- François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2017 production
National production could reach 175,000 mT in 2018
Mr Ledó Ferenc, President of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council (Fruitveb), told the Hungarian Times that at the beginning of the decade, the production of industrial tomatoes stood at 17-18,000 metric tonnes (mT) and it was feared that not only production, but also processing would cease in the country; however, thanks to Univer's investments, the sector has escaped this and production has multiplied.
This year, about 1,500 hectares have been devoted to the production of industrial tomatoes and it is estimated that 120-125,000 mT were available for processors, and next year Ferenc expects more dynamic growth than ever before.
At the end of August, Univer company opened “the biggest and one of the most modern tomato processing plants in Central Europe” in Kecskemét. The company increased its capacity to 140,000 mT, virtually doubling its annual capacity. As a result of the investment, tomatoes will be planted by growers on 2,000-2,200 hectares next year, reported the Hungarian Times. Such an acreage could make the national production progress to about 175,000 mT in 2018.
Source: bama.hu, Tomato News