Nuts and dried fruits

Blue Diamond Growers respond to USDA announcement

California almond growers look forward to expanding their markets in China

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture and United States Trade Representative announced that China, under the Phase 1 trade agreement, will expand the number of…

Amitai

Ghana receives 50 tonnes of dates from Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has taken delivery of 50 tonnes of date fruits from the Government of Saudi Arabia. The fruit, which is the National…

Specialty crops struggling to regain Chinese markets

Chinese importers can’t seem to get enough California oranges after China began lifting some tariffs in conjunction with “phase one,” but US producers of walnuts, almonds, cherries and other specialty crops aren’t seeing a resurgence in trade. US blueberry and avocado farmers are angling to make new…

California almonds see sharp drop in pricing

Supplies of 2019-2020 California almonds will likely significantly carry over into the 2020-2021 crop unless the supply chain for almonds catches up post-pandemic. Bikram Hundal of Custom Almonds LLC. in Earlimart, CA says that when the COVID-19 minimization efforts including shelter-in-place orders were…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre

“More small-pack Medjools sold since Belgian market closures”

"When it comes to supply, the Medjool date market is currently very stable. South Africa and Namibia are in production. The dates are just a little smaller than usual. Date demand rose in recent weeks due to Ramadan. But this increase in demand was shorter-lived than last year. In contrast, prices are in…

Agriculture Director at McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand:

‘Take R&D to the next level to combat tomato potato psyllid’

Agriculture Director at McCain Foods Australia/New Zealand John Jackson has witnessed the destruction caused by the tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and the bacterium it carries…

Mustapha Chihabi, Tomoor

"Corona crisis and Ramadan cause demand for dates to increase explosively"

“Demand for dates has exploded since the start of the corona crisis. People started to stock up on healthy food with a long shelf life, which led to a significant increase in the sale of dates,” says Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor. “The quality of our Saudi dates is super this year. The dates have had a good…

David Tonelson

Lockdown & labor problems trouble mango trade in Maharashtra and Gujarat

The supply chain disruption amid the lockdown and the exodus of laborers to their native states have dealt a severe blow to the already subdued market prospects of mango in…

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Edonalds

USDA predicts third straight record Californian almond crop

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting a record California almond crop for the third straight year. The USDA-NASS 2020 California Almond…

USDA suspends volume regulation requirement for California grown walnuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a final rule suspending the California Walnut Board’s authority for placing excess walnuts in reserve. Because it has not…

Peanut chromium accumulation depends on root morphology

Plant accumulation of heavy metals has become a global concern and it could depend on root morphology.  "We investigated the role of root morphology in the variation in chromium…

Blue Diamond Growers applauds US-UK trade negotiations

"The UK is an important market for California almonds"

Blue Diamond Growers, a nonprofit grower-owned cooperative and the world's leading almond marketer and processor, applauds the formal start of trade negotiations between the…

Agrimola processes frozen fruit as well as fresh chestnuts

Agrimola has been producing high-quality frozen fruit since 1978 and is also a leader in the processing and commercialization of chestnuts. "To guarantee the high-quality of the over 40 thousand tons of fruit processed, we use state-of-the-art equipment such as optical sorters, high-resolution metal detectors to remove any foreign bodies and product checks both befor…

Corona-virus still slows sales Supamas Lhakjit

Sunraysia produces bumper crop of exotic Australian jujube

The jujube, or red date, is a fruit that is not well known in Australia, but it is popular in Asian markets. Sunraysia grower Bernard McCarthy hopes this fruit will soon be…

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Ghana: GEPA CEO announces enormous increase in export of Non-Traditional Exports

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Exports Promotion Authority, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, has revealed that due to some interventions the Exports Promotion Authority has…

USDA Southern Region news release Non-citrus Fruits and Nuts

Georgia leads US blueberry production - value up 52 percent from 2018

Florida’s utilized production of avocados was up 88 percent from 2018 and its associated value of production was up 54 percent. After suffering several years of disease and hurricane damage, yields rebounded in 2019. Regarding blueberries; Georgia led the nation with 21,700 harvested acres for 2019. The…

Remote imagery research into providing better fruit yield forecasts

A remote imagery research project on citrus orchards is set to be expanded, after promising results at a Western Australian farm. Professor Andrew Robson, from the University of New England, has been involved in a project with WA's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to…

Naim Benjelloun

Indian sales of dates take a hit in the Northeast

Because of the nationwide lockdown, India’s sales of dates and all other dry fruits have been affected adversely in the Northeast. Usually, an estimated 600 tonnes dates are…

Aussie walnuts industry looks to beat production record

Fresh Australian walnuts are on their way to market with this year’s harvest now complete in New South Wales orchards and nearing completion in other states. The COVID-19…

California almond acreage increased in 2019

For the first time, the Almond Board of California is concurrently releasing two California almond industry acreage reports: USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service…

Jens Borchert (Palm Nuts & More) sees a gradual normalization of the market

"The euphoria of the nut industry as at the beginning of the crisis is over - for the time being"

At the beginning of the Corona crisis, nuts and dried fruits were among products that were hoarded most. In the meantime, the market has stabilised to a certain extent, says Jens Borchert, managing director of Palm Nuts & More and major supplier to the domestic food retail trade. Joachim Alkewitz, Bernd Hofmeister…

Lower Easter sales but good demand in run up to Ramadan at Tovano

"We are lucky to have such great diversity of customers"

