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Marlayne Kappé, Allnuts

Belgium: “Demand and assortment of organic nuts and dried fruit growing”

Every year, Allnuts sees the demand for nuts increasing in Belgium. "The demand, as well as the range, keeps growing. There is not only an increase in the demand for diverse packaging, mixes, and varieties. Organic products are also becoming more popular," says Allnuts' Marlayne Kappé. "The organic nut…

Good prospects for the export of walnuts to the EU

The EU's walnut imports have grown at an annual rate of 11% in terms of both value and volume. Already in 2017, imports reached a record value of 1.1 billion Euro, with a volume totaling 207 thousand tons (both shelled and unshelled). Italy, Germany and Spain are the largest importers of walnuts and…

Opportunities for Ukraine as India stops importing apples & nuts from the US

India’s ban on supplies of apples and nuts from the United States might provide a great opportunity for Ukraine to gain a foothold in this market. On June 16, India once again…

4% growth in 2019 macadamia supply below expectation, says International Nut Council

Green & Gold Macadamia's (G&G) annual pilgrimage to the International Nut Council Congress (INC) - hosted this year 23 - 25 May in Florida in the U.S. - once more highlighted confidence in the macadamia sector. Over 1300 industry leading delegates from over 60 countries from all aspects of the…

Arjen de Haan, Nature's Pride:

"Young coconuts sales peak in the summer in the Netherlands, elsewhere it is far more year-round"

Other European countries plan fixed young coconut programs throughout the year. However, demand in the Dutch retail sector usually only gets started once summer begins. "These last few weeks have been the bit of calm before the storm. We have since seen the demand rise again. Toward summer, the supply…

Grupo Projar bets on innovative solutions

Pistachio acreage in Spain up by almost 30% in the last year

The pistachio acreage in Spain has expanded by almost 30% in the last year, bringing the nut's total production to more than 7,000 tons. According to the Survey on Surfaces and Crop Yields published by the Ministry of Agriculture, in 2017, 15,847 hectares of pistachio were cultivated in Spain; a figure…

Wonderful to showcase new pistachio and citrus products at United Fresh

The Wonderful Company will be taking the opportunity to highlight some of their new products at United Fresh this year. Among these will be two new pistachio flavors as part of their No Shells line. The company will also be talking about the launch of a new citrus product, details of which will be…

Disaster Relief Bill to be signed by Trump

US$11 million slated for disaster-struck hazelnut farms

The newly-passed Disaster Relief Bill is headed to president Trump’s desk. As reported by KLCC , $11 million has been set aside for hazelnut farmers affected by storms in 2018 and 2019. Nearly all US hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, by 800 families on 80,000 acres across the Willamette Valley. Many were…

California Walnuts included in $16 billion trade assistance package

On May 23rd, President Trump, flanked by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, announced a $16 billion farm aid package to offset losses from the U.S. trade war with…

US: Almonds spearhead tree nut consumption increase

Over the past five decades, Americans’ annual consumption of tree nuts has grown from 1.38 pounds per person in 1970 to 3.69 pounds in 2016, according to ERS’s Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data series. Almond consumption experienced the largest growth, increasing by 1.35 pounds per person from 1970 to…

Bumper harvest for Central Australian date farm

A date farm in Central Australia is celebrating a bumper harvest after doubling its previous record. Its workers are putting much of their success down to a switch to solar power. With a dramatic increase in the farm's output, the co-op initially was unsure if they would be able to sell all their dates.…

Pepper transplants over 20 days late in Senise

PGI pepper transplant operations have started in Senise (Potenza) despite the fact that summer is not showing its face. "There is a delay of over 20 days which of course means the fresh produce will become available later on, also leading to drying problems," explains Alberto Donnaperna, owner of the…

Mexico seeks to improve the coconut genome against lethal yellowing

The Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) is working to improve the quality of coconut crops, creating, in vitro, new varieties that are more resistant to the diseases…

Walnut production: pesticide-free protection against insects and fungi

Faced with sanitary pressure and environmental issues, the walnut production is searching for alternatives to avoid pesticides. Senura, a walnut experimental station, has just…

Steam-cooked peeled chestnuts now available as snacks

Agrimola from Casalfiumanese (Bologna), a company producing approximately 15 thousand tons of fresh chestnuts a year, has recently introduced a new product - steam-cooked peeled chestnut in 'stay-fresh' bags. Dried chestnuts "It is one of the many products we commercialize all year round. The fresh…

70% of the production is from Sonora

Date producers from Sonora, Mexico, want to export their production

Mexican date producers from the region of San Luis Río Colorado, in the state of Sonora, are seeking alternatives to export processed dates, which haven't consolidated in…

