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Pistachio brand celebrates National Nut Day

To celebrate National Nut Day, Wonderful® Pistachios reports pistachios are the biggest and fastest-growing snack nut category in terms of annual retail revenue followed by cashews, mixed nuts, peanuts and almonds, according to recent Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) 52-week data. The data indicates…

Queensland macadamia industry flourishing, with tree sales soaring

In a recent statement, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner, has reported how Queensland’s macadamia…

Moldova initiates walnut exports to Malaysia

Moldovan company Pomul Regal from the Telenesti district has recently sent the first trial batch of inshell walnuts to Malaysia. The buyers are a group of Moldovan repatriates…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands:

"Despite firm prices, we're carefully handing out first Turkish figs again"

The last quarter always causes a stir at Tovano in the Netherlands. "We have some nice new arrivals," says Richard Strijbis. "Our Turkish shipper, Ephesus, has sent the first figs of the new harvest. I was somewhat skeptical before the season started. The harvest had been disappointing and, so prices are…

Embu County, Kenya

Farmers keep up macadamia farming despite troubles

Intercropping coffee with macadamia trees is widespread in Kenya’s Embu county. Local Grace Wamuchira says to have achieved this, it has been a 25-year long journey for most…

California's San Joaquin Valley

Megadrought forcers growers to abandon fields

San Joaquin Valley growers are currently struggling with the megadrought. California regulators have cut farmers' water allotments by a third due to low reservoir levels. Joe…

Gladstone Land acquires nut orchard and option to purchase stored water in California

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired 1,284 gross acres of farmland, including over 1,200 planted acres of pistachios and almonds (a portion of which is…

Australia

Nut export values plummet while volumes are up

Australian growers are shipping more nuts abroad, but revenues have been less overall in 2020/21. Rural Bank's Australian Agricultural Trade 2020/21 report which examines the performance of agricultural exports in the financial year, gave a mixed analysis of Australian tree nut exports. It said the value…

New entries are cherries and hazelnuts

Oregon releases state’s top 20 agricultural commodities for 2020

The 2020 crop year is one to be celebrated by the 37,200 farms and ranches that make up Oregon’s diverse agricultural community. Oregon is home to more than 225 commodities.…

Italian imported chestnut season getting underway

The imported chestnut season is just beginning out of Italy. Nick Pacia, CEO of Bronx, NY-based Trucco, Inc. notes that chestnut supplies are currently coming via air out of Avellino, Italy. Soon, shipments will begin loading via sea as well. “The start of the season seems to be in line with last year…

Sicilian almonds are making a comeback

OP La Mandorla from Mazzarino (CL) represented the Sicilian dried fruit segment at Fruit Attraction 2021 in Madrid. President Rocco Selvaggio welcomed guests at the stand part of the ITA - ICE collective. OP La Mandorla at Fruit Attraction 2021 in Madrid. Left to right: Giovanni Carmiciano, Rocco…

2021/2022 season

Tunisian date crop estimated at 368.500 tons

Tunisian industry experts estimates a date crop of 368.500 tons in the 2021/2022 season, against 344.600 tons during the past season. This is an increase of 7%, despite the…

The Spanish firm plans to open other points of sales in Europe in 2022

Calconut opens its first store in the world in Lima

The Spanish company Calconut has opened its first physical point of sale in the world in the capital of Peru. The firm, which this year has launched its online store, is thus…

China tree nuts annual

Commercial walnut production forecast at 1.1 million tons in MY2021/22

China’s commercial walnut production (in-shell basis) is forecast at 1.1 million metric tons in marketing year 2021/22 (September-August) and is unchanged from estimated MY…

Zimbabwean horticulture exports up $30 million in six months

For the first half of 2021, Zimbabwe’s total horticulture exports have gone beyond US$30 million, as firms benefit from government incentives, bumper harvest and reopening of…

USDA

US production of major non-citrus fruit forecast to rise in 2021

The 2021/22 marketing year is underway for many non-citrus fruit crops. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecast 2021 apple, grape, peach, cranberry, and sweet and tart cherry production up but forecast pear production down. For many crops, the impact of record high heat in some…

