Growing Challenges Will Force Tomato Prices to Rise

September 06, 2017

Tomato prices will rise over the next two weeks due to challenging growing conditions in California and Mexico, combined with uncertainty over Hurricane Irma’s impact in Florida.

  • Excessive temperatures in California’s San Joaquin Valley over the past week have limited the production of field-grown tomatoes
  • Rainfall and overcast skies along the Baja, Mexico peninsula as well as the Northeastern mainland have slowed harvests, and decreased crossings into the US
  • Hurricane Irma is forecast to reach Florida by early Sunday
    • Plantings are underway in the southern growing region of Immokalee
    • Fields located in Central and Northern Florida, as well as Georgia are further along in maturity, and would see the greatest impact if the hurricane tracks as currently forecast