Nuts and dried fruits

Moldova now exports more nuts and fruits than Turkey and Poland

As it stands, the list of the 25 largest world exporters of fruits and nuts does not include a single country in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. Poland which in 2019…

Georgia up and coming competitor for Ukraine and Moldova

Ukrainian walnut exporters affected by pandemic

Analysts say the revenue from the export of Ukrainian walnuts in 2020 decreased by 19% in the first 9 months of this year. During this period, the export of nuts in shell and…

First new season Californian walnuts arrive

UK wholesaler TG Fruits, based in the Brighton Wholesale Market, received the first load of new season California walnuts last night. The arrivals have been a bit delayed this year explains Tom Griffiths from the company. “Normally we would have the first Californian walnuts in at the beginning of…

Record harvest for California walnuts have shippers mulling options

California walnuts are having a record harvest year. “It’s still too early to give a total crop size. But the objective estimate that came out this year at the beginning of September was for a record 780,000 tons. And relative to our estimates, we’re probably trending near that number. It’s the largest…

Trends in the nut industry

Growing demand for all types of nuts

Megatrends in the global nut industry Global demand for nut categories such as macadamia continues to grow faster than supply, while hazelnuts and peanut consumption might see…

Increasing popularity on the German market

Nuts trending as a vegan alternative

Germans like their hearty foodstuffs: For a few years now, consumers have been increasingly turning to salty snacks. The current trend is leaning towards "healthy" nuts, nut…

Nico Schaft, 888 Fruit Company, France:

"Chinese chestnut prices under pressure, but Nashi pears are very pricey"

The coronavirus pandemic is placing a lot of extra pressure on many companies at Rungis, the Parisian wholesale market. "In March, our turnover even increased by 30 to 40%," says Nico Schaft of 888 Fruit Company. "Our advantage is that we mainly supply wholesalers, supplemented with supermarkets in…

Spain and Portugal leading chestnut producers in Europe

During the "Il rinnovo della castanicoltura" convention organized by CSDC in Marradi, expert Luciano Trentini revealed how Spain and Portugal are the countries investing more in intensive chestnut groves. "After the production forecasts on a national level, the time has come to discuss the situation on a…

Yigit Gokyigit on the Turkish chestnut season

“Prices for Turkish chestnuts are more competitive this season”

The export of chestnuts from Turkey will commence shortly. The harvest started last week and one exporter is having a higher demand this year. Even though COVID-19 affects the whole industry, demand is still good overall. The exporter aims to export more chestnuts this year. According to Yigit Gokyigit,…

Chestnut demand and pricing difficult to predict

Supplies of imported chestnuts are underway, though supplies seem to be shorter than last year at this time. Chestnut packing house in China. “Chinese chestnuts just started two weeks ago with the first loads to Los Angeles, CA,” says Eyal Nahoumovich of Gaia Produce, an importer and distributor based in…

Republic of Georgia: Fruit and nut exports soaring

According to the National Statistics Service of Georgia (Geostat), the volume of exports of fruits and nuts from Georgia amounted to $69.68 million in value, from January…

Increased chestnut production with stable prices in Tuscia

It has still not reached record figures but, compared to last year, the chestnut harvest in the Tuscia area is very good. Last year, it was decimated by the drought and high temperatures of October 2019 as well as by fungal diseases. "Luckily, this year we have not had to deal with brown rot.…

New Factor's proposal on wholesale markets

Pistachios and almonds in the spotlight

A promotional campaign for Wonderful Pistachios&Almonds branded products has just started on the main national fruit and vegetable markets, distributed in Italy by New Factor of Rimini. Until December, the most reliable wholesalers of the brand Wonderful will be assisted by promoters who will inform…

Brazil imports 1,000 tons of dates

Brazil has increased its imports of dates in the last few years. The fruit is still not very trendy among consumers in general, but it is sought after by the fitness niche. In…

