At Kagome we grow 50% of our own tomato crops, allowing us to closely monitor each and every tomato that enters the factory for processing. The other 50% is contracted with other local growers, again under our supervision and a close partnership where we assist and share ideas and industrry knowledge.
Kagome only uses non-GMO seeds and plants eight to 10 varieties in each season with new seed lines continually being developed. These varieties are more than just numbers to our growers and factory workers at Kagome; they are the prized product, our reason for being and the real thing!
As growers of our own product we have direct control over the varieties we plant, where we grow them, time of planting and the choice of insecticide chosen to protect the fruit while on the vine.
We also have the ability to choose the method of harvesting and transport to our processing facility, the process for converting the tomato into paste or dice, and the type of storage and delivery to our customers.