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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,…

Kurylo54

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…

Essen-based company Von der Stein has been specializing in French products for 40 years

"Our goods are increasingly coming directly from the producer instead of via Rungis wholesale market"

The Paris wholesale market Rungis has been the hub of the European fruit industry for many years. Every day, tons of fruit and vegetables from all over Europe, are handled in the French capital and are subsequently distributed to other European countries. Essen-based company Von der Stein has been…

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Announces 2020 Interim Results

Ports operator COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (“COSCO SHIPPING Ports” or “CSP” or the “Company”, today announced the interim results of the Company and its subsidiaries (the…

Nut prices drop off due to lockdowns Mineria6

US almond prices plunging by about 40 per cent this year

In the US, nut prices have fallen to multiyear lows as fears over the pandemic and lockdown measures crunch big buyers (airlines, hotels and pubs). Benchmark US almond prices…

Siwaporn Tarawatanatham

Large volumes forecast for 2020 California nut harvests

In California, the 2020 almond harvest is underway now. It will soon be followed by harvests of pistachios and, next month, walnuts. California farmers and marketers say they…

Mexico

The date harvest in the Mexicali Valley will start at the end of August

The date harvest in the Mexicali Valley will begin at the end of August. This northeast region of the state of Baja California has 1,438 hectares devoted to producing dates,…

TerraFresh Organics' Oasis Date Gardens brand

New line of California heirloom Deglet Noor dates available now

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company supplying organic citrus, mangoes, stone fruit and grapes to North America, is now offering Oasis Date Gardens, to bring snack packs and resealable stand-up pouches of Deglet Noor dates to the marketplace for retail customers.  The organic, pitted Deglet Noor dates…

Naturipe Snacks responds with new snack line

Consumers ask for new ways to eat berries on-the-go

Driven by the increased desire consumers have for well-balanced, healthier ready-to-eat snacks, Naturipe introduced Naturipe Snacks™ a few years ago. “This summer, we rebranded the original snacks line to better align with our corporate rebrand as Boost Bentos™ and expanded the line with Bliss Bentos™,”…

Tal Dagul, Agrifood

‘In Europe, small retail packaging will define the Medjoul season’

The coronavirus pandemic has boosted the global trend towards healthy eating. “There has been a health revolution worldwide in the past years. People from all walks of life have come to understand that dates are a healthy snack,” says Agrifood’s Tal Dagul. “There has been a massive increase in organic…

Pistachio topped export list in terms of value Atoss1

Iran sees agrifood exports go up 6% year-on-year

During the first four months of the current fiscal year (March 20-July 21), Iran exported 2.54 million tons of agricultural and food products worth $1.73 billion. Figures…

Simonida Djordjevic

First half of 2020: Azerbaijan exports 9,400 tons of hazelnuts

Between January and July 2020, Azerbaijan exported 9,400 tons of hazelnuts worth $57.8 million. During the same period last year, the country exported 13,100 tons of hazelnuts…

California Neil Lockhart

Horizon Farm property and pistachio & almond crop sold to Maricopa Orchards

Agriculture and engineering services firm Camellia PLC -headquartered in Kent- has released a statement saying Horizon Farms partnership in California has agreed to the sale…

Sergey Lyukshinov

Iran exports over 60,000 tons of dates to 52 countries

Among the many export destinations for Iranian dates, have been Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Qatar, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Canada, Australia, Germany, France,…

Ventura

Dried fruit consumption on the up at the expense of shelled mixes

The health crisis redefined the habits of Italian consumers. It will be interesting to see how things will evolve in the fall, when people tend to buy more dried fruit. "Looking at market developments, in the future, people will focus more on products with a higher added value linked to both the nutritional…

Adil Celebiyev

Russia among leading importers of Azerbaijani fruit and vegetables

From January through to May 2020, the majority of fruits and vegetables from Azerbaijan was exported to Russia, said the Head of the Azerbaijani Fruit and Vegetable Producers…

After the end of the Egyptian grape season, the pomegranate season is next

“Our grape farm had an edge thanks to the early harvest”

The Egyptian grape season might be over, but the pomegranate season is coming up quite soon. One Egyptian exporter speaks about the challenges of the past grape season, which had a great start thanks to an early harvest. And despite the pomegranate season being 70 days away, orders for the Wonderful…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands:

"We'll soon get our first Chilean shelled, organic walnuts"

Two years ago, Tovano cautiously began offering an organic dried fruit and nuts range. That's now gradually expanding. "They're not the biggest item. But, we can use them to supply an interesting niche market," says Richard Strijbis. Shelled walnuts In week 31, this Dutch company will get its first…

2019 United States Agricultural Export Yearbook

Top 10 export markets for US fresh fruits and vegetables

In 2019, the value of US fresh fruit and vegetable exports to the world reached $7.1 billion, a three percent decline from the prior year. Canada remained the top US market, accounting for 49 percent of exports, or $3.5 billion. Mexico came in as a distant second with 11 percent of US exports while no…

Andre van der Horst, Exotimex:

"Finally more supply of young Thai coconuts on an empty market"

The supply of young coconuts from Thailand has been very limited in recent weeks. "The production was very low, which meant that only very limited numbers were available for extremely high prices," explains Andre van der Horst of Exotimex Europe from Rijnsburg. The importer received larger volumes again last…

California sees back to back record almond crops

Supplies of California almonds are up, though it’s anticipated that demand will increase in the coming weeks. “We’re coming off a record crop and the volume is higher right now. There’s a higher percentage of carry over compared to last year at this time. Last year was a record low in percentage of carry…

