- Press release
, François-Xavier Branthôme
- 2017 Season
Finished products: pastes are down 20.9% compared to 2016
Planned targets have been achieved
The processing tomato season in northern Italy has complied with the targets laid out by the agricultural and industrial sectors when framework contracts were signed at the beginning of the year.
Tiberio Rabboni, President of the Pomodoro Industria Nord Italia IO, explained that "volumes of tomatoes have matched the expectations of processors. This is a major outcome and it comes as a reward for the efforts invested by all stakeholders during the negotiation stages.”
Weather conditions led to a drop in the Brix levels of raw materials, and consequently to a decrease in industrial yields for processors, which in turn has resulted in a drop in the volume of finished products, compared to last year, in the 28 factories of the 21 different processors operating in northern Italy.
This decrease has particularly impacted the paste category overall, with a 20.9% drop in the quantities produced compared to 2016 (-19.3% for low-concentration paste, -33.5% for regular concentration paste, -22% for double-concentrated paste and -8.3% for triple-concentrated paste) and, to a lesser extent, pulps (-2.6%) and passata (-2.3%).
The production of pulped tomato absorbed the largest part (36.75%) of the raw materials harvested this year. Pastes absorbed a large third (34.3%), followed by passata (26.8%). Other products (sauces, deep-frozen, flakes, etc.) only accounted for 2.1% of the volumes delivered.
Breakdown of the raw materials processed in 2017, by product category.
More than half (52.5%) of the raw materials delivered to factories in 2017 was dedicated to manufacturing products intended for industrial use, with retail distribution and the Horeca sector absorbing respectively 30.9% and 16.6% of the volumes produced.
Breakdown of the raw materials intended for industrial use.
Evolution of the quantities of finished products intended for the retail sector, by product category, over the past five processing seasons.
Distribution of the raw materials intended for the Horeca sector.
Some complementary data
Evolution of the quantities of finished products intended for the industrial sector, by product category, over the past five processing seasons.
Distribution of the raw materials intended for the retail sector.
Evolution of the quantities of products intended for the Horeca sector, by product category, over the past five processing seasons.
Sources: Pomodoro Nord Italia IO