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Nuts and dried fruits

Farmer strives to improve reputation of pecans in Queensland

A Queensland pecan farmer, whose nuts are sold all over the world, is expanding her on-farm cracking facility in a bid to improve their reputation at home.Michelle Chicken took over the 10,000-tree orchard next door to her family's beef cattle property in Mundubbera in a bid to diversify their business.Her.....

Ghana may tax raw cashew exports to boost local processing

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is advocating the imposition of taxes on the export of raw cashew to encourage more local processing.Ms. Gifty Klenam, CEO of the authority told the B&FT that: “We believe that exporting the cashew raw doesn’t earn us more revenue. Besides, the foreign exchange.....

Increasing demand for Medjoul dates during Ramadan

During Ramadan, Field Produce Marketing sees its demand for Medjoul dates increasing. “Demand increases on the local market by more than 100 per cent, demand on the local market is absolutely crazy. The increase for export is smaller, about 10 to 15 per cent,” says Avi Dagul. “Our largest export markets are.....

Indian farmers seek compensation after Cuddalore cashew production drops 75%

As a result of a poor monsoon and an increase in temperatures, Cuddalore district in India has produced approximately 75 per cent less cashew yield this season. After the huge loss, farmers are demanding compensation.Unlike paddy farmers, cashew farmers faced the heat only in March, when the flowers on trees.....

Georgia strives to boost hazelnut production and exports

Georgia is striving to foster hazelnut production, boost its exports and make it more competitive on the international markets.For this reason, the first meeting of the Advisory Council for the development of the hazelnut sector was held at Georgia’s Ministry of Agriculture, which was headed by the Minister.....

Ishida helps dried fruit packer meet food safety requirements

Based in Izmir, Anatolia supplies a wide range of products, including sultanas, raisins, apricots, dates, figs, currents and dried mixed fruit, which are exported worldwide.Using an Ishida IX-GA-4075 X-ray inspection system, the Turkish dried fruit packer has increased its quality inspection for its bulk.....

Ghazi Rouissi, CEO House of Dates:

"For dates, demand is always larger than volume"

Dates are becoming more popular. “The best known variety from Tunisia is Dyna. Many people are familiar with Medjoul dates, but we have various varieties that are even sweeter. The Dyna has a very special flavour. Besides conventional dates, we also offer organic vegetables.”Ghazi during Macfrut 2017. 3,000.....

Cambodian cashew prices see slight drop in May

Cashew nut prices in Cambodia seem to have fallen slightly at the end of harvest season compared to March this year, according to the cashew nut association in Kampong Thom province. Association president Oum Uon said prices for raw cashew nuts dropped from 7,000 riel ($1.75) per kilo in March to about 6,000.....

Australian macadamia industry plans to remain world leader

Macadamia industry experts from all major macadamia growing regions – Bundaberg, Gympie, Glass House Mountains, Northern Rivers and the NSW Mid North Coast – will gather in Brisbane this week to hear from global macadamia expert Alwyn Du Preez and a host of Australia’s best scientific researchers.The experts.....

Study shows Americans more open to meatless meals if walnuts are used

According to a just released consumer survey, flavor and texture are the top reasons people enjoy cooking with meat, and the fear of missing that is the reason fewer people follow a plant-based diet. Conducted by the California Walnut Board, the study also revealed that meat remains the focal point of plates.....

They will export them to Spain, among other countries

Argentina: Company from Cordoba to produce almonds in Mendoza

Aceitera General Dehesa inaugurated in Mendoza its first industrial plant for the production of almonds, after making an investment of 70 million pesos. The company from Cordoba has been working for seven years in the province of Cuyana, in its first project outside the Pampa Humeda.In addition to the.....

Cashew production in Vietnam predicted to drop nearly 20%

Le Van Duc, deputy head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), blamed the yield decrease on unseasonal rains in January-March, which destroyed cashew flowers. The country’s total cashew nut output is forecast to hit over 252,000 tonnes in 2017,.....

Italy: Cuor di Noce brand

"Tenuta La Spiga", owned by the Gaggia family, is located just a few km from the lagoon and the seaside town of Caorle. It grows hazelnuts, cereal, corn, wheat and soy; produces Prosecco and cultivates 120 hectares of walnuts of the Lara and Chandler varieties used for the Cuor di Noce brand.Tenuta La.....