Jim Zion, managing partner and sales with Meridian Growers

'Californian walnut crop is going to come in at pretty close to expected'

Jim Zion is managing partner and sales with Meridian Growers, which develops markets for tree nuts. He recently stated: “It looks like the crop is going to come in at pretty…

Giulia Ingino of Agem Frutta

The quality of the chestnuts is assured by the artisan workmanship

For the first time in ten years it promises to be a good chestnut season again. The Italian chestnut production, especially that from the Campania region, is flourishing again. At the Italian Agem Frutta, located in the province of Avellino, the season started earlier, around 10 September, with the La…

South Australia

Global almond demand drives Almondco's processing expansion

Almondco, Australia's second-largest almond processor, is intent on expanding its operations further, as global and domestic demand for their nuts holds firm. Almondco is an…

Rocío Vázquez, of Castañas El Común:

"Good quality chestnuts should be sold without any trouble"

With the arrival of autumn, the chestnut campaign kicks off in the southeast of Cáceres, in Las Villuercas. There, in the municipality of Guadalupe, the season is in full swing for the company Castañas El Común, which is about to harvest one of the late varieties in Spain, which accounts for the bulk of…

Morocco: Increase in citrus production expected

Production in many Moroccan fruit sectors is expected to increase after the decline from the previous season. Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development…

Terra Amica farm of Loiano (Bologna)

Mechanized harvesting for chestnuts

Managing a chestnut forest at 650-700 meters above sea level is challenging. Terra Amica from the Italian town of Loiano in the province of Bologna are currently harvesting their chestnuts. An air blower is used to facilitate the work. This moves the bolsters to predetermined areas, after which they are…

Wonderful® Pistachios achieves billion-dollar brand milestone

Wonderful® Pistachios announced its annual North America retail sales have surpassed the $1 billion milestone, making it the first brand in The Wonderful Company portfolio to have reached this breakthrough. With a robust and growing number of product offerings, the premium nut brand is poised for ongoing…

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Birth of world's first green puppy celebrated with free pistachios to entire town

An unFURgettable dog deserves an unforgettable treat. Wonderful® Pistachios announced plans to donate a bag of Wonderful Pistachios to all residents in Pattada, Sardinia…

Ukraine no longer number 1 in walnut exports to EU

The Leader of the Ukrainian Nut Association has stated that Ukraine is no longer tops the ranking of walnut exports to the European Union countries. "Today, there is great…

Ismael Cabanillas, of Plus Berries:

"Rising consumption of dried figs, fashionable among the younger population"

The demand for dried figs has been experiencing significant growth in recent times, with changes in the type of consumer who buys them. Although it is a traditional product, always very popular among the elderly, the food is starting to become fashionable among the younger population, as reported by Plus…

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Australia is the second largest almond exporter in the world

The production of nuts in Australia has grown steadily in recent years and the prospects are that it will continue to do so for a number of years. Almonds are by far the most important nuts grown in Australia in terms of amounts and value, followed by the native macadamia and walnuts. The almond…

Domenico De Lucia

Ready-to-eat roasted chestnuts

The current year is looking good for Italian chestnuts after several problematic seasons, especially when it came to industrial procurement. Domenico De Lucia launched "le Bollottole" chestnuts, a valid alternative for consumers looking for the seasonal must-have. In the photo : Pino Colonna sales co-director at Domenico De…

Iran: Agricultural exports grow by 12 percent year-on-year in H1

According to an official with the Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs Administration, Iran’s agricultural exports in the first half of the current fiscal year (March 20-Sept.…

Francisco Guanter, of Citrus Nostrum:

"With the 100% Sweet Almond certification, we guarantee bitter almond-free marketing"

The Spanish company Citrus Nostrum, which is producing an estimated 400,000 kilos of shelled almonds in this 2020 campaign, and which has approximately 350 hectares, located mainly in the provinces of Seville, Córdoba and Huelva, is presenting the new certification for its almonds: 100% Sweet Almond or "bitter…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre, Belgium

