Wheat harvest underway in Europe & Russia

The July heat wave in Europe is not expected to continue and may thus have a very limited impact on European wheat crops. Although water usage restrictions have been imposed across French regions, harvest is already underway, limiting the potential for the wheat crop [...]

U.S. AJC imports rebounded in November

With import/export volumes being reported again, we now know that the U.S. imported over 5.5 million gallons of 70˚ Brix apple juice concentrate in November, up more than 15 percent from the small volumes imported in September and October but still below levels seen [...]

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, [...]