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Media Release 2018 South African Macadamia Crop 3 Feb 2018

2017 SOUTH AFRICAN MACADAMIA CROP AND 2018 FORECAST

 

The 2017 South African macadamia season finished with a bigger crop than initially anticipated. More nuts were harvested during the last quarter of 2017 than usual, resulting in approximately 2 600 tons in excess of the season’s forecast of 42 000 tons of nut in shell (NIS). This brings the final figure for the 2017 crop to approximately 44 610 tons.

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) recently conducted its second crop forecast survey for the 2018 season. A total of 54 000 tons of NIS (nut-in shell at 1.5% kernel moisture content) is now estimated to be produced in 2018. The previous, preliminary forecast that was issued in December was 56 000 tons. The increase in production from 2017 to 2018 will thus be approximately 21%.

The kernel market is also gaining strength. Fifty five percent (55%) of the 2018 crop is expected to be processed to kernel in 2018, compared to approximately 49% in 2017. This means that not only will a higher percentage kernel be exported this year, but also more kernel in terms of volume. Nico van Schalkwyk, Marketing Manager at Golden Macadamias says that most of their 2018 has already been sold. “Despite higher volumes, the demand still outstrips the supply and most of our company’s crop has been sold already. The quality feedback from our growers is also positive for this season.” van Schalkwyk said.

The seven percent (7%) reduction in import duties in China for South African macadamias that was announced in November 2017 will furthermore have a positive effect to support the higher volumes of South African inshell macadamias that will be shipped to Asia this year. The import duty was reduced from 19% to 12%.

An updated crop forecast will be issued in May 2018.

 

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC)
5 February 2018

Contact: Barry Christie
Tel: +27 73 084 1772
barry@subtrop.co.za
www.samac.org.za

08
Dec

2018 SOUTH AFRICAN MACADAMIA CROP FORECAST

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) recently conducted a crop forecast survey for the 2018 season. A figure of 56 000 tons of NIS (nut-in shell at 1.5% kernel moisture content) is estimated to be produced in 2018. This is still lower than the projected long term forecast of 57 600 tonnes in an industry that is expanding more rapidly than when the long term projections were made, although it should be noted that a more accurate forecast can only be made at the end of January. Although the final volume of the global 2017 macadamia crop will only be known in 2018, it is no secret that it was again a world record accompanied by record prices. “Despite the 2017 global crop being the largest ever recorded it is clear that the global demand has increased substantially. Consistency of supply has been a worrying aspect of the macadamia industry, so a significant increase in volume from the largest macadamia exporting nation, is what the market needs to satisfy this growing global demand and to continue to encourage new products with macadamias”, said Mr. Jens Borchert from Palm Nuts and More, a German-based macadamia importer and distributor.

 

The final 2017 crop volumes will also be made available in January, which it is anticipated to be slightly more than 42 000 tonnes NIS. Fifty two percent (52%) of the 2018 crop is expected to be produced in Mpumalanga, followed by Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and other regions (Table 1).

 

Table 1. Expected 2018 macadamia crop forecast distribution by province.

ProvinceLimpopoMpumalangaKwaZulu-NatalEastern CapeWestern Cape
Precentage Contribution26%52%20%1%1%

A reduction in import tariffs for macadamias was announced in late November by the Chinese Government. The tariff was reduced from 19% to 12%. SAMAC has been working hard with various role players, especially in China to facilitate a lower import duty and many months of discussions have finally paid off. This will assist the industry to remain competitive in one of its most important export markets.

Fifty five percent (55%) of the crop is expected to be processed to kernel in 2018, which is more than the previous season. Mr Walter Giuricich, chairman of SAMAC says “The industry is well on the road to recovery after the recent drought and the 2018 season macadamia crop is looking promising. Many handlers are expanding their markets, which is a positive sign of a growing industry. The demand for macadamias remains high and we are confident that the expected higher volumes will encourage the market to further grow and develop.”

An updated forecast will be issued in January 2018.

 

 

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC)
8 December 2017
Contact: Barry Christie
Tel: +27 73 084 1772
barry@subtrop.co.za
www.samac.org.za

 

06
Dec

INC-Funded Study Reinforces that Nuts May Help Improve Endothelial Function

November 2017. Research and knowledge on the effects of nut consumption on human health has increased in recent years, suggesting that nut consumption may play a key role in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), among others.