“Beware of 'old' dates being offered at dumping prices”

“The South African date harvest is done. We're currently switching to the Israeli season. Harvesting has only just begun in Israel. And, for now, we expect a similar volume to last season," says Laurent La Morella of Lorre, a Belgian importing company. "We're very optimistic about the Israeli Medjool…

Jammu and Kashmir, India

Udhampur district fruit and nut growers ask for financial aid

Large parts of the fresh fruit crop have been damaged by heavy rain and snowfall in Panchari-Landhar and Latti-Dudu area of Udhampur district, inflicting heavy losses on…

Chinese farmers are into Australian nuts

Near the Chinese city of Lincang, southwest China's Yunnan Province, drivers transport tonnes of packed nuts to nearby processing factories. Each kg of fresh berries can fetch…

Tunisian Ministry of Trade implements measures to market dates

The Ministry of Trade and Export Development, the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP), the National Chamber of Commerce, the Interprofessional Group of Dates…

BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar

Wonderful® Pistachios to launch two new No Shell flavors in Spring 2021

In Spring 2021, Wonderful® Pistachios will launch two additions to its successful Wonderful Pistachios No Shells product line—BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar, both tried and true…

Marc Giraud, Coopenoix:

“French walnut harvest: a qualitative, well-organized and responsible production”

The walnut harvest has recently started in France. And this year, the Coopenoix cooperative, which counts 300 members and 3,300 hectares of walnut trees, is expecting a nice harvest both in terms of quantity and quality. “We are just beginning the harvest of Grenoble walnuts, which should last until…

Grant will help researchers prevent apple fire blight in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $779,000 grant to Cornell AgriTech researchers to combat fire blight, one of the most devastating bacterial diseases for the apple and pear industries. This fall, Awais Khan and Kerik Cox, associate professors…

The In Noce project keeps growing and is to reach 500 hectares over the next two years

"This walnut season is unlike any other we have had before when it comes to potential quantities and quality. The Lara variety has already been harvested, and we are about to start with Challenger. Yields per hectare are impressive and so is quality. Over the next few years, we will reach 500 hectares…

First reports of grey necrosis on hazelnuts in Chile

"During the productive stage of Corylus avellana (hazelnut) in La Araucanía, Chile (October-December 2018-19), we observed symptoms consisting of a brown-greyish spot occurring at the bottom of the nut and enlarging upwards to the apex, and affecting around 30% of plants. In severe infections the bracts…

US fruit and tree nuts outlook September 2020

2020 production up for US pears, grapes and cranberries

In the US, the 2020 harvest is underway for many non-citrus fruit crops. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecast 2020 production levels up for the pear, grape, and cranberry crops; the apple, peach, and cherry (both sweet and tart) crops are expected to be down. COVID-19 has…

Strong demand internationally and domestically for pistachios

Domestic pistachio supplies are tracking to potentially close in on one billion lbs. this fall. Jim Zion of Meridian Growers LLC in Madera, CA says production has wrapped up in Arizona and yields are better than expected. “I was really happy about Arizona because the crop looks fantastic,” says Zion.…

Production volume nearly doubles in comparison with last year

Chinese chestnuts enter harvest season

Chinese chestnuts have entered their harvest season. The production volume has continuously declined in the last three years, but this year the farmers have finally enjoyed an abundant harvest. The Chinese chestnuts in the Yan mountain range across north Hebei are particularly bountiful. The production…

Sri Lankan Minister highlights coconut shortage

The shortage of coconuts in the island country of Sri Lanka upset minister Arundika Fernando so much that he climbed a coconut tree to prove his point during a press conference on September 18. The politician climbed a coconut tree at his estate in the town of Dankotuwa. Fernando, who is the State…

California Lars Kastilan

Almonds overtake grapes as Kern County's top-grossing crop

A recent report states that almonds have finally overtaken grapes as Kern County's most valuable crop. Not only did the tree nuts move past their perennial no. 2 ranking, but…

