Tomato World Production Statistics

Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) is the second most important vegetable crop next to potato. Present world production is about 100 million tons fresh fruit produced on 3.7 million hectares. Tomato production has been reported for 144 countries (FAOSTAT Database, 2004), the major country being China in both hectares of harvested production (1,255,100 hectares) and weight of fruit produced (30,102,040 Mt). The two leading countries in fruit yield per hectare are the Netherlands (4,961,539 Hg/ha) and Belgium (4,166,667 (Hg/ha) (FAOSTAT Datebase, 2004). The top five leading fruit-producing countries are the United States, China, Turkey, Italy, and India.

PRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES

The two leading states in fresh market tomato production (2004) in acres are Florida (42,000) and California (37,000), and in production at 1,000 cwt. of fruit in Florida (15,120) and California (10,730).

The leading state for processing tomato (2004) production is California at 281,000 acres with Indiana (256,450 acres) and Ohio (149,630 acres) being the next two leading states. The tons of processing tomato produced in California is 11,672,000, and in Indiana 8,300 and Ohio 6,200.

In the United States in 2004, the total acres of harvested tomatoes was 126,400, yield per acre 286 Cwt., and total production of 36,117,000 cwt.

PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION

In 1985, per capita consumption of fresh tomato fruit in the United States was14.9 lb, increasing to 17.8 lb in 2000 (ERS-USDA, 2000). It is anticipated that per capita fresh fruit consumption will continue to increase since the tomato fruit has been found to have considerable health benefits. Per capita tomato consumption varies with age group (in general higher with increasing age group), gender (female greater than male), and economic group (higher with increased income). The percent of consumers reporting tomato use on any given day for fresh fruit are 28%, processed 60%, sauce 28%, paste 8%, whole 18%, and catsup 15%.