AMITOM at the heart of the processing tomato sector
Inter-agency relations, collection and circulation of information, organisation of congresses, agronomic and technological research, national and international projects, participation in writing international standards, promotion, etc.
AMITOM is at the heart of the processing tomato sector
Establish ongoing global and cross-agency relationships
To set up permanent links between the bodies representing the industry in each member country. Regular meetings are organized between the delegations of the member countries.
AMITOM is also keeping close links with other countries, notably through its membership of the World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC).
Collect reliable information about the sector
To collect from its members and other sources reliable information on the situation of the tomato processing industry worldwide. For this mission, the collection of crop forecasts, through regular survey amongst members, are precious indicators.
Ensure the flow of information between all players in the sector
To ensure the exchange of information amongst everyone involved in the industry. Besides the exchange between its members, AMITOM launched the bilingual monthly magazine Tomato News in 1990. It remains the major shareholder of the a free information website launched in 2018 which is recognised as the best source of information for and about the global tomato processing industry.
Gather with world congresses
AMITOM initiated the creation of the World Processing Tomato Congresses by organizing the first congress in Avignon (France) in November 1989. The 14th World Processing Tomato Congress was held virtually in March 2022 and the next one will take place in Budapest (Hungary) in June 2024. The congresses are organized in cooperation with WPTC, ISHS and local partners.
Encourage agronomic and technological research
To encourage research on agronomy, nutrition, health and general quality of tomato products. To this effect, AMITOM is keeping close links with a network of research scientists and has coordinated or taken part in many collaborative research projects.
To increase the consumption of tomato product through generic promotion activities has been one of the association’s aims since its creation.
Participate in international standards
The association participates in the writing up and harmonization of international quality standards within the Codex Alimentarius, through WPTC’s recognition as an NGO.
Since its creation in 1979, AMITOM has coordinated or participated in many research projects in the fields of agronomy, technology and health benefits of tomato products, including:
LYCOCARD: The Role of Lycopene for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases
LYCOCARD investigated the role of lycopene in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, adopting a “total food chain” approach by addressing each link in a “farm to fork” approach. AMITOM was a partner in this Integrated Project funded by the European Union within the 6th Research Framework Programme (IP16313) which started in April 2006 and ended in March 2011.
FLONUDEP: Promoting supply chain joining the sustainable development through a decision making tool combining three key elements of the fruit and vegetables market : environmental durability, nutritional quality, socio-economic aspects
The FLONUDEP project aim was to create and test a method to evaluate a food supply chain on the bases of three major concerns which can affect sustainability: environment, nutritional quality and social and economical dimensions. For that, the approach of life cycle analysis (LCA) was employed for the first time on these three criteria all along the tomato supply chain, chosen as a model, from the farm to the consumer, via processors and distributors.
This project created a decision-making tool having two objectives: to serve as a guide to any professional for an efficient organization of its food supply chains and to be a discussion topic between the participants to these chains, and thus providing them with concrete indicators for all levels of the supply chain. The tool created for tomatoes can be adapted to all fruits and vegetables supply chains.
The project consortium was multidisciplinary:
- scientific, with collaboration between various research units (IAMM, CIRAD, INRA, CNRS and Universities with specialized experts);
- dissemination and transfer with AFNOR;
- cooperation with the supply chain with SIF, SNIFL, BRM, AMITOM.
For more information: flonudep.iamm.fr
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