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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.....

Good prospects for Iranian date season

During the spring season, Iran has seen a lot of rain. This is good news for Iran’s date sector, as most spring seasons for the last couple of years were subject to severe draughts. “We’re very happy about this. We predict a good year for agricultural produce, especially for dates. Unless something unexpected.....

“Making Portuguese chestnuts known throughout Europe”

Chestnuts are much consumed in Southern European countries. The company Frusantos wants to make this product better known in the rest of Europe as well. “We offer the chestnut of the martaínha variety, which is known for its unique flavour and quality. We currently export about 50 per cent of our products, but.....

Australian growers call for ban on Argentinian peanut imports

Amid fears of their industry being devastated by a biosecurity breach, Australian peanut growers are urging the government to put a ban on peanut imports from Argentina.More than half of the peanuts consumed in Australia are imported from a number of countries, including Argentina. But with that country in the.....

Australia gets new cracking plant to keep up with growing almond demand

This year's almond harvest across Australia is now estimated to be just under 87,00 tonnes, which is nearly 5,000 tonnes up on last year; with South Australia accounting for 19 per cent of the total national plantings.Riverland producers are welcoming the growing market with a new $6 million cracking and.....

Almonds on best-selling superfood list

Almonds are the top dog when it comes to superfoods according to a top 10 list of best-selling superfoods created by online health food retailer Healthy Supplies. Almonds dethroned cashew nuts which were the best seller last year. "A greater awareness of diets and intolerances is contributing to an increase in.....

Mozambique cashew marketing lifts sales to $120m

The Mozambican government says it has earned $120 million from the marketing of 137,000 tonnes of cashew since the start of the 2016-2017 marketing year; up from $23.1 million in the previous marketing year, 2015-2016, APA reported on Wednesday. The output surpassed the target of 120,000 tonnes this year.“The.....

Local macadamias star at Australia's Noosa Food festival

Over 50 kilos of locally grown macadamias will star in more than a dozen gourmet dishes at this year’s Noosa Food and Wine festival from 18-21 May. Australian macadamia growers are supporting the festival with freshly harvested macadamia nuts, macadamia oil and macadamia milk for Australia’s best chefs. Ian.....

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

Growing date market shows additional boost towards Ramadan

Tovano’s date assortment has increased considerably in recent years. “Dates are full of fibres, making them very suitable as a healthy snack. Generally, dates are doing well, and with Ramadan approaching, sales always show an additional boost,” says Richard Strijbis.“Especially Medjoul dates are popular.....

Buoyant prices as a result of empty & eager markets

South African macadamia estimate adjusted downwards

The macadamia harvest estimate for 2017 has just been adjusted slightly downwards, to 41 430t, says Barry Christie, operations manager for macadamias at Subtrop. This reflects a lower harvest, particularly in Limpopo Province where the effect of the drought lingers.“It’s not only the drought but also the heat.....

Austria:

Growing trend: 1,000 hectares of organic walnuts in 2016

For a long time, the cultivation of walnuts in Austria led only a meagre existence. There was little diversity in the cultivated varieties; old walnut groves were cleared and hardly any new plant protection products were allowed on the market. Now commercial walnut cultivation has been rediscovered in Lower.....

Spain to produce 26% more almonds this year

The National Nuts Bureau has estimated the total production of almonds in the campaign that is now starting at 57,753 tonnes; an increase of 26% compared to last season.According to the Bureau, this 2017 almond season will be characterised by an increase in the production that is due to the expansion of the.....

Turkey treats hazelnuts as currency

The price of hazelnuts has increased by 10% in the last two weeks after the Turkish government intervened to support prices for the first time in eight years. Turkish public authorities act in this market so that the sector, on which some 4 million people in the country depend, maintains some stability.At the.....

New technologies to improve walnut processing

The Californian firm Jessee Equipment Manufacturing is one of the world's leading companies in the manufacture and design of processing equipment for the walnut industry. Peelers, dryers, calibration machines of different types, mechanical cracking lines and suction systems are some of its main products.Two of.....

Australian chestnut industry recovering after tough few years

Australia's chestnut industry is confident production has returned to normal after two years of quality issues with internal rotting.Chestnut Australia President Brian Casey estimates that between 10-20 per cent of produce was affected, and says, while the damage was isolated to some growers, it threatened the.....

Turkish government buys 25tn of hazelnuts to aid struggling market

The Turkish government has stepped in to aid the hazelnut industry in the country by buying 25 tonnes of hazelnuts to support the struggling market, raising the prices by 10 percent in two weeks. The price is also expected to rise with the upcoming Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when hazelnuts will be in.....

