For the Italian product market, there is great growth in the case of share value. Regarding canned or tinned tomatoes, this country also stands at the top place with high quality in the world. A detailed analysis shows the production rate of Italian businesses.
First, I will tell you what the canned tomato production line is like in Italy, and then we will analyze its market in this country.
The procedure for peeling diced tomatoes is exactly the same as the one for peeling whole tomatoes. After the fruit has been chopped, the juice is drained with the assistance of a vibrating screen, and then either manually or electronically, the fruit is sorted again;
The tomatoes have now arrived at the packaging stage, which is the part of the process that monitors the addition of the juice; the yield is comparable to, or slightly higher than, that of tomatoes that have been peeled.
The product may be packaged either in cans or in bags contained within boxes. The procedure for cans is somewhat comparable to the one used for peeling tomatoes. In order to make bags, it is necessary to perform a preventative mixing of the diced product with the heated juice; the resulting mixture is then delivered to the aseptic plant. In this particular scenario, the aseptic facility will be designed with dimensions that are identical to those of the cube.
At the La Campagnola plant in the province of San Juan, we create tomato cans on a daily basis in two different presentations: diced tomato and whole peeled tomato, both in juice or tomato puree, and packaged under the Salsati, La Campagnola, and Arcor brands, respectively.
Our tomatoes are grown at the base of the Cordillera, in fields owned by producers in San Juan, which has some of the most fertile soil on the entire planet and is home to some of the most forward-thinking farmers. We pick the tomatoes at the pinnacle of their ripeness, put them through a stringent selection process, and then can them within a few hours so that we can maintain both their flavor and the nutritional value of the tomatoes.
How would you describe the procedure for producing our tomatoes?
- the making of the beds
The first step is the mechanical preparation of a bed in order to receive the transplant. After that, the crop is subjected to the sanitary procedures up until the point where it is harvested.
- Harvesting The harvesting process is primarily mechanized.
The machines raise the plants using a cutting head, then shake the plants to loosen the tomato, which is then removed by color pickers along with any hard pieces of soil, stones, and unripe tomatoes. After that, the tomatoes are loaded into a bulk truck, which takes them to the plant where they will be processed.
- To clean up
The cleaning step involves a few different methods. When the truck reaches the plant, a hydrant is activated, which generates a flow of water. This flow of water brings the tomatoes to a sleeve, which then removes them from the truck and deposits them in a water channel known as a “stone blocker.” This channel separates the heavier things, such stones, from the lighter particles of earth, and it also removes the smaller particles. After that, a wash with water under high pressure is carried out.
- The First Round of Selection
Tomato flaws such as color, black spots, or scars are identified by cameras, and a rejection system chooses which tomatoes are suitable for canning based on these characteristics. The latter go through a second round of manual selection before being allowed to move on to the peeling stage.
The water that is located between the pulp and the skin is subjected to direct steam, which heats the water to the point where it transforms into steam and causes the skin to burst apart. The tomatoes are then put through a series of rollers known as pinchers, which remove any bits of skin that may have remained adhered to the tomato after the previous step.
- Choosing Things by Hand
After being peeled, the tomatoes are subjected to a second round of manual screening, during which the workers look for flaws that technology would not be able to identify. Following that, the ones that were chosen are transferred to the packaging process.
- The Method of Canning
Tomatoes are packed into cans using volumetric canners, which allow an empty container to be fed into the device and then be filled to the appropriate level based on the can’s gram weight. The cans are produced in our Metal Containers Factory, which is located in the same plant as the rest of the operation.
- The process of pasteurization as well as packaging
In order to prevent the growth of microorganisms, the cans go through a process called pasteurization, which includes both a heating stage (at 98 degrees) and a cooling stage (at 40 degrees). At the end of the process, the containers are loaded into an automatic palletizer so that they can be tagged, and the bulks are prepared before being delivered to the market.
What are the advantages of eating tomatoes regularly?
Tomatoes include a high concentration of vitamin C, which makes them beneficial for our bones, skin, and teeth. In addition to this, they assist in the production of energy and make a positive contribution to the health of the nervous and immunological systems.
Key trends that are influencing the market for canned products and tomatoes
The market for tomatoes is oversaturated. The demand is not very great in either North America or Europe, and it is also not very high in the emerging potential markets of Africa and Asia. As a consequence of this, cutting production is the one and only approach to keep prices stable.
While demand for canned tomatoes is more consistent, tomato paste is the most unpredictable commodity currently available on the market. The demand for ketchup in countries in the Western Hemisphere is mostly stable, but there is room for expansion in Asia and Latin America.
The market for canned tuna continues to be stable since considerable volumes of stocks have amassed as a result of 2019’s high level of fishing activity despite record-low pricing. Even while the key stakeholders in the business got together at the end of the year to discuss stabilizing prices by committing to more sustainable and adequate catches, no agreement has been reached as of yet.
The most important issue for the countries that produce the most fruit throughout the world is climate change. As a result of climate change, peach crops in Argentina and pineapple crops in Thailand have both suffered considerable losses.
The fruit and vegetable industry is exploring beyond the box for ways to deliver a product that is less commoditized and more appealing to consumers. Innovation in packaging is an important part of the fruit and vegetable industry’s operations.
In 2020, tariff disputes between the United States and the European Union and between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on the worldwide trade in canned food, particularly for canned fruit such as peaches and mandarins.
Due to Thailand’s leading position in the canned sweetcorn processing industry and its present trade constraints with the EU, Thailand may emerge as a leading supplier to the UK in the wake of Brexit.
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Italy has been, and continues to be, a point of reference that cannot be contested in the domain of processed tomato products. The National Association of the Canned Food Industry (Anicav) reports that Italy is in reality the third greatest producer of tomatoes in the world, behind only the United States and China. Italy’s production accounts for 13% of the world’s total and 53% of Europe’s total, resulting in a total turnover of 3.5 billion euros, of which 1.8 billion euros are generated from exports.
In addition, in order to implement the application of the regulation on unfair commercial practices throughout the red preserves supply chain, the European Commission views the Italian experience as a best practice in the field of data processing and monitoring activities. This is done in order to look at the Italian experience as a best practice.
PRODUCTION AND EXPORTS
It is clear that Italy is the leading producer and exporter of tomato derivatives, and no other country comes close. Exports account for almost sixty percent of total red preserves output. The data from Anicav show that the volume of exports of canned tomato products increased by +2.64% while the value of those exports increased by +9.44% in the first eight months of 2020.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR ITALIAN CANNED TOMATOES IN 2020
The tomato processing campaign for the year 2020 in Italy came to a close about a month ago. In spite of increased investments and the availability of a larger quantity of raw material, it was necessary to use a greater quantity of fresh tomatoes in order to guarantee the high-quality standards of mashed, peeled, pulped, and cherry tomatoes. This led to a reduction in the quantity of tomatoes that could be produced in an industrial setting.
In addition, agricultural yields showed a considerable decline all throughout Central and Southern Italy, particularly in the region of Foggia, which is located in the region of Apulia. This was partly because of the rise in the prices of raw materials.