Dried Fruit Exporter Company
IRAN: Iranian pistachios Prospects for boosting production for the coming new season
Good news for Iranian pistachio is that in the spring of this year 2019, Iran has had incredible growth in rainfall, just one week rain was equal to last 3 years rain. Thanks to the efforts of Iranian traders, pistachios have gained the biggest share in the global market. The quality of pistachios cultivated in Kerman, Sirjan and Rafsanjan in Kerman Province are the best in Iran and the world. (Quoted from Iran-Pistachio.com 12- 05 -2019)
IRAN: More than 160,000 hectares of orchards are under almond cultivation
Annually Iran produces about 99,551 metric tons of almonds. Majority of the cultivation is done in Tabriz region and the North West region of Iran. The sweet and bittersweet categories of almonds are available. Majority of the almonds are exported to India. Almond production in Iran per capita stands at 2 kilograms per year, whereas the global figure is in the neighborhood of 400 grams. In Iran, more than 160,000 hectares of orchards are under almond cultivation. (Quoted from worldblaze.in 12 May 2019)
IRAN: Exports its raisin to over 100 countries around the world
Iran is one of the major exporters of raisins in the world. Iran’s raisin export accounts for 27% of the world’s raisin exports, earning the country over $250 million each year. The country exports its raisins to over 100 countries around the world including Australia, UK, US, Italy, and France among other countries. The country produces an average of 122,595 metric tons of raisin every year according to the 2014-2015 harvest. Some of the common raisin variety grown in Iran include golden, sultan, green and black raisin
The other main producers of raisins include Greece, Chile, South Africa, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. These countries each produce more than 30,000 metric tons of raisins annually. The majority of raisin produced in these countries is mainly for export. Sultana seedless grapes are the primary varieties of raisins produced by these countries.
Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) has announced that supportive and supervisory role of the government in securing low-cost financing for exporters to purchase products from producers will improve quality of production and exports. According to Export & Import Regulations Office of Iran’s TPO, comparative statistics of rasin exports in last year and the earlier one indicate a sever-percent increase in the value of raisin exports. Exports of raisins can be expanded by controlling logistic cost, exploiting up-to-date packaging and processing technologies, lowering production costs and equipping raisin factories. (Quoted from Worldatlas.com 5 May 2019)
GERMANY: There are certainly opportunities in the German trade for Iranian dates and pistachios
Iran is the main origin of dates in the world. Iran has quite different, exclusive varieties. The Berlin Andreas Langbehn has made it his mission to make the Iranian dried fruit known and popular in Germany.
After two student semesters abroad in Tehran and further trips to Iran, the idea of bringing Persian nuts and dried fruits to Germany grew. In 2017, the company was founded, says Langbehn. “In the beginning, I just jumped in cold. In other words, I just visited producers and potential suppliers, mostly in southern Iran. From last autumn onwards, I was finally able to take care of the company structure – ie marketing, packaging design and the search for potential customers.” The next task is now to build a solid customer base in the German market and as possible to gain a foothold in the organic retail trade. The first orders have already been successfully delivered, explains the Berliner. “For the time being, we focused on the existing market for the packaging units, which vary from 200 g bags to 5 kg and 10 kg boxes, depending on the variety. Although we have a house brand in our program, the larger chains tend to prefer their own brands. The goods are locally packed in Iran. Our original goal was to go directly to organic markets and wholesalers and order and deliver directly from Iran without intermediate storage.” However, the ambitious importer has now also decided to buy midsize wholesalers – i.a. on the Berlin and Hamburg wholesale market – which he could supply from a cold store with smaller quantities. “We would like to deliver large boxes, where customers can then serve themselves in the supermarket, for example, in order to avoid unnecessary plastic bags or packaging material,” adds Langbehn. The Mazafati has already acquired a certain importance in German trade in recent years. The two other varieties from Iran – Piarom and Kabkab – are still a marginal phenomenon, says Langbehn. “Our goal is to make these varieties more well-known. Therefore, we offer our entire assortment first in both organic and conventional quality. Regarding pistachios; we already only sell organic products.” The date assortment the new import company consists of three varieties: The Piarom has its own flavor and a texture like wine gums. The Kabkab grows exclusively in southwestern Iran and is a juicy, soft date variety. The best-known variety, Mazafati, is harvested fresh and has a slightly nutty taste. Overall, the pioneer sees promising potential for import. “Of course, the Mazafati date has a certain value in the trade. More interesting is how the Piarom develops on the market: This relatively high-priced product has a firm consistency like no other date and that alone is a unique selling point. (Quoted from Fleshplaza 17-05 -2019)
IRAN: Saffron Options Contracts Launched on Iran Mercantile Exchange
As part of plans to diversify and expand financing methods for agricultural products on the Iran Mercantile Exchange, the bourse on Sunday launched the options contracts for saffron. Options trading will only be for ‘Negin Saffron’ which is regarded as the highest-quality of Iranian saffron and comes after IME launched saffron futures contracts and certificates of deposits for saffron earlier during the calendar year (ends March 20). At a press conference on the occasion of launching the contracts for the first time, Hamed Soltaninejad, IME’s managing director added since the launch of the mercantile exchange in 2007, efforts have been made to enhance trade in agricultural products. (Quoted from Financialtribune 3-03-2019)