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Spanish tomatoes return to European supermarket shelves

"The tomato campaign won't be like the previous one"

Almeria's tomatoes are already being shipped to EU markets at a time when supply is still scarce due to the transition from the Dutch and other European origins to the Spanish, Moroccan, Turkish or Tunisian campaigns.

"We have been marketing conventional plum tomatoes for two weeks and round tomatoes for a week," explains Miguel López, manager of Costa de Níjar. "Sales are very smooth and prices are high. As the productions in central and northern Europe are diminishing, we have more room for our tomatoes. We are just starting and the volumes are not very significant. Prices will gradually fall by the end of October and early November when more production arrives."

Made up of 94 producing members, SAT Costa de Níjar is a company specialised in the production of Canary long life tomatoes, round cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes and tomatoes on the vine, both conventional and organic, which are supplied all year round.

According to Miguel López, there are more and more tomato producing countries in Europe, being a crop that, just like other vegetables, benefits from the increasingly mild winters, which is making it possible for the campaigns to be extended. "The competition from other countries in the tomato sector is on the rise," he affirms.

This summer, the tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) took a toll on Almeria's tomato production in general, when the plants had been recently replanted, according to Miguel López, "which has caused volumes to be somewhat lower at the beginning of the season, although normality will be restored over the coming weeks," he points out.

Costa de Níjar exports almost its entire production, about 11 million kilos of tomatoes per year, with Germany as its main destination. "A few years ago, we were also exporting tomatoes to distant destinations such as Canada and the United States, where protocols have become increasingly strict, to such an extent that we have been abandoning these destinations to focus on Europe, which entails much lower risks."

"I don't know yet how this campaign will develop, but after a decade with falling tomato prices, the campaign is unlikely to be like the previous one, when growers obtained very decent prices. In any case, we remain hopeful," concludes Miguel Ángel.

SAT Costa de Níjar will be present at Fruit Attraction, at stand 9E07, Hall 9.

For more information:
Miguel López
SAT Costa de Níjar
+34 950 61 27 00

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