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Slovenian winter tomatoes coming

Velika Polana, 19 November (STA) - Slovenian consumers will soon be able to buy winter tomatoes grown at home. Friško, a subsidiary of the Paradajz group, has invested EUR 6 million in a greenhouse that is set to produce some 700 tonnes of small tomato varieties per year.

Small tomato varieties are best suited to colder climates. The company will however also test whether it would be worthwhile to grow bigger varieties in winter using additional lighting.

Friško director Kristjan Magdič has told the STA that winter tomato growing is environment-friendly and has a minimal impact on the environment.

The company plans to use gas to produce thermal energy for heating and electricity used for lightning. One of the by-products, carbon dioxide, will be turned into oxygen by tomatoes themselves through photosynthesis.

Between 20 and 25 workers are to be hired for the project, with the first products to hit stores prior to Christmas.

Paradajz generated some EUR 10 million in sales in 2019 and EUR 2.5 million in profit.