Increased supplies of dates for 2021-2022 season

Date volumes look to be up this season. “We’re definitely having some large crops of Medjool dates. There is a large supply from all vendors,” says Neil Merritt, director of North American sales at Bard Valley Date Growers. “It’s mostly conventional though so organic dates continues to trend upward, even…

Low prices frustrate small-scale Zimbabwean macadamia farmers

Zimbabwean small-scale macadamia farmers are considering turning to other crops. "We rarely break even," said James Maisiri, the secretary general for Macadamia Association of…

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BizVibe highlights key challenges facing the fruit and tree nut farming industry

BizVibe has added key challenges and trends for fruit and tree nut farming industry profiles on their platform. All 900+ company profiles will now contain 50+ company data points, including a list of potential challenges which are expected to impact market participants over the next few years. One…

USDA

USDA tree nuts annual

Ukraine: Walnut production acreage forecast to stabilize at 19,100 hectares for 2021/22

Walnut production area in Ukraine is forecast to stabilize at 19,100 hectares (ha) for MY2021/22, following the slight decrease of production area down to 18,700 ha in MY2020/21. State Statistical Service of Ukraine (SSSU) data analysis suggests that the growth of production area was achieved through a…

Battistini Vivai to attend Fruit Attraction

Sales of berry plants on the up

After taking part in Macfrut in Rimini, Battistini Vivai will attend Fruit Attraction in Madrid. "After the good impression and excellent feedback we received at Macfrut, we will go to Madrid with just as much enthusiasm. We have been attending the Spanish fair for years, and feedback had been great in 2019," explained director…

Hazelnut demand exceeds supply for another season

There will be no shortage of hazelnuts in the Pacific Northwest this season. In fact, many suppliers will be having difficulty keeping up with demand. For Fraser Valley Hazelnuts in British Columbia, Canada, this is a challenge that they are preparing to face for years to come. “Most of our trees are an…

Chestnut production down by 50%

Dramatic drop expected for Emilia Romagna chestnuts

"Due to the lack of rain and the high temperatures in August, the chestnut harvest is expected to drop dramatically," said Renzo Panzacchi, president of the Consorzio Castanicoltori dell'Appennino Bolognese (Consortium of chestnut growers from Bologna Apennines). Renzo Panzacchi "From discussions with the…

No shortage of pecans in Central Texas as harvest season kicks into gear

Pecan season is just around the corner, and a small operation in Goldthwaite, Texas, is preparing to make some big deliveries. “Right now, what we’re doing is watching for any bud problems we may have coming late in the season and cleaning the orchards up to get ready for the nuts to start falling,” said…

Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Mbombela grower switches to machine harvesting of macadamias

At Braam de Kock’s farm on the outskirts of Mbombela, Mpumalanga Province, there is a distinct lack of business that is typical of a macadamia nut farm in May. Instead, plumes…

Historic shipment of Argentine citrus to EU and Russia

Argentinian Minister of Agriculture, Julián Domínguez, has called the shipment of 13,634 tons of fresh fruit (lemons, tangerines and oranges), in addition to pears and…

Fairtrade

Dates from Tunisia to Algeria - “for processing” price for Egyptian dates

Fairtrade S&P announces new Minimum Prices and Premiums for dates

Fairtrade Standards & Pricing (S&P) has announced new Fairtrade Minimum Prices and Fairtrade Premiums for Dates. This decision extends the prices for Dates from Tunisia to Algeria, and introduces a “for processing” price for Dates from Egypt. The new prices for dates are presented in the table below. The Fairtrade Premium…

USDA

India Tree Nuts Annual - 2021

India’s MY 2021/2022 almond production forecast at 4,500 tons

FAS New Delhi forecasts India’s market year (MY) 2021/2022 (August-July) almond production at 4,500 metric tons (MT) (kernel-weight basis), unchanged from last year’s estimate. Almond production is concentrated in India’s Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and in Himachal Pradesh state. Popular…

Chile tree nuts annual

2.7% increase in walnut production, exports 150,000 MT

Post estimates 152,000 MT of walnut production for MY2021/22, a 2.7 percent increase over MY2020/21 following an increase in planted area. Walnut exports are estimated at 150,000 MT in-shell basis, which represents a 3.4 percent increase over MY2020/21. Export estimates assume resolution of the logistical…

