• USDA 2021 California Almond Forecast Valentyn75

    2021 crop is estimated to be the largest on record

    The initial subjective forecast for the 2021 California almond production is 3.20 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 3% above last year's production of 3.12 billion…

    Cassava, cashew nut, mango exports to Vietnam up almost 149%

    Cambodia exported over 1.5 million tonnes of cassava products to international markets in the first four months of 2021, up from 1.3 million in the same period of last year,…

    EnWave sells 60kW REV? machine for the production of avocado snacks and ingredients

    EnWave Corporation announced that it has completed the sale of a 60kW Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV?”) machine to AvoLov, LLC d.b.a. BranchOut Food (“BranchOut”), a company based in Bend, Oregon that produces a lineup of “better-for-you” avocado and fruit snacks and ingredients. The 60kW REV? machine will…

    J.O. Sims explore dates growth

    As a UK fruit business, J.O. Sims have seen imports of dates grow by over 300% over the last 10 years and have announced two new supply sources in the last three months alone, in order to keep up…

    Rwanda ready to access the untapped potential of macadamia nuts

    As the global demand for macadamia outweighs the available supply, there is a business opportunity that Rwandans are ready to tap into. As Rwanda looks to diversifying its…

    Saudi Arabia gifts 50 tons of dates to Ghana

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has donated 50 tons of date palm fruits to Ghana (in the form of 2,500 cartons). The dates are to be distributed…

    Pakistan: Middle Eastern varieties bear fruit in largest date producing region

    Pakistan is one of the top date producers and exporters in the world, with annual date production of more than 535,000 tons, according to data from the Trade Development…

    Bioplanet

    Hazelnut defense comes from the sky

    To defend hazelnut trees against eriophyes mites, Bioplanet opted for the introduction of useful mites also using drones. This first experience of "mechanized" launches follows the positive "manual" introductions of 2020. Operations are currently being carried out on around twenty hectares, with a view…

    Australian researchers to crack growing Papua New Guinea nut industry

    Griffith University researchers are helping Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) emerging galip nut industry to give marginalised women an income and encourage planting trees. Professor Helen Wallace from the Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security is leading a diverse team of science, agribusiness and social…

    Pistachio processor builds on sponsorship with pro boxer Jose Ramirez

    Wonderful? Pistachios, long-time supporter of championship boxer Jose Ramirez, is sponsoring him in the ring once again as he faces Josh Taylor on May 22 for the junior welterweight unification title. If victorious, Ramirez would become the first Mexican American junior welterweight boxing champion and…

    Some almond groves survived the frost in the Taranto province

    "I notice something different every time I check on my groves. Almonds are growing rapidly, a look at the branches is enough to understand the volumes to be expected this year. The frost of late March has not affected me much, unlike other colleagues just a few hundred meters away. I was very lucky,"…

    South African macadamia processor aligns with the Marquis Group

    The global macadamia industry has seen unprecedented growth in the last 10 years with demand continuously exceeding limited supply. This has made the farming of macadamias very rewarding as much of this annual increase of demand has occurred organically. However, the industry is currently experiencing a…

    New study explains how Taurua District could grow blueberries, hazelnuts, apples and feijoas

    A recent study for alternative land uses in the Tararua District has shown that blueberries, hazelnuts, cider apples and feijoas could be successfully grown in the area. The…

    University of South Australia

    Machine vision system for almond grading and safety

    Researchers at UniSA have developed a world-first automated technique for simultaneously grading almond quality and detecting potentially serious mycotoxin contamination in kernels. In 2019-2020, Australia’s almond crop was worth just over $1 billion, and the value of the sector is expected to expand to…

    Mustapha Chihabi, Tomoor, Belgium:

    “Ever-increasing demand for Saudi dates”

    "The date market is currently a little saturated," begins Mustapha Chihabi of Tomoor in Belgium. "That's thanks to the events and hospitality sectors being on hold. There's a good demand for dates. But we miss the hospitality industry as a sales channel. That's had an effect. Some countries are,…

    Sindh Minister for Agriculture, Ismail Rahu:

    ‘Date exports down to alarming level’

    According to a provincial minister, Pakistan’s date exports have declined to an alarming level in the last two years; lower prices are discouraging growers Sindh Minister for…

