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Some In East Texas Also Feeling Effects Of Tomato Shortage

There's no sign that the marquee at Wendy's in Tyler telling customers "tomatoes available by request" will be coming down anytime soon. Wendy's has brought to light what has become the norm in the last couple weeks. "When they get to the window and they ask well what's going on with the tomatoes. We let them know because of the hurricanes there is a limited supply," says Wendy's manager Tandrika Johnson. The affects of the shortage have even spread to your local grocery store. For some, prices have gone up as much as a dollar. Pick a pound of these at Walmart and pay as much as $.70 more. "So this box cost you triple what you usually pay?," asks KLTV 7 Reporter Christine Nelson. "Yes," says Gilbert's El Charro Restaurant owner Gus Ramirez. His business uses hundreds of tomatoes a day at but he says don't expect the cost of tomatoes to handed down to you. "The prices on the menu have already been fitted up if something like this happens or can happen again," says Ramirez. A menu change for students though could be an order at Tyler ISD. "I think we will [eliminate tomatoes from the menu] if it [keeps going up]. Every week it goes up cents to a dollar," says TISD Coordinator of Food Services Victor Olivares. Wherever you enjoy eating the tomato, everyone we talked to says quality will not be compromised. "No squishy tomatoes!," declares Johnson at the Wendy's counter.

The quality of tomatoes lately has gone down because they're not as firm. But everyone tells KLTV 7 that any bad tomatoes in a shipment is never served because they get thrown out.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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