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Walnut Crop update and Market report December 2018


Happy New Year All!

A report to reflect on last year’s Walnut Market and crops, for the month of December.

The December 2018 shipments versus the December 2017 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up approximately 12.5%.  Total was 77,012 tons versus 67,408 tons last year.

Domestic Market – December 2018 shipments versus 2017 shipments on an inshell equivalent were down -8.3%

Export Market – December 2018 shipments versus 2017 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up about +19%.

The Numbers – Key Market Shipments:  December 2018 versus December 2017

  • Shelled Germany:  6.173 Million vs 8.179 Million for a decrease of (-24.5%)
  • Inshell China/Hong Kong: 573,108 vs 3.97 Million for a decrease of (-85.5 %)
  • Inshell Vietnam: 683,316 vs 1.7 Million for a decrease of + 60.8%
  • Inshell UAE: 11.5 Million vs 2.16 Million for an increase of +432%
  • Inshell Pakistan: 2.072 Million vs 221,552 for an increase of +835.5%
  • Inshell Turkey: 16 Million vs 9.3 Million for increase of +71.83%

Crop Size: Crop receipts are 669,868,036 tons as of December 31th, 2018. 

Market: Turkey up almost 72%, Dubai up 432%, Pakistan up 835%!! This confirms that buyers can ship large quantities when prices are below the $1.00 per pound mark. The Middle East more than makes up for China/Hong Kong/Vietnam being down dramatically. Germany continues to disappoint with kernel shipments down -24.5%, Spain did well on kernels up +14.5%, and up over 75% on inshell.

Prices: Inshell demand has come in strong in the past 2 weeks, especially from the Middle East. California has shipped inshell heavily since the beginning of the season, January will be the same with most suppliers packing schedules full for the month of January and the first half of February. As a result, most sellers have sold out and others hesitant to offer until they know exactly what they have. Prices have increased dramatically as a result, with reputable sellers now wanting $1.15 FAS for Jumbo Large Chandler. We expect continued firming on inshell prices, kernels will soon follow as the season progresses.  Some industry experts predict inshell prices will reach $1.25 FAS soon.

Any advise we can offer, feel free to get in touch.

Ben Jones

National Account Manager.

Phone: 01376 343500 / Mob: 0751 443196

date:  Jan 21, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Walnut Crop update and Market report December 2018
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Almonds Report

The Almond Board of California has released the position report with shipments of 199.6 million pounds compared to 204.5 million pounds last year for a decrease of 2.4 percent.

DOMESTIC: 53.38 million pounds +0.8%

EXPORT: 146.22 million pounds -3.5%

The December report displays about 97% of Almond receipts, and brings perspective to the size of the crop. This year it reflects a crop size of 2.202 billion lbs, -0.25% down over the previous year. It is affirmed that this year’s crop will be approximately the same as last year: 2.28 up to 2.30 billion lbs.

The Californian weather has been enjoying some constant rain this month, which brings them closer to their normal averages for this time of year. The snow had been below average a couple of weeks ago, but winter storms over the Sierra Mountains have brought some good quantities of snow. It is anticipated to have more rain and snow in the coming weeks.

Over the past few weeks, sales have been solid. Due to producers realizing that the crop will come in below what had been originally estimated, costs have started to increase. All markets hold a strong demand as almonds are competitively priced. Indian prices have recently recovered, and are closer to the Californian spot prices again. Indian buyers have now been more active as a result of this.

California sold 179.6 mm lbs during December, which was an unanticipated new record. This achievement will bolster the confidence that, although some prices have approached a high, demand is still strong.

date:  Jan 16, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Almonds Report
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Desiccated coconut market

First of all we wish you a happy, prosperous and above all healthy 2019! Let’s hope this will be a great year for all of us.

Although we are barely in to the new year, we have already begun to collate information from these origins with regard to the DC market and its prospects throughout 2019.

