Trade

In commercial terms, exchange volumes and value position the tomato processing sector among the major players of the global food industry. During the 2021/2022 crop year, the main production and exchange countries exported approximately 6.9 million tonnes of finished products in the three leading tomato categories: tomato paste (3.4 million tonnes), canned tomatoes (whole or pieced, peeled or unpeeled – 1.9 million tonnes) and tomato sauces & ketchup (1.6 million tonnes). 

Trade

International trade of tomato products represents more than USD 7.5 billion each year

In commercial terms, exchange volumes and commercial results also position the tomato processing sector among the main players of the global food industry.

During the last financial year, the main production and exchange countries exported approximately 6.88 million tonnes of finished products in the three leading tomato categories:

  • Paste (3.4 million tonnes)
  • Canned tomatoes, whole or pieced, peeled or unpeeled ( 1.9 million tonnes)
  • Tomato sauces & ketchup (1.6 million tonnes)

EU countries, China, the USA, Turkey,
Iran, Chile and Ukraine
exported approximately 

3.4 million tonnes

of tomato paste in 2020/21

The 2021-2022 world trade in tomato products (May 2021-April 2022) confirmed the expectations of international market experts. Despite the slight increase in processed quantities (+2%) recorded between 2000 and 2021, available volumes have not fueled an increase in supply flows : after two years marked by an exceptional acceleration of global exchanges, in a context of extreme tension in the area of inventories (the two phenomena being closely linked and consecutive to the Covid pandemic), trade seems to have begun a gradual return to « normal levels », while remaining at a level clearly higher than those of the « pre-Covid » years.

Paste is the main tomato product, both in production volume and in commercial value.

In 2021/2022, global exports of tomato paste generated more than USD 3.6 billion of the USD 7.5 billion generated by the global trade of tomato products.

In 2021/2022, 76% of the canned tomatoes exported globally originated in Italy.

Tomato sauces & ketchup are mainly produced as a second stage processing product  and hence large volume are traded by countries which do not have a first-stage tomato processing activity, as the Netherlands, Germany or Belgium. 

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