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Business

Shirley Leung

A heavy loss in Fidelity’s pursuit of the perfect tomato

To the list of concerns facing Ned Johnson’s Fidelity — say, rising interest rates, higher oil prices, a slowdown in China — add this: whiteflies.

It has been a summer of discontent for Backyard Farms, the mutual fund magnate’s beloved tomato business, which suffered a mammoth infestation that forced it to destroy all 420,000 plants last month.

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