Tomato shortage looms

The Business of Food with Steve Alexander

You say tomato, she says tomahto - a can shortage could call the whole thing off and leave Italian tomatoes in fields to rot.

Cans filled with tomato polpa are transported on an assembly line at the factory of Italian chopped tomatoes or polpa company ‘Mutti’ near Parma, northern Italy, on September 11, 2019. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Natasha Linhart, the CEO and founder of Atlante, one of Italy’s biggest exporters of tomatoes, joins Steve Alexander to talk about how a steel shortage may cause a shortage of delicious Italian tomatoes. Without steel to make cans, the tomatoes — which need to be canned within 36 hours of harvest — may go to waste.

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