South-central Italy: price agreement signed for tomato

After a long negotiation, the average reference price has been fixed at € 130 /mT for round tomatoes and € 105 /mT for oblong tomatoes

On June 28, after long negotiations, Anicav, the Italian National Association of Vegetable Canning Industries and the Producers’ Organizations of the south-central Italian basin reached a framework agreement in order to manage the 2022 tomato processing season that is about to start. Gennaro Velardo, coordinator of the agricultural stakeholders, said, “We have obtained an average reference price of €140 per tonne for oblong tomatoes from our industrial partners in the southern basin, while an agreement has been reached for round tomatoes at €130 per tonne.”

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Anicav Director Giovanni De Angelis explained that the premium price for organically grown tomatoeswas set at 30 euros per tonne, to be added to the respective average reference prices for oblong and round tomatoes.” De Angelis confirmed the prices: “To avoid further negotiations on our position, which already endorsed an increase of 30 euros on the base price for round and oblong tomatoes compared to the previous agricultural year, we accepted the request of agricultural partners for a new increase of 5 euros per tonne, in exchange for a review of the sanctions to be applied to foreign bodies.”

Already last year, negotiations were unblocked by carrying over 2020 prices for oblong and round tomatoes, with an increase of +40% for organic production and a reduction of the deductible on foreign bodies from 2% to 1%. “For the 2022 campaign,” De Angelis stated, “we have revised upwards the scale that relates the percentage of foreign bodies present in the fruit to penalties.”

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