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It is the second-largest market for tomatoes in Asia (after Pimpalgaon, Nashik) and the largest in South India. Yet, the APMC market in Kolar, 70 km from Bengaluru, does not even have a bank branch or...
Southeast Farm Press  Nov 15  Comment 
Rosemary Hallberg, NC State University Thanks to a North Carolina State University-led project, several U.S. growers have been able to use grafted tomato plants to return land plagued by bacterial wilt to production. And...
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Rosemary Hallberg, NC State University Thanks to a North Carolina State University-led project, several U.S. growers have been able to use grafted tomato plants to return land plagued by bacterial wilt to production. And...
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Decision by supermarket giant is a significant blow to the struggling fruit processor and comes just two years after a $22m Victorian government rescue package Woolworths has decided to dump SPC Ardmona’s tinned tomatoes as its private-label...
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Once a tomato is picked from the vine, there’s only one thing you can do to preserve its flavor: Keep it out of the fridge.
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Tomatoes prices have followed in the footsteps of many other foodstock commodities such as wheat and corn for many of the same reasons: increasing prices for energy, farming chemicals, water, and labor have all contributed. A key trend driving the overall price hike for farmed commodities is the rise in corn production for ethanol; as farmers get paid higher prices for corn, many switch their land use to produce this energy feedstock, thus lowering the supply of other crops.

As a result, the price per ton of tomatoes has gone up from about $50 per ton from 2001-2005 to $63 per ton for the 2007 summer crop. [1]

Companies Hurt

  • H.J. Heinz Company (HNZ) sells 650 million bottles of ketchup a year and tomatoes are a key ingredient. Heinz's overall input costs--including corn syrup, another major ingredient--have been rising, and the company has not passed on the entire increased cost to consumers (i.e., Heinz's gross margins are shrinking)

Companies Benefiting

  • Monsanto Company (MON) purchased the then-biggest seed company in the world for $1 billion in 2005. Semini controlled about 23% of worldwide tomato seed market in 2005. Since then, tomato seed costs have tripled, from $300 to $900 per 100,000 seeds. Monsanto benefits from the increased prices of almost all farmed commodities, as the company produces a range of farming related products, including seeds, fertilizer and agri-chemicals.
  • Deere & Company (DE) is another company that benefits from a rise all agricultural commodity prices. The company produces machines used in the agricultural business.

References

  1. California Tomato Growers Association
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