Nuts and dried fruits

New 12kg scoop-out box for unshelled walnuts

Dutch wholesaler, Qualino, has developed a 12kg scoop-out box, tailor-made for unshelled walnuts. This nicely printed box of walnuts can be placed directly on the shelf. The box can also be used in a 60x40cm container. The box is made to precisely fit these crates. The perforated lid of the walnut box…

Neither the appearance, nor the taste of the fruit are affected

Spain: Shelf life of figs extended by up to 21 days

A group of university researchers from Extremadura has developed a new technique that extends the shelf life of figs to up to 21 days without the fruit's appearance or taste…

Municipality blamed for low sales at Medina Dates Festival

Retailers at the Medina Dates Festival claimed that their requirements were not met by the municipality. The festival, where visitors are invited to buy an assortment of dates, ended last week. However, a number of retailers who had kiosks at the festival claimed that the municipality did not give them…

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees The trial use of a bee attractant on almond trees in 10 orchards in October, was a success. This innovative technology, which is widely used in California and widely recognized in the United States, had not been used before in Chile.…

Date harvest yields close to expected results

The date harvest in California has wrapped up for the year and growers are now busy sorting and preparing to pack the desert-loving fruit. This year's summer conditions were close to the average, with sufficiently hot temperatures and low humidity for the most part. "We're done with picking and we are currently sorting the…

Eden Fruits GmbH, Kehl am Rhein

"Customers want to know what's in it and what's on it"

In Algeria, the date harvest has recently started. And so the Eden Fruits company, the European subsidiary of Ziban Garden, is currently importing up to 8 containers per week. Working out of Kehl am Rhein, right on the French border, they are also responsible for importing, certifying and procuring…

Kazakhstan project unveiled for a nursery with modern equipment

Since the start of the Besana Project in 2014, the groups agricultural activity, carried out today by Besana International Ltd, has been gradually expanding. The Besana Group, with the aim of actively opposing the reduction of traditional nut production areas worldwide due to climate change, is assisting growers and…

Ukraine walnut exports reach $100.8 million

For the first seven months of 2018,  Ukraine walnut exports amounted to us $67,1 million, 83% more compared to the same period last year. This was announced by Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of agrarian policy and food. Last year Ukraine exported walnut $100.8 million, which is 27.5% more than in 2016 ($79.1 million). According to…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"Snack figs are very popular"

The dried subtropical fruit and nut business has become more of a year-round enterprise than it was before. Despite this, many nut traders get excited when the weather starts to turn colder. "It is…

Ministries of Industry & agriculture set local specifications for date crops

Egypt starts planting two million palm trees of new types

Egypt has started planting two million palm trees of new varieties to meet international demands, as part of the country’s strategic step to further develop the date industry. Egypt has 15.5 million palm trees planted on an area of 36,000 hectares. Head of the Research Department at the Central Laboratory for Date…

Report: Chinese imports of U.S. tree nuts likely to decrease in marketing year

The USDA has released a report on the Chinese imports of U.S. tree nuts. You can find a link to the full report below the article. Walnuts China’s in-shell walnut production is forecast…

Pecan Nation wants to put the pecan on the map

Pecan Nation launches in the U.S. this Fall. Colorful stand up shippers and a smaller than expected 8-oz re-sealable bag highlights the new brand, Pecan Nation as it encourages more trial at point of purchase and breathes new energy into a booming category. Reinforced by the American Pecan Council’s multi-million dollar nationwide…

More domestic pistachio promotions expected this year

With the North American pistachio season in full swing, many are turning their attention to the California crop. While it's true that California produces about 98 percent of the pistachios in the United States, there are also commercial crops in both Arizona and New Mexico. This season's growing…

Difficult export environment for 2018 Oregon hazelnut crop

Oregon hazelnut growers will begin harvest in the next week or two. Early predictions are for the crop to be very large. The USDA estimate is putting the Oregon crop at 52,000 tons which would make it the highest ever. Early signs are good but growers are cautious, pointing out that predictions can only…

