Frederick Scott Salyer, the 'Tomato King' of California, Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing
Ever wonder why ketchup is so expensive given that it's pretty much tomatoes, high-fructose corn syrup, vinegar, spices and salt? Maybe it's not from the extra cent that the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been fighting for to pay a better wage to the people who pick them in Florida; maybe it's because executives with fancy estates in Pebble Beach, California, are conspiring with their competition to fix the prices of tomatoes sold to giant companies such as ConAgra and Kraft.
, Frederick Scott Salyer, who runs SK Foods in Monterey, admitted to bribing his way into sales contracts and price-fixing with his competition. There's also a little detail in there about falsification of documents, including certifications for "organic" tomatoes and regarding food safety.
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