Nuts and dried fruits

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…

Annual tour to experience date harvest firsthand

Bard Valley Natural Delights hosted its annual harvest tour in September, bringing key retailer representatives from around the world, followed by journalists and registered dietitians, to experience the Medjool date harvest in Bard Valley firsthand. Bard Valley Natural Delights hosted its annual harvest…

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EU continues to be a key trading partner for US tree nuts

In 2021, the European Union (EU)-27 imported $7.1 billion in tree nuts from the world. The United States, with $2.5 billion, is the largest EU-27 tree nuts supplier, accounting for 35 percent of total imports. Turkey is the second largest supplier with almost 23 percent of imports, followed by Vietnam…

Chile's plum season has a good start due to various factors

Chile's European plums had a very good flowering period in 2022 thanks to a set of factors, which were not so good in other years. This is evident from the words of Pablo Campino, member of the Chileprunes Technical Committee and head of D'Agen Plum Program at Pacific Nut Company Chile. From the outset, he…

Moldova special: nut company Prometeu-T

"No prunes this year due to high gas prices, but there will be almonds and walnuts"

Plums, apples, and grapes are undoubtedly Moldova's top fresh produce export products. Walnut, almond, and hazelnut production is less well-known. That might well change in the coming years - Moldova's climate and soil are perfect for these types of trees. Prometeu-T, a cultivation and processing company…

Oregon hazelnut growers faced with low prices

Growers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley produce nearly all the hazelnuts consumed in the US. However, Oregon’s hazelnut growers currently just get -roughly- half the price they…

Pistachio brand partners up for the Panda Cup

Wonderful® Pistachios announced a partnership with gaming organization Panda Global as an Official Snack of the Panda Cup, the first North American Super Smash Bros.™ circuit to be officially licensed by Nintendo. Wonderful Pistachios will also be the title sponsor of the “Wonderful Pistachios Last…

Cambodia to export peppers, bananas, cashew nuts, potatoes, pineapples and much more

Cambodia-Korea free trade agreement ratified

On Tuesday, the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea gave its formal consent to the Cambodia-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) through its ratification to make…

Focus on products like cassava, cashew nuts, bananas, peppercorn and mangoes

Opening doors to Japan for Cambodian goods

There is an increased interest in exporting cashew nuts and related products from Cambodia to Japan, as these are gaining popularity with Japanese consumers. Cambodian…

Codling moth threatens some Alberta apple crops

This summer many apple trees in the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, lost their entire crop. The cause? The codling moth, an insect that can devastate an entire apple, pear or…

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MY2022/23 Indian almond imports forecast at at 148,000 metric tons

New Delhi insiders forecasts marketing year 2022/23 (August-July) Indian almond imports (shelled-basis) at 148,000 metric tons (MT). This is a slight decrease from MY 2021/22, as food inflation volatility, rupee depreciation, and global shipping challenges are likely to persist in the near term,…

Walnuts from California, China, Chile and others are flooding Indian market

Price of J&K walnuts is dropping fast

Kashmir’s walnut is struggling to survive due to the intrusion of Californian walnut breeds into Indian markets, diminishing the value of Kashmir valley’s native walnuts. At…

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Georgian fig exports earn the nation a record $1.2 million

Selling fresh figs outside the local market has become quite popular in Georgia over the past three years. The year 2022 is notable as export revenue surpassed the $1 million mark; a new, all-time high. Georgia exported 890 tons of figs in July-August 2022. That makes it the highest income this year, at…

Central Valley almond grower calls on state govt to increase water storage

The devastating drought is continuing to ravage California’s Central Valley. Farmer Joe Del Bosque from West Fresno County says he's never seen it like this. Last week, Del…

Medjool date grower looking to expand outside North America

California and Arizona are underway with the current crop of dates. Neil Merritt, Director of Global Sales at Bard Valley Date Growers (BVDG) says it began harvest the week of September 5th. “It was a little bit later than normal but we’ll finish in four to six weeks. Mother Nature determines that we…

Nanobubble technology helps leach salts on nut crops by improving water infiltration

Maricopa Orchards, a family-owned farm in Fresno, California growing mostly pistachios and almonds, was able to increase water infiltration into the soil which aided in salts…

Prices down 50%

California walnuts really hurt Kashmir's dry fruit industry

Sources claim that Californian walnuts have dealt a death blow to the Kashmir industry. For the fifth straight year, walnut prices have dropped by almost 50 percent, even…

