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Demand for California raisins has dropped

There’s enough supply to meet the demand for raisins grown within the 50-mile radius of Fresno, California. “Our 2016 production in September was excellent,” said Kalem Barserian, CEO of the Raisin Bargaining Association in California. Quality was also good and with the larger world supply Barserian says.....

Medjool date category growing every year

California: Date consumption continues to increase

As an industry, the date category, particularly the Medjool variety, is growing year after year. “We’re growing as well,” said Robert Dobrzanski, president of Atlas Produce & Distribution, Inc. “We’ve had a 20 percent increase in volume this past year and next year we’re looking at the same.” Existing.....

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

“French walnuts are washed with water instead of chemicals”

The French walnut season will not start until October, but Coopenoix sells throughout the year. “Outside of the season, we mostly send our walnuts to Italy and Spain, and they can be found in French supermarkets as well,” says Christine Bonnet, sales executive for the company. “During the season, we export.....

Macadmia sector getting serious in Australia

According to the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) at the March MacGroup and Food Heroes forum in Bundaberg last week production of macadamia nuts is in the final stages of going from a boutique to a professional industry.More than 100 industry representatives, including growers, gathered to hear.....

India looks to further increase trade relations with Ghana

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a cultural festival of the Southern Asian country at the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi, Mr. Singh said he found it refreshing the increase in trade and strengthening of economic ties. He indicated that there was growing demand in India for.....

Nut ordinance revisions proposed to stop California nut thieves

At a recent Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting, Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner, presented new revisions to the current ordinance which looks to help reduce nut thefts, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.“Roughly 40,000 acres are producing walnuts,” Kinoshita said......

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

“French walnuts are washed with water instead of chemicals”

The French walnut season will not start until October, but Coopenoix sells throughout the year. “Outside of the season, we mostly send our walnuts to Italy and Spain, and they can be found in French supermarkets as well,” says Christine Bonnet, sales executive for the company. “During the season, we export.....

Indian cashew exporters worried over inflated raw nut prices

The steep price of imported raw nuts continues to be a worry for cashew exporters. Many factories that downed shutters due to the cash crunch following demonetisation, have gradually resumed operations. But they have been hampered by costly imported raw nuts and an appreciating rupee.“At $4.5 to 4.7 per.....

Medjool date category growing every year

California: Date consumption continues to increase

As an industry, the date category, particularly the Medjool variety is growing year after year. “We’re growing as well,” said Robert Dobrzanski, president of Atlas Produce & Distribution, Inc. “We’ve had a 20 percent increase in volume this past year and next year we’re looking at the same.” Existing.....

Nut ordinance revisions proposed to stop California nut thieves

At a recent Tulare County Board of Supervisors meeting, Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner, presented new revisions to the current ordinance which looks to help reduce nut thefts, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.“Roughly 40,000 acres are producing walnuts,” Kinoshita said......

Growth trend deepens

Chile will produce about 19,000 tons of European hazelnuts

Eugenio Ulrici, the manager of Agrichile, made a positive projection about the Chilean hazelnut sector's production at the Annual Meeting of the Producers of European Hazelnut, recently held in Talca's Spanish Stadium. It was attended by more than 200 producers from the regions of Maule and Biobio."We.....

Wonderful® Pistachios

Pistachio-loving elephant features in online game

Wonderful® Pistachios, known for its iconic “Get Crackin’” ads, launched an interactive online game, “Destroy Ernie’s Evidence” featuring its biggest star, Ernie the Elephant. The pistachio-loving, computer-generated spokes-elephant made his debut last fall in the largest-ever “Get Crackin’” campaign, and.....

Pistachios are ideal for inland Spain

It could take the place of olives as the new Spanish green gold. It is the crop that could stop rural depopulation, giving its people a profitable and sustainable way of life, and it won't be affected by the end of CAP aid, since it does not receive any subsidies. In short, it is the great hope of Spanish.....