The second half of 2018 in particular would be best described as “cautious”, with most buyers only covering ‘hand to mouth’. Buyers weren’t rushing to buy at depressed market prices, despite a lot of requests for coverage out to the 3Q and even the 4Q of 2019 being there. Of course, buyers see this as an opportunity to cover their long term needs at today’s prices. But producers are not willing to offer forward positions at the same as today’s rates.

Sri Lanka: DC production is almost at a standstill. Some mills are planning to renew production next week while others will recommence production afterward, when demand picks up. The weather conditions that Sri Lanka experienced over 2018 were very favorable. As a result coconut production is expected to return to normal this year, particularly after the 2nd quarter of 2019. On the demand side, with the early Ramadan this year (the Holy month of Ramadan commences from 1st week in May in 2019) overseas demand for coconut of Sri Lankan origin, particularly from the Middle-East countries, will increase in the upcoming months. Sri Lanka producers foresee this will have an upward effect on the prices.

Indonesia: the supply of nuts will be fine until Q2 of 2019. Coconut oil prices stay on the lower side, which will keep the prices low for the next two months at least. The present coconut oil price has already driven the price of raw nuts in Indonesia down to the bottom. If reduced any further, the farmers will no longer have any interest in the planting of coconut trees. Indonesian packers are concerned that if this happens it will disrupt the supply and rates of coconut long term.

The Philippines: nut supplies remain bountiful, and prices seem to have moved sideways for a few months now which suggests a bottom. Although we constantly see a small price blip in the early new year, as the mills start up at the same time and the farmers take a while to start harvesting again after Christmas. There is no medium term nut supply issues, and prices could increase slightly in this period.

date:  Jan 07, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Desiccated coconut market
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Merry Christmas!

From all the team at Chelmer Foods, we would like to wish everyone
Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for all your support over the last year. May 2019 be equally “fruitful” for all.

This is the time of year best spent with family, friends and loved ones. Therefore, we at Chelmer Foods are giving some attention to those who don’t have a home. We have made a donation to Crisis at Christmas, so that people who need support to get back on their feet can do so.

Supporting this good cause is something we can do to allow more people to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.

Wishing you once again a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

date:  Dec 24, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on Merry Christmas!
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Market Update Dehydrates from Thailand

Pineapple

We are right now in the middle of winter crop period , the price of fresh pineapple this week is about Bht2.70-3.50/kg. Still the price is in the low level, regardless of low supply available in the industry. This is assumed to be caused by relatively low demand of Thailand canned pineapple still during this period. The winter crop is expected to last until this coming February 2019. Summer crop 2019 is too early to be expected but we have seen the reducing number of plantations throughout this year.

Consequently, with low level of fruits supply, it has already affected the shortage of core pineapple in the market from now up till Jan./Feb.2019.  We’ll recommend customers to be careful for the available supply again for pineapple during Feb onward.

Papaya

We are now in the peak season of papaya which is normally during Oct- Jan. but the supply is extremely lower than the demand in the market.  Fresh papaya price has gone up now to Bht11-12/kg.  and even at this price, it’s still difficult to obtain the supply in the market. In term of the quality, it seems the colour of papaya is also paler than usual. Consequently, we expect the price of papaya would remain relatively firm throughout the first 3 quarters of 2019.

Mango

It’s the season of winter mango season now where normally the price is more expensive than the main crop in summer.  The price of mango during this winter is approximately 10% more expensive than the same period of last year, mainly due to the strong demand of fresh mango by Vietnamese market. 

For next summer crop 2019, it’s still early to predict because there are about 2-3 months to go and it depends also for the demand of fresh mango in our neighbouring countries. We should be able to get clearer picture of the situation around February 2019 and will keep you updated.

Ginger

The crop of ginger was already over since last October 2018. The price of fresh ginger was also about 70% more expensive than last year crop and with the big rainfall during the 3rd quarter of this year, it damaged badly to the fresh ginger.  It consequently affects to the quality of ginger.

date:  Dec 04, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on Market Update Dehydrates from Thailand
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Turkish Apricot Update November 2018

  • Exports in October were 11,097 tons, compared to 11,825 tons last year, a decrease of 6%
  • Exports year to date are 29,575 tons compared to 30,164 tons last year, a decrease of 1.6 %
  • Average export price for whole apricots for October was $2695 ton FOB compared to $2924 average for 2017 crop.