    New digital and social campaigns for pistachios

    Wonderful? Pistachios takes a fresh approach to snack marketing in a dedicated new campaign to bring its Wonderful Pistachios No Shells BBQ and Sea Salt & Vinegar flavors to life. The highly tailored digital and social campaign is designed to reach consumers who love great flavors, no matter their…

    Namibia: Massive production increase at ZZ2’s date orchards

    The Medjool date harvest of ZZ2 at their Haakiesdoorn farm in the Karas region -Southern Namibia- has increased with 87%. According to Francois Schwalb of ZZ2, production went…

    Bangladesh: Date sales quite moderate this Ramadan

    Seasonal date traders in Dhaka are seeing moderate date sales ahead of and during Ramadan as many city-dwellers left the capital because of the renewed lockdowns there. As in…

    National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall

    Dates to rehabilitate Senegal’s forest cover

    In Senegal, the National Agency for Reforestation and the Great Green Wall has just launched an operation to collect date pits to restore Senegal's forest cover, as the…

    USDA

    USDA report on Direct versus Indirect Trade

    Romania’s hidden market for US agri exports

    The U.S. Census Bureau's bulk, intermediate, and consumer-oriented (BICO) export data tracks U.S. food and agricultural trade shipped directly to Poland. However, it does not measure the substantial levels of the U.S. agricultural trade to Poland routed through Western European ports of entry. According…

    Hazelnut Growers of Oregon looking for joint venture opportunity

    Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) and its parent company, Wilco, have announced they are seeking a partner with a track record of building great brands to form a joint venture…

    Saudi Arabia presents global electronic platform for dates

    The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is launching a global electronic platform for dates; it is a way to introduce international investors to the various types of the fruit being…

    Mario Ebel on the rapid development of 'Deutsche Food Up AG

    "This November we will receive the first Brazil nuts from a new cultivation project in Brazil"

    Mario Ebel from Cologne (r) is firmly established in the global trade and sourcing of organic and conventional nuts and dried fruits. After stepping down as a board member of…

    California almond orchards now cover an estimated 1.6 million acres

    Based on the USDA almond acreage report, last year, California had an estimated 1.6 million acres planted in almonds. That’s is an area, larger than surface area of the state…

    Vietnamese coconut export season is at its peak as prices rise

    This is the peak period of the Vietnamese coconut export season. The price of coconuts from the Ben Tre regions rose to a high level. Mary is a sales manager at the Vietnamese fruit export company True Fruits Co., Ltd. She recently shared her insights into current conditions in the local fruit industry.…

    Peru opens its market to Argentine nuts and citrus

    Yesterday, Argentina and Peru closed the agreement that enables Argentina to export citrus fruits (sour orange, sweet orange, mandarin, grapefruit, and royal lemon), walnuts,…

    Dirk Jan van Dijk, Palm Fruits: "Good that European supermarkets are increasingly catering to Ramadan"

    "Dates selling like hotcakes"

    Dates sales usually peak significantly during Ramadan. "That always happens in the week before Ramadan. But Medjool dates are still selling well," says Dirk Jan van Dijk of Palm Fruits in the Netherlands. "Our strength is that we always have product in stock, despite the delays. So we have enough for Ramadan too." Palm Fruits works…

    Continued growth in exports, additional processing capacity needed to keep pace with increased production

    U.S. tree nut exports reach record levels, easing oversupply burden

    California tree nut growers harvested record crops of almonds, walnuts and pistachios in 2020, following a year of ideal growing conditions on expanded bearing acreage. The abundance of supply led to lower tree nut prices which, combined with a weaker U.S. dollar, have pushed exports to record high…

    Almond groves affected by frost all over Italy

    Almond groves all over the peninsula have been heavily affected by the late frost of the past few days. "It is too painful to visit the groves. I do not know if there will be anything left to harvest, as fruits are dropping every day. The external part of the fruits has changed color while the inside,…

    Department of Agronomy of the UCO, IFAPA and the IAS - CSIC study

    Spain: Almond production remains stable in the long term, despite irrigation deficits

    A study by the Department of Agronomy of the UCO, IFAPA and the IAS - CSIC analyses production between 2014 and 2019. Spain boasts the largest cultivated area of almond trees in the world, with more than 700,000 ha (MAPA, 2018), but ranks third in terms of production. How can this be? Actually, it's easy…

