Tomato growers balk, but chains expected to pay penny-per-pound supplement

IMMOKALEE Fla. McDonald’s Corp. and Taco Bell Corp. will abide by agreements to pay an extra penny per pound for Florida tomatoes, a supplement intended to benefit farm workers, despite indications that some growers would not observe the pacts, according to a farmhands’ support group.

On Monday, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange announced that its members would not participate in the deals because the so-called penny-per-pound deals violated antitrust, labor

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