Fighting over Food Names, Protein Edition: Meat & Milk

In the food and beverage industry, names matter, particularly for rules on appellations—a fancy name for, well, names. Champagne must come from Champagne. Tequila must be made from Jalisco’s blue agave. It’s no surprise [...]

Is That a Pepper in My Chocolate?!?

According to cocoa expert Jeff Rasinski, salty and savory is where it’s at. (Check out a conversation we had with him a few weeks back on our Hot Commodity podcast: We’re all used [...]

Let’s Get Social

We’re glad you discovered our In The Know market updates. Did you know that you can receive instant notifications of our informational posts, as well as new seminars, webinars, and podcasts, by following us [...]

Tariffs Raise Questions over Pork Exports & Feed Demand

If the retaliatory tariffs set on U.S. pork products by some top destinations continue, corn export demand will feel a hit this year, pressuring prices. There is even speculation that pork prices could fall [...]

More South African Lemons for Juice

South Africa is increasing plantings of many citrus varieties, including oranges, lemons, and soft citrus (clementines, mandarins, satsumas)—lemons and soft citrus tree plantings are growing especially quickly. Lemon bearing trees and production are up [...]

Will Madagascar’s New Vanilla Crop Pressure Prices in Q4 2018?

Given vanilla’s economic importance, the Malagasy government has made moves to manage the vanilla market and foster crop production and quality. For example, the deadline for export selling of the old crop was extended [...]

Brazil Warns of at Least 50 percent Drop in FCOJ Inventories Next Year

With the Brazilian orange crop expected to decline 30 percent in 2018/19, CitrusBR is forecasting stocks of FCOJ equivalent to be between 55,900 MT and 154,700 MT by June 2019; the range is due [...]

Brazilian Center-South Sugarcane Harvest & the Sugar That Never Was

Missing: About 1 million metric tons (MMT) sugar in some seven weeks. From April through mid-May, Brazil’s center-south produced 4.15 MMT of sugar, up 4.9 percent from output during the same period last year. [...]

A New Old Tool in the Battle against Citrus Psyllids

In a University of Florida research project, kaolin clay was shown to perform better than foliar insecticides against psyllids. The clay, which changes a leaf’s reflectance, may confuse the insects and prevent them from [...]

Cane Sugar Origins Increasing Fuel Ethanol Production

Major cane sugar producing countries are moving to make domestic ethanol manufacturing a reality. Brazil will unsurprisingly retain its spot as the top cane ethanol producer, and swings in the ethanol share of its [...]

Low Sugar Prices Trigger Thai Export Reduction

In recent seasons, Thailand’s sugar production faced severe pressure from dry and drought conditions, but this season’s crop has rebounded strongly, with sugar output poised to set a record above 14.2 MMT. The country [...]

It’s a Wrap! Our Spring Market Seminar Is in the Books!

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s seminar and for your contribution to making it our best event yet! Special thanks to our amazing information team and to guest speakers Jeff Rasinski, Phil [...]

EU Ban Announced on a Third of Brazilian Meat Imports

The European Union banned imports from 20 Brazilian meat plants previously listed as approved suppliers. A European Commission statement reported the ban was prompted by “deficiencies detected in the Brazilian official control system.” The [...]

Potential Soybean Tariffs Affect World Dynamics

After China announced a 25 percent import tariff on U.S. soybeans, Brazilian soybeans appreciated sharply. Cheaper U.S. soybeans have attracted buyers such as the European Union, the second largest importer. Furthermore, Argentina imported the [...]

Spring Market Seminar 2018: Final Week to Register!

Gaining an early glimpse into elements that will impact commodities will help you make more informed and effective decisions. Join us for our fourth annual Spring Market Seminar: Forecasting the Future and let McKeany-Flavell’s [...]

Spring Market Seminar 2018: Registration Closes Soon!

Gaining an early glimpse into elements that will impact commodities will help you make more informed and effective decisions. Join us for our fourth annual Spring Market Seminar: Forecasting the Future and let McKeany-Flavell’s [...]

Corn & Soybean Stocks Higher, New-Crop Acreage Lower Than Expectations

USDA’s initial plantings forecast puts 2018/19 corn plantings at 88.0 million acres, compared to average trade expectations of 89.5 million acres, and soybean plantings at 89.0 million acres versus 90.9 million widely expected in [...]

Spring Market Seminar 2018: Limited Space—Register Soon!

Gaining an early glimpse into elements that will impact commodities will help you make more informed and effective decisions. Join us for our fourth annual Spring Market Seminar: Forecasting the Future and let McKeany-Flavell’s [...]

Large Inventories + Low Prices = Less Acreage?

As we learned in Economics class, when supply gets burdensome, prices fall to disincentivize production. Lower production then increases prices, bringing the market back to equilibrium. The U.S. and South America have held burdensome [...]

Keep an Eye on Crude Oil’s Impact on Freight Costs

You may remember when freight rail costs went crazy back in 2014 due to the sharp increase in domestic U.S. crude oil production. As we reported back then: “U.S. crude oil production has surged [...]

Spring Market Seminar 2018: Forecasting the Future

Buying ingredients and managing your spend require you to make many predictions. Shifts in consumer demand affect the decisions of ingredient buyers and sellers alike. New food safety requirements limit supplier choices. Changes in [...]

Dry Conditions in California: Reservoir, Snowpack, Drought Monitor Update

Measured in cash receipts, California’s agricultural production surpassed $47 billion in 2015/16. As the top source for many food crops, particularly fruits and nuts, many in the food industry like to keep an eye [...]

McKeany-Flavell’s Hot Commodity Podcast Series!

Since launching our podcast channel in July 2017, we have surpassed one thousand downloads of our Hot Commodity Podcast Series! Recorded and uploaded on Fridays, with periodic episodes in between, these podcasts average ten [...]

Record high for quarterly hog and pig population

The U.S. had 73.5 million head of hogs and pigs as of Sep. 1, up 2 percent from a year ago. U.S. pork production this year is forecast to be about 5 percent higher [...]

The corn crop is huge

It is a fact: The corn crop is huge, and we will most likely see low prices for some time to come. In today’s report, USDA increased corn yield to 169.9 bpa from 169.5 [...]

The latest from NOAA/NWS on Hurricanes Irma and Katia

The cone contains the probable path but does not show the size of the storm. Hazardous conditions can occur outside the cone. Posted by: Information Services Our Information Services team assists our clients [...]

By |September 19, 2017|Categories: Weather|0 Comments

Lower yield to cut walnut production despite more acreage

The 2017/18 California walnut crop is projected at 650,000 tons (in-shell weight), down 5 percent from last season’s record 686,000 tons. This year’s hot summer in the Central Valley stressed some groves, and yield [...]

By |September 19, 2017|Categories: Nutmeats|0 Comments

Will hurricane damage compound Florida citrus acreage loss?

Hurricane Irma is headed toward Puerto Rico and Cuba—and may hit the heart of Florida’s citrus belt. Even if the center of the storm follows the southernmost tracking forecast, the region is still likely [...]

Brazil steals corn export demand from the U.S.

U.S. export demand has weakened, as Brazil is taking over the export market. Brazilian exports were unusually low at the beginning of the year due to a small crop last year. However, as Brazil’s [...]