The Netherlands are the main supplier

Italian table tomato imports grew in 2015

Italian tomato exports only slightly exceeded the 100,000 tons in 2015, 12% less than the previous year.

The value was €180 million, -8% on 2014. The average price was €1.80/kg, i.e. 5% more than last year and the highest price since 2010.

As usual, EU countries represented the main destinations for Italian exports and absorbed 91% of the total. The main destination in 2015 was Germany with 28% of the total. Austria came in second with 17%. The UK and Slovenia were stable at 8 and 6% respectively. France increased by 1% at 8% while Romania dropped from 9 to 6%.

Outside of the EU, Italy sent 6% of the total to Switzerland, while shipments to other countries remained quite low.

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In 2015, Italy imported over 140,000 tons of tomatoes, 21% more than 2014 and the highest quantity since 2010.

The value was 26%, more than the previous season as a consequence of the 3% increase in average prices, which reached €0.98%.

Imports too came mostly from the EU - 42% came from the Netherlands, 28% from Spain (almost 40,000 tons), 18% from France (over 25,000 tons). Germany and Belgium supplied only 4% of the total.

The remaining 1% came from Africa, and more precisely from Tunisia, which shipped around 1,700 tons. Produce from Morocco is still decreasing. No volumes came from Israel. 

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Source: CSO-Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli for FreshPlaza

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