Forecasts for the ongoing tomato harvest campaign that began in late July in Italy are good. Preliminary estimates from the Italian National Association of Industrial Vegetable Food Preserves (Anicav) predict 5.5 million tons of processed tomatoes (compared to 5.1 in 2020). By now, the harvest is at 10%, and quality is judged good for both Northern and Southern Italy.
Meanwhile, the process for the official recognition of the Pomodoro Pelato di Napoli PGI continues. The documentation has arrived in the offices of the European Commission in Brussels. “In the South of Italy – says the director-general of Anicav, Giovanni De Angelis – we are not worried about the drought, but rather about the heat waves that can lead to a ‘cooking’ of the tomatoes, while in the North we are detecting the damage caused at the end of July by the hailstorm. The campaign, however, should close at 5.5 million tons compared to 5.1 in 2020.”