Immokalee's Lipman growing in field of tomatoes
Special from the News-Press:
A Southwest Florida-based agribusiness completed a trio of acquisitions in the past six months in its quest to supply tomatoes to every corner of the nation.
Immokalee-based Lipman Inc. already had staked a claim as North America’s largest field tomato grower, with about 30 locations throughout North America. But, it wasn’t content with that.
With the recent acquisitions of Dallas-based Combs Produce, Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Branscomb Produce and Portland, Ore.-based Coastal Brokers, Lipman says it can supply tomatoes to about 75 percent of the country, and is aiming for even greater market penetration. Company leaders wouldn’t be more specific about the financial details or future plans.
“Our ownership group is committed to long-term growth, and to running a vertically integrated tomato company,” said CEO Kent Shoemaker, who joined the company in 2010, becoming the first CEO not related to the founding Lipman family.
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