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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…

Despite quiet Christmas sales Brussels importers look back at a good year

The Christmas sales at the importers of the European import centre in Brussels is no longer like it used to be. Last Wednesday it was remarkably quiet in the centre. "It might be busier this weekend, but I'm not certain of that. During the holidays, cooking is no longer the same as it used to be," notes a…

Commercial hazelnut crop from New Jersey making strides

Hazelnuts are difficult to find nowadays, and the majority of them are of Turkish origin. Now, this might change: Rutgers Horticultural Farm 3 in East Brunswick has a storage…

DJ Ryan from Sundate:

“We are expanding our California date production in response to growing markets”

Medjool dates are usually harvested around the beginning of September but, like most California desert crops, the harvest started a bit late this year, falling around September 15th. DJ Ryan of Sundate, located in Coachella Valley, says: “Even though we started a bit late, it doesn’t affect us much…

Nut processor Seeberger focuses on extended quality control

Lots of challenges and increasing demand

Sladko Vucenovic opens each five-kilo sack of Chilean walnut kernels by hand and pours them onto a metal plate before pushing the peeled product into the packaging machine. At Seeberger, the machine fills 240 kilograms of walnut kernels in 60-gram bags in one hour. In order to deliver quality, the goods must…

Volume and quality issues with Italian chestnuts cause tight market this season

The chestnut harvest starts in early autumn, and this year has been a difficult year for the crop. Nick Pacia, CEO of Trucco, Inc. says: “The growing season has been difficult as farmers have been facing increased challenges managing the quality of the crop. We primarily import our chestnuts from Italy…

Almond Board of California

New marketing approaches help California almond exports grow

Despite retaliatory tariffs and uncertainty in key export markets for California almonds, demand for the nut continues to grow around the world. New advertising campaigns and…

Zimbabwe: Meikles Ltd. goes into power generation

Zimbabwean based company group Meikles Limited has unveiled plans to venture into power generation and intends to use part of the US$20 million proceeds from the proposed…

Elbfresh LLC: "We hope for a further price increase leading up to Christmas"

Limited export volumes and high prices characterise Egyptian spring onion campaign

The export campaign for Egyptian spring onions is currently in full swing. Following the oversupply of recent years, however, limited export volumes are available this year at quite high prices, says  Mohamed Moustafa of Hamburg company Elbfresh LLC. At the beginning of November, shortly after the end of the German…

Date popularity increases for the holidays

Dates are one of the main products grown and exported from Palestine, and this year’s harvest wrapped up in October with the packing process set to wrap up at the end of December. The date trees in Palestine are generally quite young, meaning that as they mature, they begin yielding more and more fruit.…

Seth Holmes - Desert Fruit Namibia

"We ship fresh and allow our dates to ripen at the consumer"

Desert Fruit Namibia, a date farm which actively farms and markets speciality varieties including Medjool, Zamli, Khallas and Barhi. Desert Fruit is confidence of a good harvest of the fresh dates, which is envisaged for end January or early February 2020. Managing Director Seth Holmes said that the…

“As a symbol of prosperity”

Date palm listed by UNESCO

The date palm, which was recognised by UNESCO on Wednesday, has for centuries played an important role in the establishment and growth of civilisations in the hot and dry regions of the Arab world. Now date palm-related knowledge, traditions and practices have been inscribed on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of…

California pistachio wars

Wonderful Co. sues Fresno County over a rival’s project

A feud between two major players in California’s $2.6-billion pistachio business has caught up with the county of Fresno, as it has now become the target of a lawsuit filed by one of the firms. Wonderful Co., a large pistachio processor and distributor -owned by Beverly Hills food and drink magnates…

Almond Board of CA announces investment in farming practice research

The Almond Board of California announced an investment of $5.9 million dollars in 85 independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices. With this…

"Palestine has a lot to offer the Dutch market"

Photo report: PalTrade B2B meeting held in Amsterdam

On Monday December 9th, Palestinian producers and suppliers of dates, fresh herbs, and olive oil came together to meet with various Dutch buyers at a B2B and networking event in Amsterdam. The event was put together through a cooperation between the Palestine Trade Centre (PalTrade) and the European…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"Far fewer Californian walnuts available, but dates selling like hot cakes"

Dutch wholesaler, Tovano, has had Diamond walnuts in their assortment for a few weeks now. This year, however, their Californian supplier has had to deal with a disappointing harvest. There were various reasons for this. "This year's pricing is, therefore, very different from last year," says Richard…

