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The canned tomato trade in 2016/2017
Worldwide supplies of canned tomatoes are mostly provided by Italy. With more than 77% of the quantities used in this category last year, the Italian industry has stayed well ahead of its main rival, Spain (7.8%) and the world's 3rd ranking exporter, the United States (4%). Outlets are just about as polarized: in 2016/2017, the EU28 imported more than 62% of the volumes traded, with the North American and Far Eastern markets respectively absorbing 13% and 9% of the shipments traded around the world.
Over the past marketing year, the quantities of canned tomatoes traded at a worldwide level only progressed by 1% (16 700 mT) compared to the previous year. In the context of the very particular supply pattern for worldwide trade in this category, the variations have a considerable impact on a restricted number of destinations: in 2016/2017, the EU28 was the only one of the 26 regions considered whose total purchases significantly dropped against the previous marketing year (-10 400 mT). This contraction directly impacted the two leading countries for this market – Italy and Spain – and in a way that is all the more noticeable for the fact that this drop coincided with a slight shift of purchases towards other competing sources (Portugal and the Netherlands).
Over the past five marketing years, Italy has generally consolidated his position as market leader, while Spain has had to give up some market shares.
Coming soon, Part 4: The sauces and ketchup trade in 2016/2017
Source: IHS, Tomato News
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