Agrimola

New acquisition to get stronger abroad

Agrimola gets even stronger with the acquisition of "La Nuova Tradizione", a company focusing on semi-processed products for ice-cream parlors and patisseries. The company from Casalfiumanese (Bologna) - one of the leading European businesses dealing with chestnuts (fresh and processed) and frozen and…

Wonderful® Pistachios No Shells now available in variety packs

Wonderful® Pistachios No Shells launched new variety packs featuring the Roasted & Salted, Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted flavors, providing a flavor for everyone in the…

Bloomberg

US growers experience a nut glut

The past decade’s demand boom exhorted US growers to bring on the supply. They planted loads of new trees in the past several years. Groves take time to mature enough to bear fruit. Now, all that crop expansion is finally coming to market. However, it’s arriving just as Chinese tariffs and fallout from the pandemic are dragging…

CoBank

CoBank quarterly report – ‘Rural Industries Adapt to Coronavirus Reality’

US expects another record almond crop - Valencia crop down 4% year-on-year

Over the past four months, every industry has grappled with how to adjust its business to the pandemic. Agricultural supply chains have been massively disrupted. Unfortunately, 2020 will go down as a year when many American businesses were shaken. But economic recovery may now favor rural communities for…

Excessive rainfall affects taste of famous Kutch dates

India: Dates do not taste as sweet for Kutch farmers this season

Kutch has been traditionally the hub of dates production as the desert crop can tolerate maximum salinity in water. According to state horticulture department dates were…

Germania Nuts on the nut trade in times of Corona

"With the exception of pine nuts, we've roughly maintained our sales"

The Corona crisis only slightly influenced the marketing of nuts. "From March onwards, we too felt a slight drop in sales and a more difficult procurement situation in some countries. But the only major slump was in the marketing of pine nuts, which dropped by almost half," says Oualid Ben Haj Ammar,…

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Iranian agrifood export volumes up, but value down

Export of Iranian agricultural and food products accounted for 14% of the overall non-petroleum export in the last fiscal year (ending in March). Seven million tons of…

"Export price of Chinese frozen chestnuts 15% higher year-on-year"

"Unlike most other produce, the overall export of frozen chestnuts over the past months has not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Compared with the same period last year, the current export price is showing an increase of about 15%." Yue, Manager of Qinhuangdao Yanshan Chestnut Co., Ltd. said. Processing…

Jan Jelders, Nuts & Dried Fruits Company

"Our portion packs are a lifesaver in these times of Corona"

Despite the corona crisis and the disappearance of trade with market vendors and the catering industry, sales at The Nuts and Dried Fruits Company continued to go on. “The retail sector has performed very well in recent months, which has enabled us to absorb the loss of certain customers,” says Jan…

USDA

USDA - California 2020 almond objective measurement report

California: 2020 almond crop estimated to be the largest on record

California's 2020 almond production is forecast at 3.00 billion meat pounds, unchanged from May's subjective forecast and 18 percent higher than last year's crop. The forecast is based on 1.26 million bearing acres. Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 1.30 billion meat pounds, up 24…

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Indian government plants seeds to grow exotic fruits, discouraging imports

The Indian government is planning to introduce exotic varieties of apples, almonds, walnuts, grapes and date palm by importing seeds and saplings to help local growers and…

Crookes Brothers hold back dividend as profits drop

Agricultural group Crookes Brothers has opted to hold its dividend for  the year to end-March after a poor performance from its macadamia and deciduous fruit divisions. The group…

'More than 90% of dates are grown in Middle East'

The UAE is one of the biggest exporters of dates in the world. With more than 40 million palm trees planted across the country, it is one of the biggest date-producing…

Popovici Bogdan

COVID-19 is obstructing Californian walnut exports

Jonathan Field, the manager of the Walnut Bargaining Association, gave his comments on the upset COVID-19 caused to the industry. “When COVID-19 hit, a lot of those…

Outdoor adventure giveaway to promote dates by highlighting National Parks

Throughout the month of July, Natural Delights will highlight a different national park along with quick facts and popular activities and tasty snacks to enjoy while visiting.…

Canker quarantine expanded in Texas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced June 30 it was immediately expanding the area quarantined for citrus canker in Texas. The agency added portions of Cameron County near San Benito and Brownsville to prevent the spread of the disease. APHIS confirmed…

"Greengrocers and fruit and vegetable wholesalers can use dried fruit and nuts to distinguish themselves"

De NotenBeurs, a Dutch dried fruit and nut wholesaler, has been supplying these products since 1998. In the early years, its client base consisted of greengrocers, store chains, market vendors, and the hospitality industry. From the year 2000, the industry and wholesale sectors were added. In 2004, De…

Oriental wholesale ''Grüne Saison' opens its doors on Wednesday

"We will offer the Düsseldorf wholesale market new and surprising goods"

Even in these difficult times of Corona, there are ambitious new entrepreneurs who are opting for the fruit and vegetable trade. On 01.07.2020, new company 'Grüne Saison' opens its doors at the Düsseldorf wholesale market. The Jatal brothers will offer wholesale market customers a rich selection of…

Coles Nurture Fund grants

Australian food and beverage producers share in nearly $3 mln for innovations

Twelve innovative Australian projects will get to share in almost $3 million from the Coles Nurture Fund. Coles has announced it would provide grants to twelve small and…


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