Some chronic diseases are accompanied by a state of low-grade of inflammation which influences the progression and development of the disease. Changes in this inflammatory state can be identified via inflammatory biomarkers, for example C-reactive protein. Endothelial dysfunction is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease. This recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in BMJ Open journal, examined the effect of nut consumption on inflammatory biomarkers and endothelial function[i].

Thirty-six articles describing 32 studies were included in this review. In the studies, nuts were consumed in either prescribed doses (18 to 85g/day) or as a percentage of dietary energy, so that the amount of nuts provided to each subject was different.

The study found evidence for favorable effects on flow mediated dilation, a measure of endothelial function. These findings align with a review conducted by the European Food Safety Authority in 2011 to substantiate the health claim: “Walnuts contribute to the improvement of the elasticity of blood vessels”. There was however a lack of consistent evidence on inflammatory biomarkers.

The study concluded that including nuts within a healthy dietary pattern may have favorable effects on endothelial dysfunction, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.

“This research helps to identify the mechanisms by which nut consumption may contribute to reduced cardiovascular disease risk in the context of a heart healthy diet. It adds to the scientific evidence which is built upon with continued research,” said Prof. Linda Tapsell and her colleague, Dr. Elizabeth Neale at University of Wollongong (Australia), both Principal Investigators of this research.

This study was supported by the INC International Nut and Dried Fruit Council.

 

About the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council

INC members include more than 700 nut and dried fruit sector companies from over 70 countries. INC is the leading international organization regarding nuts and dried fruit health, nutrition, statistics, food safety, international standards and regulations.

 

 

[i] Neale EP, et al., 2017. The effect of nut consumption on markers of inflammation and endothelial function: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open.

 

25
Jul

SAMAC RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) will hold its annual Research Symposium on 6 September 2017. The event will take place on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal for the first time – one of the rapidly expanding regions of macadamia plantings in South Africa, with the potential of becoming the country’s largest macadamia production region in the future.

The programme will include researchers that currently have projects funded by SAMAC, as well as several external presenters, which may bring a fresh outlook to some of the macadamia industry’s challenges. A wide range of topics will be addressed:

 

Macadamia Health Research

Macadamia Water Usage / Irrigation

Macadamia Genetics and Biotechnology

Remote Sensing Technologies

Macadamia Pests and Diseases

Biological Control

Bees

 

The symposium will be held in the Zulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino near the King Shaka International Airport. The event will finish on a high with a formal gala dinner in the evening, where several industry awards will be presented.

For more information or to register, visit the SAMAC Research Symposium Page

 

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC)
24 July 2017
Contact: Barry Christie
Tel: +27 73 084 1772
barry@subtrop.co.za

12
Jul

SAMAC PRESS RELEASE

FINAL SOUTH AFRICAN MACADAMIA 2017 CROP FORECAST – 11 July 2017

 

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association has conducted a final crop forecast survey for the 2017 season. The updated forecast is 42 000 tons of nut-in shell (1.5% kernel moisture content), which is 570 tons more than the forecast that was issued in May due to higher participation from handlers in the industry. The macadamia industry is still suffering from the effects of a severe drought that lead to a crop of 38 000 tons in 2016, compared to 46 000 tons that were produced in 2015. It is evident that the Limpopo Province is under more constraint and many handlers have submitted a lower forecast for this province than previously. In contrast, Mpumalanga Province has a slightly higher forecast, which could be due to the many new plantings that has come into production for the first time, since it remains the province with the most new plantings annually and also because the Lowveld of Mpumalanga is the main producing region due to having the most hectares planted to macadamias. Fifty five percent (55%) of the 2017 crop is expected to be produced in Mpumalanga (Table 1).

Mr Walter Giuricich, chairman of SAMAC, encouraged the industry to process more macadamias to kernel in order to satisfy the high demand for kernel. “Some of the country’s highest quality macadamias is being exported as inshell, whereas lower quality nuts are often processed and sorted in order to ensure that high quality products leave South Africa’s shores”, Giuricich said. Approximately 49% of the crop is expected to be processed to kernel this year, as opposed to 64% that was processed to kernel in 2016.

 

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association

 

07
Jun

UPDATED SOUTH AFRICAN MACADAMIA 2017 CROP FORECAST AND INDUSTRY GROWTH FIGURES

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association has conducted a round of data collection from approximately 80% of the registered handlers representing approximately 95% of the macadamia industry’s total production volume. The updated forecast is 41 430 tons of nut-in shell (1.5% kernel moisture content), which is slightly lower than the previous forecast of 42 000 tons. It is suspected that many new plantings will come into production for the first time, resulting in a slight increase in production from 2016. The macadamia industry is still suffering the effects of a severe drought that lead to a crop of 38 000 tons in 2016, compared to 46 000 tons that were produced in 2015. Mpumalanga remains the largest production region with 51% of the forecasted volumes predicted to come from this province, followed by Limpopo (26%) and KwaZulu-Natal (21%). The remaining 3% of the crop is expected to come from other regions such as the Eastern and Western Cape Provinces. An updated forecast will be done during June 2017.

