Burger King may get its tomatoes elsewhere

MIAMI (AP) -- Burger King is telling suppliers it may stop buying tomatoes from southwestern Florida.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Burger King Vice President Steven Grover asks suppliers to plan for the chain to possibly buy tomatoes elsewhere.

A group representing Florida farmworkers has tried for more than a year to get Burger King to join deals signed by rival McDonald's and by Taco Bell owner Yum Brands. Those agreements require the companies pay a penny more per pound for the tomatoes they buy from Florida farms. The farmers then agree to pass along the extra money to the workers, although the agreements are on hold after growers balked at participating this year.

Burger King refuses to join. A spokeswoman emphasizes that it buys from repackers in the area, not directly from growers.

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