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.