Nuts and dried fruits

North Bay Produce, Inc. releases dried fruit line

In an effort to offer unique, healthy, and tasty options, North Bay Produce, Inc. has released their first line of dried fruits. The offerings include five items with minimal ingredients including blueberries, cherries, cherries with zero added sugar, cranberries, and whole cranberries. North Bay is…

King Abdullah University for Science and Technology

New Saudi Arabian research to boost global date fruit production

On World Food Day, a team of Plant Scientists from King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) announced it had begun a major project to improve global date palm production and protection. The project is the first time that the date palm genome has been studied so comprehensively. Dr.…

US-Japan interim trade agreement: A big win for Virginia farmers

According to an article on augustafreepress.com, Virginia farmers stand to benefit from the recently signed U.S.-Japan interim trade agreement. The agreement will lower or completely cut tariffs for many agricultural products, including fresh and frozen beef and pork, according to a statement from the…

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon plant

‘Capacity for 160,000 pounds of hazelnuts per hour’

The town of Ordu in Turkey lies more than  6,000 miles away from Oregon's town of Donald, with an entire ocean between them. Both towns lie on the 45th parallel, a latitudinal line…

Indian tariffs could dampen joy about super almond crop in California

Fall festivals and the wedding season are already ramping up in India, and almonds are a popular gift for such occasions. This could mean that the timing was perfect for California’s almond growers, and Indian almond traders are awaiting the arrival of the shipments for the festival season demand…

Medjool dates shipping just in time for Fresh Summit

Pure Palm Produce will be exhibiting a full lineup of California Dates at the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA, Oct 17- 19, 2019, at booth #2089C. “We are very excited for the PMA to be back in Anaheim. The West Coast location allows our customers the chance to come out to the beautiful Coachella Valley…

Tulare County - California

Treehouse Almonds to add 255,000 square feet & hire more employees

Treehouse Almonds, one of Tulare County’s almond producers, is expanding its operation. It has been expanding its processing, packaging and storage facility in Earlimart. The…

France focuses on new hazelnut production model

At the Walnut Technical Day held in Bologna, Fabrixe Lheureux, manager of the French R&D program for walnuts and hazelnuts, explained that, with over 21 thousand hectares and an average annual production of 38,000 tons, France is the eighth leading nut producer worldwide. "80% of the production is exported…

Fresno County is top agricultural county in California and US

After the Tuesday morning release of the 2018 Tulare County crop and livestock report, which shows sales of agricultural goods produced there last year totaled more than $7.21 billion, a 2.5% increase from ag sales in 2017, it seems that -for the first time since 2013- Fresno County is the top…

Per capita consumption of nuts in Spain amounts to 3.13 kg / year

According to data supplied by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAP), the country's per capita nut consumption amounts to 3.13 kilos per year. Currently, the consumption of nuts accounts for 1.56% of the expenditure in groceries, as in recent years there has been an increase not…

Pakistan gears towards exotic foreign date varieties

Pakistan is heading towards producing exotic foreign date palm varieties at home. The Madina-based Saudi Arabian 'Ajwa' variety is on top of the list; it is known for its…

Almond producers vote to continue marketing order program for CA almonds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that almond producers voted to continue their marketing order program for almonds grown in California. Ninety-five percent…

Potential contamination with Norovirus

Cornerstone Premium Foods recalls frozen blackberries

Cornerstone Premium Foods of Syracuse, New York is recalling a specific lot of product containing frozen blackberries (noted below) due to the potential of being contaminated with Norovirus. FDA testing of frozen blackberries was reported to have tested positive for Norovirus. Norovirus is a highly contagious…

California Ag Today

Outlook California’s fruit and tree nuts

Tree fruit from California and the rest of the US has been more plentiful this year. Government estimates peach crops up 13% and the cherry harvest up 5% compared to a year…

On announcement of Canadian buyout

Stocks of Tasmanian walnut grower Webster Limited rise 52%

Webster Limited operates walnut and almond orchards in NSW and Tasmania, as well as irrigable land for cotton and other annual crops, cattle and Dorper sheep production, a…

Tree nut annual for Turkey

Turkey has "off-year" for pistachio production, low volumes expected

Pistachio production is cyclical in Turkey. There are “on-years” during which harvests are significantly higher than during “off-years”. Therefore, yields can vary…

New harvest of French walnuts in-shell

This year, once again Qualino managed to gain an early supply of a new harvest of French Walnuts in-shell. "The French walnuts are known for their exquisite taste and shelf life and are once again a true delicacy this year! They will be available from the second half of October", says Martijn Blom Qualino…

“Date season looks promising despite the delay”

The Israeli date season began two weeks late due to the colder temperatures experienced there during the growth season," says Laurent la Morella of the Belgian company, Lorre. “In spite of this, the crop looks promising. A lot of fruit of large sizes are expected. They have, however, not been harvesting for…

