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Mon February 11, 2013
How Organics And Imports Are Impacting Florida's Once-Dominant Tomato Market
Clarification: In this story, it could be perceived that representatives from Lipman Produce do not like the idea of good-tasting tomatoes. That is not the case. Lipman says its goal is to create the best-tasting tomatoes possible which are able to withstand transportation and maintain a shelf life. Since 2012, Lipman has been experimenting with protected agriculture -- growing tomatoes in retractable roof greenhouses on five acres of land in Naples, FL.
Florida growers once dominated the tomato market, but global competition has changed that.
Recently, the Department of Commerce signaled it would go along with a proposed agreement that would raise prices for tomato imports.
In this report, Reporter Patricia Sagastume tells us how consumer tastes are affecting the market.