Export figures were in line with expectations. Prices are still lower than last year, and crop size and characteristics are the same as last year, and exports are running very much in line with last year. Prices reflect the weaker Lira earlier in the season when many contracts were booked. Subsequently the Lira has continued to strengthen, and is now trading at 5.44 to the $, a gain of 10% over the month and over 20% since the lows during the summer when  much of the fruit was contracted. Packers who did not cover both their fruit and their currency in August are now facing big losses. Some contracts are being delayed.

The banks continue to restrict access to credit, or are making it very expensive, interest rates for Lira loans are over 30% whereas $ based export credits cost between 9 and 14% depending on the bank. There are a number of packers who are now forced to look to growers to finance their raw materials, always a ominous sign. The strengthening Lira, mainly attributed to improving international relationships particularly with the USA, may take some of the pressure off the banks balance sheets and allow them to refinance their foreign currency loans, but inflation is still rising and reached 25% in October, so the crisis is not over yet, and the risk of renewed pressure on the Lira is significant.

Growers have now sold the majority of their fruit, those who have not in the main will hang on to it until bloom. Prices of quality fruit, in particular large fruit continue to increase both in Lira terms and in $ terms. A differential of $2000 per ton between size 1 and size 4 has developed.

date:  Nov 12, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish Apricot Update November 2018
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Almond Board October shipment figures

Today the Almond Board released the October shipment figures at a very impressive 247.11 mm lbs – much above expectations. This is 0.3% from last October and now sets the bar as an all-time record for the industry. Domestic shipments were stellar, up 6.7% at 68.18 mm lbs while export shipments were down 2.0% at 178.93 mm lbs.

In anticipation of the report most observers were speculating a 220-230 mm lbs shipment figure and forecasting sales seemingly flat to last year.  Overall, there were many up and downs in regional shipments, but the most significant performances can be seen below:

  • China shipments are down 8.74 mm lbs, down 25% for the month and 31% for the year.
  • Vietnam shipments are up 5.94 mm lbs, up 74% for the month and up 31% for the year.
  • India shipments are down 2.86 mm lbs, down 10% for the month although still up 3% on the year.
  • Western Europe is up 5.11 mm lbs, up 9% for the month and down 5% for the year.
  • The Middle East is still under performing, down 7.19 mm lbs for the month and down 43% on the year.

Possibly the most predictable parts of the report were easily anticipated, however, China and Vietnam performed much better than anticipated leaving the region down approximately 3 million lbs down for the month.  Obviously the grey market channel seems to be mostly alive and well with few hindrances.

India, though anticipated, was weaker during October.  With Diwali behind them prices quickly capitulated and confidence wavered.

Europe, who up to the report was still fixated on nearby shipments, has continued to improve performance.

Ahead of the report shipments were expected to be the nuance of the report.  To buyers dismay, new commitments stole the limelight at a staggering 276.5 million lbs!  However, despite the staggering figures, commitments and shipments still lag behind historical averages and are actually more in line with the infamous 2015 crop year pace.   Nonetheless we would be foolish to say that the hand-to-mouth momentum has seemingly favoured growers, mostly.

Recent crop size conversations have focused on poor crop yields.  The crop size potential is now rumoured to be in the 2.30-2.35 bb lb range, perhaps still too early for consensus.  This has not yet been reflected in any receipt figures to date.  In fact receipts during October were an impressive 720 million lbs.  Larger sized huller and shellers mostly expected the heavy receipts, saying with the exception of the late crop and a few stick tights the crop has been hulled and shelled very quickly.  Generally it does seem the hulling season is wrapping up faster than normal.  Overall looking into receipts by variety there aren’t too many surprises.