Despite government tax waiver

Kenya: Dates for Ramadan stuck at Mombasa port

A shortage of dates has been reported in Kenya, despite the government's announcement of a waiver of taxes on goods imported during the month of Ramadan. The demand for the…

Walnuts from Chile ready for commercialization

The walnuts from Chile that arrived a few days ago at Manuzzi Frutta Secca are of a great quality. "The 2019 harvest has just arrived, kernels have a light color and organoleptic qualities are excellent. We have been working with a trusted supplier, Valvalle, for the past few years and its production for…

Wholesaler from Vechta scores with exotic selection

"Dates, herbs and vegetables currently make up our core seasonal assortment"

In the German specialist trade, many companies are oriented towards foreign customer groups and sales markets. Both specialists and full-range providers run seasonal offers and fresh specialties. In Vechta - in the heart of Lower Saxony - is the food wholesaler and retailer Sham GmbH. Mainly Turkish and…

Price of Chinese red dates shows slight decline

The price of red dates shows a regular, seasonal fluctuation, with the highest prices in the first quarter of the year, then a slight decline during the second quarter,…

New look for California prunes

California Prunes has announced a new brand and logo which they say represents the best of what the state has to offer in terms of growing prunes. “The world comes to California for prunes, and we take that seriously,” said Donn Zea, Executive Director, California Prune Board. “California is the most reliable and consistent…

California almond growers face record 2019 crop

Despite the estimated significant bump in production, some California growers are confident that they won’t have any problem moving their upcoming crop of almonds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)’s 2019 California Almond Subjective Forecast…

India: Many Kashmiris do without dates

Unlike previous years, the prices of dates have increased in the Kashmir markets in the month of Ramadan, thanks to the major decrease in supply mostly due to suspension of…

West Africa: cashews in crisis

While last year, cashew producers were delighted with prices rising above 600 CFA francs [1 USD] per kilo and 60% of the production sold easily, this year is the complete opposite. Two-thirds of the…

Berlin startup sees opportunities for exclusive products from Iran

"There are certainly opportunities in the German trade for Iranian dates and pistachios"

Dates are usually sourced from Tunisia, Algeria and Israel, and are mainly on sale at Christmas and Ramadan. Other origins, such as Iran, play a minor role, although quite different, exclusive varieties are produced there. The Berlin Andreas Langbehn but has made it his mission to make the Iranian dried…

Besana International signs agreement to produce hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios in Uzbekistan

The Besana International project is increasingly expanding to identify new partners for the production of nuts. On 7th May, at the headquarters of ‘Unioncamere’ in Rome, an agreement was signed to produce hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios in Uzbekistan. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the…

Baja California, stands out for the production of dates

Baja California has become Mexico's leading producer of dates with a production area of 1,367 hectares of date palms, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural…

Effect on almond prices still unknown

Significant damage caused by fire in Blue Diamond plant Sacramento

Officials at Blue Diamond Growers are still assessing the damage done to the cooperative’s Sacramento manufacturing facility after a four-alarm blaze there late Monday. In a brief statement Tuesday, Blue Diamond said it is investigating what ignited the blaze and is focused on learning more about the…

Pakistan: Date production falling behind due to lack of innovation

The Pakistan dates industry, at this time still the fifth largest producer in the world, is on a downward trajectory. The cause is the lack of innovation. In 1999, Pakistan…

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Bangladesh: Higher demand for nuts

Bangladesh, a net importer of nuts like almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts, is a growing market for US tree nuts. Opportunities for almond, walnut, and pistachio exports are driven by an increasing footprint of modern retail outlets, rising incomes, expansion in the food-processing industry, the…

Tunisia: 1000 tons of dates available at affordable prices during Ramadan

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries has announced that 1000 tons of dates will be available on the markets during Ramadan. Following an agreement…

Flower Quotations, Palimex company:

Dates: "Sales during Ramadan 2019 are much better"

"It is during Ramadan that we make the best sales," explains Fleur Devismes, Palimex's executive assistant. "We really have a peak in date consumption over this period. Even if the date, as a general rule, is a product that is in high demand all year round". A calendar conducive to sales This year,…

Bangladesh: Falling import costs & adequate stocks bring down date prices

Adequate supplies and a decline in import prices have brought down the wholesale prices of different categories of dates, a commodity highly consumed during Ramadan, compared…

Kurdistan Region: Iraq’s import ban on dates drives up prices

Date prices have spiked in Kurdistan Region’s markets ahead of the month of Ramadan. Traders in Erbil blame Iraq’s ban on cheaper foreign imports. Muslims traditionally break…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre:

“Despite difficult start we now have a good supply of dates from South Africa”

