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Turkish exporter opens branch in Northern Germany

"Even Italians are looking for Turkish chestnuts"

At the Christmas markets in Germany, hot chestnuts have been a hit for many years. But so far in Germany there were hardly any specialized providers, focused on supplying customers with fresh consumer chestnuts. This year -just in time for the Christmas season-  Turkish company Ege Kaptan opened a branch office…

Turkey: R&D Center for Apricots is on the way

Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut, Rector of Turgut Ozal University in Malatya, known for its apricots, announced that a Research and Development Center specialized in this fruit will soon be launched. The center will operate in the university particularly focusing on the research and project development…

Large Oregon hazelnut crop provides marketing opportunities

It's been more than a month since the Oregon hazelnut season wrapped up for the year and growers are still gathering together final numbers. Early figures indicate that this year's crop was significantly bigger than last year's hazelnut haul, putting it close to the record set back in 2001. Growers say…

Chilean shelled hazelnuts allowed to enter the Chinese market

Recently, Chile and China formally signed an agreement to allow Chilean shelled hazelnut entry to the Chinese market. It is reported that the Chinese representatives met with…

Harry Deen, Denimpex:

“Chestnuts aren’t an easy import product”

As a flavour in an autumnal meat dish or as a roast snack at a Christmas market, chestnuts are inextricably connected with the autumn and the winter. Before they’re in shops…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre

“Fewer large Medjoul dates available”

“The supply of Medjoul dates from Israel and Jordan is about 10% higher compared to last year. The quality of some batches is, however, slightly lower. This subpar quality means fewer are exported. As a result of this, there is less product of large sizes," says Laurent La Morella of the Belgian company,…

Excellent chestnut crop only hampered by expensive air freight

The chestnut harvest in Italy is still in full swing. After a slightly delayed start, growing conditions have subsequently been very good, enabling suppliers to have a nice crop to ship to markets around the world. Growers say the season started a week later than last year and due to the warmer weather…

Turkish company expands chestnut exports

The chestnut season in Turkey has been underway for over a month now and so far everything seems like smooth sailing. There is an increasing demand from Europe, but the growers also see Canada as a potential market for the future. This is only the second year of cultivating chestnuts for the Turkish exporter Alanar. While…

First appearance of Chinese winter dates in Chile

Shijiazhuang Customs announced on November 26th that 20 boxes of winter dates with a total weight of 312 kg passed through Shijiazhuang Customs and quarantine inspection…

Karlsruhe caterer starts the Christmas season

"Mexican dates are a growing product area"

For those who rely more on nuts and dried fruits, sales are high during the Advent season. Dried figs, apricots and dates as well as walnuts and pistachios are in great demand, especially in December. This peak season is starting for Seyfettin Kaplan of the Seyfi company from Karlsruhe as well. The owner…

Cold temperatures are facilitating chestnut sales

The marketing of chestnuts is not kicking off as expected, even though it recently gave some signs of making a comeback. A wholesale operator explains to FreshPlaza that, “during October, the high temperatures did not facilitate consumption. Chestnuts are a typical fall produce, they are related to the…

China: High prices for green betel nuts in Haikou

The National Statistics Department in Haikou reported that the price of green betel nuts in Haikou is high because of high demand. The purchase price of the green nut increased from around 20 yuan [2.88 USD] per kg in this period last year to the current price of around 36 yuan [5.19 USD] per kg. That is…

Chile: Time of change in the dry plum industry

The main topic issues of the 6th Dry Plums Expo "Time of change" were: packaging development, eCommerce and new digital marketing channels and strengthening logistics, as well as the promotion and marketing of a premium product that is recognized as a superfood, and of course, working on the fruit's…

UK: Walnuts in shells in time for Christmas market

The 2018 crop of walnuts in-shell have arrived in the UK. Nutland UK imports the famous Diamond stamped walnuts from the US and have these in time for the Christmas-rush.  "We supply a complete range of nuts and dried fruits, both organic and conventional," explains Chris Dekker from Nutland UK. "We offer almonds, brazils, hazels…

Rising demand for convenience foods projects walnut market growth at 4.1% CAGR

Transparency Market Research are offering an 8-year forecast for the global Walnuts market between 2017 and 2025. The global Walnuts market is expected to register a CAGR of…

Mustapha Chihabi, Tomoor:

“Demand for organic dates increasingly rapidly”

Date importer Tomoor has supplied date paste for the food processing industry since September. “Date paste is a booming product on the rise, which we offer in various amounts, structures and flavours. Date paste can be used as a sugar replacement,” says Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor. “Our premium date paste…

