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Australia: Macadamia growers produce higher than anticipated crop

Australian macadamia growers seem to have recovered from the record rains and flooding in NSW and South East Queensland earlier this year. They are about to produce a higher…

Threatening table grape and pecan production, among others

More flooding expected in Orange River region

“Earlier than usual flooding” stretching from the Prieska to Kakamas areas in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape, have left farmers concerned about the rest of the…

Europe continues to import Iranian pistachios despite sanctions

In the first three quarters of 2022, Iran exported 95 million euros of pistachios to the European Union. According to Eurostat, the figure is down 39% compared to the same…

Chestnuts volumes less certain

Australia: Alpine apple crop is looking good

According to two local growers, the Alpine apple season seems to have fared well amid recent wet weather. However, chestnuts may suffer if the rain continues. Wandiligong…

Turkish hazelnut prices have changed after the lawsuit against Ferrero started

Turkish competition authorities have filed a lawsuit against Ferrero over allegations that the company has monopolized the market. Ferrero is a major buyer of Turkish…

The export volume of large-sized chestnuts has been greatly reduced

In China, one of the largest chestnut-producing countries, the price of chestnuts is relatively stable compared with other agricultural products. "The purchase price of large-sized chestnuts in Dandong has increased by about 6% compared with last year. At the same time, the production of chestnuts in the…

Jonathan Rhodes, Perlim Noix:

France: "This year’s walnut campaign faces several challenges”

Despite the recognized unparalleled quality of French walnuts, Jonathan Rhodes, director of Perlim Noix, is concerned about the future of the origin for several reasons. “Walnuts are part of a globalized market. Today, several factors complicate the marketing of French walnuts.” 17% increase in walnut production…

Exports of hazelnuts from Turkey in 2022 are to exceed last year's exports by 65,000 tons

Exports of hazelnuts from Turkey in the first 10 months of this year brought the country $1.3 billion. Hazelnuts are grown in 13 provinces of the country: Trabzon, Ordu,…

Almond producer Select Harvests to face another challenging year

Select Harvests reported a soft full year result, despite a better than expected harvest and pricing. The company is said to be facing another challenging year ahead, as the…

Kenya and South Korea agree on Free Trade Agreement

Kenya and South Korea have agreed on a roadmap that will lead to a free trade agreement between the countries. In bilateral talks between South Korean Trade minister Dukgeun…

"Pistachio cultivation in Spain has become a business for investment funds"

Pistachio production has recorded a huge boom in Spain in recent years, with the area exceeding 60,000 hectares after a 14-fold growth in the last decade alone. "However, the production has not yet reached its full potential. The fact that the plantations are young means that in the coming years, the…

EastFruit

“20% of nut orchards in Ukraine will be organic by 2030”

During the international conference “Nuts of Ukraine 2022: exchange of experience with Georgia” held on November 19, 2022, in Tbilisi, the President of the Ukrainian Nut Association Gennadiy Yudin presented the main aspects of the strategy for the development of nut growing in Ukraine for the coming…

Rosario Larrain, from Prunesco:

"After thinning the orchards, we expect Chilean dried prunes will have a good 2023 season"

Chile's D'Agen plums' fruit development period started a few weeks ago. These plums are later dried and sold to more than 70 countries in the world. “So far it's going well. This, after a normal flowering, which wasn't as abundant as last year when there was a greater supply of flowers, but with…

Pecan prices slide in Europe as supply is abundant and demand is soft

The US 2022/23 pecan crop is anticipated to reach between 290-309 million lbs (in-shell), relatively unchanged compared to the previous campaign (307 million lbs). This crop…

Andriy Yarmak, Economist of the Investment Centre of the FAO

Global trade in nuts in 2021 reached $32 billion

Nuts are the richest category of horticulture, and the international nut trade is the most valued of all fruit group products. This was stated by Andriy Yarmak, Economist of the Investment Centre of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during the unique international…

Richard Strijbis on first arrival Diamond walnuts in shell

"Out is out and loose is loose"

