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Durillo: Bright red colour and excellent firmness for the Top Seeds International cherry tomato

Durillo: Bright red colour and excellent firmness for the Top Seeds International cherry tomato

At this stage in the harvest, all the signs point to a season of outstanding quality. The cherry tomato’s distinctive characteristics bring high returns for the grower.

This is a great year for the Durillo cherry tomato bred by Top Seeds International, the global vegetable seed company which specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative, high quality hybrid varieties.
Durillo, cherry tomato, offers perfect firmness and an excellent shiny red colour, features not often found together but very popular with the large-scale distribution and final consumers. What’s more, no substantial reductions in yield are recorded. 

February, in Italy, is a crucial time for the harvest of Durillo, the Top Seeds International tomato variety that stands above other cherry tomato varieties thanks to its high yield, bright colour, uniform fruit, compact clusters and unrivalled firmness. Harvesting actually began in December and will end in late May and early June, but it is at this stage that the product’s quality becomes apparent and forecasts for the rest of the season can be made. It is during these weeks that both the upper clusters and the riper ones on the lower branches are visible, providing a general picture of the total crop which can be expected.

“Clusters have remained constant in terms of both size and number even during the winter, when, of course, days are shorter and so there is less daylight,” reports Fabrizio Iurato, Product Developer & Sales Representative of TSI Italia. “Farmers currently growing Durillo are very happy with production and others are inviting us to view their crops on the plant to admire the variety’s main characteristics – its bright red colour, its firmness and the plant’s cropping continuity even during long cycles – for ourselves.”

Durillo F1 is an indeterminate variety with medium-high vigour and short internodes. Flowering is abundant, with excellent fruit setting even on the higher branches. Clusters are regular, compact and elegant, with visible fleshy green parts which extend the product’s shelf life which allows to avoid unnecessary food waste. The variety produces large quantities of fruit with an attractive bright red colour, and good tolerance to cracking.

Average fruit weight is about 25-28 grams and cropping continuity is excellent. In view of its overall vantage, Durillo F1 is a variety that promises and delivers good returns to the entire food value chain growers, wholesalers, retailers, and also satisfies the demands of the final consumers.

“Quality products mean greater rewards for farmers on the market,” Mr Iurato concludes. “And, thanks to the wide range of genetic resistances provided in Durillo, Top Seeds International has helped to ensure that, even at the end of the production cycle, yields will remain high and this variety will maintain its distinctive firmness and bright red colour, both very popular with the large-scale distribution and the end customer. What’s more, our experience also shows that it is always advisable to use rootstocks, particularly Top Gun, for long production cycles.”

For further information on Durillo and its resistances: Durillo

Cherry tomatoes, the complete Top Seeds International range

Durillo is not the only cherry tomato in the Top Seeds International tomato portfolio. It is offered alongside seven other varieties, four of them in the premium range: first and foremost, Top Beka, the cherry tomato characterised by regular clusters, firm, crispy fruit, a bright red colour and high brix level. Then comes Caprice, the mini-cherry variety with medium-sized fruit (about 15-20 grams) and an intense red colour. Its long shelf life makes it suitable for long-distance transport. Gioiello and Stellina are also in the premium segment: the Gioiello variety (formerly CH1729) is characterised by a hardy plant that produces firm tomatoes with high brix level and an intense red colour, while Stellina guarantees excellent fruit setting even on the upper branches and produces an impressive quantity of bifurcated clusters. These are followed by three more cherry tomato varieties, including Hermanito (formerly CH1755) and Sbirulino, which provide excellent fruit setting even at high temperatures. Last but not least, exceptional precocity and excellent colour in different environmental conditions are the strong points of Eletta, which produces firm fruit of about 25 grams with low cracking risk.

Top Seeds International is an international company specializing in research and marketing of innovative hybrid varieties of high-quality vegetables. Founded in Israel in 2003, it operates worldwide through companies based in Spain, Italy and Mexico. Since May 2017, Top Seeds International has been owned by the group Mitsui & Co Ltd. The company’s aim is to guarantee high yields and excellent-tasting fruit by selecting varieties with genetic resistance to a wide range of diseases. Through continuous field research, the company’s geneticists, agronomists and technicians select the best varieties of many different vegetable species in terms of resilience and profitability, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, aubergines, melons and watermelons. The company works closely with its customers in developing innovative varieties and concepts with the aim of meeting all their needs.
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Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China

Nebula the tasty tomato booster of innovation in China


The Taste story between Nebula tomato and the Chinese customer accompanied with the development of Chinese modern agriculture. Since 2017, with the encouragement from Chinese government on developing the Chinese modern facility agriculture, the first large scale commercial Hitech-greenhouse was built.

The Chinese cherry tomato market is characterized by soft and mealy fruits, which taste similar as tomatoes used for cooking. In order to bring differentiation and innovations to the Chinese consumers, growers and Syngenta searched for outstanding new varieties that shoppers will love for mains course and dessert.

The premium choice is Nebula, its distinguishable light red color and unique taste is unforgettable. Sweet and a bit sour, juicy, crunchy, the totally new and complex taste breaks the stereotype that tomato always is vegetable. With the name Nebula tomato, it become the best seller in high-end supermarkets and premium fruit store.

