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Mediterranean International Association of the Processing Tomato

Professional or non-profit organisation

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Maison de l'Agriculture - TSA 48449
84912 , Avignon Cedex 9

+33 6 07 12 58 29
Contact name : Sophie Colvine
Contact email : Click to see email address

AMITOM is a non-profit making association grouping professional organisations of tomato processors in the Mediterranean region. For more than 30 years since its creation in 1979, this international organisation has been collecting and storing technical and economic data and information on the processing tomato field, from research to final sale.

AMITOM is based in Avignon (France). Its current President is Mrs Sonia Neves da Silva (Portugal) and its Vice-President is Mr. Samir Majoul (Tunisia). Mrs. Sophie COLVINE is General Secretary.

AMITOM has assigned itself the following targets:

  • To set up permanent links between the bodies representing the industry in each member country. Regular meetings are organized between the delegations of the member countries. AMITOM is also keeping close links with non-member countries, notably through its membership of the World Processing Tomato Council (
  • To collect from its members and other sources reliable information on the situation of the tomato processing industry worldwide. For this mission, the collection of crop forecasts, through regular survey amongst members, are precious indicators.
  • To ensure the exchange of information amongst everyone involved in the industry through the creation of Tomato News in 1989.
  • The congresses and scientific symposiums also contribute to meet this target: AMITOM initiated the creation of the World Processing Tomato Congresses. The 12th World Processing Tomato Congress was held in Santiago (Chile) in March 2016 and the next one will take place in Greece in June 2018 (see The congresses are organized in cooperation with WPTC (, ISHS ( and local partners.
  • To encourage research on agronomy, nutrition, health and general quality of tomato products. Between 1997 and 2001, AMITOM coordinated the European Tomato and Health thematic network which resulted in a White Book on Antioxidants in tomatoes and tomato products, published in January 2001. Between 2006 and 2011, AMITOM was a member of the LYCOCARD consortium, looking at the role of lycopene in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases ( AMITOM also took part in the BIOACTVE-NET project looking at ways to extract bio-active compounds from tomato processing wastes ( and in the French project FLONUDEP ( looking at promoting the industry through sustainable development by producing a decision-making tool combining environmental sustainability, nutritional quality and social and economical aspects (see "Research" section).
  • To increase the consumption of tomato product through generic promotion activities.
  • Finally, the association participates in the writing up and harmonization of international quality standards, through the Codex Alimentarius.
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WPTC crop update as of 30 September 2022

As the harvest is reaching its end in most regions, the provisional world production estimate stands at 36,8 million tonnes, nearly 3...
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WPTC crop update as of 16 September 2022

As the 2022 processing is entering its last few weeks in most countries, it becomes apparent that production will not reach the level expected when...
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WPTC crop update as of 19 August 2022

The harvest progresses in most countries but with continued uncertainties regarding the volumes of tomatoes which will be available for the middle...
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WPTC crop update as of 5 August 2022

The harvest is now ongoing in all regions but with uncertainties in many countries as to the full effect of the heatwaves and lack of water....
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WPTC crop update as of 22 July 2022

As the harvest starts in most countries in the northern hemisphere, water availability and extreme heat seem to be a factor of concern in many...
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WPTC crop update as of 3 June 2022

The latest figures collected from WPTC members set the early June world production estimate for 2022 at about 38.8 million metric tonnes,...
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AMITOM: A reduced 2022 forecast

According to information exchanged by its members during its general assembly on 4 April, the 2022 forecast for the AMITOM countries currently...
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Alistair Blake elected President of AMITOM

During its Annual General Meeting held in Rome on Monday 4 April, AMITOM elected Alistair Blake as its new President. Born in 1982 Alistair...
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A smaller 2022 crop expected by AMITOM

As of 24 Feburary 2022, AMITOM members estimate that they will process 17.4 million tonnes of tomatoes in 2022, an 8% reduction from the final...
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WPTC: 2021 crop estimated at 38.7 million tonnes

The preliminary results of the 2021 season as communicated by industry operators during a WPTC meeting on 21 October 2021 establish the world...
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WPTC Crop update as of 1 October 2021

The 2021 harvest is now ending in most countries with the only major uncertainty remaining being the actual volume which will be processed in...
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WPTC Crop update as of 17 September 2021

The harvest continues in most countries, and as it is the case every year, the final volume processed will depend on the weather conditions over...
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WPTC crop update as of 23 July 2021

As the tomato processing season is starting in many Northern hemisphere countries, the global forecast remains unchanged at 38.8 million tonnes....
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WPTC Crop update as of 2 July 2021

As of July 2, the information collected by the WPTC makes virtually no change to the global processing outlook established in early June; the...
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Tomato News Conference (June 8, 2021): Martin Stilwell

Martin Stilwell: Optimism, Euphoria, or Stability?   “After having heard others talk about optimism and euphoria, I wanted...
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First WPTC forecasts for the 2021 season

The WPTC will only release its first global world production estimate mid-February but a preliminary forecast is already available from some...
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WPTC Crop update as of 2 October 2020

The end of the harvest in several countries has made it possible to clarify the provisional results of the 2020 season. As of October 2, the...
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WPTC Crop update as of 21 August 2020

Global processing forecasts around 39.2 million mT The harvest data collection carried out by the WPTC on August 21 did not bring any noticeable...
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WPTC Crop update as of 7 August 2020

No significant change in harvest forecasts at this time AMITOM countries In Algeria, according to data from the Ministry of...
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WPTC crop update as of 24 July 2020

As the 2020 processing season is starting or about to start in many countries, the global world production estimate remains around 39.3 million...
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