Monthly Archives March 2015

Chelmer Foods Success at IFE…

Chelmer Foods successfully exhibited at the UK’s largest food exhibition the IFE from 22nd – 25th March.

Photos of the stand as follows:

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date:  Mar 27, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Chelmer Foods Success at IFE…
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Cold Snap during Apricot bloom

The weather in Malatya continues to be cold with rain and snow, daytime temperatures of only 5 to 8 C which is 7 degrees below normal. There have 015been only mild frosts of 0 to –2 C over the past few days causing no visible damage, and tonight is forecast at –2 to –3 depending on the area. A degree or more colder than this and we will be in trouble.

We are approximately 40% in bloom, with the remainder of the trees expected to pop as soon as we get a couple of sunny days. It has been cold and wet to date regardless on any possible frost damage, far from ideal weather for pollination.

The colder weather has caused nervous short covering, and the apricot market has started to firm since the weekend.
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date:  Mar 27, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Cold Snap during Apricot bloom
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Turkish Sultanas monthly export figures…

We would like to share the latest export quantities of the Turkish Sultanas / Raisins industry.vineyards31

By 14.03.2015, The exported quantity has reached up to 156.731 tons with an average price of 1.803 usd / ton.

Last year (2013 crop) during the same period of time the exported quantity was 100.589 tons with an average price of 2.614 usd / ton.

On a “weekly basis” , during the Calendar Week (CW) 11, 2015 (last week) ; 4.702 tons was exported with a weekly average price of usd 1.716 / ton.

During the Calender Week (CW) 11 , 2014 ; 2.916 tons was shipped with a weekly average price of 2.698 usd / ton.

sultanasFor any further information about the Turkish Sultanas / Raisins industry, please don’t hesitate to contact us… sales@chelmerfoods.com

 

date:  Mar 18, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish Sultanas monthly export figures…
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Chelmer Foods will be at the IFE

 

Chelmer Foods will be Exhibiting at the IFE, Excel London 22nd – 25th March 2015

Please get in touch to arrange a meeting at our stand… Come and see us at Stand S2820 (South Hall)

http://www.ife.co.uk/

The UK’s largest food & drink event: the ultimate product sourcing event; IFE 2015 is the UK’s largest food and drink event and provides an unrivalled opportunity to source the best products for your business, keep up to date with the latest trends and network with the industry’s finest.

The last IFE in 2013 had over 1,120 exhibiting companies from 55 countries.

date:  Mar 17, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Chelmer Foods will be at the IFE
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Turkish Apricots Update

Apricot Update 16th March 2015

Exports in February were 3,485 compared to 9,843 last year.apricots3
Year to date exports are 32,871 compared to 79,215.
Year to date domestic consumption is estimated at 4,000 tons

Exports were in line with expectations, roughly the same tonnage as January. Remaining stocks are limited to perhaps 12,000 tons of all grades which at the current rate would sell out in May.

The bloom has started in Malatya on the plains and lakeshore (Kale, Malatya, Battalgazi). Other areas will come into bloom over the coming 1 to 3 weeks under normal weather conditions. The bloom looks like it will occur over a longer period than last year which will reduce the risk of a total wipeout similar to last years. Weather is not ideal, it has turned five degrees C cooler than last week, and forecast dropping further as the week progresses with northerly wind, rain and snow.  Mild to moderate frosts are forecast in every growing region over the next 7 days. If the current forecasts are realized then we would expect little or no damage in early areas, and a possible delay in bloom in later areas but it is very finely balanced, and a couple of degrees in either direction would see a very different prognosis.

Region                          Mon      Tues        Wed     Thu     Fri        Sat         Sun         Bloom Expected     Forecast source as at 16.00 Istanbul 16.3.15
                                      16th     17th        18th      19th   20th      21st      22nd        to Start
                                        H/L      H/L           H/L       H/L     H/L       H/L         H/L
Central Malatya          10/0      11/1        13/3     10/4    10/-1    7/-1      9/1           Started                http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/TUMA0389:1:TU
Battalgazi                      9/0       11/1         13/3    10/4     10/-1    7/-1       9/1            Started                http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/TUMA0077:1:TU
Darende                        10/3     10/0        13/3      8/3       8/-1      5/-2      9/-1          5-8 days               http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/
Akcadag                         9/0       12/0        13/3      9/4      10/-1    7/-2      9/0           5-8 days               http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/TUXX0127:1:TU
Baskil                              0/-1     9/0         11/3      7/2       8/-2      5/-4      7/-2         5-10 days            http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:00000.6.17202
Hekiman                        7/-2      7/-2         9/1        7/1      6/-4      2/-6      6/-4         10-15 days           http://www.weather.com/weather/today/l/TUMA0444:1:TU
Dogansehir                   7/-1      11/0      12/2        8/1      9/-2      6/-2      8/0          10-15 days           http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/l/TUXX0329:1:TU

