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February 25th, 2020

Roma Tomato Update

Plant Disease Affecting Roma Tomatoes Supply

Roma Tomato Update
Roma Tomato Update

Following periods of rain induced harvest gaps and cold weather over the last 45 days, we are now getting reports of “Pizon” virus affecting the Mexican tomato crop. This is expected to reduce plant yields by a minimum of 50%. This disease is primarily affecting roma tomatoes but has caused market prices to climb over night on most tomato packs.

Intermittent prorates could be expected during critical supply points but we will do our best to minimize the impact felt to our customers.

At this time, the short supply and high market is expected to last for the next 4 to 6 weeks with possibilities of extending longer. The timeframe will depend on farms’ ability to recover their anticipated yields.