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Walnuts: USA on the road to success

November 22, 2016 at 9:08 AM , Der AUDITOR
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SACRAMENTO. US exporters can mark a successful start of the season in their calendars for this year.

Most recently, Californian walnut production was estimated at approx. 670,000 mt. So far, a yield of 627,812 mt was registered. Even if it does not amount to much more until all batches have been registered, last year’s figure (603,000 mt) has already been exceeded, and a new record value achieved. 

US walnut exports, in shell

country

2015/16

2016/17

Turkey

13,735

24,246

Italy

9,445

13,630

Vietnam

4,196

11,054

Hong Kong

5,706

6,183

Spain

4,727

5,680

Germany

4,471

5,308

other

6,362

13,587

total

48,642

79,687

source: California Walnut Board 


Germany is leading with kernels

The US was able to increase its walnut exports significantly in the first two months of the season (in shell: +63,8%; shelled: +34,7%). Turkey is the primary importer of walnuts, while Germany imports the largest share of walnut kernels with more than a quarter of its total imports. The domestic demand for walnut kernels in the US has also risen by almost 20% to 17,575 mt, whereas demand for walnuts in shell have dropped by 7.2% to 2,400 mt. 

US walnut exports, shelled

country

2015/16

2016/17

Germany

3,272

5,725

Spain

1,873

2,464

Italy

198

215

Vietnam

175

109

Hong Kong

135

99

Turkey

151

94

other

7,917

9,779

total

13,722

18,487

source: California Walnut Board

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