After two years of low prices, Brazil nut pricing is now on the rise

This year’s Brazil nut volumes are down and it’s causing a boost in the market’s prices. Byron Machuca of Peruvian company White Lion Foods explains: “The prices have been low for the past two years, ever since they reached record levels in 2017, but so far in 2021 we have seen the prices increase again…

Barhi date popular fruit during Ramadan

At Bud Holland BV in Maasdijk, the season of the Barhi date has started again for 2 weeks. The king of dates are not dried and are mainly sold by the branch and are available in boxes of 2 kg and 4.5 kg. Barhi dates have a sweet-juicy flavor that is fresher and more fruity than a dried date. Over time,…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands

"Good Easter sales, but shipping delays are an issue"

It's still bustling for Easter at Tovano in the Netherlands. "You sometimes don't understand where it all goes," laughs Richard Strijbis. "Easter sales actually increase a little every year. For us, it's a busier time of year than Christmas." Arrivals are, however, creating challenges. "Sea freight has been…

Davide Quinto from Nogalba

A 'perfect storm' has hit walnuts

The current market situation for walnuts from specialized farms shows aspects that are entirely new compared to the recent past. This is due to the fact Italian production is increasing, with yields per surface unit as much as 30% above average, and to the fact US production is also increasing but no…

Morocco remains top importer of Tunisian dates

Importing 20.700 tonnes of the fruit from October 1 to March 15, Morocco is still the leading importer of Tunisian dates. Director General Samir Ben Slimane from the Tunisian…

Despite delays in NSW, caused by floods

Australia: Select Harvests expects positive results for almonds

Despite the impacts of the recent flooding in NSW, almond producer Select Harvest still has a positive outlook its almond crop. The almond producer has now harvested 50 per…

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

“The final consumer is not always aware of the advantages of the French origin”

With an annual volume of 7,000 tons of walnuts in shell, Coopenoix is the largest walnut cooperative in France. It offers conventional and organic walnuts all year round, with a marketing peak in October and November. Christine Bonnet, sales representative of the cooperative, explains that consumers are…

Jaco le Roux - Afrifruta

Mozambican producer riding the wave of dried mango & coconut growth expands its fresh lines

Dried mango could have a shelf life of up to 18 months, but it’s become too popular to come close to its sell by date. Huge worldwide demand for dried mango has fuelled 25% year-on-year growth in its production at Mozambican fruit processor Afrifruta.In the East African country mango trees and coconut…

Moldova, first quarter of 2021:

Stable average prices for walnut kernels

On the Moldovan market, the average wholesale prices for walnut kernels, having slightly decreased in mid-January 2021, have been stable for almost two months at the level of…

US: Persisting challenges for West Side agriculture

Challenges are persisting for West Side agriculture as another growing season is nearing. In addition to uncertain market prices for some commodities, growers are facing…

Pierre Roux: "100% raw nuts of single origin"

South African organic pecan nuts enter the rest of Europe via the Netherlands

On the banks of the Orange River in South Africa, Roux Pecans grows organic pecans. To respond to Brexit and its consequences for exports to Europe, Roux Pecans has set up a company in Rotterdam. Family businessRoux Pecans is a real family business. The company was founded by Chris Roux. His sons Bob and…

Interview with Jordi Mor

Zaragoza - a modern almond cultivation method

Jordi Mor is a Spanish agricultural technician boasting years of experience in the cultivation of stone fruit, and he is also a promoter of the Zaragoza model, a new revolutionary method to manage almond groves that has proved successful not only in Spain and Italy, but in other continents as well.  Jordi…

Due import ban adjustments

Renewed market opportunities for US almonds in Algeria

Following the instruction of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune during his 2020 June’s Ministers Council Meeting regarding the total restriction of the importation of agricultural products during their harvest time, the Professional Bank and Financial Institutions Association (ABEF) sent a note on July 12,…

Delaware Department of Agriculture announces Specialty Crop Grant availability

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. DDA anticipates more than…

Caporaso Group video below

Nut-based cream spreads benefit from the growing healthy food demand

The health emergency and the need to stay at home have led many companies to push the online channel to promote their products. The internet retail is not a break from traditional commercial channels, but the continued need for a different kind of contact between the manufacturer and the consumer. We…

Scorta Verde

Eco-friendly line recognized as "Product of the Year 2021"

Madi Ventura, an Italian company specializing in dried fruit, has been rewarded as Product of the Year 2021 for its new Ventura - Scorta Verde range.   "This year, consumers voted for Scorta Verde, the new Ventura line that puts the environment first thanks to 100% biodegradable compostable packaging that holds the…

Kenya: Coconut and cashews to be cash crops if bill passes

Coconut and cashew nut farming will qualify for state funding and marketing if President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a new bill that seeks to make them cash crops. The bill passed by…

