“The most important thing is how we get along together, and how the chemistry is sparked at the scene …
[only then can] we work on mutual ground and accomplish mutual goals,” Luo said.
It's about to introduce a tomato cordial in addition to its fresh tomato juice.
Marks & Spencer also confirms that sales of its intensely flavoured "Sweet Rosso" tomato, grown by Andy Roe, its chief supplier for the past 25 years, have gone up a remarkable 120 per cent this past year.
“I will see the leader, then the team, and the last thing is the product,” Tri Beluga president Lili Luo said. “For example, for people who like to eat spicy food, their character is usually not very soft.
They like adventure,” she said, admitting that she also likes spicy food a lot.
Right now, the British tomato is in its element and we should make the most of the huge choice of varieties readily available.
My local farmers' market currently has a joyful display of all shapes and sizes as evocative as any market in the south of France – small and round, teardrop, some the bulbous shape and size of an ox heart and in all manner of hues from almost chocolate brown to red and green striped, orange and yellow to ripe and gorgeous red.
Dress only with the best balsamic vinegar you can muster to properly bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes and never use fridge-cold tomatoes. These days I like to experiment, and find combining the lushest tomatoes with deseeded watermelon makes a sublime, ultra refreshing and fruity gazpacho.
For a more leisurely brunch, I've adapted the Turkish menemen or Middle Eastern shakshouka recipes that seem to be doing the rounds of my favourite café.
I add fresh, peeled tomatoes to sautéed shallots, garlic and fresh red chilli and tinned tomatoes with a generous teaspoon of The Arabica Food and Spice Company's Kabsa spice mix and a teaspoon of rose harissa.
For breakfast, I like to do as I have done on holidays in Spain's San Sebastian and start the day with pa amb tomàquet, which requires tomatoes of pristine freshness.
Simply rub good bread with a cut garlic clove before topping with roughly chopped tomatoes mixed with extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.