US and Chile are big winners as Kashmir walnuts succumb to unrest

All the uncertainty and unrest in Kashmir has made the cross-continental journey of walnuts and apples from the US or Chile a better deal for many traders despite sky-high…

Wonderful Pistachios launches new "Almost Everyone Loves No Shells" campaign

Sheldon the tortoise introduced into No Shells campaign

Wonderful® Pistachios launched its new “Almost Everyone Loves No Shells” marketing campaign featuring No Shells on television for the first time as part of a $15 million investment in the No Shells brand, the largest to date. The comedic campaign debuts on television, online and on social media and…

Tomato, date and olive value chains in Jordan offer good opportunities

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jordan Office has carried out a rapid appraisal of three selected value chains that are of export potential and accessible to high…

Christmas atmosphere at Frischezentrum Aschaffenburg:

"Medjool dates are very popular, despite high prices."

Dates are increasingly becoming a standard product within the German trade. The sweet exotics benefit from a growing preference for a healthy diet and the increasingly international cuisine in Germany and Europe. The fruits are particularly well received at Christmas time. "For the most part, we sell Medjool dates…

Last 10-month period

Ukraine exported fruits, berries and nuts for a total of $ 191.9 million

The export sales of $191.9 million are record highs over the past 5 years, exceeding the volumes of the 2018 season by 9%. The dynamics of an increase in export deliveries of…

Italian chestnut cultivation at the European Parliament

Representatives from the EUROCASTANEA European Network met on 4th December 2019 at the European Parliament. Italy was represented by Prof. Gabriele Beccaro from Disafa at the University of Turin and scientific coordinator of Centro di Castanicoltura del Piemonte, Luciano Trentini from Centro Studi e…

Field trials in almond orchards completed successfully

Israeli start-up targets California almond market

Israeli agritech start-up Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture, the developer of an innovative artificial pollination solution, will target the lucrative Californian…

US: Hazelnut Marketing Board commits to expanding export markets in Asia

The Hazelnut Marketing Board (HMB) is investing funds awarded via the USDA Agriculture Trade Promotion Program (ATP) in a new research initiative designed to identify and access new global markets. Oregon is home to 99% of the U.S. hazelnut crop, and the state’s growers have met increasing global demand for…

Australia: Select Harvests has had great nut haul

Shares of Select Harvests -Australia's largest almond grower and processor- are booming after a successful year, which the Australian nut grower attributes to a bigger than…

Avi Dagul (Agrifood Marketing) about Israeli Medjoul dates

“Currency exchange rate is a huge problem”

“Ninety percent of our Medjoul dates, which is our main focus, are exported,” says Avi Dagul of the Israeli exporting company, Agrifood Marketing. “Europe is the main Medjoul market at the moment. There is, however, a rising demand from other parts of the world, one example is Brazil which became a…

INC releases 2019/2020 Global Statistical Review

Tree nut and dried fruit productions to add up to 4.5M and 3.3M metric tons, respectively

The INC has released its latest Global Statistical Review with 2019/2020 production forecast updates on tree nuts, peanuts and dried fruits. Northern hemisphere tree nut…

Australian Mid North Coast fires impact bees, macadamias and blueberries

Farmers from Australia’s Mid North Coast are appealing to the community and the government to help their cause after fires had a devastating impact on the industry. David Flinter is the owner of Hand'n'Hoe Organics Macadamia farm in Comboyne. David said the past two weeks of fighting fires have been a…

New Tonda Francescana hazelnut variety

Tonda Francescana® hazelnut trees are now available at the nursery in Casalina di Deruta (Perugia) owned by Fondazione per l'Istruzione Agraria in Perugia. "The new Tonda Francescana® hazelnut variety obtained by the University of Perugia crossing Tonda Romana and Tonda Giffoni obtained European patent…

"Smart Ports: Piers of the Future" event brings together 6 major ports

For the first time, the ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Montreal and Rotterdam come together to showcase their most advanced digital transformation and sustainability projects at their dedicated ‘Smart Ports’ exhibit The "Smart Ports. Piers of the Future" event brought together six of…

US farmers want 'their Chinese market' back

As the state of Georgia enters the pecan harvest season, local growers are anxious instead of cheerful, faced with dim business prospects following the loss of their largest overseas market in China due to massive tariffs. Randy Hudson, a pecan grower in Ocilla, Georgia, began harvesting the variety…

