Variety Selection Flandria tomatoes 2014 announced

Belgium: Syngenta's Clodano newcomer in Flandria selection

The selection for the Flandria tomatoes has been announced. Flandria is the Belgian quality label for fruits and vegetables. Only varieties that have stood the utility test may be grown and traded under the Flandria label. Before tomato varieties can be sold in Belgium under the Flandria label, they are tested at four Belgian institutions (PCH, PSKW, PCG and VCBT). If the results are positive, the variety is trialled at least a year before going to market. After a positive evaluation, the variety is authorized and may be grown without limitation. 

The 2014 selection has been announced in the Flandria periodical. The varieties are divided into several segments.

Loose tomatoes

Prince (an ‘intermediate type tomato’ with beautiful red color and regular form)
The Prince has seen an increase in the number of authorized varieties. Besides Admiro, Palmiro and Kanavaro, growers can now go for Estatio (T409.273). 

Baron (the typical Belgian beef tomato)
No change from previous years in the authorized varieties. Labelle and Rebelski for the low round beefsteak tomatoes, Growdena and Macarena for the high round. The breed DR 9544 TH may be grown in field trials next year.

Prunella (plum tomatoes, separately or on the vine)
Prunus is the only accepted variety in this segment. Next year will see a possible addition: Cyclade, tested this year.

Vine tomatoes

Elite - tomatoes of the finer segment with excellent taste
Climbo and Diamantino, like previous years, are two permitted varieties. Tested this season are EZ 1324, Nun 09008 and RZ 72.710.

Princess - tomatoes of the slightly coarser segment
Permitted varieties: Clodano, Levanzo, Merlice, Soupless. Clodano is the newcomer in this list. The breed was originally called T 409.070. Profondo is no longer on the list. 

Flandria Tomabel
Tomabel is a special quality label within Flandria. Growers not only have to choose a variety from the selection, but must also meet additional packaging requirements. This allows them to distinguish themselves with their presentation in the market.

The specialty selection will be announced later this year.

Click here for the test results

For more information:
Raf de Blaiser (e-mail)

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