With the bloom starting end last week one small packer (allegedly in need of new customers after his lack of  performance this year), dropped the prices $500 per ton, we suspect without actually selling anything, a few packers holding high prices stocks followed suite. The crazy season has arrived. Whereas prices early in the season may have gone too high, we think that they have now gone too low, and any worsening in the forecast above, or indeed any frost over the next 45 days, and we could everyone withdraw and prices double overnight. Some packers stepped into  the market over the weekend either short covering or as a result of fresh demand created by the lower prices.

apricots1The Turkish Lira has been weak, trading around 2.63/$ and the outlook for the currency is far from clear. We have elections in June, and with the uncertainty and political tension in the markets, and a roaring green back it is difficult to see a stronger Lira in the near future, but stranger things have happened.

There are persistent reports of long term damage to trees in some areas due to last years record frost, we think this is an unproven claim at this stage, but will keep an eye on orchards in those areas.

We are heading for an interesting crop year, many small and some large packers who defaulted last year, have become very wealthy as a result, and un needed new capacity will be springing up all over the valleys supported by slick new websites purporting to be the biggest and best . As is always the case following such a bull market many packers will be looking for new customers to replace those they let down last year, and will be trying to tempt new clients with attractive offers.  This is only one of the headwinds we expect in the coming season, shelf space has been lost to other items and will be hard to get back, factory staff have been lost to other industries, but lets at least hope we have some apricots to work with.

date:  Mar 16, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish Apricots Update
by:  Simon Heather category:  Latest News Read More

Turkish Hazelnuts – New crop update

The Black sea exporters union have just announced their flower count giving a theoretical potential for new crop at 664,000 mt which is below average but not a disaster.

047The positive aspect is that in any case there was no expectation for big crop and this count shows that an average crop is possible.

 

date:  Mar 12, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish Hazelnuts – New crop update
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Superfruit Prunes Crop Report

Superfruit harvest season of prunes has ended.

The harvest season started one week earlier than usual, and after 3 weeks of intense work and effort of Superfruit team, all our orchards were harvested.
Superfruit has 3 main areas that in sum are close to 1.040 ha.
Ranguilí, our biggest prune plantation with almost 570 ha. is close to Lolol, 3 hours south from Santiago.
Then comes Chancon. This plantation has close to 230 ha. And is 1 hour south from Santiago, in Rancagua area, where our main offices are based.
Last, but not the least, is Tantehue, with more than 220 ha. This orchard is close to Melipilla, 1 hour west from Santiago.prunes

Meanwhile the harvest, the prunes were sent to our sun dry fields and dry tunnels in order to dry our fruit, the correct operation in this stage is essential to keep the quality of the product.
Now a rigorous calibration and selection of the prune is being done. Superfruit is doing it well and now the fruit is ready. Our fields were capable of producing around 9.000 Tons of raw material, little bit less than last year, but bigger size curve. Chile produced approximately 70.000 Tons. Quality of the fruit looks very good. Amount of sugar is the correct and we are expecting a good yield and excellent product.

date:  Mar 04, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Superfruit Prunes Crop Report
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Hulled Sesame seed prices bearish

We would like to inform you that Sesame Seed prices are bearish as the demand is bleak.

On the other hand, the availability of raw material i.e. Natural Sesame Seed is tapering off giving an indication that the raw material sources are drying up in India.

This phenomenon is being confirmed by the fact that some Indian Sesame Seed processors have started buying Natural Sesame Seed from Africa.

US$ has also lost about 1.5% against Indian Rupee in last 10 Days.

The currency is volatile.

The current price of Hulled Sesame Seed Premium Grade Purity 99.98% for March/April shipment would be £1.45 per kg ex-store

In our opinion this is a very good price to conclude business.

We are of the opinion that the current prices are either the rock bottom prices or quite close to the bottom!

Please contact hugh@chelmerfoods.com for further information

date:  Mar 03, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Hulled Sesame seed prices bearish
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Turkish export quantities significantly increased!

Turkish Sultanas / Raisins industry

Our partner Ozgur shares the latest export quantities of the Turkish Sultanas / Raisins industry.

