published on January 26, 2018 - 12:40 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Contacts for processing tomatoes in California are expected bounce back after a 9-year low, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tomato processors indicated by survey they intend this year to buy 12 million tons of processing tomatoes — commonly used for canning and sauces — up from 11.6 million under contract last year, when record-low acreage of 233,000 acres was reported.

Fresno and Kings counties combined produced 6.14 million tons of processing tomatoes worth about $441 million in 2016, according to the latest-available county crop reports.

Processors estimate that the contracted production for 2018 will come from 240,000 acres, producing an average yield of 50 tons per acre.

The early processing tomato estimate is funded by the California League of Food Processors.

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