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W51: Tomato Weekly Report

Updated Dec 29, 2022
Tridge's global market analysts and country representatives analyze what happened in W51 in the global tomato market. In summary, in Turkey, tomatoes ranked as the leading vegetable export in November 2022. In Belgium, tomato prices for W50 increased over the last two years due to lower supply. The Italian CAP strategic plan for 2023–2027 was approved by the European Commission, and it includes a commitment to improving the sustainability of tomato agriculture. In Mexico, prices have decreased as tomato availability on the market has grown. Due to high energy costs, Slovakia ceased tomato production. Finally, tomato production in California has dropped by roughly 11% in 2022.


Top 5 Vegetable Products Exported in November 2022 From Turkey (Dec 21)

The top five vegetable products exported in November 2022 from Turkey are Tomatoes with 32% share, Peppers with 24%, Cornichons with 15%, Zucchini with 13%, and Potatoes with 5%. The countries that led in the importation of these vegetables are; Russia with 27% share, Romania with 12%, Germany with 8%, Israel with 8%, and Ukraine with 8%. Israel and Russia increased their imports of these vegetables by 89% and 55% respectively compared to 2021.


Tomato Price Is Rising in Belgium, but Cannot Yet Match Normal (Dec 20)

In Belgium, tomato prices in W50 were higher than in the past two years. The volumes supplied of loose tomatoes are lower than in the past two years. Compared to 2020, the supply volume this 2022 is 47% lower.


The European Commission Approved the Italian Cap Strategic Plan 2023-2027 in Italy (Dec 20)

On December 2, 2022, the European Commission definitively approved the Italian CAP Strategic Plan for 2023-2027. After a long and demanding discussion between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Regions, and the Brussels offices, they have approved the plan. The Interprofessional Organization of the Tomato Industry of Northern Italy, in agreement with that of Central and Southern Italy, accepted the two main requests: the confirmation of the measure of the coupled premium per hectare for areas cultivated with tomatoes and the opportunity for tomato producers to improve the environmental sustainability of their crops through access to the additional agri-environmental aid of the so-called 'Eco-Schemes'.

A Small Increase in Tomato Imports in Italy in W51 (Dec 23)

Nearly 80% of the tomatoes at Italian stores in W51 are from Italy. However, supermarkets now import from more organized farms, even if they are overseas since it is more difficult and expensive to obtain supplies from small farms in Italy due to logistical reasons and fragmented production. At an EXW price of USD 2.02/kg, 12% of the tomatoes now sold in Italy are imported from the Netherlands. The remaining amount is sourced from Spain for USD 1.96/kg and Morocco for USD 1.01/kg. Italian goods, currently sell in the major marketplaces for USD 1.86/kg, are nevertheless more preferred by customers.


Market Prices Decline on Increasing Mexican Supply of Tomato (Dec 20)

In the tomato market, prices are benefiting from increased Eastern production in Mexico. In W51, tomato prices dropped by 34% from W50. Grape-type tomato supply is still reportedly short. However, round and plum-type can meet demand.


Slovak Farmers Stopped Tomato Production, an Opportunity for Morroco and Other EU Suppliers (Dec 20)

Slovak farmers were forced to limit or stop tomato production due to high energy prices. Following the increase in energy prices, Slovak consumers will have to rely mainly on foreign suppliers, including Morocco.

United States of America

The Tomato Production Capacity in California Dropped by 11% in 2022 (Dec 21)

Tomato production capacity in California declined by about 11%, even after adjusting for the impact of reduced production capacities. The consequences of all this have led to low inventory in 2022. The market factors in effect in 2021/22 should have provided a strong motivation for growers and processors to maximize production. But in fact, 2021 and 2022 have experienced YoY reductions in volumes.

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