The tomato supply into the UK is coming from Spain, Morocco, and the Canary Islands, as the Dutch season has now finished.
"We are getting all varieties of tomatoes from cherry, vine to beef tomatoes," said Gary Marshall from Bevington Salads, based in London's New Covent Garden wholesale market.
"The tomato market is strong at the moment as there is not too much coming in, and demand is good."
Bevington Salads supply the catering trade, independent retail, and high-end grocers.
"The high-end shops are valuable business for the wholesale market, which is well placed to supply London and the South East. At the market, there is an accumulation of suppliers with a large variety of products."
"Since the pandemic, which hit some people hard, we have seen a big change in demand. People learned to cook at home from scratch and are now looking for good quality produce to use and are now buying on quality, not on cost. Prior to the pandemic, chain restaurants saw a big growth, but there is now a resurgence of high-end, quality restaurants and deli bars."
"New Covent Garden is challenging the national suppliers who buy on cost, not quality."
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