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Fraudulent Activity Warning

It has been bought to our attention that someone under the name of Ben Smith has been contacting various businesses to purchase Seafood with the intention of setting up an account in the name of the Chelmer Foods Group. We understand they are using email OR

Please be advised we have no affiliation with this person and believe this to be an attempt at fraud.

We understand the user is contacting businesses by both phone and email and is using our email footer.

Please be vigilant and kindly notify us if you have any requests for credit.

We thank you for your attention

date:  Jul 26, 2016 comments:  Comments Off on Fraudulent Activity Warning
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2016 California Almond Objective Measurement Report

California’s 2016 almond production is forecast at +2.05 billion pounds, up 2.5% from May’s subjective crop forecast and up 7.9% from last year’s crop. The forecast is based on 900,000 bearing acres. Production for the nonpareil variety is forecast at 780 million meat pounds, up 7.4% from last year’s deliveries. The Nonpareil variety represents 38% of California’s total almond production.

The 2016 California almonds crop began bloom in mid-February, after the winter provided better chill hours than last year. Bloom conditions were good; bloom was reportedly fast and uniform.  Precipitation this year was significantly better than in 2015. Many areas are still in drought, although trees showed signs of recovery from the last few years of insufficient water.

The average nut set per tree is 6,159, up 4.9% from 2015. The Nonpareil average nut set of 5,583 is up 6.6% from last year’s set of 5,239. The average kernel weight for all varieties sampled was 1.48 grams, up 3.5% from the 2015 average weight of 1.43 grams.  The nonpareil average kernel weight was 1.65, up 2.5% from last year.  A total of 98.8% of all nut sized were sound.

The average yield per acre is estimated at 2,280 pounds per acre, which would be the 5th highest yield per acre.

 The estimate of 2.05 billion pounds would be the 2nd largest production California has ever had.

 Almond kernel weights are heavier by 3.5% than last year ,which move mean sizes are slightly larger than last year.

date:  Jul 07, 2016 comments:  Comments Off on 2016 California Almond Objective Measurement Report
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Chilean Walnut Update


A few days ago, the country’s main walnut production areas were affected by intense precipitation,
which started on Thursday, April 14th and continued until Monday the 18th. Normally, during the
month of April the central part of Chile only experiences minor showers. According to the Chilean
Meteorology Department, in the region of Valparaíso, the average rainfall over the past 10 years has
been 13mm; in Santiago, 10mm; in O’Higgins, 21mm and in Maule, 32mm. The two weather fronts
that hit our country left behind precipitation far above the numbers mentioned above, with
maximum levels reaching 100mm in Valparaíso, 145mm in the Metropolitan Region, 362mm in
O’Higgins and 109mm in Maule.

The rain happened to coincide with harvesting season for the Chandler variety, which,
according to estimates from the Chilean Walnut Commission, represents over 70% of Chile’s
planted surface area when it comes to walnuts. Other varieties, such as Serr, had been 80%
harvested when the rain hit, which means they will be less affected.
Chandler harvesting had begun just one week ago, therefore, we estimate that only 25%
had been harvested before the rain. This indicates that the volume of walnuts that could
have been affected by the intense rainfall is between 35,000 and 40,000 tons.
One effect that must be taken into account due to the precipitation is a decrease in
production volume. The exact degree of this drop will be assessed over the next few weeks.
On the other hand, it is also important to note that the availability of the Extra Light color and
of lighter tones in general will also decrease because of this unexpected weather situation,
affecting both cracked and inshell walnuts. In addition, inshell walnuts’ exterior appearance
will also be affected.


Source: Chilean Walnut Commission

date:  Apr 27, 2016 comments:  Comments Off on Chilean Walnut Update
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