Consumers are more concerned about health

Nielsen has released its Total Consumer Report for Q3 2018, highlighting some nice tidbits about food trends. U.S. consumer confidence for the third quarter was reported at its highest level in years, good news for the retail sector, including grocery stores. And perhaps of [...]

Tracking lower sugar production & sugar share of cane use in Brazil

In the first half of December, cane crush in Brazil’s center-south was up 21.9 percent YOY. With the sugar share—the percentage of sugarcane crushed for sugar rather than for ethanol manufacturing—for that period at just 28 percent, sugar production was only 418,000 metric tons [...]

Could dry weather pressure Brazil’s soybean, corn, and cane crops?

With January among the wetter months for Brazil, rains in the weeks ahead will be key to crop development. With Brazil’s growing role as an exporter of corn and soybeans, the trade will be watching the rains closely. Below-average rains have been observed and [...]

FCOJ movement up 8 percent from last year

This season’s cumulative FCOJ movement totaled 76.2 million pounds solids (ps) as of Dec. 22, compared to 70.7 million to date last season. Domestic bulk movement accounted for the gain, while domestic retail movement, at 14.9 million ps, was nearly 7 percent lower than [...]

Official figures for Ivory Coast cocoa bean arrivals through November

Per the Coffee and Cocoa Counsel (CCC), arrivals for the 2018/19 main crop in October and November totaled more than 725,800 MT of beans, a figure well above trade estimates for that period. The volume of arrivals at major Ivorian ports for those two [...]

October biodiesel production near record

The U.S. produced 170 million gallons of biodiesel in October, up 4 percent from September and 1 million gallons shy of tying August’s record volume. Monthly production was up 15 percent from October 2017. Processors used 699 million pounds of soybean oil, up 21 [...]

Canada on track to record canola crush

Canadian canola processors crushed over 820,500 metric tons of the oilseed in November, up 18 percent from October’s volume and up 2 percent from November 2017. Although crush and oil and meal production have slowed down since summertime’s blowout pace, and Sep-Oct processing volumes [...]