U.S. pistachios see export sales growth despite sizeable tariffs

As U.S. pistachio growers look ahead to another sizeable crop this coming late summer, plans continue to stimulate demand for pistachios on the export market as well as domestically. Given the number of pistachio trees planted in the early 2000s, the American Pistachio Growers anticipated strong oncoming…

Aurelio Manuzzi: "The large-scale retail trade is doing well, the HORECA sector is a disaster"

A two-speed trend for the dried fruit market

The dried fruit sector is struggling with stratospheric costs for renting shipping containers from abroad. The trend in the sector has been upwards for many years, but Covid has messed up well established plans. "The dried fruit market is still growing and offers great opportunities. Only around 30% of…

The first laboratory for in vitro cultivation of dates was installed in Tarapaca

The first laboratory for the in vitro cultivation of plants was installed in the Tarapacs region, within the framework of a project that seeks to contribute to the development…

Benin agri reforms

President Talon’s agricultural policy still to be put to the test

Benin is still the leading cotton producer in West Africa, with more than 700,000 tons harvested in the 2020-2021 season. But while Benin's cotton sector has already benefited…

AFG Technologies relies on gentle drying technology

"Our dried fruit concept offers added value to both growers and retailers"

The range of dried fruits has expanded significantly in recent years. Nevertheless, it is still predominantly common types of fruit, such as apples, bananas and stone fruits, that are marketed as dried fruit. AFG Technologies LLC wants to change this with a comprehensive production and marketing concept,…

New South Wales, Australia

Batlow chestnut farm hopeful again, after 2020's bushfires

Chestnut growers who were burnt out by bushfire last year in the NSW Riverina are now preparing for a great harvest, after they received some good rainfall. It's a huge…

The Italian Pieve di Rivoschio Association asked the authorities for help in dealing with the emergency

Chestnuts and marrons are now facing the threat of the chestnut tortrix

A small consortium, the Associazione Marrone dolce di Pieve di Rivoschio (Sarsina) in the province of Forlì-Cesena, has asked the local and regional authorities for help in tackling the problem of the chestnut tortrix (cydia). Last year we lost 30-40 per cent of our production and this not only…

Bringing automation to nut harvesting

The macadamia market is constantly growing: indeed, the nutritional virtues it provides makes the macadamia nut a fruit very much in demand. "The success is such that today the macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world with a price varying around 60$/kg (R900). This infatuation has naturally…

Australian macadamia crop modelling predicts increased 2021 crop

The 2021 Australian macadamia crop is predicted to reach 50,770 tonnes in-shell @ 3.5% moisture (54,440 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture), according to a census-based forecast…

The Zaragoza method has proven to be successful

Almond trees in full bloom 10 days earlier compared to 2020

A spectacular and suggestive scenario of almond tree blossoming is currently happening in Apulia. "The absence of a real winter, followed by temperatures above the seasonal average recorded in the last week, has only accelerated the vegetative awakening of the plants by about 10 days compared to 2020.…

Global marketing initiative launched for California walnuts

The California Walnut Commission announced its second annual “Power of 3” global marketing campaign, which builds on the successful 2020 campaign. “Power of 3” will launch on…

Medjool dates sales volume expected to spike during Ramadan

Bard Valley Natural Delights’ are an essential part of the Ramadan tradition as Muslims begin the daily ritual of fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan lasts 30 days beginning on April 12th and ending on May 11th. Past sales data indicates a retail sales volume spike of 57 percent* during this period.…

Walnut sector concerned about sale of imported products as if they were Spanish

The walnut sector integrated into FEPEX has verified that, since December of 2020, the imported walnuts have been marketed as if they were of national origin and at prices below production costs, which is negatively affecting producers, as well as the image of the Spanish product. The irregularities have…

Donnalia introduces Sicilian almonds to its high-end assortment

"We are moving in the direction of premium products and we never miss an opportunity to supply our customers with the best fruits from Sicily. Almonds, which we grow in our family business, are no exception," said Angelo and Vincenzo Dipasquale about their latest initiative. Vincenzo and Angelo Dipasquale…

Today is World Pistachio Day

New flavors introduced for pistachio snacking nut line

Wonderful® Pistachios is celebrating World Pistachio Day today by introducing the new flavors of BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar Wonderful Pistachios No Shells. Available now at select online retailers and hitting store shelves nationwide in the U.S. and Canada by early April, the new Wonderful Pistachios No…

California almond orchards are in full bloom

California is the largest almond producing region in the world, and right now the trees are in full bloom. The trees have just come out of a period of dormancy, which lasts from November through January. During this time, the trees undergo the regular process of losing their leaves for winter. Then,…

USDA estimates record harvest of American and Turkish pistachio nuts

The global pistachio harvest for 2020/21 is up by almost 40% to a record 985,000 tonnes as harvests in the United States and Turkey enter the first year of the rotational crop cycle. Iranian production is expected to decline by 7% to 190,000 tonnes from the last year of the cycle, but exports are…