By 28.02.2015, The exported quantity has reached up to 147.621 tons with an average price of 1.808 usd / ton.
Last year (2013 crop) during the same period of time the exported quantity was 94.981 tons with an average price of 2.609 usd / ton.

On a “weekly basis” , during the Calendar Week (CW) 09, 2015  (last week) ;  4.816 tons was exported with a weekly average price of usd 1.748 / ton.
During the Calender Week (CW) 09 , 2014 ;   2.664 tons was shipped with a weekly average price of  2.715 usd / ton.

Below you will find the export figures ( yearly / weekly )  of crop 2014.

TURKISH SULTANAS / RAISINS
EXPORT FIGURES ( COMPARE TO PREVIOUS YEAR )
2013 / 2014 ( CROP 2013) 2014 / 2015 ( CROP 2014 ) DIFFERENCE
Date Export (ton) Average Price $ Date Export (ton) Average Price $ Export / Ton Unit Price
01.09.2013 – 06.09.2013 5,118 2,245 01.09.2014 – 06.09.2014 6,081 1,936 963 -309
01.09.2013 – 13.09.2013 10,383 2,301 01.09.2014 – 13.09.2014 12,536 1,896 2,153 -405
01.09.2013 – 20.09.2013 16,586 2,350 01.09.2014 – 20.09.2014 20,053 1,875 3,467 -475
01.09.2013 – 27.09.2013 22,680 2,381 01.09.2014 – 27.09.2014 28,080 1,866 5,400 -515
01.09.2013 – 04.10.2013 28,874 2,395 01.09.2014 – 04.10.2014 36,077 1,862 7,203 -533
01.09.2013 – 11.10.2013 35,406 2,427 01.09.2014 – 11.10.2014 40,501 1,856 5,095 -571
01.09.2013 – 18.10.2013 35,631 2,429 01.09.2014 – 18.10.2014 49,085 1,848 13,454 -581
01.09.2013 – 25.10.2013 40,589 2,450 01.09.2014 – 25.10.2014 56,029 1,843 15,440 -607
01.09.2013 – 01.11.2013 45,183 2,471 01.09.2014 – 01.11.2014 63,175 1,837 17,992 -634
01.09.2013 – 08.11.2013 49,558 2,488 01.09.2014 – 08.11.2014 70,778 1,831 21,220 -657
01.09.2013 – 15.11.2013 53,488 2,501 01.09.2014 – 15.11.2014 78,099 1,829 24,611 -672
01.09.2013 – 29.11.2013 61,342 2,534 01.09.2014 – 29.11.2014 90,426 1,825 29,084 -709
01.09.2013 – 06.12.2013 64,126 2,545 01.09.2014 – 06.12.2014 94,952 1,822 30,826 -723
01.09.2013 – 13.12.2013 66,270 2,551 01.09.2014 – 13.12.2014 100,175 1,822 33,905 -729
01.09.2013 – 20.12.2013 69,235 2,560 01.09.2014 – 20.12.2014 104,599 1,821 35,364 -739
01.09.2013 – 27.12.2013 72,715 2,568 01.09.2014 – 27.12.2014 111,530 1,817 38,815 -751
01.09.2013 – 03.01.2014 74,274 2,573 01.09.2014 – 03.01.2015 113,621 1,815 39,347 -758
01.09.2013 – 10.01.2014 76,407 2,578 01.09.2014 – 10.01.2015 117,723 1,814 41,316 -764
01.09.2013 – 17.01.2014 78,813 2,584 01.09.2014 – 17.01.2015 121,370 1,813 42,557 -771
01.09.2013 – 24.01.2014 81,306 2,589 01.09.2014 – 24.01.2015 125,288 1,813 43,982 -776
01.09.2013 – 31.01.2014 83,971 2,593 01.09.2014 – 31.01.2015 129,853 1,811 45,882 -782
01.09.2013 – 07.02.2014 86,801 2,597 01.09.2014 – 07.02.2015 133,938 1,810 47,137 -787
01.09.2013 – 14.02.2014 89,680 2,603 01.09.2014 – 14.02.2015 138,267 1,809 48,587 -794
01.09.2013 – 21.02.2014 92,317 2,606 01.09.2014 – 21.02.2015 142,805 1,810 50,488 -796
01.09.2013 – 28.02.2014 94,981 2,609 01.09.2014 – 28.02.2015 147,621 1,808 52,640 -801
date:  Mar 02, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish export quantities significantly increased!
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