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Turkish vineyards situation as of early April 2015

One of our partners thoughts regarding the current situation with the Turkish Vineyards…

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Some areas, especially banks alongside Gediz River , had received frost and dew damage due to extreme cold weather.

Some vineyards which were pruned during end December – early January in this area has received some 25 to 60% damage, they suggest, of course the secondary blooms will occur however, weather conditions are still not so good.

On 15th April they should know more, but from what they can see, they are not too hopeful with the vineyards this season and it promises to be a tough year once again .

The budding is not as healthy as it should be, crop will be less basing on the bud , where as it was 30 bunches, estimates 10-20  bunches.

Only the younger vineyards looks better, in the 1-2 year old young vineyards, the budding is good, however even in the same area, two neighbouring vineyards will have different yields.

Hopefully after 15th April, things will improve…

date:  Apr 07, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Turkish vineyards situation as of early April 2015
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Seeds Market Update

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Prices continue to increase in China due to dwindling stocks and steady demand – with still about 6 months before new crop will be shipped,advise taking cover  rather than waiting.

Sunflower sunflower

Markets  fairly stable  both in China  and Bulgaria

Steady demand  for both Bakery and Confectionery grades – don’t see any  major changes until September/October when new crops will become available

Hulled sesame

Market in India has eased a bit due to a lull in demand recently.

They are expecting their small Summer crop in May. Advise people to take cover upto October 2015 when the main crop will be harvested.

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Both Brown and Yellow available from either Europe or Canada

Prices  are steady / firm due to  demand

Poppy

Market steady with reasonable supply from all origins

 

For all enquires please contact out Seeds / Pulses trader Hugh Walter (hugh@chelmerfoods.com) or your usual account manager. poppy

 

date:  Apr 02, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Seeds Market Update
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Possible improved Turkish Hazelnut crop coming?

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Looks like a slightly better crop coming but unlikely prices will crash and burn on the current crop as there is still some major end users searching the market for good quality raw materials.

The market is looking easier as more sellers appear as the frost risk disappears. It’s still unclear if 2014 crop stocks will be enough to bridge the gap till new crop as also there are buyers in the wings and those holding stock in Turkey do not have large amounts.

Only time will tell, but for the time being there are more sellers than buyers.

 

For enquiries of Turkish Hazelnuts, both Raw and Roasted, please contact our Hazelnut buyer James Weaire or your usual account manager:

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date:  Apr 01, 2015 comments:  Comments Off on Possible improved Turkish Hazelnut crop coming?
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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
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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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