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Nuts and dried fruits

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…

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…


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