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China: Shandong Mengyin chestnuts sold cheap

The golden autumn month of September is the season when fresh chestnuts arrive on the market in large amounts. At this beautiful time of the year, the Shandong Mengyin chestnuts are falling from the trees and bursting open. In the recent period, the situation of the Mengyin commodity price can be understood.....

Spain: 25% increase in sales of dates expected

The consumption of dates in Spain is linked to tradition and the product is increasingly demanded because of the strong influence of other cultures. Sales this year are expected to be higher than in previous years. "This year, we expect to sell 25% more than last year," states Salvador Escutia, of Fruit.....

Italy: How to make a profit with walnuts

PHOTO REPORTCultivating walnuts at a good profit is possible. What's important is to have a clear idea, make the right agronomic choices and organise the chain. This is what was discussed on 18th September 2017 at Valier (Rovigo), during a technical day promoted by Vivai F.lli Zanzi and Valier itself. Alberto and Daniele.....

2017 California prune harvest returns to typical levels

The 2017 California prune harvest is projected to reach 105,000 tons (95,254 metric tonnes), according to forecasts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The projected harvest will yield a 99-percent increase over the unusually light 2016.....

China and Spain promote chestnuts better than Italy

Packaging that is not only nice to look at but also provides information to consumers is needed. What is more, producers should sort the produce beforehand so as to increase their profits.Roberto Piazza during his report in MarradiDuring the Eurocasta symposium held on 14th September 2017 in Marradi, expert.....

Drones deliver improved outcomes for South African macadamia

Farming for tomorrow is becoming increasingly sophisticated, especially in the ever growing macadamia nut industry.For a business like, Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC), a processor and exporter of macadamia, the pressure is on for not only increased volume, but also quality, making farmers aware of the.....

Kenya cashew industry tries to recover from after-effects of ban

Kenya has run into difficulties with its ban on the export of shelled cashews. Kenyan cashew producers have blamed the massive fall in exports over the past few years on the government’s ban on the process of unshelled cashews that was introduced in 2009.Total annual exports fell from 835 tonnes in 2013 to 485.....

Spain: Murcia aims to create Nut Interprofessional Organization

Murcia's Council of Agriculture hosted a meeting between its head, Francisco Jódar, and representatives of the nut sector, in the course of which they speculated on the creation of an Interprofessional Organization.Jódar pointed out that "the region will support the creation of an Interprofessional.....

Hurricane Irma devastates citrus and pecan crops across US east coast

Hurricane Irma has caused widespread devastation across the east coast US. With much of that damage hitting Florida and Georgia, farmers are just now counting the damage to their citrus, vegetable and pecan crops, which took the biggest hit.While not directly affected by the hurricane, others states like New.....

California walnut crop predicted to drop 5%

The 2017 California walnut production is forecast at 650,000 tons, down 5% from 2016’s record production of 686,000 tons, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).This forecast is based on the 2017 Walnut Objective Measurement (O.M.) Survey, which was officially conducted Aug. 1.....

Butte County California ag crop value drops $65m

Crop value in Butte County, California dropped by $65 million in 2016, according to the annual crop report released Tuesday.The decline to just over $705 million was a decrease of almost 9 percent from the figure for 2015, according to the report.County Agricultural Commissioner Louie B. Mendoza Jr. attributed.....

Dutchman Jorick Voorzee sets up export line for Mexican pecans

A final year study on the export opportunities of limes brought the Dutchman Jorick Voorzee to Mexico. By now he is married to a Mexican woman, has two children, grows his own pecans in Mexico, and also takes care of sales for the other members of the cooperative. “I came into contact with the son of a pecan.....

Azerbaijan to export more hazelnuts to Russia

The Azerbaijan company "Azerstar" has signed an agreement with two Russian companies for the export of Azerbaijani hazelnuts.With the new deal, the country will export more hazelnuts to its northern neighbour than last year, with exports to reach $30 million. The agreement was signed at the 26th WorldFood.....

California Medjool date harvest in full swing

The Medjool date harvest is underway in California, but according to date producer Pure Palm, it is a bit late this year.“This year’s harvest was about 10 days later than last year in California’s Coachella Valley, but in line with the traditional start date which is usually the last week in August or first.....