California walnuts focus on high-quality and marketing

California walnuts are famous all over the world and have a great history. Charles Leslie from the University of California talked about them at the Walnut Technical Days. "Walnut cultivation in California grew from 250 thousand to 400 thousand acres between 2008 and 2018. Production in 2019 is expected to…

Almond cultivation becoming increasingly popular

CO.VI.L. (Consorizo Vivaisti Lucani) has devised a program defined as "the weeks of almond tree pruning" to raise awareness of the importance of pruning and to help growers learn how to manage tree foliage properly.  Growers, technicians and future producers  learn more about how to distinguish innovative and…

Chestnut situation in Europe

European Chestnut Network Eurocasta gathered operators in Trancoso and Penedono (Portugal) for the tenth European meeting animated by AREFLH, the European association of fruit and vegetable growing regions. Part of the Italian delegation in Portugal Over 250 operators took part, listened to reports by experts and discussed…

Yaniv Cohen, Hadiklaim Date Growers’ Cooperative

‘We want to create demand for Medjouls in new markets’

In 1982, the main markets for Medjoul dates were the Western European countries, the UK, and Israel. “However, if you want to develop, you have to start focusing on other markets, rather than forcing higher volumes on existing markets,” says Israeli cooperative’s Fresh Produce Managing Director, Yaniv…

Spain: Plant disease is devastating almond trees

A lethal Central American plant disease that is devastating olive trees in southern Italy is now killing almond trees in southern Spain. This is a serious development, being a…

US-Japan agreement to profit California specialty crops

California farm groups say the US' new trade deal with Japan will be a boon to their state's exports, including walnuts, as the 10 percent import duty imposed on these by the Asian nation will fall to zero immediately. President Trump and Japanese President Abe signed the deal today (Sept. 25) to…

Peak season for Israeli fresh produce is approaching

"In just two weeks, the first citrus fruits will arrive"

The fresh supply from Israel is currently approaching its peak: The season for the dates, avocados and pomegranates is gradually approaching, and the last Israeli mangoes are still available. In addition, the citrus fruit will soon be starting, explains Raimund Dieterich, owner of the company Israel Spezialitäten.…

California makes changes in prune market

The California prune market is shifting some of its focus this coming season to accommodate world supply trends. “We’re focusing on the higher-quality and larger-sized fruit. We’ve got an adequate supply,” says Greg Thompson of the California Prune Growers Marketing Association in Yuba City, Ca. “But the…

"This season's Chinese chestnut exports to Europe are declining"

The Chinese chestnut season started in early September. New crops began to become available while stocks of last year’s harvest were gradually cleared. Although the sizes of new crops have been affected to some extent by extreme weather, the quality, in general, is better. "We started the harvesting of…

Ido Yaari of Arava Export Growers:

“We have been growing herbs since the 1980s”

Through a combination of open field and greenhouse growing, Israel is able to produce and export herbs year-round. Arava Export Growers, an Israeli based company with branches…

Pistachios: a profitable and suitable crop for the Region of Murcia

After five years of pistachio cultivation being tested in the experimental farm of Las Nogueras de Arriba, in Caravaca de la Cruz, promising results have been presented at a…

California pistachios looking at off-crop for 2019-2020

With a less than anticipated carry-over crop into the 2019-2020 season, the California pistachio market is looking at an off-year for its incoming crop. “We’re going to have a carry over of 132 million lbs. from last season. Most of it will be lower grade material and there’ll be some in-shell so we’ll…

Almondco Australia: 28.5 million expansion

South Australian nut producer Almondco will expand its processing facility in Renmark, creating 50 new jobs, thanks to a $28.55 million Marshall Liberal Government loan. The expansion will include construction of a world class value-adding almond processing facility, a new specialised sorting room with…

Almond harvest in California mostly finished

There is only a couple of weeks remaining for the almond harvest in California. Growers say the majority of the initial crop has been harvested - the Nonpariel varieties that make up much of the volume. For the most part, growers are half way through harvesting their second crop - the pollinators - and…

Bad year for hazelnuts from Campania

"The start of this hazelnut campaign wasn't exceptional, but things were looking positive. Initially, before harvesting even started, we expected the production to be lower than last year - 50% less than a normal year. However we realized initial estimates were too optimistic, as the drop in production reached…

USDA - Tree Nuts Annual 2019

Chile’s almond area to remain at 8,800 ha in coming years

In MY2018/19, Chile’s almond planted area reached 8,867 hectares (ha). It is projected that the planted area will remain at 8,800 ha in the following marketing years. Almond…

Ms Behnaz Beik on the date season in Iran

“We’d like to enter the Chinese market with our dates”

