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USA: Compass subsidiary Bon Appetit in agreement on working conditions with Florida farmworkers - threatens boycott of growers that do not participate

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29 April 2009

A Squeeze for Tomato Growers [USA]

Author: Jane Black, Washington Post

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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29 April 2009

Putting an End to Tomatoes Tinged with the Bitter Taste of Exploitation

Author: Bon Appetit Management, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Bon Appétit Management Company [part of Compass Group] Build Innovative New Model for Fair Labor Standards in Florida's Tomato Fields. Bon Appétit Management Company becomes the first food service company to establish game-changing fair labor requirements that integrate: minimum fair wage, worker empowerment stipulations, and incentives to growers who exceed minimum requirements of the agreement.

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