The supply of tomato products is secured from our side. Tomato paste as well as the classics peeled tomatoes and pizza sauce are finally available again from new harvests. We have reacted in time and have been on the lookout worldwide for the sought-after products.
However, our favorite product, tomato, has given us a real headache this time. We have repeatedly reported openly and honestly about the challenges of this season: Drought in Southern Europe, Ukraine's failure as a producer of tomato paste, price explosion in energy (especially gas) and packaging, as well as political instability in Italy, uncertain yields, etc. The gas price trend also poses major problems for the suppliers of the factories (labels, cartons, plastic, jars...), which also consume a lot of energy during production.
An explosive mix, which together has now already led to price explosions of over 100% for the 2650 ml peeled tomatoes compared to last year.
There are hardly any alternatives. Tomato products from Turkey or Greece are also already "horrendously expensive", report our partners. The price situation has gotten out of control, complains one producer. Not only because of high production costs, but also because there is simply a lack of basic materials (for the production of tomato paste, for dried tomatoes, pizza sauce).
What's next? In Portugal and Italy, if the weather doesn't put a spanner in the works, the harvest will run until the beginning of October. There is sufficient raw material available for processing. In the north of Italy there is more (about 2.8 million tons), in the south less (max. 2.6 million tons) this year. The catering business is increasingly looking for the 3-kilo can (peeled tomatoes and diced tomatoes) and the processing industry is looking for barrels with all tomato varieties, but there are hardly any offers for these. Small cans (e.g. 425 ml) are on offer - for the most part also leftover stocks from the previous year, because the orders of many customers from the supermarket segment had been too optimistic at lockdown time.
With Conesa, one of the leading processors of tomato products on the Iberian Peninsula, we have, among others, a top partner that processes over 340,000 tons of fresh tomatoes per harvest. The company has locations worldwide. PMM has worked with the long-established Conesa offshoot (formerly Sopragol) in Mora, Portugal, for decades.
The manufacturer has long specialized in producing tomato products in barrels there, in addition to cans (5 million units). Certainly, fully preserved canned food makes sense in the kitchen in times of high energy costs, since it can be stored without cooling. We stand by it, that's where PMM's roots lie. However, the trend must go towards alternative packaging, as the tinplate can, despite unbeatable production efficiency, will soon become unaffordable compared to the pouch.
Therefore, PMM offers a product novelty from another top Portuguese manufacturer now for the first time: the 5x3 kg pouch with ADRIA pizza sauce. This will be the future, like it or not, we have to break new ground on this item as well. Testing is worth it!