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YOOM Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards 2020 nomination

YOOM Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards 2020 nomination

YOOM™ the new purple cocktail tomato nominated for the FRUIT LOGISTICA INNOVATION AWARD 2020 (FLIA)

YOOM™ tomato has been nominated as one of the 10 most innovative products presented at the forthcoming edition of the international FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 trade fair. A benchmark in the fruit and vegetable sector, once again it will be held in Berlin and will welcome more than 78,000 industry professionals. 

From 5-7 February, visitors will be able to discover and enjoy first hand #TheFlavourExperience offered by YOOM™ in exhibition halls 20/21.

The Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards are presented annually in recognition of the most outstanding innovations within the fruit and vegetable supply chain. From production to point of sale. 

YOOM™ has been chosen due to its distinctive purple colour, its abundance of anthocyanins and the intense umami taste with the perfect sweet-sour balance, among its many other qualities. These characteristics make it a premium cocktail tomato, one that is unique in the market.

These excellent qualities have been developed thanks to close collaboration between Syngenta and his producer partners who, through their work and experience, have aided the development of such an innovative product.

Currently, consumers in Spain, France, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Australia can already find or request it at their usual supermarket or store. In addition, it will shortly arrive in the United States, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Visitors will be able to taste YOOM™, perfect for eating as a snack or for adding flavour to a healthy diet, at the Syngenta® stand located in Hall 1.2-D – 16 or at the Innovation area.

 

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Small EU tomato crop drives higher prices

Small EU tomato crop drives higher prices

 

The 2019 EU tomato crop was moderate, according to Wapa/Prognosfruit (-20% on preceding year and -11% below 5-year average). This has led to prices in November significantly above the average price of the last 5 years. The remaining stocks from the preceding crop are relatively high but represent just 4.6% of the average crop. In the last campaign, overall EU prices were about average, but with very big differences between Member States. Poland’s prices were very low, while France’s were very high. Germany recorded prices slightly above average, while Italian tomatoes were slightly below average.

 

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EU tomato crop rises, as do exports

EU tomato crop rises, as do exports, image designed by macrovector / Freepik
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The EU’s tomato crop is expected to be up 4% in 2019, at around 16.8 million tons, according to data published by the European Commission. This is still 2% below the 5-year average. The main drivers are the increase in production of tomatoes for processing (+6%). The volume of tomatoes for fresh consumption is estimated to rise by 1%. Spain registered a strong tomato harvest (+14%), thanks to very favourable weather conditions. 

After several years of rising fresh tomato imports to the EU, this year’s volumes are set to remain flat. However, imports of processed tomatoes are expected to be up 11% in 2019. The main sources are China, Chile and Ukraine. Meanwhile, EU exports of processed tomatoes are up 33% in 2019 (+43% compared to average), with the main markets being in Africa (Libya, Sudan, and South Africa).

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Fall in output but rise in exports of processed Italian tomatoes

Fall in output but rise in exports of processed Italian tomatoes

 

Italy’s total processed tomato production dropped 11.5% in 2018, to 4.6 million tons, according to data published by the National Association of the Canned Vegetables Industry (Anicav). The main factors were the reduced production area planted area, the spring rains and the temperature fluctuations in summer. Italy’s processed tomato exports rose 10% in the first six months of 2018, to 1.2 million tons, with a value of US$1 billion. There were large increases in shipments to Italy’s major exports markets: Germany (+29%), the UK (+10%), and France (+28%). Meanwhile, in the same period, Italy’s imports of processed tomatoes were also up (+5%) to 111,580 tons, worth US$80 million. The main foreign supplier of processed tomatoes to the Italian market is Spain, which accounts for 37% of the total. Shipments of processed tomatoes from Spain to Italy climbed 24% for the period January-July 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

Italy produces 13.6 percent of the world’s tomatoes and 49% of Europe’s total (worth over €3.1 billion.

TAGS: Italy, tomato, processed

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EU tomato imports rise as exports shrink

EU tomato imports rise as exports shrink

EU imports of fresh tomato have climbed steadily since 2015, from 481,000 tons to 628,000 tons in 2018. The largest non-EU supplier by far is Morocco. Imports from the North African country climbed 10.7% in 2018 to reach 449,700 tons. While tomato exports from Turkey plummeted between 2009 and 2013 (from 105,000 tons to 29,000 tons), they have since risen steadily, reaching 108,000 tons in 2018 – an increase of 6.5% from 2017. Israel is no longer the major source of tomatoes it once was. Between 2009 and 2018, shipment volumes fell from 25,000 tons to just 639 tons.