California almond growers see largest harvest in history

California almond growers expect to harvest as much as 2.2 billion pounds of almonds this year, the most in history, according to the initial subjective forecast for the 2017 California almond crop from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.Forecasted production is 2.8 percent above last year's.....

China takes vast majority of South African pecan nuts

Fewer oversize pecans than last year

The South African pecan nut industry is seeing, at this early stage of the season, fewer oversize nuts than in 2016, but is still getting good sizes - 80% or more between large and oversize. Between 78% and 90% of pecan nuts (depending on various producers) are exported in shell to China where demand is still.....

Gunea-Bissau bans sale of cashew after signs of smuggling

The President of Guinea Bissau, Jose Mario Vaz, has halted the sale of cashews sales a few weeks into the season amid signs of the crop being smuggled out of the country via neighbouring Senegal. Cashews make up around 80 percent of all export revenues from the small West African country which is the.....

Italian and Turkish production, the most expensive

Spain: Hazelnut prices fall to levels of four years ago

It is the eternal battle: the fight for a decent price. They do not seek to become rich; just to earn a living, and this is no easy task. Producers in the nut sector, especially those devoted to hazelnuts, have been in a crisis for years which seems to have no end. The price has returned to the levels of four.....

Stahmann Farms secures major equity partner to support ambitious growth

Stahmann Farms Enterprises (SFE), originally the Australian arm of a family pecan farming business dating back to 1932 in New Mexico, USA, is Australia’s largest pecan grower and processor. The business, which is headquartered in Toowoomba (QLD) with farms near Moree (NSW), has enjoyed rapid growth over the.....

Mozambique cashew production highest in 30 years

Cashew nut production in Mozambique this year reached 137,400 tonnes, exceeding the initial forecast of 120,000 tonnes and is already considered the biggest harvest of the last 30 years, announced the director of the National Cashew Institute (Incaju).Ilí­dio Afonso Bande, quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper.....

Cambodian farmers benefiting from high cashew prices

International commodity prices for cashew nuts are rapidly increasing due to lower supply from Cambodia and Vietnam, which is driving up profits for the Kingdom’s farmers, according to industry stakeholders. According to Reaksmey, current prices reached $1.5 per kilo with Cambodia having a total area of cashew.....

California's almond acreage increased 7% in 2016

California almond acreage increased 7 percent during 2016, according to a report issued last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated total almond acres for the year at 1.24 million, compared to 1.16 million in 2015. Bearing acres, up 2 percent from.....

Italy: Frost and rain damage on hazelnut groves in Piedmont

The absolute values (-2.6 °C) reported in the Agrion technical note on 27th April 2017 do not define the consecutive minimum temperature plants were subjected to during the early hours of the days between 19th and 21st April. The values were recorded in the stations (Alba, Asti, Cravanzana, Guarene, Mondovì,.....

Cashew prices skyrocket after low yields in Vietnam & Cambodia

Cashew nut prices have hit the roof and seem to be on a sustained rally due to a crop shortfall in Vietnam. Traders said that the rally is scary as market prices have crossed $5 per pound and touched a record high of $5.35-5.50. India produces 6-7 million tonne raw cashew per annum and was until recently the.....

Australian growers urged to help improve biosecurity map with app

Australia’s avocado, mango and macadamia growers are being called on to contribute to a map that aims to enhance the nation’s biosecurity response and planning capability and help with recovery efforts after severe weather events. The draft online map shows commercial avocado, mango and macadamia crops around.....

“Saudi dates are like nature’s sweets”

As yet, Saudi dates are almost unknown outside Saudi Arabia, but that will soon change. “Early April, we started importing dates from Saudi Arabia to compete with the Medjoul dates. The dates grow in the region of the Al-Asha oasis in eastern Saudi Arabia, where there are millions of palm trees. Due to good.....

Nigeria losing billions annually from cashew exports

Nigeria has been losing billions annually from Cashew nut tree according to data from the National Cashew Association of Nigeria (NCAN), due to lack of value addition and Nigeria’s inability to process cashew nuts in significant quantities for export, the country lost $1.4 billion in 2016.According to the.....

Nigerian cashew could potentially generate $5bn annually in 10 years

Already a major producer of cashew nuts, Nigeria has barely scratched the surface of its potential and has the capacity to generate about $5 billion annually in the next 10 years, according to cashew exports expert/Managing Director of Universal Quest Limited, Sotonye Anga.Due to a lack of value addition and.....