Drought conditions are hurting California growers already

While the harvest season is still months away, growers in California’s Sutter and Yuba counties say they expect a disastrous crop because of the drought conditions. Sutter…

The nut and dried fruit industry come together for INC 3D Online Conference

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), has just concluded their 2021 INC 3D Online Conference which took place May 25-27. The conference brought together more…

Water issues and lower supply could strengthen 2021-2022 almond pricing

While California’s water situation is affecting many growers, including almond producers. Currently, the industry has an oversupply of almonds. “Our production was a lot higher than last year’s production. California produced more almonds because of several factors including that it was a good year for…

Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® tomatoes receive coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award

Pure Flavor®’s Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes have been awarded the coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award. A panel of certified Master Tasters® comprised of independent, professional chefs judged Pure Flavor’s Cloud 9 Tomatoes using Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis.  Modalities evaluated were appearance,…

Pinduoduo embarks on first-of-its-kind study into plant-based meats

Pinduoduo has teamed up with researchers to study the impact of plant-based meat on human health as China’s largest agriculture platform deepens its push into agrifood tech as…

Ivory Coast hopes cashew nuts will conquer US market

Cashew producer Ivory Coast aims to process more of its own crop for sale in the huge US market. Starting from the present yearly average of just 10 percent, producers aim to…

Crop diversification is creating new opportunities and growth for a Northern Territory melon farmer

A Central Australian farmer is diversifying his business by adding some rotational crops to his already successful melon production. Desert Springs Farm in Ali Curung, nearly 400 kilometres north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, has been growing watermelons for around 13 years in the region.…

Kenyan growers eye increasing global demand for macadamia

For years, growing macadamia nuts in Kenya seemed like a thing for wealthier, more sophisticated farmers. Traditional farmers seemed to focus more on other crops. Lately,…

USDA Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade

U.S. FY 2021 agricultural exports forecast up to record $164.0 bln

U.S. agricultural exports in fiscal year (FY) 2021 are projected at $164.0 billion, up $7.0 billion from the February forecast, led by increases in corn, soybeans, and…

Moldavian company ready to offer a wide range of dried fruits

NisVinex Group offers a wide range of fresh fruits like: plums, apples, table grapes. Last year, the company decided to come onto the market with an offer of dried fruits. "It is an alternative in the season, when we have an abundance of fresh fruits which are perishable. We found a way to keep the value…

Alexander Vroom, DFN Trading:

'Our Turkish pistachios distinguish us among Dutch wholesalers"

This company isn't even a month old. Its website doesn't work properly yet. But at DFN (Dried Fruit and Nuts) Trading in the Netherlands, business is booming. Five productsDFN…

Mocerino Frutta Secca Srl

Selected nuts and quality in production processes accelerate growth

"During a totally uncertain scenario caused by the pandemic, we have proudly maintained our employment levels, indeed with some additional new hires, to ensure jobs for our workers. This is why Mocerino is awarding production bonuses to all those who have contributed to the growth of the brand, as part…

Fresh and dried pistachio top export list

Iranian agrifood exports up 6% to $6.2 bln in fiscal 2020-21

Iran exported 8.83 million tons of agricultural and food products worth $6.21 billion in the last fiscal year (ended March 2021). This indicates a 23.57% and 5.99% rise in…

USDA 2021 California Almond Forecast Valentyn75

2021 crop is estimated to be the largest on record

The initial subjective forecast for the 2021 California almond production is 3.20 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 3% above last year's production of 3.12 billion…

Cassava, cashew nut, mango exports to Vietnam up almost 149%

Cambodia exported over 1.5 million tonnes of cassava products to international markets in the first four months of 2021, up from 1.3 million in the same period of last year,…

EnWave sells 60kW REV™ machine for the production of avocado snacks and ingredients

EnWave Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of a 60kW Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) machine to AvoLov, LLC d.b.a. BranchOut Food (“BranchOut”), a company based in Bend, Oregon that produces a lineup of “better-for-you” avocado and fruit snacks and ingredients. The 60kW REV™ machine will…

