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The World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC) is an international non-profit making organization representing the tomato processing industry worldwide. Currently, its members represent more than 95% of the volume of tomatoes processed worldwide.

The organization, created in 1998, is constituted by professional tomato growers and/or processors organizations representative of their production area. It is headquartered in Avignon (France) and is currently chaired by Mike Montna from California.


Mike Montna elected President of WPTC

During its Annual General Meeting held online on 22 October 2020, WPTC members elected Mike Montna as President of WPTC.

Mike Montna has been the President and CEO of the California Tomato Growers Association (CTGA) since 2008. The CTGA is a voluntary organization that represents its members with regards to establishing a fair price for raw product, lobbying both state and federal government on important legislation, and overall representation on processed tomatoes. Prior to joining CTGA Mike worked in the fruit processing side of the business and state and federal politics.

The other members of the board are:

  • Vice-President: Jason Fritsch (Kagome, Australia)
  • Vice-President: Manuel Vazquez (CONESA, Spain)
  • Past-President: Dimitris Nomikos (NOMIKOS, Greece)
  • Treasurer: Robert Giovinazzo (SONITO, France)
  • President of the Exchange of Information Commission: Mike Montna (CTGA, USA)
  • President of the Research Commission: Cosme Argerich (Tomate 2000, Argentina) 
  • President of the Health & Generic Promotion Commission: Luca Sandei (SSICA, Italy)
  • President of the International Legislation Commission: Carlos Gervas (AGRUCON, Spain)

The Board thanked the outgoing President Dimitris Nomikos (who remains on the Board as Past-President), and Roger Scriven (outgoing Past-President), Pascal Lenne (outgoing Treasurer) & Gwen Young (outgoing President of the Health & Generic Promotion Commission), who are all leaving the Board, for their contribution to WPTC over the last few years.


WPTC is one of the partners of the Tomato News website where you will find all the latests news about the global tomato processing, and a comprehensive directory of the industry.

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The Global Tomato Processing Industry in 2020: Production, Consumption and Ongoing Challenges

Tuesday 17 November 2020, 15H00- 17h30 GMT

Discover the program and speakers, and register to attend the online event here



The 14th World Processing Tomato Congress and 16th ISHS Symposium on the processing tomato due to take place in San Juan, Argentina on 15-19 March 2020 have been postponed until 6-10 March 2022 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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