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A Squeeze for Tomato Growers [USA]

Author: Jane Black, Washington Post, Published on: 29 April 2009

Appalled by instances of what federal prosecutors have described as slavery, executives of one of the nation's largest food service companies promise to boycott Florida tomatoes if growers [through the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange] do not agree to improve conditions and increase pay for farmworkers. Bon Appetit Management today will issue a strict set of standards that farm worker advocates call a "rough draft" of the future of fairly produced food. If no grower agrees, the company is set to stop serving tomatoes on salad bars and sandwiches at its more than 400 college and corporate cafes across the country. [also refers to agreements with Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell (all part of Yum! Brands); Burger King, McDonald's, Subway, Whole Foods]

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Related companies: Bon Appetit Management (part of Compass Group) Burger King Compass Group KFC (part of YUM!) McDonald's Pizza Hut (part of YUM!) Subway Taco Bell (part of YUM!) Whole Foods Market (part of Amazon) YUM!