New data has also been received from macadamia nurseries on their 2016 tree sales volumes. The new data, received from approximately 90% of the nurseries and representing approximately 95% of the industry, shows that 1 132 110 macadamia trees were sold in South Africa during 2016. This is the equivalent of 3 538 hectares at a planting density of 320 trees per hectare. ‘Beaumont’ remains the most-widely planted cultivar, comprising 49% of the total sales, followed by A4 (22%) and 816 (16%). Mpumalanga remains the province with the most new plantings, absorbing 49% of the total trees produced, followed by KwaZulu-Natal (33%), Limpopo Province (10%), Western Cape (3%) and other destinations (5%). In 2016 it was reported that more than 70% of trees were sold in Mpumalanga during 2015. It is evident that the growth in new plantings in KwaZulu-Natal is on the increase and it is expected that this province will become a major growing-region in the future.

Issued by the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC)
29 May 2017

Contact: Barry Christie
Tel: +27 73 084 1772
barry@subtrop.co.za
www.samac.org.za

27
Jan

MACADAMIAS RATED AMONGST THE 17 SUPERFOODS OR 2017.

In a recent article by Julie Delahaye for the hellomagazine.com it was revealed which foods are classified as the superfood for 2017.

“The superfoods set to take 2017 by storm have been revealed! This year sees favourites including avocado oil and macadamia nuts topping the list, as well as unexpected new entries including insects and bone broth. With many of us looking for easy, healthy swaps to make in our diets, there are great alternatives on offer including black bean pasta or buckwheat noodles for delicious and nutritional alternatives to the classics” (Delahaye 2017).

In this article a reference was made to musclefood.com where the list of superfoods can be found.

To read the whole article, please go to: http://www.hellomagazine.com/cuisine/2017011135699/the-superfoods-of-2017-revealed/

 

Reference:

Delahaye J 2017.  The Superfoods of 2017 Revealed.  Online Article www.hellomagazine.com.

08
Nov

10th Annual Subtrop Marketing Symposium

Growers, packers, processors, marketers and retailers in South Africa’s subtropical fruit and nut industry will get a front row seat to the exciting new opportunities opening up for this sector at the upcoming Subtrop Marketing Symposium, taking place on 9 November 2016 at the Emnotweni Arena in Mbombela.

Delegates can expect to hear from a high-calibre panel of speakers, including key note speakers Khanyi Dhlomo, CEO of Ndalo Media, on trends in local and international media, and GG Alcock, author and informal market specialist, on successfully accessing South Africa’s informal economies.

Industry authorities will also take to the stage, sharing their invaluable insights on the current state of the local subtropical fruit and nut industries, future marketing activities and initiatives, and growth prospects for local stakeholders.

These experts include Derek Donkin, Subtrop CEO, who will delve into key industry statistics and market access for local producers, and recent access to India for local mango farmers and the USA for litchi growers, and the Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association’s (SAMAC) Robert Carlton-Shields, who will look at the association’s marketing plans.

All the speakers are specialists in their respective areas. Dhlomo is a renowned media personality, having started her career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor, which was followed by an eight-year stint as editor of the women’s magazine True Love. During this time Dhlomo doubled the publication’s readership and circulation. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine. Today Dhlomo is CEO of Ndalo Media, a company she co-founded in 2007 and that publishes the hugely successful DESTINY and DESTINY MAN magazines.

Alcock has made a name for himself in the area of marketing to South Africa’s township and rural residents following his unique upbringing among rural Zulu people. Fluent in Zulu and conversant in most South African ethnic languages GG is the CEO, creative & strategy guru as well as founder of Minanawe Marketing, an agency specialising in TV, radio and face-to-face marketing concepts for the informal township market. He was among the first people to create marketing plans for the then-inaccessible township and rural audiences in the early 1990s. This highly successful agency has garnered an impressive following of blue-chip client under Alcock’s leadership. Alcock penned his second book, Kasinomics, which sheds light on the inner workings of South Africa’s informal economies.

For more information regarding the event PRESS HERE

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