Source: European Commission

Meanwhile, exports of fresh tomato beyond the EU have plunged since 2013, as the Russian market is no longer available. In 2013, shipments stood at 369,000 tons, but by 2018, they had fallen to just 117,000 tons. Volumes have shrunk to both Russia and Belarus (8,100 tons and 32,200 tons respectively in 2018), while they’ve remained stable to the other major destinations: Switzerland (27,200 tons) and Norway (23,800 tons).

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Decline in EU tomato consumption

Decline in EU tomato consumption

EU tomato consumption fell in 2017 from the 2016 level of 35.9kg per person to 34.2 kg per person, according to data published by the European Commission. While total sales in 2016 were 17.98 million tons, in 2017, they reached only 17.05 million tons. However, tomato imports from outside the EU grew between 2015 and 2017, from 480,760 tons to 568, 074 tons. Conversely, EU exports to outside the zone fell over the period, from 201,840 tons in 2015 to 131,703 tons in 2017.

 Source: European Commission

 

 

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Turkey aims to increase tomato exports

Turkey aims to increase tomato exports

Turkey has invested heavily in greenhouse infrastructure and is now able to produce and export tomatoes all year round. Turkey’s tomato exports were worth US$603.6 million in 2018, but the country’s agricultural sector aims to break the $1 billion barrier. Fresh tomato exports were the main product ($292 million), followed by tomato paste ($164 million), dried tomato ($88 million), frozen tomatoes ($39.4 million) and tomato sauces ($16.3 million).

The main market for Turkish tomatoes was its neighbour Romania, with exports worth $43.7 million, followed by Russia ($30.6 million) and Ukraine ($25.6 million). Iraq is the top market for Turkey’s tomato paste exports ($111 million). As for Turkey’s dried tomato exports, the US was the number-one destination, ($19.5 million), followed by Italy ($13.3 million) and Germany ($9.5 million).

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Tomato exports to beyond EU plummet

EU exports of tomatoes dropped substantially between 2015 and 2017. According to Eurostat data, the largest non-EU importer, Belarus, saw its receipts of EU tomatoes plummet from 105,000 tons in 2015 to 51,000 tons in 2017. Exports from the EU to Switzerland also fell slightly, from 29,000 tons to 26,500 tons. The next largest markets for EU markets, Norway and Russia also saw similar drops in volumes received. The UAE bucked this trend by increasing its receipts from 4,000 tons in 2015 to 6,000 tons in 2017.

Source: Eurostat

Morocco continues to establish itself as the number-one supplier of third-party tomatoes to the EU. Exports to the EU increased from 380,000 tons in 2015 to over 400,000 tons in 2017. Turkey, Morocco’s nearest rival, also saw growth in shipments to the EU over this period (from 35,000 tons to 100,000 tons). However, this growth may be in some part attributable to the Russian temporary ban on Turkish produce (now lifted). The next largest tomato suppliers to the EU are Albania, Tunisia and Senegal.

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Tomato and pepper, 7 proposals from Arrigoni to increase productivity

Protection of organic crops, Arrigoni screens pass the tests on "Baby Leaf"

Depending on the needs, the company presents innovative solutions ranging from anti-insect screens to mulching fabrics and nettings to retain pollinators.

Tomato and sweet pepper are among the most important vegetable crops in the world, with production amounts constantly growing. Specifically, according to FAO data, in 2017, 182.301 million tons of tomatoes were grown all over the world, reaching a new record. In fact, production has increased by 35.76% in the last 10 years. On a global level, according to FAO data, the production of peppers is also positive and, to date, the cultivated area is close to 530,000 hectares, for a production of about 550,000 tons. Whether open field cultivations or in greenhouses, producers around the world are constantly looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of production, seeking for meeting the growing needs of the market and consumers.

Arrigoni, leading international player in the technical textile sector for agriculture, provides producers of tomatoes and peppers with 7 different solutions with aim to respond on all problems in production of these crops.

Biorete Air Plus® is a range of safe and eco-friendly anti-insect screens against insects, able to reduce pest access to plants and transmission of viral diseases. Available in differently hole size, they provide maximum protection against even smallest insects, such as aphids and thrips (Thripidae). Furthermore, the innovative ARLENE HT® monofilament with low thickness and high tenacity ensures high resistance and greater ventilation.

