In Northern Europe, tomatoes are produced in high-tech greenhouses, therefore, the impact of the increase in energy prices is greater. What are the strategies adopted by growers in this area?
“What we have seen so far is that different strategies have been implemented to counter such a disproportionate rise in production costs. In the Netherlands, many growers have postponed planting, others have switched to less energy-intensive crops or looked for other sources of energy supply (for example, geothermal energy). Some have not planted at all. At TomaTech-Nirit, we are observing the emergence of partnerships between growers from different production areas. Indeed, many growers from the north of Europe producing under artificial light, especially the ones most active in exports, are seeking collaborations with growers located in the Mediterranean that cultivate in nonheated greenhouses, mainly in Spain and Morocco. It goes without saying that their goal is to keep supplying their customers all year round, winter season included, minimizing their costs of production.”
What role does TomaTech/Nirit play in this new production asset?
“Basically, our company is at the center of an under-construction network, serving as a bridge to connect growers from these different areas. We support them with the most adequate variety of choices that can serve as common solutions for all parties. Just to give some examples, we have focused on premium varieties that can be produced under any growing condition; this is the case of the already well-known Pom Sweet Candy, a high-brix red specialty with a distinctive drop shape, or other colored specialties like our Candy collection. At the same time, we supply different products from the same segment for complementary crop cycles (such as summer/winter) and diverse growing conditions. For example, in the cocktail segment, we provide our TT-910, which is suitable for high-tech greenhouses, and Dulcimor, better suited for passive ones. The same principle applies to the cherry segment with our TT-1004 and Spanish leader Korino. As for the TOV segment, some growers from northern Europe are beginning to grow Cosmostar in the south, compensating for the lack of cluster tomato in the winter season.”