Nuts and dried fruits

US and Europe first to see new organic Medjool date brand

A California Medjool date grower is looking to reinvigorate the category and move dates into the position of a desirable lifestyle brand as they launch their new date products. Joolies Organic Medjool Dates are in the process of launching their organic dates in the US and Europe. The company is…

Pakistan government initiative to introduce quality date varieties

Provincial Minister for Cooperatives, Mehr Muhammad Aslam Bharwana, said that Punjab government has decided on an initiative to introduce premium quality exotic date palm…

Frosts and hailstorms in recent days

Fruits and almonds most affected by the bad weather in Spain

The fruit and almond productions have been the most affected by the frosts and hailstorms recorded in recent days in practically the whole Iberian Peninsula, according to Agroseguro. The first estimates point to more than 12,200 hectares of crops being hit. The frosts have caused the most damages. More…

A handful of walnuts per day could boost memory

A recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Ageing, shows that consuming a handful of walnuts daily could enhance cognitive health and slow down the…

Romania: Walnut production growing steadily

In recent years, Romanian walnut production has steadily grown, supported by growing domestic demand, increasing profitability and EU subsidies. In 2017, Romania was the largest walnut producer in the EU and among the world’s top-ten producers. The main production regions are in the Carpathian Mountains,…

“Tunisian products in search of international markets”

Trading Med is a Tunisian company specialized in trade, cold storage (packaging and storing agricultural products) and marketing at the national level. Its products can be found in the Carrefour and Monoprix supermarkets, and in restaurants like Pizza Hut. The company Frigomed, which is part of Trading…

Oualid Ben Ammar, Germania Nuts GmbH:

"Interesting opportunities for organic nuts and dried fruits in the Berlin area"

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…

Italian chestnuts on the international market

Global chestnut production centers around two main areas: Asia and Europe. According to 2017 FAO data, China is the leading producer covering 82% of the volumes (approx. 1.9 million tons), while Europe (Turkey to Portugal) produces around 200 thousand tons. The two continents also have two different tree…

Findings could lead to new varieties

US researchers deciphering the walnut genome

Currently, California produces 99 percent of the walnuts grown in the United States. New research could provide a major boost to the state's growing $1.6 billion walnut…

Strawberries and hazelnuts for Lot-et-Garonne supporters

Every month, during sporting events at the Armandie stadium, the departmental council of Lot-et-Garonne presents, in partnership with the Sporting Union Agen Lot-et-Garonne,…

Alco Kappé, Allnuts:

“Mood on the nut market positive despite trade wars and nature problems”

“The situation on the nut market is positive, but market prices for the various products vary greatly. Besides, we’ve noticed fluctuations on the global market and the problems regarding nature. The trade war between Trump and China definitely affects the import of certain products. You can’t always…

Fructus und Associazione dei castanicoltori della Svizzera italiana have put this chestnut variety in the limelight

The Lüina is Swiss fruit of the year 2019

FRUCTUS, the Association for the Promotion of Old Fruits, in Cademario TI together with the Association of Chestnut Producers of Italian Switzerland chose the chestnut variety…

Ukrainian fruit and nut exporters establish new record

Ukraine’s fruit and nut export volumes rose to a record high in February 2019 of USD 24.8 million, which represents a 35% year-on-year increase and is more than twice the figure achieved two years ago in February 2017. Walnuts accounted for the lion’s share of exports in this segment, representing 64% of…

Lüina: Traditional chestnut is Swiss fruit of the year

Fructus, the Swiss Association for the Protection of Fruit Heritage, has named the "Lüina" chestnut as ‘Swiss fruit of the year’. For centuries, chestnuts were an important…

Besana opens up to industrial and financial investors

The Besana Group has launched a process of further growth through acquisitions in Asia, Eastern Europe and North America. The group, which specialises in the processing and distribution of Nuts and Dried fruits, has announced its intention to acquire local businesses in its areas of interest, to further…

New chopped Medjool date product launched in North America

Natural Delights® has launched its new Chopped Medjool date product. The company says the dates contain no added sugar, no pesticides and are gluten free. Natural Delights®…

Moroccan company joint winner of International Award for Date Palm Innovation

Last Sunday, Emirati President, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced that the Moroccan Saham Agri Company, jointly with the Namibian Desert Fruit Company, won an award for “distinguished innovative studies and modern technology”. The award was part of the 11th Khalifa International Award for…