Australian almond industry moves towards self-fertilising future

Almond growers are looking to diversify farming practices to avoid threats like the varroa mite Changes to beehive permit rules were introduced overnight allowing Sunraysia…

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Feeble start to Georgian hazelnut export season

Export volume of Georgian hazelnut kernels, one of the major exporting products of the country, has reduced in half compared to the August 2021. Prices are also on low levels. This August, Georgian hazelnut kernel exports amounted to only 50,000 tons, which is the lowest volume for August in at least…

Despite sanctions:

Iran exports dates to over 85 countries

According to the chairman of the agricultural committee of Iran Chamber of Cooperatives, Iran is exporting dates to more than 85 countries, including in Europe, despite the…

Australian macadamia crop on track for 49,340 tonnes

The Australian macadamia crop is on track to reach 49,340 tonnes in-shell @ 3.5% (52,900 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture). The original crop forecast of 54,930 tonnes in-shell…

Massogbé Touré, Société Ivoirienne de Traitement d’Anacarde:

'It will be difficult to increase cashew nut production if prices remain low'

According to Massogbé Touré, Group Director of the Société Ivoirienne de Traitement d’Anacarde, all stakeholders involved in cashew nut production are aware that the AfCFTA…

After Iranian apples, now imported walnuts are endangering Kashmir profits

While the problem of duty free Iranian apples in the Indian market is still ongoing, Kashmiri walnut growers now fear they may lose their margins to imported walnuts from the…

San Joaquin County: Almond is still the number one crop

Almonds took a hit in output and price per ton in 2021, but almonds were still the number one crop in San Joaquin County. The 2021 almond crop was valued at $453.8 mln out of…

Blue Diamond Growers co-op awarded $45 mln from USDA to expand climate smart orchard programs

Blue Diamond Growers announced today that the almond grower cooperative was awarded $45 million in funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of a…

Zimbabwe: Macadamia growers claim middlemen are ‘ripping them off’

Zimbabwean macadamia nut producers claim to have suffered heavy losses in the last marketing season due to poor prices paid by the middlemen. Because of too many middlemen,…

Georgian growers get ready for almond harvest

Almond plantations, which first appeared in Georgia some six years ago, currently amount to 4,000 hectares. In the coming days, Georgian growers are preparing to start…

California will have to move record numbers of walnuts

“These are confusing times in the walnut world.” So says Mark Calder of Primavera Marketing Inc. of the current state of the walnut industry which is seeing high inventory and low pricing. Calder notes that the most recent supply projections announced for the 2022-2023 crop year for walnuts are at…

Kashmir's walnuts need political intervention to survive

The absence of scientific intervention and stiff competition from 'cheap' imported varieties has hit Kashmir's walnut industry badly. Growers are looking for alternative crops…

Asian Development Bank will fund agricultural improvements to Nepal’s hilly areas

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $70 million of financing to improve the livelihood and climate resilience of horticulture farmers in the hilly areas of five…

AGL to power Cadell almond farm with a microgrid and solar farm the size of two MCGs

AGL is partnering with Cadell Orchards to power irrigation at its Sunraysia almond orchard with renewable energy from a microgrid powered by a five-hectare solar farm and battery to be built on-site. The new microgrid will provide 5.2GWh of renewable energy to the site, reducing Cadell Orchard’s reliance…

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Opportunities for US agri exports in Spain and Portugal

Focus on tree nuts and sweet potatoes

US exporters can find ample opportunities in the Iberian Peninsula. Spain is the third-largest European Union destination for US agri products, with Portugal ranking 11th. In 2021, the United States exported $1.6 billion of agricultural products to Spain, or 15 percent of total US agricultural exports to…

Marquis Macadamias Australia and South Africa mark World Macadamia Nut Day

Marquis Macadamias and their growers have celebrated the macadamia industry on World Macadamia Nut Day, Sunday 4 September, by continuing to educate the next generation in Bundaberg and Lismore about this increasingly popular crop. In Lismore, Marquis Macadamias facilitated tree-planting at The Rivers…

Tunisia's famous dates endangered by water shortages

Tunisian date palms have historically flourished in desert oases, one of which is the Kebili oasis in southern Tunisia. Kartago Dates explains that Tunisia is the world's…