At Tovano in Maasdijk, The Netherlands, the first Diamond walnuts in shell have arrived once more. The walnuts are packaged in boxes of 25 kilos. "Clients find this ideal, since it's easy to stack," says Richard Strijbis. "The harvest of the Diamond walnuts is rather late this year. The second arrival will probably be only…

First half of 2022 fiscal year:

Europe is the top destination of Iranian pistachio exports

A total of $128.34 million worth of pistachios were exported from Iran during the first six months of the current fiscal year (March 21-September 22). Europe is the top…

Date grower-shipper brings latest products to New York Produce Show

The Bard Valley Natural Delights team is not only attending this year’s New York Produce Show with award-winning products in tow but also with a 40 Under 40 honoree, a newly promoted sales team and exclusive consumer insights on Medjool date shopping preferences.  Bard Balley Natural Delights product lineup…

Reduce production by about 60%

Chestnut export prices are up about 15% compared to last year

Currently, the Chinese chestnut export season is in full swing. "In general, the export market is operating stably. Compared with the same period last year, the overall export price has increased by about 15%, and the domestic market price has dropped by about 10%." Mr. Yue Haipeng from Qinhuangdao…

Hungary’s apple and walnut seasons to end earlier

The apple and walnut seasons in Hungary are set to end next week, which is a few weeks earlier than previous years. Máté Tömösváry, from Balaton-ker-Tész, says it was a really bad year for the apple sector in this central European country, with a very hot summer, no rain and lower prices. “To avoid high…

Italian professionals working abroad with citrus, dried fruits and kaki productions

Despite some problems in terms of structure and supply chain organization, Italian production and farmers are seen by foreign countries, especially those in the Maghreb and the Middle East, as a role model for production results, for they are obtained by methods that take into account techniques and…

Nathalie Gaillard, CING:

“This year’s harvest of Grenoble walnuts will be very large and particularly fruity!”

While it is difficult to predict the exact volumes of Grenoble walnuts that will be harvested this year, the first feedback from the producers suggests that the harvest will be quite exceptional. “We are expecting a very large harvest, with 30 to 40% more volumes compared to a normal year. In addition to…

US October almond shipments fall to 8-year low

The October Position Report, released by the Almond Board of California on 11 November, showed that October shipments amounted to 214.61 million pounds. This was a decline of…

Thanksgiving staple food prices up 16% in 2022

With prices of key staples such as turkey, butter, vegetables, wheat, and sugar all increasing by double-digit percentages over the previous year, Mintec’s Thanksgiving Dinner…

Turkish hazelnut exports drop due to spillover from EU energy crises

Hazelnut exports from Turkey to Europe decreased by 35% as citizens in the bloc tighten their belts due to higher energy prices. As EU citizens buy less chocolate, the…

Moldovia walnut kernel prices very low

Prices for walnut kernels in Moldova are discouragingly low so far.Some trading companies have started buying walnut kernels “from the market” this week, i.e. not from partner…

Vietnam's Central Highlands exports first batch of macadamias to Japan

Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have officially exported the first batch of 6 tons of macadamia nuts to Japan.  A ceremony was held to send off the first batch of…

Survey by Mintec

Poor US almond shipments expected in October

Market participants surveyed by Mintec were expecting shipments to have declined against last season’s levels. The survey was completed in the first week of November ahead of…

Egyptian Medjool dates are increasingly popular

The Medjool date, a variety originating from Morocco and dubbed "king of dates" due to its richness in nutrients, arrived in Egypt just 15 years ago. But its popularity keeps increasing year after year. Today, more than 1.5 million Medjool palms are planted in Egypt. Ramadan Elsayyad, export manager of Palm…

Georgian hazelnut exports 30% less in October

Hazelnut exports from Georgia for October 2022 is 30% less than the same period last year. Exports are worth $14 million in this period. The reduction is due to adverse…

