Nuts and dry fruits are a rather marginal phenomenon in the traditional wholesale trade. Parallel to the expanded variety on the market and the rapid rise of the organic sector, new opportunities also arise in this specialized product area. In German cities in particular - especially in Berlin - the goods flow continuously away, reports Oualid Ben Ammar of the Berlin-based wholesale company Germania Nuts.
Cashew nuts (l) and Turkish hazelnuts are also available in market relevant quantities.
Start of Easter sales
At the moment, peanuts and pine nuts are turning out very well, explains Ben Ammar, who runs both walnut varieties throughout the year. "From the beginning of March to the beginning of April, the Easter business usually starts and the sales of pine nuts increase by 20-30%. We source the goods mainly from Pakistan and China, with China being slightly cheaper in terms of pricing. In general, however, the market has a high price level and we hope the price will stabilize in the next few months until October."
Organic products on the rise
For almost three years, the Berlin marketer has been at the local wholesale market area, but overall he has been working in this product area for more than 10 years. There is a clear current trend: "Here in the Berlin area, organic nuts and dried fruits are currently moving up. At the moment we are increasingly using Tunisian organic dates, which we can offer all year round."
Export to Scandinavia
Ben Ammar supplies his goods mainly to delicatessen manufacturers and wholesalers in the Berlin area. He has also been able to place his products on the international market. "I am already working with some partners in Finland and Denmark. The next step is to expand this business and build a solid export line. In view of the massive development of the organic trade in the local market, I certainly see opportunities in this area."
Germania Nuts GmbH
Oualid Ben Ammar
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