“With Ramadan approaching, demand for dates is considerable. A lot of dates are eaten during the first week of the Ramadan in particular. After the second week, sales to wholesalers drop. They don’t want to be stuck with too many dates. The supply of dates from South Africa is currently very good. Good…

Senegal: Dates flood the market for Ramadan

Ramadan starts on May 6th. For the past few days, retailers have been promoting the food consumed during this period. Dates are particularly popular to break the fast. This…

Bangladesh: Date prices comparatively low before Ramadan

Several traders dealing with dates at different grocery stores and fruit shops across the capital of Bangladesh, told the Dhaka Tribune they have stored sufficient supply of…

Gil Berholz, Asianuts:

"Socially certified organic Medjoul dates fulfil a need"

As of this month Asianuts will be sourcing organic medjoul dates with the social Smeta certificate as well as the GlobalGAP, BRC Food and European organic standard. "We see that there are still questions from our customers, particularly the large retail chains, about the social conditions in which our…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"Medjool date market remains well balanced despite acreage growth"

Ramadan starts on Monday, 6 May. "This is a good period for the dried fruit and nut trade. You do not devote all your stock to it. Our foreign clients do, however, do extra trade. This applies to dates, but also products such as cashews and almonds," says Richard Strijbis of Tovano from Maasdijk in the…

The export volume grows every year

Consumers begin to appreciate nutritional value of dried Chinese goji berries

"The goji berry harvest season begins every year in the middle of June and lasts until the middle of August. This year, the price of goji berries showed a continuous rise that began after Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019]. The main reason for this development is the dwindling supply of last…

Maejor Nuts: a new player in the Dutch fruit and nut trading sector

On 1 April, the Netherlands gained a new trading company in the dried tropical fruit and nut sector - Maejor Nuts. Traders, Joost Boone, and Hilbert van Hasselt have joined forces. "We hope to be able to fulfil everyone's wishes in the area of nuts, seeds, and dried tropical fruit." These newcomers to…

Thai bank pushes nation's agricultural products onto Chinese market

The effort of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME D Bank) to promote Thai processed agricultural products to markets in China has truly…

US and Europe first to see new organic Medjool date brand

A California Medjool date grower is looking to reinvigorate the category and move dates into the position of a desirable lifestyle brand as they launch their new date products. Joolies Organic Medjool Dates are in the process of launching their organic dates in the US and Europe. The company is…

Qatar: Large demand for dates ahead of Ramadan

As the holy month of Ramadan is approaching, many commercial complexes have started preparations and to attract the faithful are offering grocery items especially dates on discounted prices. The edible items with slashed prices include dates, sugar, cooking oil, and milk among others and the offers are…

Harvest halved compared to last year

Spanish almond sector loses 14 million Euros

Almond crops have been hit by frosts, with an average of 50% damaged in all production areas. To this we must add the impact of the dry weather in the interior, although the agrarian organization trusts that this will have been mitigated by the rains recorded in these past few days. The high temperatures…

Wonderful Brands and New Factor join forces to market pistachios & almonds in Italy

Wonderful Brands bvba, a subsidiary of The Wonderful Company, and New Factor, the Italian expert in retail market nuts, have signed an exclusive agreement for the distribution of branded Wonderful® Pistachios and Almonds in Italy. Wonderful® Pistachios is a leader in branded pistachios and has…

Besana signs collaboration protocol with Chinese group ChaCha

The Besana Group, an Italian company involved in the production and processing of nuts and dried fruit, has signed a collaboration protocol with ChaCha Food Company Ltd, a…

Pakistan government initiative to introduce quality date varieties

Provincial Minister for Cooperatives, Mehr Muhammad Aslam Bharwana, said that Punjab government has decided on an initiative to introduce premium quality exotic date palm…

Frosts and hailstorms in recent days

Fruits and almonds most affected by the bad weather in Spain

The fruit and almond productions have been the most affected by the frosts and hailstorms recorded in recent days in practically the whole Iberian Peninsula, according to Agroseguro. The first estimates point to more than 12,200 hectares of crops being hit. The frosts have caused the most damages. More…

A handful of walnuts per day could boost memory

A recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Ageing, shows that consuming a handful of walnuts daily could enhance cognitive health and slow down the…

Romania: Walnut production growing steadily

In recent years, Romanian walnut production has steadily grown, supported by growing domestic demand, increasing profitability and EU subsidies. In 2017, Romania was the largest walnut producer in the EU and among the world’s top-ten producers. The main production regions are in the Carpathian Mountains,…

“Tunisian products in search of international markets”

Trading Med is a Tunisian company specialized in trade, cold storage (packaging and storing agricultural products) and marketing at the national level. Its products can be found in the Carrefour and Monoprix supermarkets, and in restaurants like Pizza Hut. The company Frigomed, which is part of Trading…


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