CBD profitability wide-ranging due to more acreage

Back in October, an Illinois farmer told WSJ he expected to net $75,000 per acre in profit from selling his CBD hemp and only $1,000 per acre for his corn and soybeans. Fast forward two months, and a Kentucky farmer, just one state away, [...]

Sharp rise in August rice starch imports

The U.S. imported around 5,100 MT of rice starch in August, about 60 percent higher than the volume imported during August 2018. Buyers were likely playing a bit of catchup after imports slid notably during May-July. With August’s strong showing, cumulative rice starch imports, [...]

Protein & ethanol sourced from the air we breathe

Can carbon compounds harvested from the air itself be used to manufacture protein and ethanol? Some companies are claiming that such carbon-based products are an environmentally sustainable and economically viable solution to growing consumer needs. Amino-acid proteins can be created via a fermentation process [...]

Hemp-based CBD oil is a lucrative ingredient & more

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound in the flowers and leaves of industrial hemp plants that can be extracted and then refined into edible or topical oils. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), derived from cannabis, CBD has no psychoactive effects—in other words, CBD will not get a [...]

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. [...]

Vanilla market update—brewers unafraid of high prices?

After vanilla saw its astonishing price hike, even premium ice cream makers and head chefs at top-end restaurants admit to thinking twice about their use of vanilla in recipes. Chefs will use less paste now, little extract, and beans only sparingly or not at [...]

Ingredient market study: The GMO-Free Gamble

Consumers across the world are indisputably paying more attention to genetically modified ingredients. A recent global survey put the topic of GMOs among the top five consumer concerns about their food supply. However, despite most consumers theoretically preferring GMO-free food, not every consumer is [...]