The harvest of Iranian dates started about a month ago. After a few years of drought the country finally saw some rain in the spring. It’s resulted in a healthy crop for the 2019 harvest, although the quantity is quite a bit less than the 2018 campaign. According to Ms. Behnaz H. Beik, the managing…

Wisconsin farmers are turning to hazelnuts

Hazelnut farming is gaining popularity in Wisconsin. The hazelnut market has been expanding in recent years, and at a time when many farmers are facing difficult times,…

US-China trade war might have lasting effect on Oregon exports

Recent trade disruptions have not only reduced exports of Oregon agricultural products; they could also stymie future growth opportunities, say state officials and industry…

Grand opening of new almond manufacturing facility in California

Blue Diamond Growers announced the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its new 52,000 square-foot, energy-saving manufacturing facility in Salida, California. The event marks the completion of the facility to add new pasteurization technology and processing lines. The announcement…

Australia

Almonds trialled in outback Northern Territory

For the first time, almond crops are being trialled in the Northern Territory of Australia. Growers hope Central Australia will become a commercial producer of the in-demand health food, as there is a booming market for almond products. It is still too early to determine whether the trial trees will…

Heavy weather to hit Alicante, Valencia en Murcia

A small low-pressure area at a high altitude results in abundant rainfall, and therefore a weather alarm is in place for Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Today and tomorrow storms, heavy rains and high winds are expected to hit the regions.The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is bracing themselves for…

Oregon hazelnut growers respond to increasing consumption

Research conducted by various groups in the United States indicate that hazelnut consumption is increasing. Consumer attitudes toward hazelnuts are evolving, with people increasingly seeing them as a healthy snack. A recent survey of 25 food industry decision-makers, commissioned by Northwest Hazelnut…

Coconut Coalition of the Americas campaign

US growers want coconuts off the FDA list of major allergens

Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA), tree nuts, including coconuts, are classified as “major allergens”. But a campaign is now…

Updates on the Italian nut season

"Italian walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios are becoming popular once again thanks to the excellent quality of the cultivars, their sustainability and ethics. Italian nuts have been doing well on both the domestic and foreign markets. In addition, more and more land is dedicated to their…

Great feedback for almond cultivation event in Spain

Feedback was great for the three-day event dedicated to almond cultivation held in Andalusia (Spain) between 2nd and 4th September 2019. Visitors included entrepreneurs looking to acquire information and confront themselves with other successful producers so as to make the right choices for their…

Date harvest begins in the Mexican state of Sonora

The harvest of dates in the Sonoran region of San Luis Rio Colorado has begun. Javier Villegas Lira, the president of the Region's Date Product System, said that they expected a good quality crop thanks to the low presence of pests in the crops, which reduced the risk of losses. Producers expect to…

Shipments from J&K delayed

Indian traders forced to import more walnuts from US & Chile

As the Indian festive season nears, walnut traders are buying more of the dry fruit from the US and Chile to tide over the delay in arrivals from the Kashmir valley. Over 90%…

Saudi Arabia: Date exports climb 27% in six months

Saudi dates exports have registered a 27 percent rise during the first half of 2019. Total exports during the period have already reached SR574 million (€139 mln), compared to…

Red date season in China starting with stable spot market transactions

The harvest season of red dates lasts from September to November. Founder's interim data shows that spot transactions in major markets are relatively stable. Sellers in…

Kern County CA is world leader in almond production

Kern County's almond harvest is underway; farmers are shaking their trees to produce billions of pounds of the commodity crop. Kern County is the No. 1 producer of almonds in…

Yaniv Cohen, Hadiklaim Date Growers’ Cooperative

“Our goal is to be the first stop for Medjoul dates”

The Medjoul season started two weeks ago. “I am proud to say we are starting the Medjoul season on time with almost no stock from last season,” says Yaniv Cohen from Hadiklaim. “This means the market can easily absorb the annual increase of this variety. It is too early to tell regarding the quality. It…

California date grower receives glyphosate-free certification

Joolies, California’s newest organic medjool date company, announced that they are the most recent addition to a group of 40 brands to receive the Glyphosate Residue Free Certification by The Detox Project and the first farm to have its harvest certified. This award acknowledges that neither Joolies’…

USDA Walnuts Annual Report

Walnut production area in Ukraine forecast to reach 18,900 ha

The walnut production area in Ukraine is forecast to reach 18.9 thousand hectares (ha) for MY2019/20, one percent above the 18.7 thousand ha harvested in MY 2018/19. According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine (SSSU) data, the growth of production area was achieved through an influx of new…

"US food makers in race to develop hazelnut products"

Product development executives across the food industry widely recognize the potential for hazelnuts as a trending ingredient in packaged goods – especially among Millennials…

Pessl Instruments partners with Solentum

"Both companies will support the potato value chain"

Pessl Instruments, a global manufacturer and provider of agricultural technology solutions and holistic tools for informed decision-making under METOS brand, headquartered in…