Prisma® is a range of white shading screens with special Light Diffusion additive that improves light conditions in protected aria, prevent sun burns and stimulate photosynthesis. Field tests confirmed that light spreads more uniformly around the plants, even in the lower parts of the canopy. White color to keep temperature down due to reflection part of sun light. Lower temperatures positively affect plant development, fruit firmness and content of polyphenolic compounds.  More pleasant temperatures and working conditions were confirmed even by operators.

Agritela® is then a polypropylene mulching fabric, stabilized against ultraviolet rays, breathable with high mechanical resistance (it also withstands the passage of small tractors). Actually, it is the answer for those who, having cultivated many times in the same land or environment and for different seasons, find problems of “tired soil”. Agritela® guarantees soil transpiration, weed control and easy cleaning of production surfaces for pots or bags with substrates.

Arricover® is a strong, transparent and breathable fabric that combines high quality, light weight, long life and effective protection against adverse environmental conditions. It allows applications on supports and is easy to lift and reposition when necessary (for summer storms, hail, dew and pollination). The agronomic results obtained on the peppers and tomato crops are very interesting: better plant growth after transplanting, protection against rain and hail, quick drying thanks to the typical transpiration of knitted fabrics and less fungal diseases.

Impollirete® retains pollinating insects inside the greenhouse. The process of pollination of tomatoes and peppers, in fact, usually takes place using insects such as bumblebees. To optimize their activity, Impollirete® keeps pollinators inside, simply closing the roof and the side openings of the greenhouses.

Iride Base® is a light mesh, made from high density polyethylene knitted monofilament, suitable for open field installations on supports and for installation on tunnels. It protects peppers and tomatoes from hail. In addition, it can protection against strong insolation thanks to the slight shading factor of 12%, support better plant growth, less damage from insects, stronger and healthier plants.

Rete Garofani & Solania® is a large mesh extruded net for plant support. Thanks to its robustness, applied on arches, it supports pepper plants and their fruits. In addition, the net improves plant development and distribution, prevents damages to the buds, facilitates harvesting operations and keeps plants stable in strong winds.

“Solanaceae – says Milena Poledica, agronomist and researcher of Arrigoni – belong to a family of plants highly sensitive to numerous diseases, parasites and pathogens transmitted by insects. Moreover, they are one of the most cultivated crops in the world too. A Company like ours, which is a global partner for agriculture professionals, has developed a range of solutions suitable for any type of environment and climate, to offer protection and guarantees to those who produce in a responsible and sustainable way, looking to the future”

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Outbreak of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus- ToBRFV)

Outbreak of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus- ToBRFV)

The EPPO has added the tomato brown rugose fruit virus to its Alert List. The virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV) was first identified on tomatoes in Jordan in 2015 (EPPO RS 2016/024), but outbreaks have recently occurred in Germany (EPPO RS 2019/012), in Italy (EPPO RS 2019/013) and in Mexico (EPPO RS 2019/014) where the virus causes major concerns for growers of tomato and capsicum.

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and capsicum (Capsicum sp.) are the main hosts. Inoculation experiments showed that Nicotiana benthamiana, N. glutinosa, N. sylvestris, N. tabacum (tobacco) develop symptoms and that weeds such as Chenopodiastrum murale and Solanum nigrum may act as reservoirs for ToBRFV. Aubergine (Solanum melongena) and potato (S. tuberosum) did not show symptoms after inoculation of the virus and ToBRFV was not found when the plants were subsequently tested by ELISA.

Symptoms on tomatoes vary depending on varieties. Tomato cultivars with the Tm-22 resistance gene (used against other tobamoviruses) are susceptible to ToBRFV. On tomato, foliar symptoms include chlorosis, mosaic and mottling with occasional leaf narrowing. Necrotic spots may appear on peduncles, calyces and petioles. Fruit show yellow or brown spots, with rugose symptoms rendering the fruits non-marketable. Fruits may be deformed and have irregular maturation. In the paper describing the first finding in Israel, diseased plants had 10 to 15% symptomatic fruit. In Jordan, in the first reported outbreak, disease incidence reached almost 100%. On capsicum, foliar symptoms include deformation, yellowing and mosaic. Capsicum fruits are deformed, with yellow or brown areas or green stripes.

Source: EPPO