At Tovano in Maasdijk, The Netherlands, the first Diamond walnuts in shell have arrived once more. The walnuts are packaged in boxes of 25 kilos. "Clients find this ideal, since it's easy to stack," says Richard Strijbis. "The harvest of the Diamond walnuts is rather late this year. The second arrival will probably be only after Christmas. But, as my illustrious predecessor, Toon van Noort always said, 'out is out and loose is loose'."
According to the nut trader the Diamond walnuts meet the market's needs year and year again. "The past madness has eased a little, but clients continue to anticipate them. The stamp of Diamond is still seen as a quality mark. Speciality stores in particular can distinguish themselves with these nuts. The nice thing for them this year is that they're at an acceptable price level as well."
With Christmas on the horizon, the nuts and dried fruits commerce in Maasdijk is expected to be busy. "But not to the extent that we are spending the entire period preparing for Christmas only. On the contrary, over the past few years our Easter turnover has been even bigger than with Christmas. Yet, overall the demand for our selection is expanding gradually, especially with raw, untreated, peeled nuts. Each year we sell more peeled walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans and almonds," explains Richard.