Record California almond production in the works

For the second year in a row, California almond growers are expected to set a production record. Currently, there are nearly 1.2 million bearing almond acres in California, with yield expected to be 2,140 pounds per acre. Together, these factors lead USDA to estimate [...]

California beverage tax only mostly dead

Last year, then-Governor Brown surprised many by signing into law a fast-moving, 12-year ban on local soda taxes. Reports suggest that Brown had made the move to forestall a threatened voter initiative—backed by business groups—that would have made it significantly more difficult for counties [...]

Updates on sugar & beverage taxes in North America

In the U.S., Connecticut’s governor is backing a proposed sweetener beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce—part of a series of taxes on e-cigarettes and related supplies, some bottled alcoholic beverages, and even plastic bags. The governor’s office estimates revenue for the sweetened beverage [...]

Sugar tax roundup

After backing California into setting a ban on local sugar taxes by threatening to bring forward an initiative to ban most local taxes, opponents of soda and beverage taxes are using ballot initiatives in a slightly different tactic in Washington state. According to reports, [...]

Almond shipments down 10 percent

Aug-Sep 2018/19 domestic almond shipments, at 117 million pounds, were just shy of last season’s record volume for the first two months of the marketing year, but export shipments of 206 million pounds began 2018/19 down 15 percent year over year. Shipments to China [...]

2018/19 walnut production expected to set record

USDA is projecting 2018/19 California walnut production at 690,000 tons, up 10 percent from 2017/18 and, if realized, just beating the previous record set in 2016/17. Acreage in 2018/19 is estimated at 350,000 bearing acres, with 75.5 trees per acre—the largest and densest acreage [...]

Macadamia nuts: A fit for Florida?

Subtropical macadamia nuts originated in Australia, but production has expanded to a number of suitable regions to satisfy rising global demand for mac nutmeat and oil. Young trees require about ten years to achieve commercial yields and then may continue to produce nuts for [...]