Growth trend deepens

Chile will produce about 19,000 tons of European hazelnuts

Eugenio Ulrici, the manager of Agrichile, made a positive projection about the Chilean hazelnut sector's production at the Annual Meeting of the Producers of European Hazelnut, recently held in Talca's Spanish Stadium. It was attended by more than 200 producers from the regions of Maule and Biobio."We.....

Australian hazelnut growers grow with new machinery

After seven years, Carol and Nathan Bracken's 10-hectare orchard at Glengarry, in the West Tamar Valley, is now producing large enough quantities to clean, crack, shell, grade and pack hazelnuts on the farm.Around two tonnes of nuts will be run through the new processing line this year."We've got a lot of.....

Afghanistan: Taliban earn millions of dollars selling pistachios

The Taliban earn millions of dollars each year from the sale of pistachio crops belonging to the Afghan state in the western province of Herat, where the government's presence is very weak."According to experts from the agricultural sector, the Taliban collect about 15 million dollars a year from the sale.....

Dominique Beaumont, Inovfruit:

“Chestnuts are a good and affordable product”

The chestnut season in France starts in October and Inovfruit has a unique method of peeling fresh chestnuts. “We use a process called cold peeling. We remove the skin without heating the fruit, which is very unique. This enables our chestnuts to retain their nutritional qualities and original flavours. Some.....

Afghanistan: Taliban earn millions of dollars selling pistachios

The Taliban earn millions of dollars each year from the sale of pistachio crops belonging to the Afghan state in the western province of Herat, where the government's presence is very weak."According to experts from the agricultural sector, the Taliban collect about 15 million dollars a year from the sale.....

Nigeria to begin exporting processed cashews by 2019

Nigeria is to start exporting processed cashew nuts by 2019, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh.Ogbeh who disclosed this on Tuesday at the maiden edition of the 2017 First Bank Agric Expo in Lagos, said that currently a tonne of processed cashew nuts, when exported, is.....

Australian hazelnut growers grow with new machinery

After seven years, Carol and Nathan Bracken's 10-hectare orchard at Glengarry, in the West Tamar Valley, is now producing large enough quantities to clean, crack, shell, grade and pack hazelnuts on the farm.Around two tonnes of nuts will be run through the new processing line this year."We've got a lot of.....

Interactive online game “Destroy Ernie’s Evidence” featuring Ernie the Elephant

Wonderful® Pistachios, known for its iconic “Get Crackin’” ads, launched an interactive online game, “Destroy Ernie’s Evidence” featuring its biggest star, Ernie the Elephant. The pistachio-loving, computer-generated spokes-elephant made his debut last fall in the largest-ever “Get Crackin’” campaign, and.....

Chile: Nut harvest to increase by 20%

The 2017 nut harvest began this week, two weeks ahead of schedule, with the Serr variety. The weather conditions were favourable in spring, except for frosts in some areas, which allowed the walnuts to develop normally. The country expects the production will surpass 90,000 tons, i.e. about 20% more than in.....

Dominique Beaumont, Inovfruit:

“Chestnuts are a good and affordable product”

The chestnut season in France starts in October and Inovfruit has a unique method of peeling fresh chestnuts. “We use a process called cold peeling. We remove the skin without heating the fruit, which is very unique. This enables our chestnuts to retain their nutritional qualities and original flavours. Some.....

Chile: Nut harvest to increase by 20%

The 2017 nut harvest began this week, two weeks ahead of schedule, with the Serr variety. The weather conditions were favourable in spring, except for frosts in some areas, which allowed the walnuts to develop normally. The country expects the production will surpass 90,000 tons, i.e. about 20% more than in.....

Heavy rainfall in South Africa expected to lower macadamia nut prices

The world's largest macadamia nut producer says prices could dip if rainfall in South Africa brings on a larger than expected crop.Phil Zadro started farming macadamia nuts in the northern rivers region of New South Wales almost 40 years ago, but has since expanded to Bundaberg, Emerald and South Africa.He.....

