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November 2016

PISTACHIO

USA: Pistachio industry bounces back
Last season was a catastrophe for pistachio growers in USA, which resulted in a loss of over 200 million pounds of pistachios.

Matoian said 555 million pounds of pistachios were produced nationwide in 2012 and so far he expects California, Arizona, and New Mexico, the three states that produce pistachios in the U.S., to produce over 800 million pounds, which is huge considering last year only 275 million pounds were produced.

“We had a disaster of a crop last year, and growers in your area [California] and elsewhere just had horrible crops,” said Matoian, who noted that California produces 99 percent of the nation’s pistachios.

Matoian said with the cost and availability of water and with all the regulations that are in place regarding worker’s health and safety, and pesticide use, it has become increasingly more difficult and costly to farm, which is why he believes more farmers are turning to more high-value crops that require less labor, such as pistachios, almonds and walnuts. (Quoted from Freshplaza 2-11-2016)


ALMOND

SPAIN: Almond output still set to decline in Spanish region

The Nuts department of ASAJA in Castile-La Mancha, Spain has estimated that the almond production in the new season will be 50% lower than in the previous campaign, when 7,662 tonnes were obtained from the 60,000 hectares in the region, mainly due to the atypical meteorological conditions during the blooming period.

Producers have been advised by the agricultural sector to focus on quality, to remove bitter almonds from the marketing channels for direct consumption and to opt for plants that guarantee a good performance in the region's soil, and thus obtain a product with unique characteristics and more appreciated in the markets. ASAJA CLM has in fact found that prices increase with such differentiation, with organic nuts, for example, reaching a market price more than 20% higher than that of conventional ones.

The Nuts department of ASAJA has also stated that producers must be prepared to face any challenges posed by the environment or by European regulations, as well as to come together in organisations and thereby improve the traceability of the nuts grown in the region. (Quoted from Freshplaza 22-11-2016)


RAISIN

USA: California’s raisin industry remains under the weight of more supply than demand
Except for a few dried-on-the-vine (DOV) blocks here and there, California’s 2016 raisin grape harvest finished up by Oct. 15.
Production this year was down about 15 percent from last year’s strong crop, and the vines were under high pressure from powdery mildew.
As the harvest wound down, the industry hadn’t yet agreed on the price for this year’s raisins.
However, the current large world supply of raisins and the amount of the California 2015 crop still unsold by Aug. 1, the start of the 2016 crop marketing year, is weighing on the minds of both growers and processors.
So are other international concerns, Sahatdjian notes. They include tough competition from other raisin-producing countries, like Iran, the strong U.S. dollar and uncertainties about how Brexit might affect the world raisin market.
“No one comes out of this situation a winner until supply and demand get back in balance,” Sahatdjian says. ”Processors need growers to have product to sell, and growers need processors to pack and ship their crop to buyers. Right now, it’s painful on both sides.” (Quoted from Farmpress 27-11-2016)


DATE

IRAN: US election fails to disturb dried fruit markets
Disruption in global currency markets has been much less than had been feared following this week’s US Presidential election. The dollar has remained relatively stable against the pound and other major currencies and dried fruit trading still brisk. (Quoted from the Agranet 11-11-2016)

SAFFRON

IRAN: Iran’s Saffron fuelling growth of German food business
Once cultivated by Persian kings and believed to have healing powers, saffron is now fuelling the growth of a small German business that imports tons of the spice from Iran to make fine food products for sale in Europe and the Persian Gulf.“We try to capture the soul of saffron and the magic it contains,” says Sabet, an Iranian-German business executive who quit his banking job six years ago to found Miasa GmbH, which is now doubling its revenues every year. Sabet is one of many German business leaders who see great business opportunities opening up in Iran after the end of sanctions. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel heads to Iran next week with a plane full of executives keen to rebuild trade ties.“Germany has always had a good relationship with Iran and I think it will continue to expand,” Sabet said. “I hope the end of sanctions will allow exports to rise and have a positive effect on the import business as well.” (Quoted from the TheIranProject 2-11-2016)

News of November 2016
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