In 1989, the members of the International Mediterranean Association of the Processing Tomato (AMITOM) recognized the need to share accurate and timely information about the tomato processing industry with other operators around the world. AMITOM set up a commercial subsidiary the World Information Centre for the Processing Tomato Industry (CMITI) to publish the newsletter Tomato News and provide information to the industry. The magazine quickly expanded its readership and established itself as the best source of information on and for the tomato processing industry around the world, read by decision-makers involved at all level of the Tomato Processing Industry: from seed breeders to users of tomato products, through growers, processors, re-manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, professional organisations, ...
Between 2005 and 2017, the publication of the magazine was subcontracted to Tomatoland Information Services.
In 2017, after a long period of consultation, AMITOM and its partner WPTC decided to make the information available free of charge to everyone in the industry and move to an all-digital service with the launch of a new website www.tomatonews.com. The service will be managed by a new limited company TOMATO NEWS SAS in which AMITOM and WPTC will remain majority shareholders, with the additional investment from private investors.
François-Xavier Branthôme who has been writing for the magazine since the year 2000 remains the main News Editor. Madeleine Royère-Koonings is acting as Community Manager and Sophie Colvine (AMITOM & WPTC General Secretary) as the Project Coordinator.