Imported chestnuts from Italy back to shipping via boat

Imported chestnuts from Italy are once again arriving via ocean this year. “This year for chestnuts is a lot different than the last couple. The last couple of years we had to fly them because we just couldn’t count on arrivals on time with ships. But this year we’re heavily leaning towards ships,” says…

Almonds: Tehama County’s top crop in 2021

In 2021, Tehama County agriculture saw overall revenues of more than $330 million, an increase of 26 percent from the previous year, which was up $69 million. For the first…

Export prices rose about 10% over the same period

The sharp drop in international freight rates boosts Chinese chestnut exports

In Shandong, one of the main chestnut-producing areas, the new supply season kicked off at the end of August and is expected to last until around May next year. Regarding this season's exports, Mr. Wang Pingyuan from Rizhao Wanhong FoodStuffs Co., Ltd. discussed the market situation with FreshPlaza. This…

2022 Australian Macadamias Yearbook

Australia produced 51,500 tons in-shell macademias for the 2021 season

Australia is home to approximately 800 macadamia growers and has over 38,000 hectares planted. Australia produced a crop of 51,500 tons in-shell at 3.5% moisture content for the 2021 season (March 2021 – February 2022). This represented a 10% increase on the 2020 crop. While the NSW growing regions were…

Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

The quality of the French walnut: a major advantage in the face of increasingly fierce competition

The 26th of September marked the official start of the 2022 season for the PDO Walnut of Grenoble. The season looks promising. “We are expecting a very nice walnut harvest this year with volumes reaching approximately 7,000 tons, including 1,000 tons of organic walnuts. We had some concerns due to the…

To boost sales and quality of vegetable, fruit, nut, nursery specialty crops:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture invites proposals for $1 million in federal grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting project proposals for $1 million in federal funding to increase the visibility and competitiveness of the state's…

Morocco increased date production by 66% over the last twelve years

In Morocco, date production has increased by 66% in the 2020-2021 season compared to the 2008-2009 season, ending up at a total of 149,000 tons. According to the Ministry of…

Nico Schaft, 888 Fruit Company

"Hot French weather not dampening first Chinese chestnut sales"

Last week, 888 Fruit Company in Rungis, France, received their first new Chinese chestnuts. "We got the first container on Thursday. Despite it being unusually hot here in France, sales went quite well. Their cost price is 20% higher - not because of demand, but because of the high sea freight prices and…

Almond production in Spain is expected to drop by 44% this season

Just over a week ago, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food published an analysis of the 2021/22 nut campaign and the first forecasts for the 2022/23…

Mario Ebel on the current nut and dried fruit market

"The future of the nut market does not lie with traditional re-packers, but with packaging service providers"

The nut and dried fruit market is currently under strong pressure due to falling raw material prices. This drop in prices is having a marked  impact on the European market. Globally, yields have been quite abundant and so the availability of goods has increased, says Mario Ebel, nut expert and managing director…

International experts recommend nuts and dried fruits as part of a healthy diet

From October 20-21, 2022, the world's leading researchers gathered for NUTS 2022 to discuss the current and future of health research on nuts and dried fruits. NUTS 2022 was a…

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Tree nuts: World markets and trade

China: World’s largest walnut producer turns to exports

China is forecast to produce 1.4 million metric tons (tons) of walnuts in 2022/23, accounting for over half of world output. Within China, Xinjiang Province accounts for more than half of China’s production followed by Yunnan, Shanxi, and Shaanxi Provinces. Output increased nearly 80 percent in the last…

Gross value of 2021 agriculture production more than $2.45 billion

Madera County agri production up from 2020

Madera County Agriculture commissioner/Sealer Rusty Lantsberger and his staff recently released the annual crop report. It read that the county saw an increase of almost $100…

AVNP 450 by GNA "ideal for the packaging of chestnuts"

According to Themistoklis Pantelidis, President and CEO of Pantelidis Industrial Weighing & Automations based in Thessaloniki (Greece), "a standardized production, packaging and labelling by the same machine, speed and precision, reduced costs, flexibility in producing bags of different size and type…

