Blue Diamond Growers expands processing capacity

SACRAMENTO, CA – Blue Diamond Growers, a nonprofit grower-owned cooperative and the world’s leading processor and marketer of almonds, marked its 110-year anniversary today with announcements about the completion of two key infrastructure expansions. The company also was recently recognized by Boston Consulting Group & IRI as one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Mid-Size...

A wonderful product instead of food waste

Fludor-Benin uses cashew nut shells as a balm, a liquid that the paint and aeronautics industries thrive on. In addition to the added value it generates, this activity helps to reduce the pollution caused by the presence of cashew nut shells in nature. Such waste is harmful to the soil and the atmosphere. Benin...

Vietnam expects surge of cashew exports

NDO/VNA – Cashew exports are expected to surge in the latter half of the year once the COVID-19 pandemic is put under control. But the cashew industry will still have to lower its export target of US$4 billion for this year. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, exporters shipped 86,000 tonnes...

Pistachios from Iran: A history of trade problems

Andrea Durkin highlights four plotlines that characterize the problems if Iranian Nut Trade Extreme Quantitative Restrictions – A Trade Embargo For most of history, Iran has been the world’s biggest source of pistachios. They are Iran’s most significant agricultural export by volume and value. Iran was the biggest supplier to the...

Hazelnut production 20% lower in Turkey

ORDU. As the TMO has announced the next round of sales for May, the selling price is unexpectedly high. Marketplayers reckon that hazelnut production will take a 20% dip in Turkey this year.The TMO continues to seil its stocks in May and has issued a selling price of TRY 24 per kg for a volume 20,000 metric...

Kenyan macadamia farmers suffer

April is usually an important month for macadamia farmers in Kenya as this is the period when harvesting begins. There is normally increased activity on farms in central Kenya in particular as farmers harvest their produce and sell to processors or brokers for as high as 220 Kenyan shillings (about 2.2 U.S. dollars) a...

Pecans and pistachios contribute to Arizona’s economy

Tree nuts – specifically pecans and pistachios – are making a growing contribution to Arizona's economy, according to a study from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Arizona's tree nut industry generated an estimated $92.6 million in direct sales in 2017. That includes $70 million in pecans, $8.4 million in...

320,000 tons of pistachios in production in Iran

A total of 320,000 tons of pistachios have been produced in Iran since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21), an Agriculture Ministry official said. Kerman Province is a top pistachio-producing province with 100,000 tons of output so far this year, followed by Khorasan Razavi, Yazd, Fars, South Khorasan, Semnan, Markazi and Qom,” Darab Hassani...

Mexican Pecan producers hit hard – again

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- After tariffs hit pecan farmers hard almost two years ago, famers in Doña Ana County were starting to feel a little less pressure, but now they’re dealing with impacts brought on by coronavirus pandemic. New Mexico Pecan Co. in Mesilla Park typically processes about 5,000 pounds of pecans per day, but COVID-19 has...

10 m$ for competitiveness of specialty crops

Nearly $10 million has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to 11 multi-state projects that seek to boost the competitiveness of specialty crops. The projects were funded through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program, reauthorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, according to a news release. The program, according to the USDA, considers projects...
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