The impact of the corona virus has not left the trade in nuts and tropical fruits unscathed. "In other years we often said that Easter is more important to us than the Christmas sale, but this year cannot be compared to others," says Richard Strijbis of Tovano from Maasdijk. "This year sales are just on the…

Arizona's tree nut industry on the rise, according to new study

Tree nuts – specifically pecans and pistachios – are making a growing contribution to Arizona's economy, according to a study from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Arizona's tree nut industry generated an estimated $92.6 million in direct sales…

Turkish dried apricot exports increase in 2020

During the first quarter of 2020, Turkey exported 25,934 tons of dried apricots from Malatya for 69 million dollars. The region of Malatya produces 85% of the dried apricot…

Turkey: Brown marmorated stinkbug threatens world hazelnut supply

Scientists are warning that the global hazelnut supply could be threatened by a stinkbug that has recently invaded Turkey. The brown marmorated stinkbug, native to north-east…

Hazelnut exports recorded the largest growth

Turkey: Agri-exports have gone up in March

Turkey recorded a growth of nearly 5% in agricultural exports in March due to the global increase in food demand. However, the country’s overall exports suffered a more than…

Dates importer Georg Huber (Nara Foods):

"We still get enough goods from our producing countries"

In the run-up to the upcoming Ramadan celebrations (23.04.-23.05.) the Muslim part of the German population usually tries to supply itself with dates and other dried fruits. The emergency measures in the course of the Corona crisis have now obviously affected imports from all important growing countries,…

Chaïmaa Bouvry , Koki Unicoque:

“We want to triple our hazelnut production by 2030”

Despite an increase of the hazelnut production in France, the harvested volumes are not enough to meet the constantly increasing demand. “For a few years now, consumers have been more concerned about their health and diet. Dried fruits have become more and more popular. And hazelnuts are no exception,…

Stockpiling results in increased sales volumes in the nut and dried fruit segment

"Homogeneous sales growth in all sales areas and product groups"

In these times of crisis, storable and long-lasting food is also in great demand. In addition to classic vegetables such as potatoes and onions, there is now an increasing demand for nuts and dried fruit. Renate Claaßen-Zöller, Key Account Manager at the specialist Sunnyday GmbH in Wermelskirchen, confirms…

"Chestnut export from China significantly lower"

Being a non-essential item, chestnuts are not tied to rigid market demand. The chestnut industry has been significantly damaged during the COVID-19 breakout. We learned from Qinhuangdao Yanshan Chestnut Co. Ltd. that the company has resumed production but movement is still slow. "In terms of domestic sales,…

Stricter border controls at the German-Polish border affect trade

"It will just be a catastrophe"

At the beginning of this week, tightened security measures came into force at the German-Polish border to prevent the further spread of the virus. The tightening of border controls also affects trade…

Boost to almond, strawberry, peach and walnut crops

California’s strict air quality regulations good for growers

Farmers in California’s Central Valley have seen a boost in the productivity of their high-value crops -and greater earnings- as a result of the state’s strict air pollution…

Marco Russo from Macadamia Brazil:

“Demand for macadamia nuts outpaces the current supply”

Brazil is expected to produce more than 6.000 tons of macadamia nuts this year, and these volumes have been experiencing growth due to high demand throughout the world. Marco Russo, managing director of Macadamia Brazil says: “Right now the season is in its early stages – this will go until June or July,…

The Medjool date: The variety that took over a billion shekel industry

The Medjool date is said to be the biggest, sweetest, most visually appealing variety of the fruit. Its rising popularity means more and more Israeli growers are uprooting…

Tariff changes on import of agricultural products in India

As they say, trading effectively is about assessing probabilities, not certainties. On that note, many of India’s bound tariff rates on agricultural products are among the…

Indonesia: Looking to import enough dates for religious holidays

In the preparation for the upcoming Ramadan festivities in the period of April to May 2020, a number of Indonesian importers of dates have been putting out inquiries to…

The blossoming almond groves require an excellent agronomic management

In these difficult and single-thematic moments, when everything seems to stop or slow down, the plants, on the contrary, continue their natural vegetative cycle, and even anticipate it due to a rather mild winter. We are receiving wonderful images from the countryside of Castellaneta (Taranto), which…

Joint-venture agreements to be signed this year for new date farms in South Africa and Namibia

Saudi-based Bateel to expand farming operations into Africa

The Saudi-based date connoisseur Bateel has revealed plans to expand the farming side of the business onto the international market. The company’s CEO, Dr Ata Atmar, told…

US pistachio production to hit milestone this year

American Pistachio Growers are predicting to produce 1 billion lbs. of pistachios this year, which is the first time they will hit that tonnage. And according to Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio Growers in Fresno, Ca., this kind of milestone is a long time in the making. It…

Southern Africa: Avocados and macadamias targeted by criminal networks

According to the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, organised-crime groups are muscling in on a share of the profits of southern Africa’s lucrative…

Local retailers hoarding fruit imports amid Covid-19 tensions

Prices of dry fruits and vegetables from Iran likely to rise in UAE

Prices of food items from Iran such as pistachio, saffron, raisins, fresh fruits, dates, vegetables and other imports are likely to rise in the near term, say Dubai retailers. Amid Covid-19-related tightening of cross-border travels and news of Dubai cancelling flights to and from Iran – local Iranian…


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