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Florida grows mostly mature green tomatoes that are picked green and gassed with ethylene to ripen them, which prolongs their shelf life. Mexico is a major competitor, planting about 110,000 acres of tomatoes in 2015-15, compared to 35,000 in Florida. Florida's major tomato growers are Pacific Tomato Growers, Lipman Produce, West Coast Tomatoes, Gargulio and Dimare, as well as AgMart, Taylor and Fulton, Grainger, Utopia, Oakes Farms, Hanshaw Farm, MED Farms, Everglades Farms and L & M Farms.
Commercial farmers estimate that 200 hours are required to plant, prune, and harvest tomatoes. Tomatoes are sold in 25-pound cartons, and growers say that they need to be paid at least $8.75 a carton or $0.35 a pound to cover their growing and harvesting costs. Many growers are planting grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes, which are worth more per pound but are more expensive to produce.