Q1. What is
the level of British tomato production per year?
A1. The production of
British tomatoes amounts to over 100,000 metric tonnes per year. This
figure represents nearly one third of the total volume of tomatoes sold
in the country through the year and over half of this amount is sold in
Q2. How many
tonnes of fresh tomatoes are consumed each year?
A2. Total consumption
of fresh tomatoes is therefore around 420,000 tonnes. This means that
with a population of 59 millions, we eat 5oz (140g) of
fresh tomatoes per person per week or 16lbs (7.25kg) per
person per year. This is the equivalent of two British Classic tomatoes
per week, or more than 100 per year. This is higher than previous
estimates but still very low compared to other European countries,
especially those in the Mediterranean.
Q3. How many hectares of glasshouses are used for tomatoes in
A3. There are 300
hectares (740 acres) of glasshouses that are used to produce tomatoes in
Q4. How many people
are currently employed in the British tomato industry?
A4. Approximately 3,500
people are currently employed in the British tomato industry.