Chinese chestnuts from Tangshan exported for the first time this year

This year, from September 1 to 6, seven batches of "Jingdong chestnuts" from Tangshan were successfully exported to South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other regions. The weight of the exported goods was 101 tons and they were worth 303,000 US dollars. It was the first export of chestnuts from Tangshan this.....

California looking towards a robust 2017 almond crop

After a strong 2016 year, California almond growers look forward to marketing a good-sized 2017 crop. “With strong shipments of almonds for the 2016 crop season, California growers feel relaxed that they will be able to easily market the upcoming 2017 crop,” says Carol Yoon, with Bakersfield, Ca.-based ANA.....

Oregon hazelnut farmers ready for harvest

The Oregon hazelnut harvest is about to kick off for another season, and growers are preparing for a moderate season. The timing of this year's harvest is on track with long term trends, which has not been the case in recent years.Lucas Schmidt, of Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, explained, "We're around 1 ½ to 2.....

Vietnam cashew exports grow 25% to $2.2B

Vietnam's cashew nut exports in the first eight months of this year rose 24.9 percent year-on-year to 2.2 billion U.S. dollars, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday.Specifically, Vietnam exported 223,000 tons of cashew nuts, down 1.1 percent, but with the.....

Ghana strives for 200,000 tonnes in cashew exports by 2027

Ghana is targeting to export 200,000 tonnes of cashew, by 2027, Mr Eric Amoako Twum, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), said on Wednesday.He was speaking to Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting on the implementation of the.....

Iran: Pistachio acreage is shrinking every year

Every year, Iran loses about 8-12 thousand hectares of pistachio plantations due to lack of water and soil salinity, reports the head of the Iran Pistachio Association."The acreage devoted to the cultivation of pistachios in Iran is currently about 350 thousand hectares, while during the 2000's this figure.....

NFL stars kick off new campaign with Wonderful Pistachios

This weekend Wonderful Pistachios kicked off its biggest football campaign ever with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.As part of the “Put a Smile on Your Snackface” campaign, pro-football players will appear in humorous new commercials that will air.....

Chile exported less fresh fruit, but more nuts, in July

As of July 2017, 2,041,787 tons of fruit were exported, including fresh fruits and nuts, a figure very similar to that of 2,049,625 tons exported in the same period of 2016. As of the seventh month of the year, shipments of fresh fruit decreased by 1.5%, while those of nuts increased by 49% in volume.....

Chile had sold 95% of its nuts to the world by end of July

Figures for July from the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa) show that 95% of the Chilean nut harvest is already sold to different countries around the world, with 5,000 tonnes of the shelled walnut remaining to be placed on the market.Returns to the end of July for nuts in all their.....

Turkey hazelnut exports reach $1.88B

Turkey earned around $1.88 billion by exporting more than 235,000 tons of hazelnuts in the last 12 months, the hazelnut exporters’ association said on Sept. 5.The 2016-2017 hazelnut export season ended as of Aug. 31, President of Black Sea Hazelnut and Products Exporters’ Association (KFMIB) Edip Sevinç told.....

AU: Manufacturing sector and product quality are keys to growing macadamia industry

Marketing initiatives that target the food manufacturing sector and better communicate Australia's strengths, is vital in the growth of the country's macadamia industry, according to its industry body, the Australian Macadamia Society.The industry’s research and development corporation, Hort Innovation, this.....

India: Exports of groundnuts fall by 42%

Indian fruit and vegetable and groundnut exports in April-July (2017-18) have shrunk around 7% and 42%, respectively. “We expect fruits and vegetables exports to revive in the next few quarters of the current fiscal and overall we anticipate a higher shipment in comparison to last year,” said D K Singh,.....

Argentina: Strong investment to plant more acres of pistachio in San Juan

In the coming weeks, the Ministry of Production through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock will present the Pistachio Program, a plan that includes a line of credit at the lowest rate in the market, to increase the hectares planted with this nut."It was managed before the Nation and a $ 2 million fund.....

Almond Board of AU appoints new Experimental Orchard Manager

The Almond Board of Australia has announced the appointment of Anthony Wachtel as the Farm Manager for the Almond Centre of Excellence experimental orchard in Loxton, SA.Anthony recently joined the ABA and will assume the responsibility of managing the 60 hectare site with the goal of developing it into a.....

