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Interesting, challenging times for the nut industry

With endless information streaming into our lives and new actions being taken around the COVID-19 virus every day, it has many of us, including myself, asking the question: What now? How do I keep my business operating? How do I protect the health and safety of my employees? How long is this going to last? Can I get a refund on my U2 concert tickets? While we don’t have answers to all the questions, I find it helpful to recap what we know for sure, especially as it relates to the nut processing industry.

the Megatrends of the nut industry

 

This guest article is a expert opinion piece from Axel Breuer from the Clipper Magazine.  

What does the future hold for the nut industry? Things have been mostly great for a long time. In recent interviews with the Clipper Magazine Richard Waycott, President and CEO of the Almond Board of California and Phil Zadro, mastermind of the Australian and South African macadamia industry confirmed that nut demand is continuously growing faster than supply. Hazelnuts and peanut consumption might see another boost due to the breakthroughs in allergy treatment.

TOMRA TO PRESENT TOMRA 3C OPTICAL SORTER AT THE ALMOND CONFERENCE 2019: A GROUND-BREAKING SOLUTION FOR THE HULLING AND SHELLING SECTOR

TOMRA Food will showcase its sensor-based sorting solutions at the Almond Conference 2019, which will take place from December 10-12 in Sacramento, California. It will demonstrate the TOMRA 3C, the new optical sorter which is set to be a game changer for almond hulling and shelling operations. TOMRA Food will also highlight the benefits of its ground-breaking Detox Laser technology, which is having excellent success across the world with its accurate detection of aflatoxin contamination, and take part in the panel discussion “Sorting for Aflatoxin” on December 11.

How BSI+ detects the tiniest pinhole damage in almonds

The most frustrating challenges for almond producers lie around detecting the tiniest defects and removing these nuts from production. Many inspection systems simply are not sensitive enough to spot the tiniest pinhole damage, making rework by human inspectors unavoidable.

How BSI+ Technology detects tiny embedded almond shell fragments

Fragments of shell becoming embedded in almond flesh is an unavoidable effect of the shelling process. Some types of almonds are more prone than others due to water content of the nut and hardness of shell.  Unfortunately for processors, embedded shell is classified as foreign material.  With confectionary companies demanding less and less foreign material, embedded shell has become one of the most focused on defects to remove.  Many confectionary companies require less than 5 pieces of foreign material per ton.  To put this into perspective, there are approximately 1 Million almonds in one metric ton, so to ask for less than 5 pieces to have embedded shell is an enormous request.

How BSI+ helps turn double almonds into second revenue stream

Almond doubles (twins) are just as tasty and nutritious as their single cousins, yet often cause a high quality product to be sold at a lower grade due to the challenges around blanchin or slicing the odd shape. Whilst premium whole nut brands might reject these concave nuts, there are plenty of others waiting to turn them into butter, flour or use them in snack bars.

Success story: Laragon, Australia

As a company who take great pride in delivering exceptional quality of both their kernel and in-shell produce, the TOMRA 3C has enabled Laragon to significantly enhance their operation.

The invisible threat facing almond growers

Hailed as a nutritionally dense ‘super food’, the global demand for healthy, plant-based protein alternatives has seen the nut industry explode with almonds emerging as one of the most popular sub-categories globally.

INC 2019: Key Trends in the Global Nut Industry

One of the most important trade shows for the global nuts sector, the annual International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) Congress, held in Florida earlier this summer, presents an invaluable opportunity for industry leaders to share knowledge, expertise and, most importantly, key insights and forecasts into where this multi-million-dollar food industry is going.

TOMRA Food appoints nut expert to tighten customer relationships globally

TOMRA Food announces the appointment of a highly experienced category expert to strengthen its global sales organization, further tighten its relationship with the nut industry, and consolidate its position as a thought leader in the sector.