USA

Busy time of the year for chestnut suppliers

It's peak time for the chestnut season as supplies and demand both peak during the month of November. Chestnuts have been arriving from Italy on the East Coast for about a month now, with some importers bringing early product in by air freight. "Generally, the chestnut harvest in Italy begins during the last week…

Dried fruit up by 5%

Tree nut production to increase by 6% in 2018/2019 season

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) has updated the 2018/19 crop and production forecasts for almonds, Amazonia (Brazil) nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias,…

Wonderful Pistachios partners with Universal Pictures for new promotion

Wonderful Pistachios kicks off the holiday season with a new integrated campaign featuring Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. Throughout the multimillion-dollar marketing campaign, the…

Smaller nuts make up sizeable domestic pistachio crop

This year’s California crop of pistachios is proving to be a sizeable one. “It’s going to be the largest crop of pistachios in the U.S. market ever. We had 900 million in 2016 and we’ve already hit 971 million lbs. and the numbers aren’t final yet,” says Thom Dille of Fiddyment Farms in Lincoln, Ca. He attributes the bump in…

Floor Trading

Specializing in novelties

Why do clients come back again and again? Floor Trading thinks it is for tasty, distinctive products. This Dutch wholesaler trades in nuts, speciality and novelty products. This is the reason why clients keep returning. These novelties can, after all, not be found for sale anywhere else. Floor Trading has specialized in this…

2018 Closing Season Congress

Chile: "Our nut offer must have a uniform and consistent quality"

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Nuts of Chile (ChileNut) will hold a Congress to close this year's season, an event that is expecting an attendance of more than 400 people. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at the Monticello Conference Center and its motto will be "Competing mano-a-mano." In…

China: Shaanxi winter dates - prices increase as production drops

Flourishing sales of Shaanxi winter dates in September have turned the fruit into a new market leader. Data shows that the trade volume of winter dates in Shaanxi and…

"Chinese chestnut production volume decreased, product quality improved"

"The Chinese chestnut export season already officially opened on September 12th, and will continue until around May, 2019. The production volume decreased this year as a result of extreme weather conditions. The production volume decreased by around 20%-30%. The product quality, however, improved." This…

New 12kg scoop-out box for unshelled walnuts

Dutch wholesaler, Qualino, has developed a 12kg scoop-out box, tailor-made for unshelled walnuts. This nicely printed box of walnuts can be placed directly on the shelf. The box can also be used in a 60x40cm container. The box is made to precisely fit these crates. The perforated lid of the walnut box…

Neither the appearance, nor the taste of the fruit are affected

Spain: Shelf life of figs extended by up to 21 days

A group of university researchers from Extremadura has developed a new technique that extends the shelf life of figs to up to 21 days without the fruit's appearance or taste…

Municipality blamed for low sales at Medina Dates Festival

Retailers at the Medina Dates Festival claimed that their requirements were not met by the municipality. The festival, where visitors are invited to buy an assortment of dates, ended last week. However, a number of retailers who had kiosks at the festival claimed that the municipality did not give them…

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees

Chile is starting to use bees to increase the flowering of almond trees The trial use of a bee attractant on almond trees in 10 orchards in October, was a success. This innovative technology, which is widely used in California and widely recognized in the United States, had not been used before in Chile.…

Date harvest yields close to expected results

The date harvest in California has wrapped up for the year and growers are now busy sorting and preparing to pack the desert-loving fruit. This year's summer conditions were close to the average, with sufficiently hot temperatures and low humidity for the most part. "We're done with picking and we are currently sorting the…

Eden Fruits GmbH, Kehl am Rhein

"Customers want to know what's in it and what's on it"

In Algeria, the date harvest has recently started. And so the Eden Fruits company, the European subsidiary of Ziban Garden, is currently importing up to 8 containers per week. Working out of Kehl am Rhein, right on the French border, they are also responsible for importing, certifying and procuring…

Kazakhstan project unveiled for a nursery with modern equipment

Since the start of the Besana Project in 2014, the groups agricultural activity, carried out today by Besana International Ltd, has been gradually expanding. The Besana Group, with the aim of actively opposing the reduction of traditional nut production areas worldwide due to climate change, is assisting growers and…

Ukraine walnut exports reach $100.8 million

For the first seven months of 2018,  Ukraine walnut exports amounted to us $67,1 million, 83% more compared to the same period last year. This was announced by Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of agrarian policy and food. Last year Ukraine exported walnut $100.8 million, which is 27.5% more than in 2016 ($79.1 million). According to…


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