    After two years of low prices, Brazil nut pricing is now on the rise

    This year’s Brazil nut volumes are down and it’s causing a boost in the market’s prices. Byron Machuca of Peruvian company White Lion Foods explains: “The prices have been low for the past two years, ever since they reached record levels in 2017, but so far in 2021 we have seen the prices increase again…

    Barhi date popular fruit during Ramadan

    At Bud Holland BV in Maasdijk, the season of the Barhi date has started again for 2 weeks. The king of dates are not dried and are mainly sold by the branch and are available in boxes of 2 kg and 4.5 kg. Barhi dates have a sweet-juicy flavor that is fresher and more fruity than a dried date. Over time,…

    Richard Strijbis, Tovano, the Netherlands

    "Good Easter sales, but shipping delays are an issue"

    It's still bustling for Easter at Tovano in the Netherlands. "You sometimes don't understand where it all goes," laughs Richard Strijbis. "Easter sales actually increase a little every year. For us, it's a busier time of year than Christmas." Arrivals are, however, creating challenges. "Sea freight has been…

    Davide Quinto from Nogalba

    A 'perfect storm' has hit walnuts

    The current market situation for walnuts from specialized farms shows aspects that are entirely new compared to the recent past. This is due to the fact Italian production is increasing, with yields per surface unit as much as 30% above average, and to the fact US production is also increasing but no…

    Morocco remains top importer of Tunisian dates

    Importing 20.700 tonnes of the fruit from October 1 to March 15, Morocco is still the leading importer of Tunisian dates. Director General Samir Ben Slimane from the Tunisian…

    Despite delays in NSW, caused by floods

    Australia: Select Harvests expects positive results for almonds

    Despite the impacts of the recent flooding in NSW, almond producer Select Harvest still has a positive outlook its almond crop. The almond producer has now harvested 50 per…

    Christine Bonnet, Coopenoix:

    “The final consumer is not always aware of the advantages of the French origin”

    With an annual volume of 7,000 tons of walnuts in shell, Coopenoix is the largest walnut cooperative in France. It offers conventional and organic walnuts all year round, with a marketing peak in October and November. Christine Bonnet, sales representative of the cooperative, explains that consumers are…

    Jaco le Roux - Afrifruta

    Mozambican producer riding the wave of dried mango & coconut growth expands its fresh lines

    Dried mango could have a shelf life of up to 18 months, but it’s become too popular to come close to its sell by date. Huge worldwide demand for dried mango has fuelled 25% year-on-year growth in its production at Mozambican fruit processor Afrifruta.In the East African country mango trees and coconut…

    Moldova, first quarter of 2021:

    Stable average prices for walnut kernels

    On the Moldovan market, the average wholesale prices for walnut kernels, having slightly decreased in mid-January 2021, have been stable for almost two months at the level of…

    US: Persisting challenges for West Side agriculture

    Challenges are persisting for West Side agriculture as another growing season is nearing. In addition to uncertain market prices for some commodities, growers are facing…

    Pierre Roux: "100% raw nuts of single origin"

    South African organic pecan nuts enter the rest of Europe via the Netherlands

    On the banks of the Orange River in South Africa, Roux Pecans grows organic pecans. To respond to Brexit and its consequences for exports to Europe, Roux Pecans has set up a company in Rotterdam. Family businessRoux Pecans is a real family business. The company was founded by Chris Roux. His sons Bob and…

    Interview with Jordi Mor

    Zaragoza - a modern almond cultivation method

    Jordi Mor is a Spanish agricultural technician boasting years of experience in the cultivation of stone fruit, and he is also a promoter of the Zaragoza model, a new revolutionary method to manage almond groves that has proved successful not only in Spain and Italy, but in other continents as well.? Jordi…

    Due import ban adjustments

    Renewed market opportunities for US almonds in Algeria

    Following the instruction of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune during his 2020 June’s Ministers Council Meeting regarding the total restriction of the importation of agricultural products during their harvest time, the Professional Bank and Financial Institutions Association (ABEF) sent a note on July 12,…

    Delaware Department of Agriculture announces Specialty Crop Grant availability

    The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is now accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. DDA anticipates more than…

    Caporaso Group video below

    Nut-based cream spreads benefit from the growing healthy food demand

    The health emergency and the need to stay at home have led many companies to push the online channel to promote their products. The internet retail is not a break from traditional commercial channels, but the continued need for a different kind of contact between the manufacturer and the consumer. We…

    Scorta Verde

    Eco-friendly line recognized as "Product of the Year 2021"

