Picking raw nuts instead of roasted nuts for health living.

Picking raw nuts instead of roasted nuts for health living

Today’s generation is all about clean eating, health and well-being as a whole.  The average consumer still enjoys the occasional cookie or that slice of cheesecake but is much more cognizant of better alternatives when it comes to filling a void in their lives, as economic growth continues and prosperity rises at a steady rate McDonalds and Baskin Robbins may not have to be the go to just as much anymore.

Almonds are a great source of a healthy, fulfilling snack on the go. Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber will fill you and suppress your appetite keeping your hands out of the cookie jar. Cashews and Pistachios fall under this same category and for the same nutritional benefits mentioned above and if proper portions are being eaten don’t work so much about that waist line.

The best bet is to stay away from choosing foods that do not include raw nuts. Roasting provides a unique taste and texture that may be more unhealthy than a raw nut. The problem is that unless dry roasted, the oil is usually hydrogenated, or roasted in  some other kind of unhealthy type of fat. This takes away from the natural beauty and nutrient rich integrity of the nut in question. Anything deviated from its original or raw state when cooked with heat will lose its nutritional integrity.

The fact remains that in this modern day where health and well-being has become much more of a concern, the consumer is choosing a healthier choice. With human living longer, we need to embrace simple, healthy meals and proper exercise. We want to get the most out of our bodies to increase our life span. Clean, whole foods will continue to provide a better out come and combat other societal issues as consumers elect to pick up that bag of almonds over the bag of chips.








Each year, between the months of October and November, saffron is harvested from the fields. The end of the summer brought low availability of the product in the market and, therefore, prices rose. With the new crop, it is difficult to tell where the price will go next. It all depends on how successful the harvest is. This should be noticeable by the end of November. 

 At this moment, farmers are still unsure about their predictions on the yield of this year’s harvest; it is too soon, they claim. At the moment, prices are still increasing for saffron from the new crop, as the quantities for this are still very low; as time goes on, the price of saffron from the new crop will come closer to that of old saffron from last year’s. Below, for this issue of the Saffron News, we include a summary of the process of harvesting the saffron.


This last week, the 1st Festivity of Saffron was held in Castilla-La Mancha. This event was meant to bring attention to the spice, its history and market and it did so successfully, with high rates of attendance on all the main events and conferences.

During the second half of October and the first half of November, most towns and villages with a tradition in saffron celebrate the arrival of the new crop locally, the most famous being that in Consuegra.


Desiccated coconut market

The situation with the desiccated coconut market is as follows:

Philippine prices remain rock steady. All mills there are sold out for the year and if orders are placed, if you are lucky, shipments would be in December. Most likely deliveries would be in January. Crop supply remains a problem and demand has far outpaced supply

Sri Lankan prices remain relatively steady on the back of good demand coming from the Mid-East after they have come out of their recent holidays from the holy Festival Of Eid. Crop levels are not exciting here either.

Vietnam's prices are strong and continue to remain steady.  There is a huge take off of goods from Vietnam into China. Further, recently Thailand has become a huge importer of raw nuts from Indonesia and Vietnam both for domestic consumption as well as for use in their many coconut milk factories has been importing very large quantities of nuts from Vietnam. Meanwhile, it’s important to note that crop levels are poorer than earlier in the year.

Indonesian prices have now steadied and stabilized. Most of the factories in Indonesia are fully sold out for October. They are close to being well sold for November as well. There has been a lot of buying recently from the domestic consumption of Indonesia which has filled the order books of these factories. Many are not under this pressure any further. Also, Indonesian crop supply has begun to reduce leading to prices for raw materials begining to increase. Some factories with whom we work with have told us that they even had to stop work on more than once in the last week due to inadequate raw nut supply. To add further pressure, Thai importers have been buying up raw nuts at a good premium of late for domestic demand driven by coconut milk factories. 

If one were to analyze the present situation, you can see clearly that raw material supplies in all origins have begun to reduce.  This while we are going into a period of very high demand from the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. After these American holidays, Chinese New Year from China which will create a massive demand in the start of 2015. The start of 2015 also brings the traditional high demand from the Mid-East as temperatures are more conducive to the storage of coconut. We are therefore going into periods of low crop and high demand.

The market prices are expected to rebound after the Winter as a result of the above.

Dan Baron


Almond prices have reached a record high

Almond prices have reached a record high this week, just ahead of the busy holiday nut and dried fruit season starting next month. 