Super clones to conquer coconut crisis

Ageing coconut palm trees could be replaced quickly and cheaply by superior cloned coconuts being developed by University of Queensland researchers. PhD student Eveline Kong, from the Cocobio Laboratory at UQ’s School Of Agriculture and Food Sciences, said the project would help avoid a coconut shortage…

Laurent la Morella, Lorre:

"More and more people are discovering South African Medjoul dates"

According to the Laurent la Morella, Medjoul date sales are on an upward trend. Laurent owns the Belgian company, Lorre nv, which is based in Brussels. "This market increases annually," he says. "More and more people are, only now, discovering these dates and their benefits. We supply Medjoul dates to…

Reduced pricing has California walnut supplies dwindling

Low pricing has caused a recent surge in California walnut shipments. “Supplies of walnuts are becoming limited, especially on premium grade walnuts as lower prices are…

Fruit and nut brand Nutty Goodness taps West as CEO

Nutty Goodness, the category-pioneering fruit and nut brand, announces today that Christopher West is appointed CEO, effective immediately. As CEO, Mr. West is responsible for…

Medjoul dates: Israel's next big export

Itzik Saig, CEO of Osem, is looking to market Medjoul dates to the world as one of Israel’s most successful and lucrative exports. Currently, capital is being raised from…

Conventional cultivation expanding together with the organic

Association of producers in Jaen promotes pistachio cultivation

The work of the Association of Pistachio Producers and Marketers (Appistaco) allows growers to learn the basics about pistachio cultivation, for which there are about 600 hectares in Jaén and around a thousand in the whole of Spain. Julián Navarro (Navas de San Juan, 1972) has been the president of…

Italy must become a self-sufficient chestnut and marron producer

Italy imports around €100 million a year worth of chestnuts. Considering the type of soil and the predisposition towards this kind of product, increasing the domestic production is possible. What is more, it would boost the income of producers and safeguard hill and mountain areas that would otherwise be…

"They're pretty ugly... but taste good!"

Consumer demand for healthy and convenient snacks has been driving companies to innovate and come up with new products that satisfy both taste and nutrition. One of these new products is Good & Ugly Fruit and Nut Bites. As the name suggests, the snacks are made up entirely of various combinations of…

Bulgaria: Significant increase of walnut production in the last 10 years

In the period 2007 to mid-2017 the acreage planted with orchards in Bulgaria increased threefold to 678,207 acres. This is shown by the latest data on the structure of the…

Dirk-Jan van Dijk starts Palm Fruits

“With ‘3dates2go’ we can tap new sales channels”

On 1 January of this year, Dirk-Jan van Dijk started Palm Fruits. From Bergambacht, the Netherlands, he works as a subsidiary with one of the biggest date cooperatives in the world. “We’ll receive our first batch on Friday. We supply up to nine different date varieties, and the Medjoul date is still the…

New product line for Desert Fruit Namibia

Desert Fruit Namibia is one of only a limited number of date producers in the Southern Hemisphere. Currently, it has commenced harvesting Khalas, a new product line and staple…

Heavy load?

Top walnut producing countries worldwide

There are two major species of walnuts: the English walnut and the black walnut. The former is also known as the Persian walnut, since it originated in Persia. The latter traces its origin to North America. The English hybrid is grown on a commercial scale and numerous cultivars have been developed over…

Northern California

US: ‘Walnut King’ ready to break ground on Solano County produce stand

A 12,500-square-foot indoor produce stand will arise along O’Day Road, Solano County. “Permits are pulled, everything is bought and we are ready to go,” said Raj Kumar Sharma, who is known in Northern California as the ‘Walnut King’. The produce stand has been in the works since 2015, but has been…

Big boost for Australian growers

Indian market access for Australian walnuts

Australian walnut exports were worth $22.68 million in 2017-18. Australian farmers will now be able to sell into the enormous Indian market following the signing of a market access agreement. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said he was thrilled Australia’s walnut growers now had access to…

Turkey exported chestnuts to 32 countries

Turkey exported chestnuts to 32 countries last year and earned 43,3 million USD. According to the Aegean Exporters' Association, in 2017 Turkey exported 9 thousand 866 tons of…


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