Chilean in-shell walnuts have arrived at Tovano in the Netherlands, albeit a little later than usual. "Real top trade, the nuts look great," observes Richard Strijbis. "We've unloaded a few containers and will get a good supply in the coming weeks. These in-shell nuts are still much loved."
Tovano offers these Chilean walnuts in 10kg boxes or 25kg bags. For supermarkets, they can also repackage these into smaller sizes. "The start of the summer vacations perhaps isn't the best, timing-wise. Still, specialists can distinguish themselves with this item and earn something too. Also, more and more fruit and vegetable wholesalers are realizing that nuts and dried fruits can contribute well to their profit margin."
However, current market conditions are noticeably harsh, says Richard. "The euro's value has plunged and since yesterday is worth as much as a dollar. It's just a matter of time before it falls below the one-dollar level. Last year, the dollar was still worth €1.18. That's money! We buy most of our nuts in dollars, which means your cost price is already higher. This devaluation is an extra setback because inflation is only rising. It's not our style to adjust all our prices right away, but you have to move with the times."
Yet, he is confident about the summer. "Things are always a little quieter during the vacations, but we can still offer our broad clientele a nice assortment at a friendly price. We sell to retailers, fruit and vegetable sector exporters, industrial food processing companies, the hospitality industry, wholesalers, and market vendors. That range includes these hand-cracked Chilean nuts, which surely belong to our goods' crème de la crème," Richard concludes.