Almond market report

“Prices have increased by more than 25% in 2 months”

The 2020/2021 campaign officially ended on July 31st, 2021. The latest publications of the almond board allow us to draw a clear conclusion. With 11 new monthly shipping…

Tree Nuts Annual - Turkey

Low production level for MY 2021/22 forecast for Turkish pistachios

It is an “off-year” for pistachios in Turkey, and consequently, a low production level for MY 2021/22 is being forecast. However, Turkey has carried over significant stocks…

San Joaquin County: Record almond crop up 54% on 2020 value

The value of almonds grown in San Joaquin County - primarily around Manteca, Ripon and Escalon - soared 54.35 percent in 2020 due primarily to a record yield and more bearing…

Excellent organic Medjool date harvest anticipated this year

Joolies, a grower of organic California medjool dates, has shared with customers and retailers a promising forecast when it comes to this year’s organic medjool date harvest. With 1,000 acres of date palm trees that will be harvested in the next two months coupled with optimal sunny and dry conditions…

Global launch for World Macadamia Organisation

The newly formed World Macadamia Organisation (WMO) has officially launched and incorporated in Singapore, with a mandate to drive demand by creating a greater understanding…

Texas peanuts, the sustainable superfood from the States

Peanuts are a staple ingredient in cuisines around the world. With almost 25% per 100 grams, peanuts have more protein than any nut. The peanut (which is botanically speaking not actually a nut, but a legume) is a nutrient-rich powerhouse that can proudly claim the superfood status. Today, dietary…

Mini Medjools snack line introduced

Natural Delights® replaces traditional Date Rolls with the launch of Mini Medjools, a new snacking line with blended Medjool dates and other wholesome ingredients including nut butters, seeds, nuts, and fruit.  Mini Medjools come in a range of flavors including: Coconut: Medjool dates and shredded coconut. Cacao…

Jammu and Kashmir

Bumper walnut crop ready to hit Rajouri market

A bumper walnut crop produced in the Kotranka Budhal block of Rajouri district is ready to hit the market. District horticulture officer of Rajouri Shafqat Hussain Khan:…

Fresh walnuts: Interfel strengthens interprofessional agreement to guarantee quality

As the campaign is being launched, Interfel, the trade association of fresh fruit and vegetables, has announced the reinforcement of its interprofessional agreement on fresh…

Jammu and Kasjmir, India

Udhampur district fruit growers demand financial aid and cold storage facilities

In the Panchari-Landhar and Latti-Dudu-Chenani areas of Udhampur district, over 80 dry and fresh fruit crops have been damaged due to heavy rain and snowfall. The weather…

Compagnie des Amandes

Almonds “Made in France”: Organization of producers and new cracking station

France consumes 42,000 tons of almonds each year but only produces 1,000 tons. Compagnie des Amandes wants to invest in almonds “Made in France”, with local varieties and short circuits, and to pool human, technical, scientific and financial resources.  With this perspective in mind, Compagnie des Amandes,…

Northwestern Oregon

Willamette Valley: Some yields down as much as 50 percent

The state of Oregon made national headlines earlier this year, when the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Klamath Project, an irrigation system spanning southern Oregon…

Joey Deen, Denimpex, the Netherlands:

"Medjoul dates supply and sales keep rising"

The Medjoul date market has changed over the years. It has transformed from a demand to a supply one. That's according to Joey Deen of Denimpex in the Netherlands. "Until a few years ago, there were shortages every year. That pushed up prices. There are established cultivation countries like Mexico, the…

California: Organic almonds get higher prices, but transition is risky

Although lower market prices for conventional almonds may spur on more growers to switch to organic cultivation, production challenges and other economic factors continue to…

The first trials

Zaragoza management technique also applicable to pistachio trees

The new revolutionary method to manage almond trees, now a successful model especially in Italy and Spain, is being tested also on pistachio groves (as well as on other fruit species). The agronomist Vito Vitelli, back from a visit in some Spanish areas, explained the results. "Given the successful…

