Mexican Freeze Drives Up Produce Prices

The combination of the early February freeze in Mexico and recent freezes in Florida and Texas has limited U.S. vegetable supplies and driven prices higher.

DALLAS — The combination of the early February freeze in Mexico and recent freezes in Florida and Texas has limited U.S. vegetable supplies and driven prices higher.

Wholesale prices for Mexican vine-ripe tomatoes sold in Chicago went up from $12 to $14 per 25-pound carton in early February to $28 to $34 per carton this week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's online agriculture portal. Prices for Mexican green bell peppers have also skyrocketed. One and 1/9 bush

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