Tomato processing on the Ivory Coast

The Carré d’Or Group

We are in Abidjan, the capital of the Ivory Coast. The sixth biggest city in Africa, with one of the fastest growing economies on the continent. The skyscrapers and a port are the symbols of this place, which is the most important hub on the west African coast.

The Carré d’Or Group is one of the principal players in the economic growth of Abidjan and the Ivory Coast. The company is one of the biggest industrial groups in west Africa and was born from the desire of Ibrahim Ezzedine to create a group of companies capable of participating in the industrialization of the country, creating wealth and employment.

Operations started in 1988, thanks to the importation and sale of many kinds of goods. A few years after its creation, the group decided to diversify its own production, giving rise over time to many diverse companies. The main businesses are distribution and handling, the production of pasta, flour, water and tomato concentrate and the realization of packaging materials. The turnover in 2019 stabilized at around 50 million euros.

From imports to own production

After having imported and distributed tomato concentrate, ketchup and canned legumes for years for the local market, the Carré d’Or Group decided to create a plant for its own production of these products and to create a company dedicated to tomato processing on the Ivory Coast, whose name is Tomaci. The company detected three fundamental needs for identifying the ideal partner for the project’s development:

  • Having one supplier for the majority of the production lines
  • Being able to rely on a partner with experience in the processing technologies of all types of foods
  • Finding a supplier with a solid know-how and a strong vocation for export

All the major manufacturers of machinery for the food industry were consulted, and each was asked to present their work plan, including references and pre and post sales services that best fit with such a project for tomato processing on the Ivory Coast.

Competition was very fierce, considering also the overall value of the project and the challenge represented by building something entirely new, complete and with an undoubted impact on the industrial development of that area of the African continent.

The history, the references and the complete offer put in place by CFT Group convinced Tomaci and the Carré d’Or group to entrust us with the task: a challenge and a responsibility that we welcomed with intense pride.

CFT Group for Tomaci

The first two plants for processing tomato purée and producing ketchup built for Tomaci date back to February 2015. The two preparation lines, with capacities of 5000 and 2500 kg / h, were allocated to packaging the product in cans and aluminium foil plastic sachets and pouches.

The two lines were designed ad hoc taking into account the customer’s request to obtain high viscosity values of the final product.

In December 2015 the factory was expanded with two more lines, the first for packing the tomato sauce in 2.2 kg and 400 g cans, the second for the rehydration, cooking, filling and sterilization of legumes in 400 and 800 g cans.

In 2019 we supplied Tomaci with two more lines for tomato concentrate processing, to produce tomato-based sauce and ketchup, with a capacity of 2500 and 3000 kg / h.

Tomaci had no experience in the production of tomato-based sauce: for this reason, a fundamental part of our work was to provide continuous training and assistance in the field, and also adapting and modifying the equipment sold after their start-up.

The latest lines supplied to Tomaci include many of the most advanced CFT Group technologies for food processing. Below is a summary of the machines and technologies designed and installed over time for Tomaci.

2015 supply

5 t/h capacity lines for tomato concentrate processing, made up of:

  • Tomato concentrate drum emptying unit
  • Ingredient preparation section (such as salt and flavourings)
  • Phenix model continuous system for the standardization of the final product
  • Olimpic model tube in tube pasteurizer

2.5 h/t capacity ketchup production lines made up of:

  • Concentrate drum emptying unit
  • Ingredient preparation section (vinegar, salt, water)
  • Vulcano S model cooker for the mixing and cooking of the ingredients
  • Olimpic model tube in tube deaerator and pasteurizer

Spiral for pasteurization / cooling of sachets and pouches (70 g, 500 g and 1 kg)

Line for filling 400 g and 2.2 kg tin plate cans

Rehydration line for legumes and autoclaves for the sterilization of the canned product.

  • No. 5 rehydration tanks
  • 12-30 model continuous cooker/blancher
  • CFT CS1200 model semi automatic crate loader
  • Prima model No. 3 static sterilization retort
  • CFT DS1200 model semi automatic crate unloader

Line for filling vegetables in 800 g cans

  • CFT 201S model depal
  • CFT RVA 30 model pocket filler for inserting legumes in boxes
  • CFT VF16 + 2000/4L model vacuum filling and seaming group for adding preserving liquid and crimping the boxes

Supply of 20L line for the production of 2500 kg/h tomato sauce made up of:

  • Tomato concentrate drum emptying unit
  • Vulcano S model cooker for the mixing and cooking of the ingredients

2020 supply

Line for the production of 3000 kg/h tomato sauce and ketchup made up of:

  • Tomato concentrate drum emptying unit
  • Vulcano S model cooker for the mixing and cooking of the ingredients
  • Horizontal storage tank

“CFT Group has made our machinery with quality materials and automation of a high standard, assisting us for all the time necessary to make the lines purchased efficient and reliable. The company has also provided us with very satisfactory after-sales service, which has allowed us to never have to stop the plants. Our lines have been working 6 days a week in 3 shifts, for a total of 130 hours per week for over 3 years.”

Dr Alessandro Abbo – Tomaci Technical Manager

The launching of the last plants took place in August 2020 and we are definitely satisfied with what we managed to build for Tomaci. A complete, state-of-the-art factory, with great yield potential. Another successful project, which confirms us as a reference partner for African companies that are investing in the development of the food sector in their countries.


Tomato paste/concentrate import in Africa, 2015-2020 average*

*source: Trade data Monitor LLC via tomatonews.com


Alberto Quintavalla – Regional Sales Manager

Nicola Pisani – Processing PM Engineer