To satisfy the massive Chinese market demand, additional highly professional growers became Nebula producer. By the end of 2020, you will find Nebula from the North to the South, online or in-store. 

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Costa de Nijar seeks new flavours

Costa de Nijar is a company that offers both conventional and organic products, including  tomato (pear - long life - Canary - Vine - cherry & cherry pear), cucumber, aubergine,  courgette and watermelon (mini).

The Campo Hermoso cooperative is permanently seeking new varieties in order to achieve better flavours and textures in its produce and supply its customers with a wider product range.

Company CEO Miguel Lopez said Costa de Nijar is currently doing a lot of work with cherry tomatoes, “looking for new varieties to find better flavours.”

This is because Costa de Nijar always strives to get the most out of its products and supply its customers with excellent foodstuffs. A large percentage of the output is exported, mainly to the European market – Germany, Belgium, France, England, Holland, Austria, Poland, Denmark, among others, with a smaller percentage shipped to United States, in addition to the domestic market (Spain).

Costa de Nijar is a company that trades both conventional and organic products, including tomato (pear – long life – Canary – Vine – cherry & cherry pear), cucumber, aubergine, courgette and watermelon (mini). Tomato is the company’s major crop. The farmers and exporters have approximately 200 ha in area of Nijar, Almeria. The firm is currently engaged in projects to increase this area over the coming year.

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Spanish concerns about EU imports of Moroccan tomatoes

Spanish tomato growers have stressed the importance of separate minimum entry prices for round and cherry tomatoes entering the EU market.

Spanish tomato growers have stressed the importance of separate minimum entry prices for round and cherry tomatoes entering the EU market.

Fepex – the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruit, vegetables, flowers and live plants – said having just one value for all types of tomatoes makes it difficult to rigorously monitor the market and implement safeguard clauses in trade agreements when necessary. Cherry tomato prices can be up to four times that of round tomatoes.

In a press release, Fepex said that entry prices for tomatoes from Morocco will be one of the main issues on the agenda at the next meeting of the European Commission’s tomato forecast working group, to be held Thursday June 4.

It said that at the meeting it will also propose that the Commission set a market withdrawal price for cherry tomatoes separate to and higher than the current one for tomatoes in general – €18.30/100kg – because this amount is “clearly insufficient to manage market crises in this segment, which endures strong competition from Moroccan imports.” Fepex said that last year farmgate prices for Spanish tomato growers were down 14.5% on the previous year.

Commission sees no signs of market disturbances

In February, the Commission said it closely monitors quota limits for preferential access conditions for tomato imports from Morocco under the bilateral agricultural trade agreement with that country.

“Based on surveillance data from the national customs authorities, imports in October 2014 were 23.4% higher than in October 2013; whilst in November 2014 imports exceeded by 13.5% those of November 2013. Volumes imported under preferential conditions are within the thresholds set by the agreement.

“Member States have reported a positive trend for the prices of tomatoes produced in the EU since August 2014. The EU average price currently remains above the average prices of the last three years. The Commission does not have any evidence of serious market disturbances which would justify applying the safeguard measure foreseen in the Agreement,“ said Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan in reply to a written question from Spanish MEP Gabriel Mato.

Mato had asked if the Commission was considering taking action to avoid upsets to the EU market that might be caused by the increase in Moroccan tomato imports.

“This increase in imports threatens the market access of tomatoes grown in Spain, France and Italy due to the fact that, in those countries, farming is subject to much stricter social and food safety conditions than are in place in Morocco, placing farmers in those countries at a clear disadvantage,” Mato had written.

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Background: Commission statement on tomato import rules



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US exporting more organic cherry tomatoes, grapefruit

biggest growth us exports organic

The top organic fruit and vegetable exports by the US so far this year are apples, lettuce, grapes, spinach and strawberries, according to data updated today by the USDA.

These are the products that lead in value for the ten months to this October, though the totals for apples and lettuce are down 22% and 11% respectively on the same period last year. In terms of the biggest growth relative to last year, cherry tomatoes, grapefruit, cauliflower, other tomatoes and celery are the top five items.

Organic item exported by US

Value in Thousands of US$

% Change in Value Jan-Oct 2014 compared to Jan-Oct 2013

Apples Fresh



Lettuce Not Head Fr/Ch



Grapes Fresh



Spinach Fr/Ch



Strawberries Fresh



Carrots Fr/Ch



Cauliflower Fr/Ch



Cult Blueberries Fresh



Pears Fresh



Broccoli Fr/Ch



(Fr/Ch = fresh or chilled)



US organic export

Unit of measurement

Volume Jan-Oct 2014

% Change in Vol Jan-Oct 2014 on Jan-Oct 2013

Apples Fresh




Potatoes Fr/Ch Xsd Oth




Cauliflower Fr/Ch




Lettuce Not Head Fr/Ch




Grapes Fresh




Carrots Fr/Ch




Onion Sets Fr/Ch




Pears Fresh




Celery Fr/Ch




Broccoli Fr/Ch




(Fr/Ch = fresh or chilled)