IPS-INGREDIS: China’s Lead on Global Market Exports of Tomato Paste


    Tomato paste

    Tomatoes are usually processed for paste and the processing line mainly includes five parts: fresh tomato receiving, pre-washing & sorting section; extracting section; concentrating section; pasteurizing or sterilizing section; and the aseptic filling section. It is mainly composed of the following systems: discharge, hydraulic convey, bucket elevating, washing & sorting, crushing, pre-heating, pulping & refining, evaporating & concentrating, sterilizing, and aseptic filling. In this tomato paste processing line, it can be further processed to ketchup, sauces, and juices. Most of the tomatoes are grown in the province of Xinjiang, an ancient, landlocked crossroads on the Silk Road where many of the natives are Kazakhs, Uyghurs, or members of various Muslim ethnic groups. A few years ago, Tunhe went flamboyantly bankrupt and was taken over by a Chinese state-run food conglomerate, Cofco. The point of growing all these tomatoes in Xinjiang—as well as in Inner Mongolia and Gansu province-was not so much to secure vital spaghetti Bolognese resources for China, as it was to create jobs for some of the Han Chinese sent to the region during the heroic age of Chinese communism.
    Based on the manufacturing conditions, the paste can form the basis for ketchup or reconstituted tomato juice production. There are three (3) types of paste - Hot break: heated to about 100 °C (212 °F) - pectin is preserved; paste is thicker and can be used for ketchup. Warm break: heated to about 79 °C (174 °F) - color is not preserved, but flavor is preserved. Cold break: heated to about 66 °C (151 °F) - color and flavor are preserved, so it can be reconstituted into juice. In terms of global trade in tomato paste, China is now the world’s largest exporter having overtaken Italy. It is worth noting that much of Italy’s own increase in tomato paste exports is due to the re-export of paste, previously imported in bulk from China. Up to 25% of China’s tomato paste is exported to Italy and 90% of California’s tomato products are consumed domestically. IPS-Ingredis is a trusted partner for the sourcing and supply of the highest quality of Tomato Paste from China, to fulfill the global demand in multiple industries.