Moving forward it’s hard not to see a hearty November shipment report.  The question again remains: how will sales be for the month?  If confidence is reciprocated from buyers we might see a surge of demand to book up through the end of the year.  In fact, domestic buyers appear to be on the heels of last year’s commitments and shipments slightly ahead.  It’s the export buyers who’s currencies, economies, and trade norms have been volatile that behind.

Prices have largely been flat during October and only very recently showed signs of wavering.  In fact, coming into the month (and last month for that matter) it appeared prices were hanging on (perhaps by a string) – this report will reinforce seller confidence.  Prior to the release of the report standard 5% were trading near $2.35, Cal SSR 27/30 $2.50-3, NPX 23/25 $2.96-98 and Nonpareil inshell around $2.10/lb.

Overall the industry ‘needed’ a strong month to keep market fundamentals in check.  There are still questions to be answered, i.e., will China keep performing, will the Mid-East ever catch up, and what will the final crop amount to?  Needless to say, another report or two like October might create a few other interesting questions…

date:  Nov 12, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on Almond Board October shipment figures
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WALNUT MARKET AND CROP UPDATE- October 2018

The October 2018  shipments versus the October 2017 shipments on an inshell equivalent were down 14%. Total was 91,416 tons versus 106,454 tons last year.

Last year’s receipts as of October 31st were 569,560 tons. (Final crop receipts were 627,798 tons) This year, the report shows 597,269 tons.

Market: These numbers were expected for many suppliers in CA. The crop this year was 1-2 weeks later than last year, Chandler inshell did not start shipping until last week October and Chandler kernels did not start for some until first week November. The result are shipping numbers down 14%. Many of these delayed shipments are now shipping in November which should result in a very strong November shipment number. November vessel space is virtually non-existent.

Price: Pricing in the past month has come off its low of mid/low .80’s for JL Chandler to mid to high .90’s, Chandler 20% has gone from below 2.30 per lb FAS to 2.45 per lb, Chandler 80% from 2.50 to 2.65. Currently pricing is stable with business being done at the given levels, heavy premiums are being offered for Jumbo or larger inshell. Despite the weaker October shipping figures we do expect this stability to last through at least November. Even at these slightly higher levels walnuts are still a relative bargain.

Crop Size/Quality:  Consensus among suppliers is that Chandler crop, especially northern part of the state, is below what was originally expected. Depending on supplier, guestimates are as much as 10-15%. Howards in the north are slightly better but are still said to be even to off 8%. The crop in the Middle and South part of the state is even to up 5%, Tulare crop being the main culprit for the increase.

The edible yield on inshell is down across the state, on early inshell we are seeing 43-46% edible yield on Chandler. This is compared to 47-51% a year ago. Colour is EXCELLENT this year, we have seen many shipments on Chandler with over 93% Light + Extra Light. Lower yield DOES NOT equate to lower quality.

date:  Nov 09, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on WALNUT MARKET AND CROP UPDATE- October 2018
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Chris Wilding & Simon Heather appointed to Board of Directors

With immediate effect Chris Wilding and Simon Heather will join the Board of Directors of Chelmer Foods Limited. Both Chris and Simon have made a significant contribution to the ongoing success of the company since first joining in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

The Board of Directors thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at IFE in March.

date:  Nov 02, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on Chris Wilding & Simon Heather appointed to Board of Directors
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James Weaire appointed Managing Director

James will succeed Roger Weaire, who has been our MD for 26 years having established the company in 1992. During his tenure Roger has built a business of great strength and reputation, from humble beginnings to the leader in its sector.

The values that he has set out are the hallmarks of Chelmer Foods and will be upheld by The Board as we plan the future.

Whilst James and The Board will be responsible for the day to day running of the business, we will be able to continue to draw on the benefit of Roger’s experience as we are delighted to announce that he has agreed to become our Chairman.

date:  Nov 02, 2018 comments:  Comments Off on James Weaire appointed Managing Director
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