Trial to triumph for Waitakere macadamia orchard

Nearly four decades ago, John Brokx and Sue Vause bought a gorse-covered block of land in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland. Now the land is a well-established macadamia nut orchard that produces ten to 12 tonnes each year. HELENA O’NEILL talks to the couple about their organic…

As busiest shipping season is underway

California walnut growers struggle to reach global markets

The Californian $1 billion walnut industry is gearing up for its busiest shipping season. However, farmers have started the new marketing year with a massive backlog of…

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Ukrainian walnut production projected to drop to 95,500 metric tons for MY 2022/23

The USDA projects Ukraine’s walnut production decreasing to 95,500 metric tons (MT) for marketing year (MY) 2022/23 based on a combination of suboptimal weather conditions and some production areas in Russian occupied areas. Exports were slow for two consecutive marketing years (MY) in a row: MY2020/21 –…

Waiting for prices to rise

Malaga growers advised to hold on to their almonds

In the province of Malaga, the almond harvest is under way. The Asaja young farmers’ association is recommending growers to hold on to the almonds until they fetch a better…

Walnut exporters searching for alternatives due to Port of Oakland delays

American nut exporters, who are fed up with delays at the Port of Oakland, are in talks with ship and rail carriers for a new trade route to get their products overseas.…

Australian macadamia crop on track for 49,340 tons

The Australian macadamia crop is on track to reach 49,340 tons in-shell @ 3.5% (52,900 tons in-shell @ 10% moisture). The original crop forecast of 54,930 tons in-shell @ 3.5%…

Renzo Panzacchi, president of the Consortium of Chestnut Growers of the Bolognese Apennines in Italy

A good chestnut harvest is expected in Emilia Romagna

"The situation is improving, and the hopes are for a good chestnut harvest from early October," said Renzo Panzacchi, president of the Italian consortium Consorzio Castanicoltori dell'Appennino Bolognese. "Until early August, the size of the chestnuts was small, due to the drought, and there was much…

Texas Pecans - The native nut from the States goes global

Pecans are the only major tree nut that is truly native to the United States. In fact, the word “pecan” is derived from a Native American word of Algonquin origin that means “a nut too hard to crack by hand.” With 10 mg per ounce, pecans contain phytonutrients, specifically flavonoids, at levels…

Mechanized harvesting for almond cultivation

A professional management of specialized almond groves with mechanized harvesting is possible. Romagna Impianti and FruitNet System explained how during an event held in Imola, Bologna on August 27th 2022. Organizers showed how almond cultivation could become a good alternative in northern Italy with…

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Chile: Tree Nuts Annual

'Chile will see an estimated 165,000 tons of walnut production in MY2022/23'

For marketing year (MY) 2022/23, Chile will see an estimated 165,000 metric tons (MT) of walnut production, a 7.8 percent increase from MY 2021/22 following an increase in area planted and higher yields. Walnut exports are projected at 162,500 MT in-shell basis, which represents a 7.6 percent increase…

Due to pouch containing pecan pieces

South Georgia Pecan Co. recalls Great Value 4oz. Walnut chopped pouches

South Georgia Pecan Co. is recalling Great Value Walnut Chopped 4oz. Pouches Lot #29329 Best If Used By April 29, 2023 due to pouches containing pecan pieces instead of walnuts. This recall has been initiated due to mislabeling issue where a packaging run of pecans was labeled as Chopped Walnuts. People…

Groupe Relais Vert

New mixer for the Bilodev packing station

Bilodev, the packing station used entirely for organic food products, has just been equipped with a new industrial mixer that achieves a homogeneous mix of dried fruits sold under the Natur’Avenir brand and sent to French stores specialized in organic products or exported to Switzerland or Portugal. ©…

Recalled products were distributed domestically and internationally

Blue Diamond Growers recalls almonds after testing finds Salmonella

Blue Diamond Growers told Food Safety News that 100 percent of the potentially impacted whole brown almonds involved in the recall were recovered. Additionally, the almonds…

As they returned to war-ravaged lands

Syrian pistachio farmers facing even more challenges

Returning to their orchards after years of war, Syrian pistachio farmers intent on reviving their valuable crop have had their hopes dashed by scorched trees and the effects…

Italy's Almond Project: Imola, Saturday, 27 August from 8.30 a.m.