    Madi Ventura, an Italian company specializing in dried fruit, has been rewarded as Product of the Year 2021 for its new Ventura - Scorta Verde range.?? "This year, consumers voted for Scorta Verde, the new Ventura line that puts the environment first thanks to 100% biodegradable compostable packaging that holds the…

    Kenya: Coconut and cashews to be cash crops if bill passes

    Coconut and cashew nut farming will qualify for state funding and marketing if President Uhuru Kenyatta signs a new bill that seeks to make them cash crops. The bill passed by…

    U.S. pistachios see export sales growth despite sizeable tariffs

    As U.S. pistachio growers look ahead to another sizeable crop this coming late summer, plans continue to stimulate demand for pistachios on the export market as well as domestically. Given the number of pistachio trees planted in the early 2000s, the American Pistachio Growers anticipated strong oncoming…

    Aurelio Manuzzi: "The large-scale retail trade is doing well, the HORECA sector is a disaster"

    A two-speed trend for the dried fruit market

    The dried fruit sector is struggling with stratospheric costs for renting shipping containers from abroad. The trend in the sector has been upwards for many years, but Covid has messed up well established plans. "The dried fruit market is still growing and offers great opportunities. Only around 30% of…

    The first laboratory for in vitro cultivation of dates was installed in Tarapaca

    The first laboratory for the in vitro cultivation of plants was installed in the Tarapacs region, within the framework of a project that seeks to contribute to the development…

    Benin agri reforms

    President Talon’s agricultural policy still to be put to the test

    Benin is still the leading cotton producer in West Africa, with more than 700,000 tons harvested in the 2020-2021 season. But while Benin's cotton sector has already benefited…

    AFG Technologies relies on gentle drying technology

    "Our dried fruit concept offers added value to both growers and retailers"

    The range of dried fruits has expanded significantly in recent years. Nevertheless, it is still predominantly common types of fruit, such as apples, bananas and stone fruits, that are marketed as dried fruit. AFG Technologies LLC wants to change this with a comprehensive production and marketing concept,…

    New South Wales, Australia

    Batlow chestnut farm hopeful again, after 2020's bushfires

    Chestnut growers who were burnt out by bushfire last year in the NSW Riverina are now preparing for a great harvest, after they received some good rainfall. It's a huge…

    The Italian Pieve di Rivoschio Association asked the authorities for help in dealing with the emergency

    Chestnuts and marrons are now facing the threat of the chestnut tortrix

    A small consortium, the Associazione Marrone dolce di Pieve di Rivoschio (Sarsina) in the province of Forlì-Cesena, has asked the local and regional authorities for help in tackling the problem of the chestnut tortrix (cydia). Last year we lost 30-40 per cent of our production and this not only…

    Bringing automation to nut harvesting

    The macadamia market is constantly growing: indeed, the nutritional virtues it provides makes the macadamia nut a fruit very much in demand. "The success is such that today the macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world with a price varying around 60$/kg (R900). This infatuation has naturally…

    Australian macadamia crop modelling predicts increased 2021 crop

    The 2021 Australian macadamia crop is predicted to reach 50,770 tonnes in-shell @ 3.5% moisture (54,440 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture), according to a census-based forecast…

    The Zaragoza method has proven to be successful

    Almond trees in full bloom 10 days earlier compared to 2020

    A spectacular and suggestive scenario of almond tree blossoming is currently happening in Apulia. "The absence of a real winter, followed by temperatures above the seasonal average recorded in the last week, has only accelerated the vegetative awakening of the plants by about 10 days compared to 2020.…

    Global marketing initiative launched for California walnuts

    The California Walnut Commission announced its second annual “Power of 3” global marketing campaign, which builds on the successful 2020 campaign. “Power of 3” will launch on…

    Medjool dates sales volume expected to spike during Ramadan

    Bard Valley Natural Delights’ are an essential part of the Ramadan tradition as Muslims begin the daily ritual of fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan lasts 30 days beginning on April 12th and ending on May 11th. Past sales data indicates a retail sales volume spike of 57 percent* during this period.…

    Walnut sector concerned about sale of imported products as if they were Spanish

    The walnut sector integrated into FEPEX has verified that, since December of 2020, the imported walnuts have been marketed as if they were of national origin and at prices below production costs, which is negatively affecting producers, as well as the image of the Spanish product. The irregularities have…


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