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Greek Tomato ma ga z i n e

THE GREEK HARVEST Tomatoes are a major agricultural crop farmed in Greece and one of excellent quality and organoleptic characteristics.

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r George Polychronakis, Advisor Representative at Incofruit Hellas, the Association of Greek Businesses Exporting & Handling Fruit, Vegetables & Juices, states that “in Greece, 13,323 hectares of tomatoes were grown in 2017 and 878,770 tons of tomatoes were produced, of which 540,308 tons were intended for fresh consumption and 338,447 tons for processing. From the 8,583 hectares producing fresh tomatoes, 5,917 hectares were field crops which produced 230,653 tons of tomatoes.” “With regards to tomato production, the largest arable area in Greece is located in Crete, but most tomatoes go to the Greek market,” confirms Mr Alexandros Vourtsakis, CEO at Hellenic Farming SA. “In fact, exports take place mostly during winter, when the number of tourists in the country is at its lowest,” he discloses. Mr Aristides Molfetas, Commercial Director at Karantinos SA explains that “Greek climate ensures that our country produces the best tomatoes. And since prices are more or less fixed, the only way to differentiate is by investing in quality and flavor. Therefore, we urge tomato farmers to certify their products (many of them are looking into the GlobalGAP accreditation) and I think they have finally realized that in order to sell and, especially, export their produce, they need

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GREEK ΤΟΜΑΤΟ IN NUMBERS

4th place

IN EU TOMATO PRODUCTION

56% of exports

IN 2017 ACCOUNT FOR TOMATO PASTE

€62 million

IN EXPORTS FOR THE YEAR 2017

36,744 tons

OF TABLE TOMATOES EXPORTED IN 2017

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