Government launches ambitious Horticultural Plan for rural Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe has launched an ambitious plan to revolutionise rural agriculture. If successful, it could see remote areas of the nation being transformed into…

Mocerino Frutta Secca

Dried fruit now available in different options

"The Italians cannot wait to restart after the pandemic - whether it is for an aperitif or for dinner, any occasion is welcome to meet friends," reports Giuseppe Mocerino, owner of a family business with two branches in Campania (productive) and Lazio (operating). Demand is increasing, "in particular,…

Growing consumer demand for immune-boosting fruit

Guavas, the “Cinderella fruit”, are best in class for vitamin C

The heavy rain in the Western Cape is very welcome, even if harvesting of guavas has to take a backseat for a few days, but the Guava Producers’ Association is keen to remind South Africans of the extremely high levels of vitamin C contained by guavas (even more than citrus). "Vitamin C plays a vital role…

USDA

USDA: 2021 California almond forecast down 10 percent

California's 2021 almond production is forecast at 2.80 billion meat pounds, down 13% from May's subjective forecast and 10% lower than last year's record crop of 3.12 billion meat pounds. The  forecast is based on 1.33 million bearing acres. Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 1.10 billion…

Select Harvests Ltd crop and market update

“Record almond shipments and the worsening Californian drought have led to a recent price appreciation"

Paul Thompson, Managing Director of Select Harvests Limited (“SHV”), has announced the following update on the 2021 crop and current market conditions: Crop UpdateHarvest has…

Another 40,000 hectares of chestnut groves needed in Europe

During an important event on chestnut cultivation held in Mazeyrolles (Perigord region, France) on July 3rd, 2021, it was discussed how 40,000 hectares of new chestnut groves would be needed to prevent an increase in the imports of chestnuts from extra-European countries, especially Turkey and China.…

Primewest launches Agricultural Trust No.2 with new almond orchard acquisition, NSW

Following its recent merger with Centuria Capital Group, Primewest has launched a new wholesale unlisted agricultural fund, Primewest Agricultural Trust No. 2, seeded with a…

Takeover of Rotterdam Fruit Wharf B.V. by Kivits Logistics Group B.V.

The Kivits Logistics Group B.V.  has reached an agreement with Belgian New Fruit Wharf nv (BNFW) concerning the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rotterdam Fruit Wharf B.V. (RFW). The takeover has been completed with immediate effect. Both parties had been in talks for some time about possible cooperation…

US almond shipments still strong - despite Covid challenges

Despite the ongoing challenges presented by Covid-19, overall almond shipments seem to remain strong. Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen said it has been a bit of a…

Unión de Uniones

Spanish almond production expected to be 20% smaller than last year's

After conducting an analysis in producing areas all over the country, Unión de Uniones predicts a 20% reduction in Spain's almond production compared to the 2020 campaign. The…

Australian macadamia crop forecast revised

The 2021 Australian macadamia crop forecast has been revised down by 4.5% from 50,770 to 48,500 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture (from 54,440 to 52,000 tonnes at 10% moisture), announced the industry’s peak body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today. The modest reduction is a direct result of the…

Southwest Michigan fruit update

‘Early season sweet cherries are being harvested’

Tree fruitApricots are 1.5 inches in diameter with hard pits. The crop is very good at some sites and poor at others. Dry conditions have not been very favorable for bacterial…

Idaho almond trial creates lots of interest from California

Interest from California growers in the possibility of growing almonds commercially in Idaho is increasing. University of Idaho researchers have been conducting a major almond…

New flavored pistachio snack wins more accolades

Wonderful® Pistachios No Shells has received awards for one of its newest flavors, Sea Salt & Vinegar. Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Sea Salt & Vinegar has been selected as a…

California almond farmers are ripping out trees due to drought

The drought gripping the West will take a devastating toll on US agriculture, bringing with it the risk of food inflation. Dairy farms are sending cows to slaughter as they…

Tulare county, California

Californian arrested for stealing 42,000 lb of pistachios

A California man has been arrested for allegedly stealing and attempting to resell over 42,000lb of pistachio nuts, which are valued at over $100,000. Trucker Alberto…

Zimbabwe: Ariston Holdings revenues increase by 64 percent

Ariston Holdings has been able to defy the disruptive impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on business operations worldwide, seeing the groups revenue jump by 64 percent to $425,5…

California Walnuts launches Snacking Campaign in July

The California Walnut Board launches its first ever Snacking Retail Campaign this July, to bring more attention to the benefits of walnuts as a nutritious snack. The new…

With two months still left in crop year

Almond shipments set new record

California almond shipments to consumer markets in the U.S. and across the globe hit a new record this year, despite port and trade issues and COVID-19 complications. The May 2021 Position Report…

Drought conditions are hurting California growers already

While the harvest season is still months away, growers in California’s Sutter and Yuba counties say they expect a disastrous crop because of the drought conditions. Sutter…

The nut and dried fruit industry come together for INC 3D Online Conference

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), has just concluded their 2021 INC 3D Online Conference which took place May 25-27. The conference brought together more…

Water issues and lower supply could strengthen 2021-2022 almond pricing

While California’s water situation is affecting many growers, including almond producers. Currently, the industry has an oversupply of almonds. “Our production was a lot higher than last year’s production. California produced more almonds because of several factors including that it was a good year for…

Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® tomatoes receive coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award

Pure Flavor®’s Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes have been awarded the coveted ChefsBest® Excellence Award. A panel of certified Master Tasters® comprised of independent, professional chefs judged Pure Flavor’s Cloud 9 Tomatoes using Sensory Attribute Quality Analysis.  Modalities evaluated were appearance,…

Pinduoduo embarks on first-of-its-kind study into plant-based meats

Pinduoduo has teamed up with researchers to study the impact of plant-based meat on human health as China’s largest agriculture platform deepens its push into agrifood tech as…


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