How far out are pending trade agreements?

U.S.-Japan: On Monday, Sep. 16, President Trump informed Congress that he had reached an initial trade deal with Japan. The president noted his intent to sign an agreement before the end of September with a key goal being “more fair and reciprocal trade” between [...]

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 [...]

Updates on sugar & beverage taxes in North America

In the U.S., Connecticut’s governor is backing a proposed sweetener beverage tax of 1.5 cents per ounce—part of a series of taxes on e-cigarettes and related supplies, some bottled alcoholic beverages, and even plastic bags. The governor’s office estimates revenue for the sweetened beverage [...]

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 [...]

Will China target Canadian exports over executive’s arrest?

The Canadian government’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. authorities prompted outrage in China—along with seemingly retaliatory arrests of several Canadian citizens. There have also been calls on social media to boycott all Canadian brands. The tension could conceivably [...]

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, [...]