72% increase in production expected

ZZ2 Karas date farm passes virtual GlobalG.A.P audit ahead of exceptional harvest

The Medjool date harvest at ZZ2’s Haakiesdoorn farm in the Karas Region of southern Namibia has just started after an unusually rainy season and the company expects it to be another exceptional harvest. Like last year’s crop, the sizes peak between large and jumbo with great quality. “The weather has…

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage wants to curb imports

Sri Lankan government to boost 16 agriculture products output

The Sri Lankan government is stepping up food import substitution with a new program to boost local production of 16 agriculture products within the next four years. Among…

Queensland, Australia:

Wide Bay growers uncertain about the future due to water scarcity

Australia’s Wide Bay region has a diverse agricultural sector, representing 12 per cent of agricultural production in Queensland, worth more than $1.5 billion. However, local…

USDA/FAS - Rabobank

Rabobank Five-Year Walnut Market Outlook

Will demand for walnuts grow to match supply and competition?

Global walnut production and exports will set records during 2020/21, impacting the US market as it relies heavily on exports. US production is at record levels but will likely remain in check due to lack of price incentives. This report provides production and price estimates for the next five years.…

'farmers have defeated the stinkbug'

Georgian hazelnut exports up 49%

The Georgian government has announced that the nation’s farmers have defeated the stinkbug which has been destroying walnut crops throughout Western Georgia since 2016. As a result of this, the…

Russia imports more plums, cherries, persimmons and hazelnuts from Georgia

There was a sharp increase in fruit and vegetable imports from Georgia to Russia in 2020. During the year, Georgia managed to earn a record $81 million from the exports of fresh vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts to Russia, which was 62% more than in 2019. The following graph shows the rise and fall of…

Tonda Francescana hazelnut cultivar

Italian associations and producers started getting interested in hazelnut cultivation again a few years ago. Nowadays, hazelnut cultivation is spreading also outside of the classic cultivation areas due to the high demand, the fact that the high price of dried fruit largely compensates the investment and…

USDA

US 2021 farm sector income forecast

‘Receipts expected to drop for vegetables and melons, fruits and nuts’

The US net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $9.8 billion (8.1 percent) from 2020 to $111.4 billion in 2021. This expected decline follows a forecast increase of $38 billion (45.7 percent) in 2020. After increasing $27.3 billion (25.0 percent) in 2020, net cash farm income…

Higher speed, minimized yield loss, and a cleaner product

A new industry standard in the almond and pistachio processing industries

In the past decade, California has seen a dramatic increase in tree nut production, in particular in almonds and pistachios. As a result, significantly higher volumes of nuts need to be processed and processors are looking to increase capacity. “We’ve responded to their needs by building processing…

Exports of premium Taiwanese dates to Japan hitting new high

Dates are currently been harvested in Tainan, Taiwan. As a result of the local authorities’ efforts in exploring export opportunities, the products successfully entered the Japanese market thanks to their excellent quality, and this year, the export volume to Japan may reach a new high. This year’s crop…

Chilean chestnuts have been steadily increasing their presence in Italy

Chile continues be the most trusted supplier of southern hemisphere chestnuts and exports destined for Italy have now increased from 9% to 11%. In 2020, chestnut exports to Italy had a value of €2.8 mln and although this is a 6% contraction compared to 2019, the quantities remained stable at 1,800 tons,…

Israeli agtech startup Edete brings artificial pollination technology to Australian almond market

Israeli agri-tech startup Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture is due to begin commercial scale field trials of its artificial pollination technology in almond orchards covering dozens of hectares in the Australian state of Victoria. This follows the signing of an agreement with one of…

Dirk Jan van Dijk, Palm Fruits, the Netherlands

“We keep supplying dates, no matter what”

A ‘one-stop-shop’ for dates. That's how Dirk Jan van Dijk describes his business, Palm Fruits, in the Netherlands. "We have something for everyone - different qualities, packaging, and varieties. We've recently expanded that a little further. We've added new consumer packaging for our 'La Palma' brand." “Palm…

Iran Q1-3 agrofood exports up 48 percent to $6 billion

Iran exported 6.12 million tons of agricultural and food products worth over $6 billion during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year (March 20-Dec. 20). The…

'Yuzu fruit, avant garde seasonal eating and medjoul dates'

New Covent Garden Market predicts fruit and vegetable trends for 2021

New Covent Garden Market, from which more than 100 wholesale traders supply fresh fruit and vegetables to London’s restaurants, has predicted that yuzu fruit, avant garde…

University of California, San Diego, research:

‘Pistachio nuts can contribute to weight loss’

According to a study published in the July 2020 issue of Nutrients, adding US pistachios to your diet can contribute to weight loss and may contribute to other health benefits…


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