Experts claim Zimbabwe has the capacity to produce 12 tons of macadamia nuts per hectare

Industry experts claim that Zimbabwe has the capacity to raise its macadamia nuts production to between 8 and 12 tons per hectare, if best management practices are adopted.…

Tree traits to boost macadamia production

University of Queensland research identifies two desirable traits in macadamia trees

Researchers from The University of Queensland have identified two desirable traits in macadamia trees to make orchards more productive and profitable. The national macadamia breeding program at UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) has found one trait which produces a…

Laurent La Morella, Lorre:

"Exchange rate, climate change make it harder to keep supplying same quality Israeli dates"

Though delayed, the Israeli date season is now in full swing at Lorre, in Belgium. "We started about three weeks later, with 30% of the crop still hanging on the trees," begins Laurent La Morella. "It's rained some recently, though. If that continues, it could affect those dates that still have to be…

New macadamia varieties to lower production costs

Macadamia growers could significantly reduce their labour costs in the future through new tree varieties that are shorter and enter production earlier.     The Hort Innovation-funded national macadamia breeding…

Walnut production in Portugal expected to be higher this year

The Portuguese walnut season is in full swing at this time. According to Sebastião Lorena, head of sales and marketing: “Our walnut season normally starts at the end of September with the harvest of the earlier varieties and can go until April, marking the end of the sales season. We are now in the…

Mocerino Frutta Secca Srl

Portion-packed nuts for Italian consumers

"We have recently taken part in a fund-raising television program together with one of our partners, a well-known Italian discount store, which is also the promoter of the initiative. We are pleased, not only because of the success of the program, but also because we were able to make a nice contribution…

In the Appennine Mountains of Emilia, Italy

Extraordinary amount of chestnuts in Italy

"The chestnut harvest is coming to a close. We have collected an unprecedented amount and the size range is medium to large. We were actually at the yield level before the problems with the Chinese wasp. But surprisingly, we’ve got many kilos and a large size," said Renzo Panzacchi, president of the…

Ernst Lüders GmbH & Co. KG

Niels Rostren, Ernst Lüders & Co., on the French walnut season

"In all likelihood, there will only be very limited quantities of larger nuts"

In week 41, the first French walnuts in shell were shipped to the Hamburg wholesale market. This meant that the season started somewhat earlier than last year, says Niels Rostren, buyer and seller at specialized trading agency Ernst Lüders & Co. "Demand at the start of the season is quite normal or…

Oregon hazelnut growers confronted with low prices

The price of Oregon hazelnuts is half what it was a year ago. Still, according to Terry Ross, executive director of the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association, low prices…

South African macadamia sector sees market being saturated with lower-quality nuts

Speaking at the annual Macadamias South Africa (SAMAC) conference in White River, Mpumalanga, chairperson Pierrie Cronjé from Danroc said 2022 had probably been the toughest…

Bard Valley Natural Delights booth promises tasty rewards

Bard Valley Natural Delights is creating extra sweet moments at this year’s Global Produce and Floral Show in Orlando including a chef-tasting menu, cookbook signing from Danny Seo and an Apple Watch giveaway for all booth visitors. Guests at this year’s expo can expect a delicious assortment of sweet…

Almond prices weighed down by oversupply in the US

Predicted drop in Spanish almond production confirmed by USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture has recently published its 2022/23 almond production estimate for Spain, the largest EU almond producer, pegging the output at…

Walnut crop Kashmir aided by timely rainfall

Kashmir Valley growers are harvesting bumper walnut crops and they are expecting a good turnover compared to last year. "This year, the Kashmir weather was quite good. It is…

The Marquis Group looks to long-term future despite global nut downturn

The Marquis Group has reiterated its long-term commitment to its more than 485 macadamia grower suppliers amid falling prices for nuts globally. The price of macadamias has fallen approximately 30 per cent since 2021, along with falls for almonds and other nuts across the global market.  Larry McHugh, Chief…