A one-day event to see mechanized harvesting in super-intensive almond orchards

After the on-site field visit at Romagna Impianti, Fruit Net System and Agromillora planned a one-day event to demonstrate how mechanized harvesting is carried out in a specialized and super-intensive almond orchard. The appointment is set for Saturday, 27 August, from 8:30 a.m., at the Romagna Impianti…

Sustaining competitive macadamia prices lies in new products, says GFNC

Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC), based in South Africa, has long anticipated this exponential increase in macadamia supply and is geared to create new markets to ensure…

Zero waste Ocean Spray® cranberry seeds introduced

UK Fruit business J.O. Sims is excited to share their latest innovative ingredient, Zero Waste Cranberry Seeds from Ocean Spray®. Introducing the cranberry seed into the company’s repertoire of fruit and nut ingredients is set to compliment J.O. Sims’ initiatives to advance its range of sustainable…

Pecan product recognized for most innovative new savory snack

Pecan Nation recently won the prestigious 2022 Most Innovative New Product Award from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for its Cinnamon Roasted Pecans. “We were up against some serious competition, including some global snacking conglomerates, so this is really quite an honor,” said Nick…

BayWa AG and Kern Tec GmbH agree strategic partnership

From fruit stones to tasty food

BayWa AG has become a strategic investor and partner of Kern Tec GmbH through its investment arm BayWa Venture GmbH. The start-up based in Austria has developed a range of technologies that turn the…

Maqfruex del Perú E.I.R.L

"We want to supply our organic dehydrated mangos, pineapples and bananas to international markets"

Tropical fruit is taking the markets by storm. Their expansion and the increase in the demand are evident; just by browsing any shelf or taking a look in our own…

UAE date exports up fivefold in last decade

In 2020, the UAE exported $235 million worth of dates. These exports accounted for around 60% of the country's agricultural produce. Currently, date production is booming in…

Ghana: Agri sector contributes $476 mln to non-traditional exports

Ghana’s agricultural sector contributed $476 million to total non-traditional export (NTE) earnings last year.  According to data released by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority…

South Korean collaborations drive awareness of Australian macadamias

South Korea is an important market for the Australian macadamia industry, and one in which Australia is the dominant supplier, accounting for 99% of all macadamia imports.…

Pistachio growers lawsuit against Duarte Nursery still ongoing

Duarte Nursery of Hughson stopped selling defective pistachio trees in 2014, but litigation over the matter goes on. Several plaintiffs claimed the nursery did not disclose a…

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Georgia: Hazelnut export prices reach minimum just before start of new season

Industry experts claim that the export price for Georgian hazelnuts has plummeted to the minimum level. A kilogram of kernel was exported at $4.50/kg (FOB), which is the lowest monthly average price for the reviewed period of 2014-2022. July marks the end of 2021/2022 season and the new season begins in…

Spain:

Lorca almonds at serious risk due to lack of water

Almond production in the Lorca districts of La Paca, Zarcilla de Ramos and Las Terreras is under serious threat this year due to a lack of water to irrigate the crop.…

BioTropic GmbH

BioTropic offers nuts & dried fruits from organic projects worldwide

Coconut chips, cashews, mango pieces and the like

BioTropic, based in Duisburg, Germany, has recently considerably expanded its nut and dried fruit range. The internationally active organic fruit trader sources the products from organic projects worldwide. Coconut chips, for example, come from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. Synergies…

Turkey: Hazelnut forecast 2022 announced

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has announced its hazelnut production forecast for 2022/23, estimating the crop at 765,287 tons, a year-on-year increase of…

President Ilham Aliyev:

‘Azerbaijan more than doubled hazelnut orchard areas’

According to President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the nation has more than doubled the area of hazelnut plantations: "Hazelnut growing has been extensively…

Kicking off Medjool date harvest season

August marks the beginning of Medjool date harvest season and Bard Valley Natural Delights is primed for a successful harvest season this year. To support the brand’s growth, the company has also expanded internally with strategic additions to its sales and marketing staff. Natural Delights expects ample…

Blue Diamond Almond Growers spearhead ‘Almond Express’ rail service to Ports of LA and LB

As a result of cutbacks in sailings to the Port of Oakland, Blue Diamond Almond Growers are supporting two new rail services transporting almond exports from Central…

Important aspects presented by agronomist Vito Vitelli

The number of farmers interested in pistachios is growing

Pistachio areas are experiencing an expansion in southern Italian regions. However, they are re-introducing this crop revised with a modern twist, thanks to innovative management techniques and new varieties that can guarantee satisfactory economic results. Innovative fourth year implant with Zaragoza elements.…


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