Following the success of British Tomato Week 2013, the British Tomato Growers' Association is approaching next year's 10th Anniversary event with even more energy and enthusiasm than usual. The next British Tomato Week will take place between May 19th and May 25th 2014.
Tomato Conference 24-25 September, 2014 - We're on the move
The TGA is delighted to announce the dates of the 2014 Tomato Conference which for the first time in thirteen years will be moving to a new venue. We are still fine tuning the details for our 'All New' event so watch this space. In the meantime we suggest you put the dates 24th and 25th September in your diaries, this will be an event not to be missed!
Did you know?
Tomatoes are now the most widely grown 'vegetable' in the world and are cultivated as far north as Iceland and as far south as the Falkland Islands.
Tomatoes are low in calories, typically containing only 14 calories per 100g. They contain virtually no fat and no cholesterol.
The English word 'tomato' comes from the Aztec word, tomatl.
Bumblebees are used for pollination and pests are controlled using natural predators. These are introduced to the crop instead of using chemical sprays.
As tomatoes are a sub-tropical fruit and dislike the cold, they should be stored at room temperature. Storing them in the fridge impairs natural ripening and flavour.
To ripen home-grown tomatoes, place them in a paper bag with a ripe tomato and keep at room temperature.
TGA's Success at Horticultural Oscars - 17/03/2014
TGA success at the Horticultural Oscars
Five years on from winning this prestigious award for the first time, the British Tomato Growers' Association (TGA) were delighted to once again have their efforts recognised by being awarded the top prize in the marketing category at the recent national 'Grower of the Year Award' ceremony held in London, for their 2013 marketing campaign.
TGA Secretary Julie Woolley commented, "I believe our success is down to quality rather than quantity. With only a third of the members we started with in 1997 the TGA has to box clever with its resources. We have quality members growing a top quality product and thanks to their enthusiasm, effort and enterprise this small trade association has proved, once again, that it punches well above its weight."
Currently the TGA's main focus is to support its members on technical issues providing up to date information and liaising with Government organisations as well as scientists and technologists. Complementing this the TGA's highly effective marketing work continues relentlessly in the background, with shows, events, magazine features as well as social media all helping to keep British tomatoes at the forefront of retailers and consumer's minds.
TGA Chairman, Nigel Bartle and TGA Secretary, Julie Woolley receiving the award from the evenings host Philippa Forrester.