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India: Government fixes floor price for cashew kernel imports
The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade has fixed a floor price for import of ‘broken’ and ‘whole’ cashew kernels. This is likely to provide the cashew industry relief from increasing shipments into the country over the last few years.In a recent notification, the Directorate-General of Foreign Trade fixed.....
California Walnut Commission sees potential in Indian walnut market
After gaining access in the Indian market, the Californian Walnut Commission—the Californian government agency involved in the research and export market development of Californian walnuts—recently organised its first-ever trade seminar in New Delhi with the support of The SCS Group, the India Representative.....
US: Sun-Maid reports $163M record grower payments
Sun-Maid Growers of California gathered for its 101st annual membership meeting this past weekend, in part to celebrate a good year.President Barry Kriebel reported that net sales reached $360.7 million for the 2013 crop year, with total proceeds reaching a record $163.9 million.Sun Maid also celebrated a.....
UK: Campaign tackles decline in chestnut sales
Chestnut suppliers have launched a campaign to promote the fruit in the run up to Christmas, in an attempt to turn around falling sales in the category.With the strapline “Winter Chestnuts”, the campaign is focussing on how easy the product is to prepare – simply by scoring, soaking and roasting – and how to.....
Argentina sent first batch of pecan nuts to China
Pecan nut producers from Buenos Aires and Entre Rios who are a part of Argentina's Pecan Producers Consortium (CAPPecan) made the first export to Hong Kong, China. After much work, the first container with 10,000 kilos of pecan nuts finally departed to China on November 1.The first meeting of the Cluster.....
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India: nanoPix designs machine to grade cashew by size and colour
Food processing start-up company nanoPix has now developed nanoSorters for the cashew industry. Each of these machines has the capacity to grade 60-75kg of cashews, not only by size, but also by colour, shape and surface characteristics.The grading is applicable to every individual cashewnut and works up to.....
India: California walnuts soon to hit retailer’s shelves
The California Walnut Commission, which represents over 4,600 growers in the region, is charting aggressive plans to tap the rising demand for the dry fruit in India.The Agriculture Ministry, after conducting pest risk analysis on walnuts for almost three years, has permitted imports early this year. Imports.....
Pakistan: Prices of dry fruit skyrocketing
With the winter season setting in, prices of dry fruits including almonds, pine nuts and pistachios are skyrocketing.Consumers say that even people belonging to the middle class cannot enter into dry fruit shops.The dry fruits are now beyond the reach of the common man. There is a continuous increase in the.....
US: Almond producers thankful for freezing temperatures
Jack Frost made a visit to California this past week, bringing snow, rain and freezing temperatures. Unlike citrus growers who fret for their crop, almond producers are rejoicing. Almond trees need about 500-600 hours of cold weather between the months of November and mid-January. The cold weather puts them.....
China opens its borders to Chilean shelled nuts
After two years of work, the protocol that allows Chilean shelled nuts to be exported to China initiated last Thursday, December 5. Since the Chinese deputy director of the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) signed the protocol, all that is missing, for exports to.....
U.S. dried Cranberries added to USDA school foodservice list
In collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) and industry representatives announced on friday news from USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack. Effective July 2014, schools will have the option to purchase dried cranberries from the Foods Available.....
US (MS): Off-year for pecan growers
This year looks like an off season for pecan growers and sellers across the area. One man who knows about the business is T.A. Duke of Duke Pecan Company in West Point. The pecan-cracking machines are at full throttle in West Point at the Duke Pecan Company, to be made into some of the company's.....
Mozambique: Major increase in macadamia exports planned
The company, Valley of Macs, owned by Dutch, British, US and Mozambican capital, currently produces 120 tonnes of nuts a year in Serra Choa, in Barue district. But company manager Antonio Gera told reporters this is just the start.Current annual production, of around 120 tonnes, is enough for ten containers,.....
Mozambique: Cashew production most likely to miss forecast
Cashew nut production in Mozambique this year may not reach the forecast of 95,000 tonnes due to a number of factors whose real impact is still difficult to determine, remarked the director of the National Cashew Institute (INCAJU), Filomena Maiópuè.Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Maiopué noted factors.....