Investments worth $15 million

Egypt: HB Dates adds three production lines

Egyptian Export Centre for dates “HB” has signed a contract to receive three production lines for dates packaging from Italy and China with investments worth $15 million.…

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

"France: "Walnut harvest looks pretty good"

The region of Grenoble, France, is known for its many walnut trees. The offices of Coopenoix – a walnut cooperative of 500 growers and the number 1 for French walnuts in Europe - are right in the middle of this region. With the offices recently renovated and a harvest that looks pretty good, the company…

Ukraine could become the world’s third largest walnut producer this year

This year, Ukraine could take the third place in the global ranking of largest walnut producers, as announced by the President of the Ukrainian Walnut Association, Vladimir…

"China: "Chestnut production in Liaoning down by about 10-15%"

"This year, due to the stable climate and the expansion of the planting area, the chestnut output in Shandong has increased slightly compared with last year. This was due the…

Record-sized crop forecast for Oregon hazelnuts

Oregon hazelnut growers are expecting the industry’s largest crop yet. The Oregon hazelnut crop is forecast to be 52,000 tons, according to the objective yield survey conducted by the Oregon Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is 63 percent…

USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service

2018 California Walnut Objective Measurement Report

The 2018 California walnut production is currently forecast at a record 690,000 tons, up 10 percent from 2017's 630,000 tons. This forecast is based on the 2018 Walnut Objective Measurement Survey, which was officially conducted August 1 through August 21, 2018. Late spring rains attempted to damper the…

Chile: Internal consumption of dehydrated plum grows

Chile is the leading exporter of dehydrated plums in the world. In 2017, it shipped 76,515 tons of this product, i.e. 9.1% more than in the previous period, for US $175…

Topfruits.de provides natural dried fruits without additives

'Costa Rican pineapple rings popular with health-conscious consumers''

Today, enjoyment and health go hand in hand, especially for the modern, health conscious consumer. Exotic and tropical fruits gain rapidly in importance as in-between snacks. The company Topfruits.de has been an importer and supplier of premium dried fruits for 16 years and offers the tropical delicacies…

USDA Gain report Japan

US Nuts - Less competition under new Japan Free Trade Agreements

Japan’s free trade agreement with the European Union (EU) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will increase market competition for U.S. nut…

Date importer Eden Fruits

"Certificates are good, but you also have to prove yourself to your customers"

At the Eden Fruits company in Kehl, the European distribution partner of Ziban Fruits, the peak season is just around the corner. Eden Fruits trades in dates from Algeria and has also been certified Organic since the beginning of this year. "The main season for us is just beginning, with the orders,"…

Tariffs likely to challenge California almond market this year

The almond season in California is on the cusp of starting. Some growers have yet to start while others are already in the fields, knocking the trees and allowing the nuts to dry on the ground before picking them up. Earlier this year, a frost had likely caused some damage to almond trees but growers are…

Ukraine: Walnut production up by 25% since 2010

In the last ten years, highly productive walnut varieties have been planted in Ukraine, making it possible to harvest good volumes of the crop. Thanks to this, the domestic…

University of California-Davis:

‘Tariffs could cost US fruit and nut industries over $3 billion’

Daniel Sumner, director of the University of California-Davis Agricultural Issues Center, suggests assistance to help industries develop new markets, as the ongoing…

Is the global market for nuts changing?

"Nuts are nutritious and suitable for all age groups, so they are very popular with everyone, especially for those who desire weight loss. To meet the market demand, we will launch more nut products, and we have already started exporting sunflower seeds. " There are a lot of nut growers in the United…

Higher demand and volumes for Medjool dates in 2018/19 season

“We are going to export about 1.700 tons of Medjool Dates, 100 tons of Barhi dates, 200 tons of Deglet Nour dates in the coming season”, says Avi Dagul of Field Produce…

Date crop on track for a good harvest

Date growers expect this year's crop to be close to the long term average, or slightly higher. The intense summer heat arrived earlier this year and despite some rain during June and July, growers are optimistic. Harvest is still over a month away though, and the weather between now and then will be…


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