The proposals by Vivai Dalmonte

Walnuts and hazelnuts: income is made possible by programming

An ever-increasing number of requests for hazelnut and walnut plants are coming from Italy and abroad. Thanks to agreements with the supply chain, contracts with large industries, or autonomous company initiatives, it is possible to plan for profitability over a number of years. At the base of each…

India relaxed import regulations for avocado, blueberries and Chilean nuts

India has relaxed the import regulations for avocados, blueberries and Chilean nuts, also eliminating the requirement to be treated with methyl bromide. The measure means that…

Canadian growers fighting EFB

British Columbia: Hazelnut industry bounces back in a big way

For Peter Andres, torching what remained of his ravaged hazelnut trees was a last resort. Andres had been a prominent farmer in the B.C. hazelnut industry for more than two…

Ghana’s food security threatened by expanding cashew production

Over at least the last decade, one of Ghana’s most vital breadbaskets has been converted into cashew nut production to feed export markets. The Bono East, Bono and Ahafo…

Industry expert Pamela Graviet:

India is largest South Asian market for California’s walnuts

India's appetite for California walnuts has boomed over the years, making it South Asia's largest consumer market of this American product, said a senior industry expert…

Emilia-Romagna Apennines

Drop in chestnut volumes between 60 and 90%

Renzo Panzacchi, president of chestnut producers from the Bologna Apennines, reports that it has been a year to forget for the chestnut production in the region between Valsamoggia and Valle del Senio, yet the situation is not much better in Modena, Reggio Emilia and Parma. "The situation is dire, as production…

Pace of walnut harvesting accelerates in Moldova

According to the leaders of companies specialized in the purchase and export of nuts, the active start of the harvest of the new crop in 2019 started later than the optimal…

Ukrainian fruit and berry exports up by 10% in first nine months of 2019

In January-September 2019, the rise in domestic fruit and berry exports continued. In the first nine months of this year, Ukraine exported fruit and berry products worth $ 172…

New partnership to make prune-based energy bars

Denver-based company Fourpoints is the first-and-only energy bar to feature California Prunes as the main ingredient. “The energy bar category is crowded and full of the same old date based and syrup-based bars,” said Kevin Webber, co-founder of Fourpoints. “You have to have a one-of-a-kind product to…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"With new line of dried fruit from South Africa, wholesaler and specialty stores can distinguish themselves"

Nuts, dates, figs, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes. If you take a look at the warehouse at Tovano in Maasdijk, you will see a wide range of nuts and dehydrated fruits. Within this last category, a new line from South Africa is gaining importance. Starting with dried mango and  pineapples, dried apple, peach…

Fatty acids quality index to classify pistachio cultivars

Iran, USA, Turkey, Syria, Italy, Tunisia, and Greece are the main pistachio producers in the world. In Iran, pistachio is the most important commercial agricultural product cultivated and the export provides the highest financial income among Iran’s non-petroleum export products, making Iran one of the…

Turkey increases its global share of hazelnut production

Last year, Turkey produced 500.000 tons of hazelnuts and the country's global exports share was lower. This year, the production volume will increase to 800.000 tons. Thus the country will increase its global production share to 70% and expects an important boost in exports. Under the "EU - Turkey…

Protecting tree nuts against navel orangeworm

US project Sterile NOW shows major improvements

A project looking at using sterilizing methods to control navel orangeworm (NOW) populations is seeing some promising improvements, after only a few tweaks. Research is…

New hazelnut has cracked the marketplace

Are you ready for PollyO?

Researchers from Oregon State University have completed an examination of, and have released, a new cross-bred hazelnut cultivar known as 'PollyO'. This was then discovered to be a rising star of US hazelnuts. Shawn Mehlenbacher, David Smith, and Rebecca McCluskey released the Corylus avellane L. hazelnut 'PollyO' and compared…

Michael Maxwell with Procacci Brothers

“Hot dry summer in Europe promises a good chestnut season”

The hot, dry European summer was damaging to a lot of growers, but there is at least one crop that benefited from the weather: chestnuts. Michael Maxwell from Pennsylvania-based chestnut importer Procacci Brothers says: “This summer’s weather has brought us very good quality chestnuts. The season started…

Fourth permanent display of Egyptian-made goods in Brazil

Egyptian products showcased in São Paulo

Egypt’s Commercial Office in São Paulo has launched a permanent exhibit of Egyptian-made items by 33 different companies at its headquarters on Paulista Avenue. Thirty-three Arab companies are showcasing their products as of Wednesday morning in the fourth permanent display of Egyptian-made goods in…


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