Hamburg, April 22, 2021
We are expanding our nut portfolio with Hazelnuts from Hazelnut Growers of Oregon
Together with our new partner, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, we strive for establishing hazelnuts from Oregon on the European market.
- We are offering single-origin hazelnuts with our new partner Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO)
- HGO is the second largest producer of U.S. Hazelnuts based in the Willamette Valley in Oregon
- The steady extension of acreage of the Hazelnut Farmers will turn Oregon to be one of the major growing origins for Hazelnuts in the near future
99% of U.S. hazelnuts are grown in the Willamette Valley in the state of Oregon, which boasts an ideal climate for growing the world’s highest quality hazelnuts. Today, Oregon nuts represent already 4% of the world’s crop. Annual crop size averaged about 38,000 tons over the last five years and is expected to more than double in the next five years, which will make Oregon the second biggest origin for hazelnuts by then.
Consistent high-quality production and processing practices make Oregon a safe and exciting new origin for hazelnuts for European markets.
Hazelnuts from Oregon have a mild, sophisticated flavor described as sweet, rich, and with a note of “brown-butter”. This makes them ideal for confectionery products and baked goods, but as well for snack food manufacturers. Moreover, hazelnuts are a rich source of dietary fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and heart healthy B vitamins.
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is a farmer-owned cooperative with over 200 farmer members, which represent 1/4 of Oregon’s hazelnut tonnage. In its new state-of-the-art processing facility, HGO processes hazelnuts under rigorous safety and quality standards into different ingredients ready to be used in various food applications around the globe. Food Safety is important to HGO, they are SQF certified, Level 3.
From now on we offer these single-origin hazelnuts from Oregon in different qualities such as whole and diced hazelnuts in a raw as well as roasted format.