California dominates the world's production of processed tomato products. With a current industry capacity of over 12 million tons, the state processes 1/3 of the world’s supply of tomato products.
Fifteen primary processors operate thirty plants located throughout the central valley of California. Three additional CLFP member firms manufacture sun-dried, frozen, and dehydrated tomato products.
Our member tomato processors include every full-line canner of branded tomato products, every private label manufacturer, and every participant in the industrial tomato business, manufacturing paste and bulk diced tomatoes.
Bin Return Manual
Damage to tomato bins during return transit is common, adding to costs across the supply chain. Stacking patterns and loading guidelines can vary by company, which can generate confusion among workers and logistical problems for the receivers. To address this issue, CLFP processor members developed a set of voluntary best practices that can be employed by buyers to minimize bin return damage, improve operating efficiency, and reduce costs to the mutual benefit of both buyers and processors.
Bulk Container Diced Tomato Procedures (May 2007)
The CLFP Diced Tomato Subcommittee completed its development of suggested definitions and procedures for sampling and determining certain attributes for bulk container diced tomatoes. These include Sampling Procedure, Sampler, Percent Drain Weight, Percent Drain Weight, Character, and Texture/Firmness.
These procedures are the result of a consensus of members of the CLFP Diced Tomato Committee regarding suggested definitions and procedures for diced tomato packed in bulk containers.
- Core Sampling Procedure
- Percent Drain Weight
- Percent Rinsed Drain Weight
Tomato Industry Links
- California Department of Food and Agriculture
- California Tomato Growers Association
- California Tomato Research Institute
- Processing Tomato Advisory Board
- The Processed Tomato Foundation
- U.C. Davis IPM
- World Processing Tomato Council