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Mediterranean International Association of the Processing Tomato

AMITOM is a non-profit making association grouping professional organisations of tomato processors in the Mediterranean region. For more than 30 years since its creation in 1979, this international organisation has been collecting and storing technical and economic data and information on the processing tomato field, from research to final sale.

AMITOM is based in Avignon (France). Its current President is Mr Alistair Blake (Turkey) and its Vice-President is Mr. Martin Stilwell (Portugal).


During its Annual General Meeting held in Rome on Monday 4 April, AMITOM elected Alistair Blake as its new President

Born in 1982 Alistair Blake was educated in the UK. After graduating from college in 2000 Alistair went on to the University of Reading, UK to study Food Manufacturing to prepare him for the Family Business. After spending some time in Australia working on a tomato farm during harvest, Alistair went on in 2005 to join his father in Merko. As a second generation he worked his way through the various departments of the company and is today the Chairman of the Board at Merko as well as Frigo-Pak, their sister company involved in canned fruits.

Alistair has been involved with AMITOM for many years as a representative of SALKONDER, the Turkish tomato processors association, and is also a board member of Tomato News. He follows the footstep of his father who was AMITOM President from 2006 to 2009.

He will be assisted in his new role by Martin Stilwell (HIT, Portugal) who was elected AMITOM Vice-President, a position he already held from 2009 to 2012.


AMITOM is one of the partners of the Tomato News website where you will find all the latests news about the global tomato processing, and a comprehensive directory of the industry.

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The 14th World Processing Tomato Congress and 16th ISHS Symposium on the processing tomato took place online between 20 March and 1st April 2022.

The next congress will take place in Budapest (Hungary) in June 2024. 

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