South African macadamia forecast shows slight drop in production

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association has conducted a round of data collection from approximately 80% of the registered handlers representing approximately 95% of the macadamia industry’s total production volume. The updated forecast is 41 430 tons of nut-in shell (1.5% kernel moisture content),.....

Almond Board California selects Padilla for Industry Communications Program

After a competitive national search, the Almond Board of California has selected Padilla, with its FoodMinds division, to lead its industry communications program."The almond industry has embarked on an effort to accelerate innovation and improve sustainable practices within the industry”California almond.....

Ava macadamia and cashews recalled in US for listeria contamination

Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts and Ava's Organic Cashews Roasted & Salted are the subject of unrelated recalls for possible listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.The macadamia nuts were sold in six states: Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana......

Macadamia nut craze transforms farmland in SA’s east

Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts used in sweet treats from ice cream to cookies.First introduced into South Africa in the 1960s, evergreen macadamia nut trees are grown on farms across the.....

Pistachios, a source of tension between Iran and United States

Pistachio producers from Iran and the United States are on a war footing.Two of the largest producers of pistachios in the world, Iran and the United States (specifically, California), are engaged in a dispute that won't be solved soon.Both claim that their product is of superior quality. However, this.....

Nana Chachava, Heics Silkway:

“Dried persimmons are unique on the Dutch market”

From the trade centre in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands, Nana Chachava focuses on the import of hazelnuts and dried fruit from Georgia and Azerbaijan with Heics Silkway – after having worked in the fresh produce sector for several years. Additionally, she exports fruit and vegetables back to these countries from.....

Argentina: Walnuts and hazelnuts in the lower Valley of Rio Negro

Walnut and hazelnut crops have become the most important activities in the lower Valley of Rio Negro.So much so that this region is the main producer of hazelnuts in the country and the biggest producer of walnuts in Northern Patagonia.The main walnut varieties grown are the Chandler and Franquette varieties,.....

UAE gifts special dates to Kerala to initiate Ramadan

In keeping with the spirit of the ‘Year of Giving’, the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has presented the people of Kerala with a personally selected assortment of high-quality dates.The dates – the national fruit of the UAE and an integral symbol of Emirates heritage.....

From the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance

Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Submission to Congress

“We are very disappointed to see the President’s budget, released yesterday, call for draconian cuts, or even total elimination of programs that are important to the specialty crop sector. Eliminating programs that are critical to developing domestic and international markets for specialty crops, such as the.....

International Nut Council issues increased global macadamia nut forecast

Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC) has announced key outcomes for the macadamia industry from the annual International Nut Council (INC) conference hosted 19 - 21 May 2017 in Chennai, India. Representation from South Africa included macadamia nuts, pecan nuts, peanuts and raisins. Alex Whyte, general manager GFNC,.....

California is only US growing area for dried figs

Consumer education is biggest challenge within the dried fig category

At one time figs seemed relegated to bar cookies and Figgy pudding, but today they’re branching out in other consumable applications, from ice cream and salads, to sauces and a rightful place on cheese platters everywhere.Hearty tree fruitFigs are one of the few tree fruits and crops that weren’t susceptible.....

Ghana government urged to set standardized price for cashew

Nana Ampaabeng Kyeremeh, the 2013 national best Cocoa and Cashew farmer, has appealed to the government to set a standardized price for cashew products for the industry to thrive.He said cashews needed a stable and favourable market price like cocoa so that it would boost the interest of farmers to grow the.....

Australian macadamia April Fools joke helped spread awareness

The Australian Macadamias team in Japan executed an April Fools’ Day brand hoax that had everyone laughing, while delivering seriously good results. After the success of last year’s April Fools’ Day nut-cracking squirrel, this year saw the launch of a “new product” in the form of a “Macadamia Bonsai Kit” that.....

California prunes included in gluten free bread sold at leading UK retailer

A collaboration between J.O.Sims and Country Style Foods resulting in the development of a gluten free loaf for a leading multiple supermarket, has emphasised the versatility of California Prunes and their relevance to current healthy eating trends.California Prune puree is being included (to add colour and.....