Azerbaijan prioritizes persimmon, hazelnut and almond as 'green' exports

Over the last two years, the dominating position in the structure of Azerbaijan's non-oil exports was held unambiguously by industrial products, and against this background, the decreased agricultural exports of certain items remained in the shadow.  Nevertheless, there are dynamic developments in the production…

New study reveals pistachios are an antioxidant powerhouse

Antioxidant-rich foods are regularly encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle, and research suggests that a diet high in antioxidants may even help to reduce the risk of…

Kashmir: Almond trade is fading rapidly

Not too long ago, the road from Budgam to Srinagar International Airport used to be lined by almond orchards. However, over the years, massive urbanization has caused the…

Following more than a decade of leadership and remarkable business growth

Blue Diamond Growers President and CEO Mark Jansen announces plans to step down

Blue Diamond Growers President and CEO, Mark Jansen, today announced that he intends to step down from the role he has held with the agricultural cooperative and global…

87,000 acres of Oregon farmland dedicated to hazelnuts

Oregon still produces the most hazelnuts in the US

Hazelnuts were the tenth most expensive nut in 2019, with average prices ranging from 61 to 91 cents per pound. But the prices aren't enough to slow down consumers. In 2018,…

Andreas Kellner from Naturkost Übelhör & Co.:

"Price increases of 15-20 percent for raisins compared to last year"

Naturkost Übelhör & Co. offers a wide range of nuts, dried fruits and other products, imported from 52 countries and marketed internationally. Among other things, the company offers several hundred tons annually, says Andreas Kellner, head of product group management at Naturkost Übelhör. Andreas Kellner.…

Hazelnut prices drop as Oregon growers produce record crop

In 2014, hazelnuts were at record prices in the US. Eight years later, it’s not such a good time for hazelnut growers. Oregon is expected to produce a record amount of…

Tree Nuts Annual

China: Inshell walnut production forecast to increase by 27 percent in MY 2022/23

China’s inshell walnut production is forecast to increase by 27 percent in marketing year (MY) 2022/23, largely because of a production rebound in western China. Despite…

Almonds remain Stanislaus county’s top crop

Stanislaus County’s agricultural report for 2021 was released this week. It revealed that for the ninth consecutive year, almonds rank as the number one commodity, seeing as…

Matthias Krings, Sunnyday Ltd, on nuts and dried fruits marketing

"Our main season now extends all the way to Easter"

Traditionally, nuts and dried fruit regain the consumer's attention from the fall onwards. The marketing window, however, tends to become longer, observes Matthias Krings, specialized wholesaler and managing director of Sunnyday Ltd, based in Wermelskirchen. "Our main season is not only focused on autumn…

Tomato giant hopes to fight off cheap US almond imports

South Africa’s largest tomato producer, ZZ2, has entered into agreements with more than 50 farmers in the Western Cape who will grow and produce almonds, through its…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano:

"New apricot, date, fig crops usually herald strong last quarter"

The last quarter of the year generally causes a commotion at Tovano. "There's always something to complain about, but, for now, we're getting some nice new arrivals," says Richard Strijbis of this dried fruit and nut trading company in the Netherlands. "We've already received the first dried apricots, and…

Turkey: Tree Nuts Annual

Turkey will import sizeable volumes of almonds and walnuts in MY 2022/23

Good weather conditions and an “on-year” for production will push Turkey's pistachio production higher in MY 2022/23. The production of almonds and hazelnuts is likewise…

Growers suffer major losses this season

Gaza date harvest not very plentiful

In Gaza, the harvest season of dates starts in late September and lasts until the end of October. The area has about 12,000 dunams (1,200 ha) of agricultural land for palm…

US walnut prices slide on ample supply and weak bakery performance

The Mintec Benchmark Prices (MBP) for Chandler 80% walnuts FAS US fell 20 cents/lbs in September, taking the benchmark down to USD 2.45/lbs in the closing week of September…


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