Any hopes traders had of a continued rise in hazel nut prices have faded, as large buyers have dug their heels in over pricing. Italian new crop predictions are optimistic. Prices for shelled nuts range between $3.57/kg to $4.22, according to their size and grade. The Californian almond season is getting off to a slow start, leaving last year's record crop as a happy memory. This year it may reach a quarter of a million tonnes. {{PROVISIONS }}