Monthly Archives November 2018

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
by:  Chris Wilding category:  Latest News Read More

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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