Brittany’s largest tomato producer Saveol claims the future of the industry lies in a combination of a wider range of varieties.
The company, which grows 190,000 tonnes of fruit on 190 hectares, said it will be introducing Coeur du Boeuf, a large bulky tomato, as well as a range of modern varieties, including a cherry tomato called Sun Delicies, a small vine variety called Succulentes and an elongated vine tomato called Bellaroma.
Francois Quere, managing director, said more investment had to be made by the industry, not just in new types but also in research into protecting the crop from the viruses which have become prevalent in the south of France.
There is a fear that these may have been inherited from other Mediterranean industries.