Trouble with China triggers decline in Canadian canola acreage

Canada is projecting new-crop canola plantings at 21.3 million acres, down 7 percent from 2018/19 and the lowest level in three years. The industry had expected some reduction, but it was a bit more extensive than expectations. Many growers are shifting acreage to wheat—spring [...]

U.S. potato starch imports start strong in 2019

After importing a record 116,016 MT of potato starch in 2018, the U.S. imported over 14,500 MT in January of this year, up 37 percent from January 2018. Shipments dropped off sharply in February, but the trend higher seems likely to continue in 2019. [...]

Mexico sugar output higher still in 2018/19 & 2019/20?

FAS’s new GAIN report on Mexico pegs 2018/19 cane sugar production at 6.56 million metric tons (MMT), up 3 percent from 2017/18 output of 6.37 MMT. For 2019/20, sugar production is forecast slightly higher still at 6.57 MMT. Domestic consumption is seen lower, however, [...]

Trade obstacles persist for U.S. pork

Last Thursday, Apr. 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its report on the impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Ratification of the free-trade agreement (FTA) could improve the situation for U.S. pork exports, which have seen a sharp drop this past [...]

Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

California beverage tax only mostly dead

Last year, then-Governor Brown surprised many by signing into law a fast-moving, 12-year ban on local soda taxes. Reports suggest that Brown had made the move to forestall a threatened voter initiative—backed by business groups—that would have made it significantly more difficult for counties [...]

Cocoa demand, chocolate growth behind strong Q1 grind

While the world may not run out of chocolate as many predicted in 2013, strong growth in demand is limiting surpluses driven by record crops. Expansion in grind has been registered across most of the major reporting regions over the past three years. Earlier [...]

U.S.’s January OJ imports up 23 percent YOY

The U.S. imported 56.5 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of OJ in January, 30 percent as NFC juice. Brazil provided just over half of all OJ imports and 80 percent of NFC. Mexico was the source of nearly all the remaining orange juice volume, including [...]