Nuts and dried fruits

The Italian Pieve di Rivoschio Association asked the authorities for help in dealing with the emergency

Chestnuts and marrons are now facing the threat of the chestnut tortrix

A small consortium, the Associazione Marrone dolce di Pieve di Rivoschio (Sarsina) in the province of Forlì-Cesena, has asked the local and regional authorities for help in tackling the problem of the chestnut tortrix (cydia). Last year we lost 30-40 per cent of our production and this not only…

Bringing automation to nut harvesting

The macadamia market is constantly growing: indeed, the nutritional virtues it provides makes the macadamia nut a fruit very much in demand. "The success is such that today the macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world with a price varying around 60$/kg (R900). This infatuation has naturally…

Australian macadamia crop modelling predicts increased 2021 crop

The 2021 Australian macadamia crop is predicted to reach 50,770 tonnes in-shell @ 3.5% moisture (54,440 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture), according to a census-based forecast…

The Zaragoza method has proven to be successful

Almond trees in full bloom 10 days earlier compared to 2020

A spectacular and suggestive scenario of almond tree blossoming is currently happening in Apulia. "The absence of a real winter, followed by temperatures above the seasonal average recorded in the last week, has only accelerated the vegetative awakening of the plants by about 10 days compared to 2020.…

Global marketing initiative launched for California walnuts

The California Walnut Commission announced its second annual “Power of 3” global marketing campaign, which builds on the successful 2020 campaign. “Power of 3” will launch on…

Medjool dates sales volume expected to spike during Ramadan

Bard Valley Natural Delights’ are an essential part of the Ramadan tradition as Muslims begin the daily ritual of fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan lasts 30 days beginning on April 12th and ending on May 11th. Past sales data indicates a retail sales volume spike of 57 percent* during this period.…

Walnut sector concerned about sale of imported products as if they were Spanish

The walnut sector integrated into FEPEX has verified that, since December of 2020, the imported walnuts have been marketed as if they were of national origin and at prices below production costs, which is negatively affecting producers, as well as the image of the Spanish product. The irregularities have…

Donnalia introduces Sicilian almonds to its high-end assortment

"We are moving in the direction of premium products and we never miss an opportunity to supply our customers with the best fruits from Sicily. Almonds, which we grow in our family business, are no exception," said Angelo and Vincenzo Dipasquale about their latest initiative. Vincenzo and Angelo Dipasquale…

Today is World Pistachio Day

New flavors introduced for pistachio snacking nut line

Wonderful® Pistachios is celebrating World Pistachio Day today by introducing the new flavors of BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar Wonderful Pistachios No Shells. Available now at select online retailers and hitting store shelves nationwide in the U.S. and Canada by early April, the new Wonderful Pistachios No…

California almond orchards are in full bloom

California is the largest almond producing region in the world, and right now the trees are in full bloom. The trees have just come out of a period of dormancy, which lasts from November through January. During this time, the trees undergo the regular process of losing their leaves for winter. Then,…

USDA estimates record harvest of American and Turkish pistachio nuts

The global pistachio harvest for 2020/21 is up by almost 40% to a record 985,000 tonnes as harvests in the United States and Turkey enter the first year of the rotational crop cycle. Iranian production is expected to decline by 7% to 190,000 tonnes from the last year of the cycle, but exports are…

72% increase in production expected

ZZ2 Karas date farm passes virtual GlobalG.A.P audit ahead of exceptional harvest

The Medjool date harvest at ZZ2’s Haakiesdoorn farm in the Karas Region of southern Namibia has just started after an unusually rainy season and the company expects it to be another exceptional harvest. Like last year’s crop, the sizes peak between large and jumbo with great quality. “The weather has…

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage wants to curb imports

Sri Lankan government to boost 16 agriculture products output

The Sri Lankan government is stepping up food import substitution with a new program to boost local production of 16 agriculture products within the next four years. Among…

Queensland, Australia:

Wide Bay growers uncertain about the future due to water scarcity

Australia’s Wide Bay region has a diverse agricultural sector, representing 12 per cent of agricultural production in Queensland, worth more than $1.5 billion. However, local…

USDA/FAS - Rabobank

Rabobank Five-Year Walnut Market Outlook

Will demand for walnuts grow to match supply and competition?

Global walnut production and exports will set records during 2020/21, impacting the US market as it relies heavily on exports. US production is at record levels but will likely remain in check due to lack of price incentives. This report provides production and price estimates for the next five years.…

'farmers have defeated the stinkbug'

Georgian hazelnut exports up 49%

The Georgian government has announced that the nation’s farmers have defeated the stinkbug which has been destroying walnut crops throughout Western Georgia since 2016. As a result of this, the…

Russia imports more plums, cherries, persimmons and hazelnuts from Georgia

There was a sharp increase in fruit and vegetable imports from Georgia to Russia in 2020. During the year, Georgia managed to earn a record $81 million from the exports of fresh vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts to Russia, which was 62% more than in 2019. The following graph shows the rise and fall of…

Tonda Francescana hazelnut cultivar

Italian associations and producers started getting interested in hazelnut cultivation again a few years ago. Nowadays, hazelnut cultivation is spreading also outside of the classic cultivation areas due to the high demand, the fact that the high price of dried fruit largely compensates the investment and…

USDA

US 2021 farm sector income forecast

‘Receipts expected to drop for vegetables and melons, fruits and nuts’

The US net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $9.8 billion (8.1 percent) from 2020 to $111.4 billion in 2021. This expected decline follows a forecast increase of $38 billion (45.7 percent) in 2020. After increasing $27.3 billion (25.0 percent) in 2020, net cash farm income…