J.O. Sims explore dates growth

As a UK fruit business, J.O. Sims have seen imports of dates grow by over 300% over the last 10 years and have announced two new supply sources in the last three months alone, in order to keep up…

Rwanda ready to access the untapped potential of macadamia nuts

As the global demand for macadamia outweighs the available supply, there is a business opportunity that Rwandans are ready to tap into. As Rwanda looks to diversifying its…

Saudi Arabia gifts 50 tons of dates to Ghana

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has donated 50 tons of date palm fruits to Ghana (in the form of 2,500 cartons). The dates are to be distributed…

Pakistan: Middle Eastern varieties bear fruit in largest date producing region

Pakistan is one of the top date producers and exporters in the world, with annual date production of more than 535,000 tons, according to data from the Trade Development…

Australian researchers to crack growing Papua New Guinea nut industry

Griffith University researchers are helping Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) emerging galip nut industry to give marginalised women an income and encourage planting trees. Professor Helen Wallace from the Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security is leading a diverse team of science, agribusiness and social…

Bioplanet

Hazelnut defense comes from the sky

To defend hazelnut trees against eriophyes mites, Bioplanet opted for the introduction of useful mites also using drones. This first experience of "mechanized" launches follows the positive "manual" introductions of 2020. Operations are currently being carried out on around twenty hectares, with a view…

Pistachio processor builds on sponsorship with pro boxer Jose Ramirez

Wonderful® Pistachios, long-time supporter of championship boxer Jose Ramirez, is sponsoring him in the ring once again as he faces Josh Taylor on May 22 for the junior welterweight unification title. If victorious, Ramirez would become the first Mexican American junior welterweight boxing champion and…

South African macadamia processor aligns with the Marquis Group

The global macadamia industry has seen unprecedented growth in the last 10 years with demand continuously exceeding limited supply. This has made the farming of macadamias very rewarding as much of this annual increase of demand has occurred organically. However, the industry is currently experiencing a…

Some almond groves survived the frost in the Taranto province

"I notice something different every time I check on my groves. Almonds are growing rapidly, a look at the branches is enough to understand the volumes to be expected this year. The frost of late March has not affected me much, unlike other colleagues just a few hundred meters away. I was very lucky,"…

New study explains how Taurua District could grow blueberries, hazelnuts, apples and feijoas

A recent study for alternative land uses in the Tararua District has shown that blueberries, hazelnuts, cider apples and feijoas could be successfully grown in the area. The…

University of South Australia

Machine vision system for almond grading and safety

Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels. In 2019-2020, Australia’s almond crop was worth just over $1 billion, and the value of the sector is expected to expand to…

Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Ismail Rahu:

‘Date exports down to alarming level’

According to a provincial minister, Pakistan’s date exports have declined to an alarming level in the last two years; lower prices are discouraging growers Sindh Minister for…

Mustapha Chihabi, Tomoor, Belgium:

“Ever-increasing demand for Saudi dates”

"The date market is currently a little saturated," begins Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor in Belgium. "That's thanks to the events and hospitality sectors being on hold. There's a good demand for dates. But we miss the hospitality industry as a sales channel. That's had an effect. Some countries are,…

New digital and social campaigns for pistachios

Wonderful® Pistachios takes a fresh approach to snack marketing in a dedicated new campaign to bring its Wonderful Pistachios No Shells BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar flavors to life. The highly tailored digital and social campaign is designed to reach consumers who love great flavors, no matter their…

Namibia: Massive production increase at ZZ2’s date orchards

The Medjool date harvest of ZZ2 at their Haakiesdoorn farm in the Karas region -Southern Namibia- has increased with 87%. According to Francois Schwalb of ZZ2, production went…

Bangladesh: Date sales quite moderate this Ramadan

Seasonal date traders in Dhaka are seeing moderate date sales ahead of and during Ramadan as many city-dwellers left the capital because of the renewed lockdowns there. As in…

National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall

Dates to rehabilitate Senegal’s forest cover

In Senegal, the National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall has just launched an operation to collect date pits to restore Senegal's forest cover, as the…

