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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…

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 betwe en President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Belt and Road Forum in April has now born fruit; this week, the…

Wonderful Pistachios receives SnackNation Insights Award

SnackNation has named Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted as the Best Nut or Trail Mix of 2019. SnackNation requires that all snacks that appear in its snack…

Wonderful Pistachios launches two new flavors

Wonderful® Pistachios introduced two new flavors to its No Shells offerings—Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted—two flavors that the brand says will allow it to reach two contrasting categories of snacking fans; those seeking heat, and those who enjoy a sweet escape. Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Chili…

"Taking advantage of the empty market"

"Fresh walnut season in Xinjiang starts at the end of July"

In China, most producing areas start their fresh walnut seasons in August or September, but the season in Xinjiang will begin at the end of this month. “As expected, our season will begin at the end of July. Compared with last year, our production has increased and is expected to reach around 78,000…

Bosnia and Herzegovina bans walnut shipment from Romania due to aflatoxins

On Tuesday, Bosnia an d Herzegovina officials stopped the importation of 20.16 tons of walnut from Romania due to an excess presence of aflatoxin B1. The phytosanitary…

Turkey gets green light for pistachio exports to China

After Turkey recently got approval to export cherries to China, following years of successful negotiations, the two countries have now decided to streamline Turkish pistachio…

Polish apple market still dealing with challenges from last season

“Apples still stored in cold rooms are responsible for current low prices”

The weather has not been good to Poland in recent weeks, from frosts to heatwaves to the miserable, constant rain and wind. Despite all these issues, the new season for Polish apples is almost upon us and the start is rockier than expected. Storing apples from previous season for so long has resulted in…

"Chinese chestnut production volume declines by 40%"

"The surface area devoted to Chinese chestnut plantations expanded in many production areas in recent years. Beijing, Hebei, and Shandong are good examples of this development. The overall surface area devoted to chestnut plantation in these areas expanded by around 5% per year. However, the overall…

USDA almond crop prediction changes market suddenly

Following the release of the California Almond Objective Measurement Report from the United States Department of Agriculture, things suddenly look a little different for California almonds. “Everybody was expecting an increase of 10-15 percent more in almonds. But the report’s estimate was less than what…

Worldwide coconut shortage might be averted through cloning

The world could be facing a coconut shortage on a massive scale. Demand has surged and the coconut palms planted over 70 years ago desperately need replanting. However,…

Pakistan: Requesting access to US market for mangoes & dates

Pakistan has requested the United States for market access for its agriculture goods, especially mangoes and dates. The request was made, when US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones called on Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahabzada Mehboob Sultan on Monday. The federal minister…

"Xylella fastidiosa" detected for the first time in Israel

As published by the European and Mediterranean Organization for the Protection of Plants (EPPO) on its website, the first case of Xylella fastidiosa in Israel has been…

How is fruit dried?

Cecila's Farm in South Africa gets fruit from all over the world. They make snacks from these fruits. First, the fruit is halved and the pits removed. The fruit is then sun-dried on wooden trays. After that, the product is sorted, washed, and packaged.

Mexico plans to export dates from Sonora to China

The San Luis Río Colorado Valley, in the Mexican state of Sonora, is the largest date-producing region nationwide. The production sector's long-term goal is to market Sonoran dates in China. To achieve it, a group of entrepreneurs from the interior of the state has traveled to San Luis Rio Colorado to…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano: " A nut for any client"

"Warm weather causes headaches in exploding pine nut market, less so in general nut trade"

The warm weather isn't immediately causing headaches in the nut trade. "We might sell slightly less dried fruits and dates, but people are buying more walnuts and pine nuts for salads," says Richard Strijbis of Tovano from Maasdijk. The nut trader received the first new harvest of hand cracked walnuts…

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…


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