Tomato Prices Soar Due to Hurricanes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
All fresh vegetables in California have been impacted by the hurricanes, but tomato growers have been affected the most. Dave Kranz of the California Farm Bureau says before the hurricanes arrived some California growers had given up on this year’s crop because of low prices. KRANZ :09—So low in fact that some farmers were actually not harvesting their tomatoes it was going to cost them more to harvest than they would have earned by selling them on the market. Growers say the prices they’re receiving for fresh tomatoes have more than doubled in recent weeks, and with another hurricane headed for the United States, demand and prices could increase even more. Analysts say its likely consumers will continue to see higher prices for vegetables at the grocery. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.