Update on genetically modified sugar in the U.S. & for key world markets

Almost all sugar beets harvested in the U.S. are grown from genetically modified (GM) seed, and the beet industry had feared that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard would be applied to beet sugar as a result. Arguing that beet sugar, like soybean oil [...]

Chinese apple production fell to nine-year low in 2018

USDA estimates China’s 2018/19 apple crop at 31.0 MMT, down 25 percent from 2017/18 due to severe damage from spring frosts, rain, and hail. China is expected to send just 3.0 MMT of apples to processors, down 38 percent year over year. Balancing global [...]

European cocoa grind shows robust 2018/19 growth

European cocoa grind from July through September reached 363,122 MT, reported ECA this week. This volume is up 2.7 percent from grind volume of 353,455 MT for the same quarter last year. While this gain is significant—particularly compared to the grind declines reported for [...]

U.S. imports more clean-label starches

With rising consumer interest in clean labels and GMO-free processed foods, some food manufacturers are looking for alternatives to conventional corn starch (as well as many starch-derived ingredients; read our new study, “The GMO-Free Gamble,” to learn more). U.S. imports of specialty starches—that is, [...]

U.S. imports of Mexican sugar accelerate

The China-U.S. trade tiff is making most of the headlines, and other targets of Trump’s tariffs have announced a slew of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. Europe, collectively, and China are our largest trading partners, but the other two NAFTA members, Canada and Mexico, [...]

Almond shipments up 10 percent this season

Domestic almond utilization totaled 612.5 million pounds for Aug-May 2017/18, 11 percent higher than last season to date, and cumulative season exports were 1.34 billion pounds, up 10 percent year over year. Domestic shipments ranged from 2 to 9 million pounds higher per month [...]