Heavy rainfall in South Africa expected to lower macadamia nut prices

The world's largest macadamia nut producer says prices could dip if rainfall in South Africa brings on a larger than expected crop.Phil Zadro started farming macadamia nuts in the northern rivers region of New South Wales almost 40 years ago, but has since expanded to Bundaberg, Emerald and South Africa.He.....

Cote D'ivoire officials condemn cashew smuggling

Cote d'Ivoire is the world's number one cashew producer, notwithstanding a drop in 2016 production due to poor weather. Now however, local cashew nut producers are unhappy over the government's set producer price of USD0.71/kg1 as against the sought after USD0.96kg – leading to substantial smuggling across.....

Cashews fastest selling item at FCT markets in Nigeria

The demand for cashew nuts by traders in some markets in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has drastically increased during market days in the recent time.A survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in the FCT, revealed that cashews were the fastest selling farm produce in.....

Almond board releases water-management guide for CA growers

Under pressure because of their thirsty crop, almond growers have actually been working to save water for a long time. Now the Almond Board of California is offering a new manual called the Almond Irrigation Improvement Continuum to help them conserve in progressive steps.Almonds are big business in.....

Fruit Attraction has a new, specialised area for nuts, "The Nuts Hub"

This year, the ninth edition of Fruit Attraction will take place from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Halls 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Among other new features, there will be a new exhibition area this year called The Nuts Hub. This part of the trade fair will focus entirely on nuts, hoping to shine the spotlight on.....

Iran produces over 1.18m tons of nuts each year

Iran produces more than 1.18 million tons of different kinds of nuts every year, close to 800,000 tons of which are consumed domestically and the rest is exported, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture said.The official added that every year over 260,000 tons of pistachio, 160,000 tons of almonds,.....

Queensland cane farm converted for macadamia production

After purchasing a 124 hectare cane farm in the Bundaberg region for $2 million, the Asian based buyer, is planning to convert the property for macadamia production.Trenton Hindman from Colliers International marketed the property on behalf of Bucca Investments, which has owned the property since 2007. The.....

Iran produces over 1.18m tons of nuts each year

Iran produces more than 1.18 million tons of different kinds of nuts every year, close to 800,000 tons of which are consumed domestically and the rest is exported, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture said.The official added that every year over 260,000 tons of pistachio, 160,000 tons of almonds,.....

Queensland cane farm converted for macadamia production

After purchasing a 124 hectare cane farm in the Bundaberg region for $2 million, the Asian based buyer, is planning to convert the property for macadamia production.Trenton Hindman from Colliers International marketed the property on behalf of Bucca Investments, which has owned the property since 2007. The.....

Indian startup tackles undernourishment with fruit & veg dehydrators

A Mumbai-based start-up has used solar energy to preserve seasonal produce, helping prevent undernourishment among rural women and women farmers.S4S Technologies (Science for Society) provided solar conduction dryers, which dehydrate vegetables and fruits, to 230 rural women in 17 of Maharashtra’s villages......

Indian startup tackles undernourishment with fruit & veg dehydrators

A Mumbai-based start-up has used solar energy to preserve seasonal produce, helping prevent undernourishment among rural women and women farmers.S4S Technologies (Science for Society) provided solar conduction dryers, which dehydrate vegetables and fruits, to 230 rural women in 17 of Maharashtra’s villages......

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Argentina: Mendoza has lost 70% of its plum production

Mendoza will only harvest 30% of its production due to inclement weather. There is stock from the previous season to export and the price for the harvest of plums to dehydrate hasn't been defined yet.Last year's spring frosts in the south of the province spoiled 70% of Mendoza's plum crops. However, there.....

Azerbaijani company to supply hazelnuts to Spain

Azerbaijan is negotiating hazelnut supplies to Spain, according to the Economy Ministry.One of the Azerbaijani companies, participating in the Dubai Gulfood 2017 exhibition, has received an initial order to supply 128 tons of hazelnuts to Valencia.In Azerbaijan, among agricultural produce, the biggest.....