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Nuts and dried fruits

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…

Webster Limited's - Canadian takeover finalised

The Canadian takeover of an Australian company with significant properties in the Riverina has been finalised. Share trading in Webster Limited was suspended at the close of…

The leading company in the Spanish nut sector

Calconut increased its turnover by 7% in 2019

Calconut, the leading Spanish company in the international nut sector, expects to have closed 2019 with a 7% growth in its turnover compared to the previous year. This means reaching an income of 137 million Euro, when just 10 years earlier its turnover stood at 8.5 million. The company has thus managed…

Jonathan Rhodes, Perlim Noix:

A bright future for Périgord walnuts on the French market

Perlim means the Apple of the Limousin, as well as the Périgord walnut. Hence the name of the group is a contraction of these two regions which each offer products benefiting from a PDO. The apple has been produced and marketed since the early 1960s, but the Chauffaile family has also been selling…

Tree Nuts: World Markets and Trade (USDA)

Small pistachio harvest in the US and Turkey, good harvest year in Iran

The worldwide cultivation volume for pistachios for 2019/20 is estimated to drop of 11% to 694,000 tonnes. The pistachio harvest has a biennial cycle. One year there is a very good harvest ("on-year"), followed by a year with a less abundant harvest (the "off-year"). The fall in volume for 2019/20 is due…

Recent findings on health benefits of nuts and dried fruits

Nuts and dried fruits have been part of the human diet since prehistoric times. They are nutrient-rich foods and constitute an excellent means to deliver health-promoting bioactive compounds. As such, they serve as important healthful snack items, besides being part of many traditional and new recipes of…

Iran accounts for 15% of the global trade in dates

According to Agriculture Ministry officials, Iran exported more than 300,000 tons of dates in the last fiscal year (March 2018-19) to account for 15% of global trade of this…

Aim is to increase commercial viability

USAID supports Georgia’s hazelnut producers

USAID supports Georgia’s hazelnut producers to increase their commercial viability and deliver high-quality products to the world market. When USAID first started supporting…

Australia-Indonesia trade deal and its effects on Aussi farmers

Australia has signed off on a historic and comprehensive deal with Indonesia, which both countries have agreed to implement within the next 100 days. Australia already exports about $2.8 billion worth of agricultural goods to Indonesia and the new agreement should see that increase by leaps and bounds.…

US: Fruits, nuts, vegetables among the most expensive items in grocery stores

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend between $165 and $345 on groceries each month. The USDA publishes a food plan each month that suggests how…

Israeli researchers manage to germinate 2,000-year-old dates

Israeli researchers have managed to successfully germinate extinct plants from more than 2,000-year-old date seeds. The seeds were found in archaeological sites in the Judean…

Wonderful® Pistachios launches plant-based protein campaign

Wonderful® Pistachios, The Original Plant-Based ProteinTM, launched a new multimillion-dollar marketing campaign to further resonate with the growing number of people adding more plant-based protein to their diet. The campaign emphasizes that the best protein is grown on trees, not bred or developed in a…

Arab nations: Fruit imports from Brazil up 34% in 2019

The biggest destinations for fruits including apples, melons, limes and grapes were the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Oman. Total exports from Brazil climbed 16%. Brazilian…

Fruits and nuts growing import markets in Ecuador

Fruit and nuts are the fourth most imported products in Ecuador. Apples, pears, grapefruit, citrus and melons are also imported. The USDA has published a guide for companies…

Prontarroste ready to eat chestnuts

"The Prontarroste are an innovative proposal of fresh ready-to-roast chestnuts. They provide an additional service to the consumer, have a long shelf-life, are not subject to significant physiological weight loss, and comply with all food safety regulations." This is what Pasquale Covino, quality manager…

Australia: Millions of bee deaths makes for uncertain almond yield

The wildfires that swept across Australia’s east and south killed millions of bees and destroyed vast tracts of forest where the insects feed. This puts the country’s almond and honey production at risk. Bees play a crucial role in the nation’s multi-billion dollar horticulture industry, pollinating not…

California Prune Board highlights role of prunes in plant-based diets

With Veganuary drawing to a close, the California Prune Board is encouraging consumers to think about how they can continue to incorporate plant-based foods in their diets.…

Japan imports American almonds and walnuts on a large scale

In 2018, the United States exported nuts worth 465 million dollars  (422 million Euros) to Japan. As a result, Japan has become the 8th largest overseas market for American nuts.…

‘Love is in the air’ for Nim’s with limited edition Tesco launch

Love is in the air for the UK’s only air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps manufacturer this week as it launches its latest limited edition range. Nim’s, which is committed to delivering a healthier alternative to traditional snacks, has created crisps from a naturally crimson coloured fresh variety of…

