After a good summer season with good prices, the situation on the tomato market has changed. The autumn is a little more difficult and the prices are lower. "The trade is quiet at the moment because of the Spanish and Moroccan tomatoes that are back on the market, but the supply is also fairly calm," say Tom De Winter and Peter Parms of Rotom Tomatoes. "In two weeks we expect the supply to increase again, because the unexposed traditional cultivation ends and the plants are cleared."
“In the summer season we export a lot of tomatoes to Italy and Spain, but when those countries offer their own product at a lower price, our customers still opt for the lowest price. That is why most Rotom tomatoes stay in Belgium during the winter season. We see more and more that Belgian supermarkets have Belgian tomatoes on the shelves all year round. In terms of quality, our tomatoes are much better than those from the South, but also a lot fresher, "says Peter.
Due to the increasing demand for specialties, Rotom has expanded its cultivation company Den Boterhoek to 10 hectares. Of this new building, an area of 5 hectares will be exposed to light.
The new conservatory comes into production just before Christmas. We have opted for a Philips LED system that not only illuminates the plants from above, but where the lighting also passes through the plant. This is not only positive for the yield, but also for the quality of the tomatoes, "Tom concludes.