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Tomabel aims for bulk buyers and smaller supermarkets

New line Nova with tomato specialities at REO Veiling

Tomabel introduces a brand new line of tomatoes this week: Nova. Ann Beyne of Tomabel explains that they have been working on the design of the new line all winter. “Retail and export studies, which we've had done, show that customers are looking for something special in premium packaging. We felt up to this task and discovered beautiful strains.”
“The new packaging is noticeably dark and really bring out the red of the tomatoes. Among the specialities, six types of tomatoes are packaged under this new line. These are the vine cherry tomatoes, the snack mix, the vine cocktail tomatoes, the cherry tomatoes, loose plum tomatoes and chocolate tomatoes. Loose tomatoes are offered in a special Nova box of 30x40 centimetres. The box contains about 2.5 to 3 kilos of tomatoes. The punnets with sleeves are also packaged into these boxes.”

Tomabel is a Belgian quality hallmark, and was founded 20 years ago. The exclusive specialities are cultivated on Belgian soil. Not all tomatoes are gathered under the Nova brand. “They are special products in exclusive packaging. We prefer selling products in small packaging, so that it reaches the consumer in a good state. We start with a small volume and we will see if it is successful. Possibly other specialities can be marketed under Nova through the REO Veiling, the agricultural auction market, in future.”

Bulk Buyers

Approach towards the market is slightly different from usual. “We normally consult with the retail sector and design something together. We did our own research this time. In terms of target audience we prefer wholesalers and smaller supermarket chains. This way the bulk buyers on wholesaler’s markets and their customers in speciality shops can distinguish themselves.”

For more information:
Ann Beyne
REO Veiling / Tomabel
Oostnieuwkerkesteenweg 101
B-8800 Roeselare
(+32) 477 33 04 47
[email protected]
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