Dirk-Jan van Dijk, Palm Fruits:

"An increased demand for Medjool dates in Eastern Europe too"

Palm Fruits has been in existence for a year now. Last year, Dirk Jan van Dijk started this business in Bergambacht, the Netherlands. He sells dates. And things are going splendidly. "Supermarkets, as well as wholesale markets, know us as a 'one-stop-shop' for Israeli Medjool dates. We offer these both…

USDA report: Retail Foods 2019 Portugal

Spanish Mercadona is the new prizefighter on the Portuguese retail market

In 2019, Mercadona, the well-known Spanish foodstuffs group, arrived in Portugal. The company is expanding abroad and decided to start with Portugal. Mercadona opened its…

"Overseas sales volume of fresh Chinese chestnuts steadily grows"

"We have worked hard to open up the European market for Chinese chestnuts in the last few years, but because the variety of chestnuts is limited, European market demand remained relatively small. More recently, however, we have received frequent inquiries from retailers in Germany about our products.…

Tariffs offer little deterrent

Strong export market for American pistachios

Despite hefty tariffs on exporting pistachios to China and Hong Kong, American pistachio growers are still shipping significant volumes of the increasingly popular nut. “In 2016, we had shipped our largest amount to China and Hong Kong,” says Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio…

"Price of Thai coconuts is rising"

Coconuts are an important product in the Chinese market. Even when the weather is gradually growing colder, Chinese consumers still show a strong demand for coconuts. The coconut market conditions were quite unstable and unpredictable in the last two months. The price rapidly increased. Ms. Yu Boyang of…

Dried fruit and nuts in fully recyclable packaging

At Marca in Bologna, "Vincenzo Caputo" showcased its new fully recyclable dried and mixed fruit packaging solutions. "This range is called 'I Comodi' (i.e. convenient) because it is easy to use and carry around but, most of all, because the packaging is 100% recyclable as paper waste. Even the…

Profits drying up as heat dries Tunisian dates

The irrigation systems and oases in the arid south of Tunisia are failing to keep up with the demands of thirsty palm plantations. Mansour Rajeb is wrapping a plastic protective sheet around the branch of a date palm in his oasis near the village of Bchelli, in southern Tunisia. Tying it up, he lingers.…

California almond community announces pollinator protection plan

Preceding the start of the annual almond pollination season in February, the California almond community is launching a new five-point Pollinator Protection Plan. A collection…

Drop in Azerbaijan fruit and vegetable exports in 2019

In 2019, Azerbaijan exported 628,509 tons of fruit and vegetables worth $ 606 mln to foreign countries, according to the calculations of APA-Economics based on the indicators…

Guidance product for Orchard and Vineyards launched

TeeJet Technologies has launched a new guidance product specifically designed for vineyard and orchard growers. The Matrix 430FV builds upon the highly successful and proven TeeJet Matrix 430 guidance product. This easy-to-use, low cost system is designed to ensure that the operator selects the correct…

Wonderful Nut Orchards LLC vs Fresno County

US: World’s largest pistachio plant on hold after court case

Fresno County and a huge pistachio grower have come to a settlement that’s expected to halt -at least temporarily- work on what would have been the world’s largest pistachio…

Macadamia and avocado theft costing South African industry millions

The popularity and profitability of avocados and macadamias have seen theft of the produce becoming increasingly rampant. In the past season, the macadamia and avocado…

Hazelnut Marketing Board launches new contest

Chef competition promotes recipes with Oregon hazelnuts

The Hazelnut Marketing Board (HMB) invites chefs to bring their culinary skills to the table with a signature Oregon Hazelnut recipe for a chance to win a cash prize of…

California almond growers turn to new markets

Supplies of California almonds are solid. “Harvest has been finished since October so we’re packing and shipping product that we’re receiving from hullers right now,” says Bikram Hundal of Custom Almonds LLC. in Earlimart, Ca., adding that the crop quality was good. “The hullers are up and running and…

Walnut-loaded train heading to Turkey from China's Xinjiang

A freight train loaded with 44 carriages of walnuts on Wednesday departed Urumqi, capital city of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and is expected to arrive at the Turkish port of Mersin in 18 to 20 days. The exported walnuts, weighing more than 984 tonnes, were all harvested in…

Some 10,000 disease-resistant trees planted since blight devastation

Canada: Reviving the hazelnut industry in Eastern Fraser Valley

Several years after the Eastern Filbert Blight all but devastated the hazelnut crops of the Eastern Fraser Valley, the trees are coming back. Growers in Chilliwack and Agassiz…


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