Compound is found naturally in herbs, berries and other fruits

Johns Hopkins: Natural compound may prevent and treat Parkinson’s Disease

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers claim to have increased the evidence that the compound known as farnesol, found naturally in herbs, berries and other fruits, can prevent…

Thomas Walberg, Horst Walberg Trockenfrucht Import:

"Brand diversity is diminishing in Germany"

Horst Walberg Trockenfrucht Import Ltd (HOWA) has been active since 1980; it has been located in the community of Kisdorf near Hamburg since 1996. HOWA offers a range of 300 to 400 dried fruits such as cranberries and Medjoul dates, complemented by nut varieties such as almonds, macadamias and cashews.…

USDA

2021 California Walnut Objective Measurement Report

California walnut production forecast at 670,000 tons

The 2021 California walnut production is forecast at 670,000 tons, down 15% from 2020's record production of 785,000 tons. The forecast is based on 385,000 bearing acres, up 1% from 2020’s estimated bearing acreage of 380,000. Widespread freezing temperatures in late fall of 2020 resulted in frost damage…

Marquis Group grows nuts for World Macadamia Nut Day

In celebration of World Macadamia Nut Day on Saturday 4th September, the Australian and South African Marquis Group has donated macadamia trees for planting at local schools in the world’s biggest macadamia producing regions. The Group also ran education sessions regarding sustainability practices in…

California almond harvest has started

Experts forecast smaller almond crop & higher prices

California’s almond harvest is underway. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts a smaller almond crop. Rocque Merlo, president of Merlo Farming Group in Oroville, says…

Australian macadamia crops:

Boosting beneficial insects & biodiversity key to controlling pests

For the past five years the Macadamia Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program has tested combinations of biological, cultural, and chemical controls in on-farm trials in New…

Almonds retained no 1 spot, grape acreage dropped

Madera County reports overall agri income loss for 2020

Madera County is ranked No. 10 in California with ag production last year valued at $1.95 billion, a decrease of $52.03 million, or 2.6% year-on-year. According to Ag…

Aimed at increasing Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops

Hort Innovation puts $28 million into increasing tree crop productivity

A current Hort Innovation productivity project intends to benefit Australia’s almond, avocado, citrus, macadamia and mango crops. The five-year $28 million National Tree Crop…

Eurocastanea

11th edition of European Chestnut Days will take place in France

Each year, the European chestnut network, Eurocastanea, which includes the organizations of chestnut producers from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Austria, organizes the…

Harvest of promising Medjool date year has kicked off

Just in time for the annual Medjool date harvest, Bard Valley Natural Delights® shares Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) data showing a promising year for the category, and even more so for the Natural Delights brand. According to IRI data pulled on June 27, 2021, the total Medjool date category is up…

Domenico De Lucia

Short chain and high service content are added value for the ready-to-eat range

Domenico De Lucia will attend Macfrut, the international fresh produce fair to be held in Rimini on September 7-9, 2021.  The company specializes in the processing of fresh produce and is currently focusing on steam-cooked products and dried fruit. Igino Cecchetti and Pino Colonna, co-directors of the sales department at…

Dried fruits and vegetables fight for their place on Spanish tables

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are gaining more and more ground in Spain. They are a seasonally adjusted and easy-to-handle offer of a range of vegetable products with great…

Coldiretti Cuneo confirmed that the hazelnut harvest is starting and the quality is excellent

The quality of the hazelnuts in the province of Cuneo, known also as the Granda area, where the harvest is about to begin, is expected to be high. "The Piedmont Hazelnut PGI…

Spain's main nut marketer investigated for alleged food fraud

The Service for the Protection of Nature and the Environment of the Spanish Civil Guard (Seprona), the Gendarmerie of France and Europol are currently investigating "the main…

Time to look back at the walnut and chestnut productions of Corrèze

The walnut and chestnut producers grouped within the Interprofessional Committee of the Walnut and Chestnut of Corrèze, came together in Branceilles. It is an opportunity for…

For some producers the almond campaign is already over

For a farm located in Castellaneta (Taranto), the harvest of six hectares of almonds lasted just two days. The bizarre weather conditions of the spring months have compromised many hectares in all Italian regions where almonds are grown. But, if for some producers the campaign lasted only a few hours,…

