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Business Trends – May 18, 2011

Hawaii Macadamia Nuts

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Whether they are raw, salted, pepped up with Spam or one of 13 other flavors, macadamia nuts have been a great Hawaii snack since the first planting in 1881.
Here’s an overview of Hawaii’s mac nut industry:

300

Pounds per square inch needed
to crack the shell

4,000

Hawaii employees working in
mac-nut farming

$30.8 million

Value of mac-nut farms in 2010,
down 8 percent from 2009

17,000

Acres of trees

46 million

Harvested mac nuts in 2010

1.2 million

Trees statewide

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