Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts are suppliers and retailers of the biggest variety of dried fruit, nuts and seeds in Southern Africa. We ensure choice grade quality products for our customers by sourcing from the best suppliers from around the world. California grows 98% of the US commercial pistachio supply, 99% of US walnuts, and 80% of the world’s almonds. Nonpareil (without comparison) Californian almonds are the preferred variety we import and supply in Montagu stores.
Thieves Steal Nuts worth over R140 Million in California
Over the last 4 years, thieves in California have stolen nearly $10 million worth of nuts from farmers in the golden state. According to U.S authorities, food and beverages have replaced electronics as the most-stolen good in the US. Criminals are concentrating their efforts on fewer heists of larger value, and as stolen goods go, nuts have a lot of appeal: they’re expensive, they have a long shelf life and they have no serial numbers and can’t be electronically tagged or traced.
More than 30 truckloads of almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, and walnuts have been stolen from nut growers and processors in central California in the last six months. Thieves infiltrating the long and complicated chain that link farms to retailers have made off with an estimated $10 million in product, on a scale that has stunned farmers and law enforcement alike.
The sophisticated organizations in many cases use high-tech tactics, hacking into trucking companies to steal their identities. Armed with false shipping papers, they pose as legitimate truckers, driving off with loads of nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pistachios valued at $150,000, and some worth $500,000 each.
Days later, when a shipment fails to arrive to its intended destination, the nuts may already be in another state or on a ship destined for Europe or Asia, where they fetch top dollar on the black market, authorities say.