“The Barhi date from Jordan is now available in France”

The fresh Barhi date is harvested over a short period, from the end of July until October. For a few days now, this oval date, more and more popular on the European market, is available again at Armand Fabre. “The harvest started a couple of weeks ago. The Barhi dates arrive in Marseille by boat and in…

China: This year's chestnut production is smaller than expected

Chinese chestnuts are mainly produced in Hebei, Shandong, Hubei, Henan, and Guangxi. From late July to late October, chestnuts from across China follow one another onto the…

Turkish Sultana raisin exports exceeded 500 million USD

Manisa, a city located in western Turkey exported more than 500 million USD worth of Sultana seedless raisins. The 2018/2019 export season is almost over in the Manisa Valley.…

Ag Report:

Strong demand for US almonds, hail damages tomato crop and new top apple

As farmers are harvesting the 2019 almond crop, marketers say they expect to find plenty of demand for the nuts despite the ongoing United States/China trade dispute. Experts…

Philippines: Davao entrepreneur wants to export 18K coconuts to China daily

The Filipino-Chinese entrepreneur who owns the Davao City-based Eng Seng Food Products wants to increase the export volume of young coconuts to China to at least 18,000 daily. The intention is to start this October, following the successful initial shipments last July. Eng Seng Food Products President…

Australia: Select Harvests processing big almond crop

Australia's biggest almond producer is almost finished processing a bumper crop. Select Harvests said with 95 per cent of its crop processed, it was predicting a volume of…

Palestine’s Medjool date markets experiencing 20% growth every year

The Palestinian Medjool date industry is relatively new compared to other major date producers, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. According to Momen Sinokrot, the Managing Director of Palestine Gardens, this is specifically a good thing. The palm trees that supply the date industry in Palestine…

Northern Italy: 14,500 kiwi plants devastated by bad weather in Brescia area

After a few days of heavy weather that involved some areas in Northern Italy (the Casalese area in the Lower Piedmont, and the Brescia area for example), the damage count has…

Consumer interest in Medjool dates increasing

In September, date growers in Coachella are expected to begin the fresh harvest. During the late spring and early summer, wind storms passed through the region, but growers have not reported any problems stemming from them. The crop will, however, be delayed because of the earlier weather issues back in…

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli:

“Turkey is top producer/exporter of hazelnuts, cherries, figs & apricots”

According to a claim by the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, Turkey is the top producer and exporter of hazelnuts, cherries, figs and apricots. "Turkey is the world leader…

Turkish apricot producers eye Far East markets

Malatya, a city located in Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, produces 85% of the world's dried apricots. Nowadays, marketing activities are ongoing to increase exports to the…

Spain is number one export market

Almonds ahead of wine as California’s top specialty crop export

At this time, California has around 6,800 almond farms and produces billions of pounds of the tree nut a year. Almonds are grown in 16 counties in the state. San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Colusa, Merced, Madera, Fresno, and Kern Counties produce the biggest almond crops, with each county growing upwards of…

Chinese imports of fresh and dried fruits and nuts increase

Imports of fresh and dried fruits and nuts in China increased to 901000 USD THO in July from 700200 USD THO in June of 2019, with January showing particularly strong numbers.…

California’s almond market rights itself post-USDA report

Following July’s California Almond Objective Measurement Report from the United States Department of Agriculture, the market has settled down again for almonds. The report noted that while growers anticipated an increase of five to 10 percent more in almond supplies, the reported estimate was less than what…

INC research grant is now open

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) has just launched its Annual Call for Research Projects (€300,000) to fund clinical, epidemiological, basic and/or strategic research that may…

Research focuses on health benefits of prunes

Information released by the California Prune Board shows the continuing growth in research around the role of prunes in health, saying they are seeing positive results from several separate research studies. Said Kevin Verbruggen, European Marketing Director at the California Prune Board: “We are…

Spanish chestnuts, on the shelves all year round

Premium quality Spanish chestnuts are an increasingly demanded product in both the domestic and the international markets. Its versatility makes it possible to consume it roasted, cooked, dried, etc., as well as processed (into flour, desserts, etc.). The family-run company Castañas Campelo, from El…

Azerbaijani hazelnut producer increases production

Since the beginning of 2019, the hazelnut processing plant in Azerbaijan's Zagatala has increased production by 20 percent, when compared to the six months of the previous…

Monitored the most common fungal diseases of almond cultivars in southern Spain

For many years the scientists at University of Cordoba have evaluated the incidence and severity of the four most common almond aerial diseases in ten experimental fields in the main almond-growing areas of Andalusia, southern Spain. The experimental fields are representative of the different geographic…

Philippines starts exporting supply of coconuts to China

The trading agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Belt and Road Forum in April has now born fruit; this week, the Philippines…


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