USDA

USDA report on Direct versus Indirect Trade

Romania’s hidden market for US agri exports

The U.S. Census Bureau's bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO) export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Poland. However, it does not measure the substantial levels of the U.S. agricultural trade to Poland routed through Western European ports of entry. According…

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon looking for joint venture opportunity

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) and its parent company, Wilco, have announced they are seeking a partner with a track record of building great brands to form a joint venture…

Saudi Arabia presents global electronic platform for dates

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is launching a global electronic platform for dates; it is a way to introduce international investors to the various types of the fruit being…

California almond orchards now cover an estimated 1.6 million acres

Based on the USDA almond acreage report, last year, California had an estimated 1.6 million acres planted in almonds. That’s is an area, larger than surface area of the state…

Mario Ebel on the rapid development of 'Deutsche Food Up AG

"This November we will receive the first Brazil nuts from a new cultivation project in Brazil"

Mario Ebel from Cologne (r) is firmly established in the global trade and sourcing of organic and conventional nuts and dried fruits. After stepping down as a board member of…

Vietnamese coconut export season is at its peak as prices rise

This is the peak period of the Vietnamese coconut export season. The price of coconuts from the Ben Tre regions rose to a high level. Mary is a sales manager at the Vietnamese fruit export company True Fruits Co., Ltd. She recently shared her insights into current conditions in the local fruit industry.…

Peru opens its market to Argentine nuts and citrus

Yesterday, Argentina and Peru closed the agreement that enables Argentina to export citrus fruits (sour orange, sweet orange, mandarin, grapefruit, and royal lemon), walnuts,…

Dirk Jan van Dijk, Palm Fruits: "Good that European supermarkets are increasingly catering to Ramadan"

"Dates selling like hotcakes"

Dates sales usually peak significantly during Ramadan. "That always happens in the week before Ramadan. But Medjool dates are still selling well," says Dirk Jan van Dijk of Palm Fruits in the Netherlands. "Our strength is that we always have product in stock, despite the delays. So we have enough for Ramadan too." Palm Fruits works…

Continued growth in exports, additional processing capacity needed to keep pace with increased production

U.S. tree nut exports reach record levels, easing oversupply burden

California tree nut growers harvested record crops of almonds, walnuts and pistachios in 2020, following a year of ideal growing conditions on expanded bearing acreage. The abundance of supply led to lower tree nut prices which, combined with a weaker U.S. dollar, have pushed exports to record high…

Department of Agronomy of the UCO, IFAPA and the IAS - CSIC study

Spain: Almond production remains stable in the long term, despite irrigation deficits

A study by the Department of Agronomy of the UCO, IFAPA and the IAS - CSIC analyses production between 2014 and 2019. Spain boasts the largest cultivated area of almond trees in the world, with more than 700,000 ha (MAPA, 2018), but ranks third in terms of production. How can this be? Actually, it's easy…

Almond groves affected by frost all over Italy

Almond groves all over the peninsula have been heavily affected by the late frost of the past few days. "It is too painful to visit the groves. I do not know if there will be anything left to harvest, as fruits are dropping every day. The external part of the fruits has changed color while the inside,…

After two years of low prices, Brazil nut pricing is now on the rise

This year’s Brazil nut volumes are down and it’s causing a boost in the market’s prices. Byron Machuca of Peruvian company White Lion Foods explains: “The prices have been low for the past two years, ever since they reached record levels in 2017, but so far in 2021 we have seen the prices increase again…

Barhi date popular fruit during Ramadan

At Bud Holland BV in Maasdijk, the season of the Barhi date has started again for 2 weeks. The king of dates are not dried and are mainly sold by the branch and are available in boxes of 2 kg and 4.5 kg. Barhi dates have a sweet-juicy flavor that is fresher and more fruity than a dried date. Over time,…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands

"Good Easter sales, but shipping delays are an issue"

It's still bustling for Easter at Tovano in the Netherlands. "You sometimes don't understand where it all goes," laughs Richard Strijbis. "Easter sales actually increase a little every year. For us, it's a busier time of year than Christmas." Arrivals are, however, creating challenges. "Sea freight has been…


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