Gold Leaf Farming acquires 1,174 acres of almonds - James Irrigation District, Fresno County

Gold Leaf Farming has announced the acquisition of a new 1,173-acre almond orchard located within James Irrigation District in Fresno County. The orchard was acquired from…

Mocerino Frutta Secca (Italy)

Nuts and dried fruit, a trendy summer snack

"Trends in summer nut consumption show a strong growth curve compared to the last five years. Italians' habits have changed from the American breakfast model with eggs and bacon to Mediterranean dietary choices, with milk or yoghurt enriched with seeds, Goji berries, oats and a mix of nuts and dried…

Pierre Gélébart, Prince de Bretagne:

The Coco de Paimpol season is launched!

The season of PDO Coco de Paimpol has just started and should last until the beginning of November. “Volumes will probably increase from next week. Then, we will have the production peaks around September 15th and October 10th, although there are still uncertainties due to the weather forecast,” explains…

Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands:

"It's Christmas here from Christmas"

At Tovano, in the Netherlands, the new inshell walnut harvest has arrived from Chile. "We've received both conventional and organic inshell walnuts," says Richard Strijbis. "These are a little pricey, but Chilean nuts are good value for money. All the logistical challenges make it hard to say when the first…

Lighter weights on 2021 California almonds

The California heat and water issues have affected the 2021 almond crop. Bikram Hundal of Custom Almonds LLC. in Earlimart, CA says it’s into new crop almonds and are already shipping them in fact. Following last year’s record crop of 3.1 billion lbs. of almonds for California, this year’s estimate is…

Eight trials set up in key macadamia growing areas in Central Queensland

Integrated pest management to protect macadamia orchards

The Macadamia Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program started in 2017 to test combinations of biological, cultural and chemical controls on commercial farms and NSW…

Aim is to prevent unexpected price hikes in the market

India: Buffer onion stock of onions almost completed

Onion prices are unlikely to pinch Indian household budgets this year as the Narendra Modi government has nearly completed the build-up of buffer stock to intervene in case of…

Malawi: Significant investment made into macadamia plantation

ULIMI Fund, a private equity fund managed by Old Mutual Investment Group Malawi, has made a significant investment in Gala Agriculture Company, a successful macadamia plantation in Malawi. Gala Agriculture Company operates 12 farming estates spanning c. 6,000 ha in Malawi. The company will use the equity…

Spanish almond prices begin a recovery due to the drought in California and the frost in Europe

The Valencian Association of Farmers (Ava-Asaja) has warned that the new almond campaign began with a significant reduction in world supply, due to the historic drought in the…

California's deepening drought threatens its $6 billion almond industry

As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a…

Jordanian farmers experience success in Europe with Medjool dates

Fruits grow well in the Jordan Valley. One product that is growing in popularity is the Medjool date. Jordanian farmers are eager for European consumers to discover the…

Police later recovered about half of the stolen crop

Ten tons of almonds stolen from Murcia farm as thieves bring in tree shaker

Farm break-ins are unfortunately very common throughout Spain in the summer months, and with thieves becoming ever more sophisticated in their methods, it is not unheard of for farmers to lose their entire harvest in one go. This was the case at a farm in Abanilla, where two thieves managed to steal an…

Climate change might enable almond production to move to Idaho

Almonds have been grown almost exclusively in California's Central Valley,  but rising temperatures, increasing drought and a scarcity of water in California, might enable Idaho…

Magazine names pistachio product “Best Nuts” in 2021 food award

Wonderful® Pistachios is thrilled to announce its No Shells Sea Salt & Vinegar flavor was named “Best Nuts” in the pantry category by PARENTS’ Food Awards 2021. The Food Awards highlight the best family friendly snacks that launched this year. Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Sea Salt & Vinegar is a tart…

Recall issued for Medjool dates linked to hepatitis A in New South Wales

An urgent recall has been issued for a brand of Medjool dates after several people developed a serious illness after eating the product. Three people in New South Wales were…

California almond growers shaking early, bulldozing orchards

After bringing in a record crop for the state of California and the association last year, there are now reports of growers pushing over orchards in their prime as they try to…


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