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Food giant Aramark agrees to pay increase for tomato farmworkers [USA]

Author: Amy Bennett Williams, Fort Myers News-Press [USA], Published on: 2 April 2010

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers [CIW] has scored another victory... Food service giant Aramark agreed to pay extra for Florida tomatoes produced under a strict code of conduct... The odd man out in the food-service industry is Sodexo, the only one of the three major global players yet to sign the agreement... The agreement means coalition partners will favor Florida growers who work to meet higher standards and will shun those associated with labor abuses such as Six Ls and Pacific [part of Sunripe Produce]... Last year, members of Immokalee's Navarrete family went to federal prison for enslaving 12 workers, whom they brought to Six Ls and Pacific fields... [Sodexo] spokesman Alfred King said in a statement that a Sodexo team has been talking with coalition members and working to "find ways to incorporate the principles being discussed with (the coalition) into our operations." [also refers to agreements with CIW by Compass, Yum Brands, McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods Markets, East Coast Growers, Ladymoon Farms]

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Related companies: Aramark Burger King Compass Group East Coast Growers & Packers McDonald's Publix Six L's Packing Sodexo Subway Sunripe Produce Whole Foods Market YUM!