Jose Gutierrez joined the IEG Vu team in September 2017 as a News Analyst covering the dried fruit, nuts and spices sectors.
Originally hailing from the city of Seville in southern Spain, Jose studied at the Universities of Seville, Barcelona and Roskilde (Denmark) and worked as a journalist specializing in international trade and supply chain for the European Commission, Spanish Ministry of Trade and several magazines for over a decade, in Madrid, Barcelona and London.
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The truffle output is expected to suffer a strong fall in the Spanish region of Aragon (Central North), the main origin, leading to domestic crop to drop by one quarter compared with the 2018-19 season, when crop reached a record high of 80 tonnes.
California’s Nonpareil almond production has not been affected by frosts despite lower temperatures, the US grower Blue Diamond explained in its latest report.
The Spanish retailer DIA has reached a deal with the takeaway delivery company Glovo to strengthen its online channel due to its sharp rise in sales during the lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Spanish winemaker Freixenet, owned by the German grocery company Dr Oetker, has temporarily suspended part of its commercial division staff (Erte) due to a fall in sales in the Spanish horeca industry since the Spanish government decreed a lockdown to stop the Covid-19 outbreak.
Global dried fruit supply is working more or less as usual, although some products such as banana chips are experiencing firming prices as Chinese processors are still gradually resuming activity and green banana supply is poor due to typhoons hitting the crop in Asia.
The US peanut commercial storage totalled 4.16 billion pounds, 3.9% less year on-year.