Higher speed, minimized yield loss, and a cleaner product

A new industry standard in the almond and pistachio processing industries

In the past decade, California has seen a dramatic increase in tree nut production, in particular in almonds and pistachios. As a result, significantly higher volumes of nuts need to be processed and processors are looking to increase capacity. “We’ve responded to their needs by building processing…

Exports of premium Taiwanese dates to Japan hitting new high

Dates are currently been harvested in Tainan, Taiwan. As a result of the local authorities’ efforts in exploring export opportunities, the products successfully entered the Japanese market thanks to their excellent quality, and this year, the export volume to Japan may reach a new high. This year’s crop…

Chilean chestnuts have been steadily increasing their presence in Italy

Chile continues be the most trusted supplier of southern hemisphere chestnuts and exports destined for Italy have now increased from 9% to 11%. In 2020, chestnut exports to Italy had a value of €2.8 mln and although this is a 6% contraction compared to 2019, the quantities remained stable at 1,800 tons,…

Israeli agtech startup Edete brings artificial pollination technology to Australian almond market

Israeli agri-tech startup Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture is due to begin commercial scale field trials of its artificial pollination technology in almond orchards covering dozens of hectares in the Australian state of Victoria. This follows the signing of an agreement with one of…

Dirk Jan van Dijk, Palm Fruits, the Netherlands

“We keep supplying dates, no matter what”

A ‘one-stop-shop’ for dates. That's how Dirk Jan van Dijk describes his business, Palm Fruits, in the Netherlands. "We have something for everyone - different qualities, packaging, and varieties. We've recently expanded that a little further. We've added new consumer packaging for our 'La Palma' brand." “Palm…

Iran Q1-3 agrofood exports up 48 percent to $6 billion

Iran exported 6.12 million tons of agricultural and food products worth over $6 billion during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year (March 20-Dec. 20). The…

'Yuzu fruit, avant garde seasonal eating and medjoul dates'

New Covent Garden Market predicts fruit and vegetable trends for 2021

New Covent Garden Market, from which more than 100 wholesale traders supply fresh fruit and vegetables to London’s restaurants, has predicted that yuzu fruit, avant garde…

University of California, San Diego, research:

‘Pistachio nuts can contribute to weight loss’

According to a study published in the July 2020 issue of Nutrients, adding US pistachios to your diet can contribute to weight loss and may contribute to other health benefits…

Valid for many sectors, including nuts

Disparities in pesticide regulations create unfair competition in walnut market

The whole fruit and vegetable sector, including that of nuts, needs a standardized specification of the active ingredients allowed in Italian and European cultivations. "If we look at the walnuts, I can say that Italian walnuts are grown with a reduced number of active ingredients. On the the other hand,…

Pistachio processor reports record breaking 2020 crop

The 2020 pistachio harvest wrapped up just a few months ago with the industry’s largest crop in history totaling 1,050,228,756 lbs. Pistachio grower and processor Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella also celebrated a record-breaking season. Setton Pistachio, based in California’s Central Valley, has been…

Despite challenging year

Record almond harvest expected in Australia

Almond production is booming, with around 123,000 tons expected to be harvested in Australia this year; it could be the largest on record. Although 80 per cent of the world's…

"Chinese chestnut harvest is huge, and the order volume of frozen chestnuts has increased"

The harvest conditions in Chinese chestnut production areas were excellent this year, especially for Yanshan chestnuts. The harvest declined for three years in a row, but has now finally expanded again. Manager Yue, spokesperson for Qinhuangdao Yanshan Chestnut Foodstuff Co., Ltd., recently talked about…

Turkey reverts to 2018 customs tariff for walnuts

The Turkish government published a presidential order. That was on 31 December 2020 in the Turkish Official Gazette. It says that unshelled walnuts import tariffs would…

Nut trade association selects lifestyle ambassador in India

American Pistachios Growers (APG), a non-profit trade association representing more than 800 grower members in the U.S., organized a virtual knowledge session to discuss…

Steady demand for potatoes in retail packing markets

Many sectors have not seen much pick-up in demand from the week previous. As retail markets work through remnants of Christmas stocks, there is hope some demand creation could…

Official plan for high-density apples & walnuts in Kashmir

Kashmir will soon produce high-yielding varieties of apples and walnuts, which are said to become a “game changers”. Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, the Director of Horticulture in Kashmir,…

India to set up post-entry walnuts quarantine facility in Kashmir

India’s federal government has decided to set-up a state-of-the-art Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Kashmir, which is good news for the region’s walnut growers. The…

Walnuts: competition from California is stronger this year

Although Italy produces less than half the walnuts it consumes, the market is rather static at the moment and national produce stocks are still rather high, while they used to finish before Christmas in the past. Without mentioning the fact that the produce from California has increasingly competitive…

Kheda, Gujarat

ETG Agro India commissions nuts-almonds processing plant in India

ETG Agro India is one of the largest processors and marketers in the global pulse processing industry. Originally a pulses processor, ETG Agro India has recently commissioned…

Horticulture of Georgia 2020:

Increased exports of Georgian nuts, apples, blueberries, peaches and mandarins

In general, it is safe to say that 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector. Exports rose to record levels and production volumes for nearly all…

Cheap nuts from the US threaten Spanish walnut industry

Spanish walnut growers, affiliated with the Nueces de España industry association, are not pleased  that US walnuts have not been included in the list of goods subject to additional…

Northwest Victoria, Australia

Select Harvests completes $129 mln purchase of Piangil Almond Orchard

Select Harvest has completed its $129 million purchase of the Piangil Almond Orchard in northwest Victoria. The Australian almond grower signed the deal with United Almonds,…

PMA executive departs to lead peanut industry organization

Produce Marketing Association’s Richard Owen will leave his position to become the next president and CEO of the American Peanut Council. His position with the APC is…


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