There are many reasons for the increase in almond prices, however, the most prevalent is due to the lack of water in the California growing regions.  Not since the early 1900’s has California seen so little water.   Reservoirs most commonly filled by winter ice melt and spring rains has received neither – in the past two years.  Nut, grape, and other farmers have resorted to digging more wells, over pumped the aquifer, and lowered the levels of available groundwater.  Growing almonds takes about 4 acre-feet of water (enough water to cover one acre with one foot of water) annually.  This year,   most farmers were lucky to have supplied even 1 acre-foot to their orchards.   The result is that that many of the harvested nuts were either shriveled or small, lacking the maturity obtained in full-water years.

Additionally, there has been significant demand placed on California almonds (California supplies 80% of the world’s supply) over the past decade.   Shipments to China, India and the Middle East have soared and current demand shows no significant downturn in shipments.  Domestically, almonds are now used not just as a snack, but as an ingredient in breakfast cereal, milk, and thousands of commonly used consumer food items each day.    The California almond supply is now estimated to reach about 1.8 billion pounds for its 2014 crop, about 14% lower than originally estimated before drought concerns became a reality.   This squeeze between lowered supply and increased demand has created an additional push on almond prices lately.

This may not be the end, however.   Many farmers are worried about the lack of fall rains and the risk to the ground water supply for the 2015 crop.   Without significant water from Ice melt or fall rain, the almond prices that farmers may face the worst growing conditions that they can remember.


Customer Service - Client Service

Managing online business requires different skills and abilities than managing a business in the ‘real world.’ Customers can easily detect the size and determine the prestige of a business when they have the ability to walk in and take a look around. Not only do ‘real-world’ furnishings and location tell the customer what level of professionalism to expect, but "real world" personal encounters allow first impressions to be determined by how the business approaches its customer service. When a customer walks into a retail business just about anywhere in the world, that customer expects prompt and personal service, especially with regards to questions that they may have about products they wish to purchase.

Customer service or the client service is the service provided to the customer for his satisfaction during and after the purchase. It is necessary to every business organization to understand the customer needs for value added service. So customer data collection is essential. For this, a good customer service is important. The easiest way to lose a client is because of the poor customer service. The importance of customer service changes by product, industry and customer. Client service is an important part of every business organization. Each organization is different in its attitude towards customer service. Customer service requires a superior quality service through a careful design and execution of a series of activities which include people, technology and processes. Good customer service starts with the design and communication between the company and the staff.

In some ways, the lack of a physical business location allows the online business some leeway that their ‘real world’ counterparts do not enjoy. Location is not important, furnishings are not an issue, and most of the visual first impression is made through the professional design of the business website.

However, one thing still remains true. Customers will make their first impressions on the customer service they encounter. Unfortunately, in online business there is no opportunity for front- line staff to make a good impression. Every interaction the customer has with the website will be their primary means of making their first impression towards the business and its client service. Good customer service in any online business is a direct result of good website design and planning.

By Jayashree Pakhare (buzzle.com)


Online Discount Coupons

Online discount coupons enable access to great offers from some of the world’s best sites for Internet shopping. The online coupons are designed to allow compulsive online shoppers to access massive discounts on a variety of products. The regular shopper accesses the coupons in bulk and avails of great festive offers and freebies thrown in from time to time. The coupon code option is most commonly used when using a shopping cart. The coupon code is entered on the order page just before checking out. Every online shopping resource has a discount coupon submission option to confirm the coupon code. The dedicated web sites allow the shopper to check whether or not a discount is still applicable. If it is, the sites also enable the shopper to calculate the total cost after deducting the coupon amount like in the case of grocery coupons. Online discount coupons are very convenient to use. They offer great deals and professionally negotiated rates if bought from special online coupon outlets. With a little research and at times, insider knowledge the online discount coupons are a real steal. They are designed to promote products by offering ‘real value for money’ packages. The coupons are legitimate and help with budgeting, in the case of a compulsive shopper. They are available for special trade show promotions, nightlife, sporting events and dinner shows and just about anything that could be associated with the promotion of a product. The coupons enable the online shopper to optimize net access more effectively. Getting a ‘big deal’ is not more utopian amidst rising prices. The online coupons offer internet access to the best and cheapest products displayed online. Big discounts are only a code away! By Gaynor Borade (buzzle.com)