Nuts and dried fruits

Walnuts: competition from California is stronger this year

Although Italy produces less than half the walnuts it consumes, the market is rather static at the moment and national produce stocks are still rather high, while they used to finish before Christmas in the past. Without mentioning the fact that the produce from California has increasingly competitive…

Kheda, Gujarat

ETG Agro India commissions nuts-almonds processing plant in India

ETG Agro India is one of the largest processors and marketers in the global pulse processing industry. Originally a pulses processor, ETG Agro India has recently commissioned…

Horticulture of Georgia 2020:

Increased exports of Georgian nuts, apples, blueberries, peaches and mandarins

In general, it is safe to say that 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector. Exports rose to record levels and production volumes for nearly all…

Cheap nuts from the US threaten Spanish walnut industry

Spanish walnut growers, affiliated with the Nueces de España industry association, are not pleased  that US walnuts have not been included in the list of goods subject to additional…

Northwest Victoria, Australia

Select Harvests completes $129 mln purchase of Piangil Almond Orchard

Select Harvest has completed its $129 million purchase of the Piangil Almond Orchard in northwest Victoria. The Australian almond grower signed the deal with United Almonds,…

PMA executive departs to lead peanut industry organization

Produce Marketing Association’s Richard Owen will leave his position to become the next president and CEO of the American Peanut Council. His position with the APC is…

Mathijs Segeren, Antares Commodities, the Netherlands:

"You're allowed to serve something nicer at Christmas"

"It's been a trend for years that nuts are healthy," says Mathijs Segeren of Antares Commodities. This Dutch company focuses on importing and selling almonds, pecans, Brazil…

Interest in home cooking drives nut demand up

Bart Van Honsté of Belfrudis brokers dried fruit and nut deals for clients all over Europe. This Belgian agent sees that this market is developing well. Some of these developments are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, interest in home baking and cooking has increased enormously. That's…

Florus Zwartbol, Floor Foods:

"Consumer trends lean toward innovative, responsibly produced snacks"

"People are far more aware of what they eat and drink than they were five or ten years ago," says Florus Zwartbol of Floor Foods. This Dutch company focuses on nut product innovation. "The consumer trend leans heavily towards innovative, responsibly produced snacks." That's why Floor Foods focuses on…

Corona crisis making meal boxes more popular

The Nuts and Dried Fruits Company (NDFC) has used this coronavirus pandemic as a time of reflection. That's according to Jan Jelders. "COVID-19 has affected us, but it's also made us consider what we're doing. We took the time to assess what influences and affects consumer behavior and expectations." For…

Amazon nut harvest set to start in January in Peru

The Amazon nut, also known as the ‘Brazil nut,’ season is set to start in January, with peak volumes becoming available from February through April, and the harvest wrapping up in October. While the volumes look to be much lower than they were in the 2020 season, the overall projection looks to be…

Increased demand for chestnuts this holiday season as consumers cook more at home

This year’s chestnut season has been a very good one, according to Michael Maxwell at Procacci Brothers. The company begins importing chestnuts in October and the season wraps up around the end of the year, with plenty of supplies to satisfy holiday demand. “Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday for the…

Predicaments and improvements for Tanzanian cashew nut trade

The Tanzanian cashew nuts industry currently employs nearly 700,000 farmers - 90 per cent of whom are found in the regions Mtwara, Lindi and Pwani. Of these, Mtwara takes the…

Spain: Fraudulent organic pistachio sales - €6 million in illegal profits

The Spanish Guardia Civil, with support of the French Gendarmerie Nationale and Europol have dismantled an organised crime group involved in the production, distribution and…

Peanut brand 'Blue Jumbo' popular in times of Corona as well

"Sales of peanuts have now shifted to food retailers"

Normally at this time of year, tons of large caliber 'Blue Jumbo' brand peanuts are finding their way to consumers through local Christmas markets. But in this exceptional year full of Corona restrictions, only a few Christmas markets are actually taking place. Therefore, the purchase of the coveted…

More Tanzanian products to be exported to Qatar

Following a great demand for coffee beans, cashews, spices, honey, meats, vegetables, avocadoes, mangoes, and other fruits from Tanzania, the East African country is expecting…

Hazelnut, cherry, fig and apricot

Turkey: World leader in production and export of four agri-products

Turkey has a leading position for hazelnut, cherry, fig and apricot production and exports in the world.  Some 67 percent of hazelnut production, 26 percent of cherry production,…

Strawberries, dragon fruit and figs

Punjab: Successes of progressive farmers

Farmers in Punjab’s Malwa region have taken a lead by adopting innovative cultivation methods to grow exotic crops like dragon fruit, figs, strawberries and bell peppers. In…

Fraunhofer Institute for Environment, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

Compressed carbon dioxide for decontaminating almonds & other nuts

A process to kill germs on almonds and nuts by using compressed carbon dioxide to decontaminate food has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for…

The European chestnut network is always open to more international collaborations

On the occasion of the Vinitech-Sifel Virtual fair, the European network Eurocastanea co-organized a "live" round table on December 3, to which representatives of various chestnut producing countries in the world were invited. The representatives of China, Japan and Australia had a live chat about the…

Their value falls by 85% compared to 2019 and by 200% compared to 2015

The price of Spanish almonds plummets

The Union of Agricultural Producer and Rancher Unions has denounced the current economic situation of the majority of Spanish almond producers, who have seen how prices have…

Acrylamide risk and control in roasted hazelnuts

The hazelnut industry contributes over $400 million to the Turkish economy and is the main source of income, especially for the Ordu and Giresun provinces of Turkey, with a total yield of 545,000 t/year. In addition to Turkey, the main worldwide producer, Italy, the USA, Georgia and Azerbaijan produce…

New Valentine's Day promotions available

Limited edition chocolate covered dates sold over 100,000 units during launch

The Bard Valley Natural Delights® new 8-count Dark Chocolate Covered Medjool Dates item had a strong start with over 100,000 units sold since September. To continue the momentum, Bard Valley created an eye-catching Valentine’s Day merchandiser and a consumer promotion to create excitement for this…

Fresno is leading US agricultural output county

Fresno County in California has held its top spot as the leading county for gross agricultural output in the US. At just $212 million in gross agricultural output between No.…

Image: Derco Foods / Almond Board of California

FY2020 Full Year Results - Select Harvest

Record almond crop was offset by lower almond prices and higher water costs

Melbourne-based Select Harvests is Australia's largest almond grower and processor, and is the third largest grower worldwide. While it manages almond orchards in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, it is also involved in the manufacture of a variety of food snacks and muesli. Australian…

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…


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