Monthly Archives February 2019

Record January Californian Almonds Shipments

The Almond Board of California has released the Position Report with shipments of  209.61 million lbs   compared to 193.50 million   pounds last year for an Increase of  8.3% and a New Record.

DOMESTIC:  Shipped 64.30 million lbs for an increase of 8.5% over last year

EXPORT:   Shipped 144.31 million lbs for an increase of 8.2% over last year.

Western Europe    –   down 7 million lbs for January      

Middle East   –       up 10 million lbs for January           

India          –               up 7 million lbs for January       

China/HK-  down 5 million lbs for January

Vietnam    –     flat

UAE     –      up 5 million lbs for January                        

1.21 Billion pounds compared to 1.23  billion million pounds last year for a decrease of -1.23% compared to last year. The crop receipts are now at 2.25  billion pounds.  With approx. 96% of the inventory in,  we could expect a final crop of 2.27- 2.28 billion lbs. With the crop being close in size to last year, we do expect there to be a tight transition on many items again this summer.   

  • 1.13 Euro equals 1.00   dollars
  • 1 Dollar equals  5.25  Turkish Lira
  • 1 Dollar equals  70.56  India Rupee
  • 1 Dollar equals  6.77  Chinese Yuan

During the past month, sales were strong with new sales in January at 179 million pounds.   Small sized Cals and Stds 5% continue to be high high demand for prompt shipments.   Small sized Butte/Padre SSR are in short supply and currently are priced higher than Large Sized Carmel SSR.  Right now, Butte/Padre SSR 36/40 is trading at a higher premium than Carmel SSR 23/25 AOL.   Some growers are now considering planting butte /padre with the continued premium these varieties are generating based on its current demand. Ramadan sales are almost finished due to the tight window to ship and have them arrive in time for the Ramadan Holiday.    This could put some pressure on NP’s and Independence. California has been enjoying some solid rains and snow  in January and Early February.   During the previous 7-10 days , the Sierra Mountains have gained 8- 10 feet, YES FEET in some areas.  Over this past weekend, they gathered another 3-4 feet in snow.  Many of the reservoirs in California are starting to let out some water, to get ready for the run off starting in March/April/May.  California is now at 100 percent of average Snowfall for this time of the year.  

The bloom as started in some areas of California.  We hearing from many growers in North, Middle and South that some of their trees are starting to bloom across the state.  We feel approx. 5% of  California is in bloom. California will be experiencing rain during this bloom period and  we do expect the growers to be watching the bee flight and activity very closely.  We expect the bloom to fully get started over the next 7-10 days and will be able to provide updates along the way.

date:  Feb 12, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Record January Californian Almonds Shipments
by:  Chris Wilding category:  Latest News Read More

Pecan Market Update

The pecan market has remained soft in the beginning of 2019. A significant amount of contracting took place in the first half of January, but many buyers are still waiting on market development. The US harvest of pecans is still projected to be reduced from crop estimates due to weather issues in the eastern and central growing regions. A larger Mexican crop balances the reduced supply in the US.

Chinese buying of Mexican inshell has strengthened market prices of late. In addition to this, off-quality in the pecan crop has already created a shortage of pecan halves. The main market forces are: a weakened tree nut commodity price, minimal Chinese participation, and delayed demand. These three factors continue to dictate current price levels.

Putting additional pressure on US/China trade talks is weak Chinese economic data, and US agricultural goods remain a key part of any future trade deal. A recent increase of Chinese inshell purchases have led to a subtle strengthening of the market. Shortages of high quality halves and a surplus of pieces continue to be the most likely result of this season, and our early season projections remain the same. A shortage of better pecan halves will lead to increased prices throughout the season for these sizes. Current market levels will most likely keep the price of pecan pieces stable.

date:  Feb 11, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Pecan Market Update
by:  Jena Dickson category:  Latest News Read More

South African Field Report 8.2.19

Vine fruit

Weather conditions have been very good until first week February. Rain is forecasted for the next few days and it may reduce the crop size. Impact on quality will depend on the period the product will be exposed to the rain. We will provide update soonest.

The product that has been dried is of excellent quality, but the crop is two weeks later than PY, therefore the next few weeks are critical . Rain is the last thing that the farmers and packers need at this stage of the crop.

The size of the crop seems to be smaller than 2018 and is estimated to be around 65 000 tonnes. The currant crop in Vredendal will be even smaller than PY and the impact of the drought still evident. The volumes of the lighter product in color , particularly golden sultanas will be significantly lower, mainly due to the high prices being offered for TSR to farmers. Farmers were therefore inclined to dry more TSR and less goldens. At this stage less than 3% of the product has been delivered, but by end February one should have a better idea of volumes and availability.

Prices to farmers are at record levels in Rand terms.

Tree fruit

The sugar levels of the apricots are not as high as previous years and the weight per fruit as a result is lower. The apricot crop therefore again in very short supply. The volumes of Elberta peaches and pears also lower due to low prices offered to farmers.

date:  Feb 11, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on South African Field Report 8.2.19
by:  Chris Wilding category:  Latest News Read More

Californian Walnuts… The January 2019 shipments versus the January 2018 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up 28%

WALNUT MARKET AND CROP UPDATE- January 2019

Domestic – January 2019 shipments versus 2018 shipments  on an inshell equivalent were up 26%

Export – January 2019 shipments versus 2018 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up 28.5% .

Key Market Shipments:  January 2019 versus January 2018

Inshell UAE: 13.75 Million vs 2.59 Million for an increase of +429%!!!

Inshell Pakistan: 1.99 Million vs 0 lbs

Shelled Germany:  5.24 Million vs 6.09 Million for a decrease of 14%

Inshell Turkey: 15.21 Million vs 7.1 Million for increase of +114%

Crop Size: Crop size, and Final size, is 672,723 tons. 

Market: Shipments were going to be strong by the lack of availability for January shipments in December but this exceeded many expectations. Middle East had massive shipments with strong Ramadan purchasing. Dubai shipped almost 14 million lbs in January!! Incredible. Reports from Dubai are that sales continue to be strong, they still want more for First half March but inventory in CA is extremely low. We do not expect February to be much different as packers have had full February packing schedules since early January.

Prices: When prices in October/Early November reached their lows, global consumption  picked up and prices have increased ever since. Inventory on all varieties of inshell and Chandler kernels are low, pricing reflects the low inventory. Jumbo Large Chandler remains around 1.18 FAS, however Chile has started to sell inshell for End of March forward shipments and most middle east customers have switched to focusing on Chilean. Chandler kernels have seen a sharp increase in past 2 weeks, packers who do have inventory are taking advantage and offering at 3.20-3.25 FAS.

Chilean: Middle East and Turkey have shown strong demand, especially for End of March or beginning April shipments.

date:  Feb 11, 2019 comments:  Comments Off on Californian Walnuts… The January 2019 shipments versus the January 2018 shipments on an inshell equivalent were up 28%
by:  Chris Wilding category:  Latest News Read More