Argentina: Late frost affected almonds, peaches and plums

The high-risk frost cycle has struck unevenly in the productive areas of Mendoza. Almonds, peaches and plums, some flowering and others that have already sprouted, felt the full rigor of sub-zero temperatures that reached a minimum of -5° C depending the zone.The DACC (Directorate of Agriculture and Climate.....

India gets new brand of jumbo sized cashews for Onam

'Kerala brand jumbo size cashew,' a new product from the Kerala State Cashew Development Corporation (KSCDC), will hit the market this Onam season.The corporation will also introduce value-added products from cashew, including cashew vita, cashew soup, cashew powder, choco kaju, and milky kaju - all under the.....

Italy: Piedmont hazelnuts between new challenges and opportunities

The Amministrazione Comunale di Castagnole Lanze (AT) once again organised the Fiera della Nocciola (Hazelnut Fair), which has reached its 158th edition. The fair also included a convention that discussed the cultivation, commercialisation and processing of hazelnuts. The event was organised in collaboration.....

Azerbaijan region plans to increase hazelnut production

Hazelnut growing is the main source of income for the population in the northwestern region of Azerbaijan, Balakan. The new economic realities, and growing state support, have increased local farmers’ interest in this sector.Last year 4,000 tons of hazelnut was harvested from the Balakan region. The rural.....

Pistachio nuts without shell available in 2018

“Creating new moments to use pistachio nuts”

The pistachio harvest is about to start again. In California, The Wonderful Company is eagerly anticipating what the harvest will look like.“We start harvesting in the second week of September. We’re expecting a regular harvest this year. In the cycle, a very good year is always followed by an ‘off’ year. But.....

AU farmer grows citrus, avocados and pistachios in Mallee

On three blocks of land in Victoria’s marginal Mallee region, two generations of the Chislett family work side-by-side in a multifaceted operation that ties citrus, avocado and pistachio production with an on-farm nursery selling rootstock and trees to farmers across Australia.And despite there being a.....

Sicily promoting pistachios once again

Salvatore Di Sciacca's Azienda Agricola 'Il Mizzaro' focuses mainly on the production of pistachios on approximately 10 hectares. Another hectare is dedicated to the cultivation of almonds and carobs. He chose to grow pistachios due to the fact that consumption has been growing constantly thanks to the.....

Vietnam may miss cashew export target due to shortage

Vietnam may not reach this year’s targeted cashew export value of 3.3 billion USD, due to a shortage of raw materials for the cashew export processing.Ta Quang Huyen, vice chairman of the Vietnam Cashew Association and general director of the Hoang Son I Co Ltd, stated that Vietnam’s cashew exports in the.....

Vietnam to help Tanzania revive all its idle cashew factories

Tanzanian exports of raw cashew nuts will soon cease, thanks to the arrival of Vietnamese firms that have expressed an interest in reviving all its idle factories and to construct many more.According to Industry, Trade and Investment Minister Charles Mwijage, Tanga region will be the first beneficiary under.....

Vincent Turkelboom:

“Forgotten and unused cultivations are emergency exit for many”

Western consumers are not often hungry anymore, so they can focus on flavour and experience, according to Belgian fruit expert and former Horticulture lecturer Vincent Turkelboom. The free market system, a focus on price, efficiency and export are also threatening to hollow out the fruit sector. Fortunately.....

US pecan growers look forward to national marketing board

Pecan growers are welcoming the newly-formed American Pecan Council. The marketing board will help promote the tree nut as well as be involved in quality standards and research. “This will be a benefit to our industry,” says Amy Hochderffer of Fresno, Ca.-based Meridian Growers. “Almonds and Walnuts have their.....

Australia's largest almond grower sees 73% drop in profit

Australia's biggest almond grower, Select Harvests, has suffered a 73 per cent drop in full-year profit after wet weather and lower nut prices crunched its bottom line.Select Harvests posted a $9.25 million profit for 2016/17, while the company's revenue for the year to June 30 was down 15.4 per cent to $242.1.....

Oregon hazelnut yields predicted to be 18% lower this year

Oregon will produce 18 percent fewer hazelnuts this year than it did last year, federal agricultural officials predicted, based on an analysis of field and lab testing.The experts say the state will produce 36,000 tons of hazelnuts this year, The Register-Guard reported Thursday. The state produced 44,000 tons.....