California walnut industry doubles down on US retail programs

On August 28 USDA NASS released the Objective Measurement of the 2020 walnut crop, estimating production at 780,000 short tons, an increase of 19 percent over the prior year. “The industry has been expecting increases given continued growth in new acreage, more densely planted orchards and heavier…

Regarding fresh figs from Mexico

USDA revises fig import requirements - combating Mediterranean black fig fly

Effective September 15th, APHIS implemented the following restrictions on all commercial consignments of fresh fig fruits imported from Mexico to prevent the introduction of…

66% up year-on-year

Republic of Georgia exports 2,648 tons of hazelnuts

Under the Georgian government’s strategy, large-scale activities against stink bugs, as carried out by relevant agencies and farmers, have borne fruit. As of September 10, 2,648 tons of hazelnuts exported by Georgia, 66% up year-on-year. Approximately 50,000 tons of quality hazelnuts are projected to be…

Spain

Malaga's FAO protected treasure

Out of the extensive range of agricultural products grown in the province of Malaga, only one has obtained the prestigious Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) distinction,…

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California almond growers face a price slump

California almond growers face a price slump. Part of the problem is the big crop, but there are global trade issues as well, and of course the COVID disruptions. Dave Thiel…

Maher Mezahi

Algeria: Date growers faced with climate change effects

In Algeria’s Biskra province, small-scale growers are increasingly battling to cultivate and protect their precious crops. Biskra is a gathering of oases in the north-east of…

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

Launch of the fresh walnut season

Next week already, the first fresh walnuts will be available, as their harvest should start this weekend. Although less well known than its dry counterpart, the fresh walnut is very appealing. “It is completely different from the dry walnut. It has a delicate, crunchy and very sweet taste. It is a rare…

Wonderful Pistachios webinar shows off No Shell pistachio ‘snack hacks’

On Wednesday, September 2nd, Wonderful Pistachios held a virtual Life Hacks Workshop, which featured tips to live more efficiently. The topics ranged from boosting work-from-home productivity with Amy Landino, meal prepping with Kevin Curry and entertaining hacks with Patrick Janelle, with the ultimate…

More Polish apples will be used for processing

“This will be a better apple season than last year”

The Polish apple harvest is about to commence and volumes are expected to be higher than last year, but still below average. Due to the rough weather conditions in the spring and the damages that caused, it’s likely a larger percentage of the apples will be used for the processing industry. The final…

Nutland opens new German branch

“Germany is one of our top growth markets”

This week, Nutland opened a brand new office in Koblenz, Germany. This is the dried fruit and nuts importer and supplier's third European branch. Nutland's head office is in the Netherlands. It opened a branch in the UK in 2017 too. "We consider Germany to be our top growth market. That's why we want to be…

Egypt now second producer of sun-dried tomatoes, behind Italy

Are these apples? Pomegranates? Nope! These are tomatoes that and Egyptian farm is drying in the sun. Egypt is now the second producer of sun-dried tomatoes, behind Italy. The photo's that El Eman Trading posted on LinkedIn make a pretty nice shot. 

US domestic date season launches

One hundred days of 100-degree temperatures produce the highest quality Medjool Dates and that time has arrived as Bard Valley Natural Delights launches their date season. Shoppers enjoy the sweet dates and also support the organization’s concern over their environmental impact and ability to employ thousands with local jobs…

Gertrude Snoei

Ukrainian apple exports fell sharply in first semester of 2020

More than 95% of Ukraine's fruit and berry exports fall under three categories: nuts, frozen berries and apples, according to the Director for Development of the Ukrainian…

Renewed interest in hazelnut cultivation

Managers at Battistini Vivai report how there seems to be a renewed interest for hazelnuts in Italy. The company produces and commercializes around one and a half million hazelnut trees a year. 70% of the total is of the Tonda di Giffoni variety, while the remaining 30% includes the Tonda Romana, Tonda…


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