Coconut oil, a jack of all trades

Coconut oil is either extracted from copra (the kernel of the coconut palm fruit) or derived from its meaty interior, and like other edible oils, it can be processed into virgin, refined, and unrefined grades. The oil can be incorporated as an ingredient in [...]

FCOJ futures hit three-month high

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, most-active Mar-22 FCOJ futures settled about 10 cents above the 20-day average at 144.0, the highest close since Sep. 21. In the two days since, the contract has seen a slight correction lower. Higher FCOJ demand is tied to the [...]

After falling in 2020, the cost of Thanksgiving meal rises in 2021

In its survey of the cost of a Thanksgiving meal, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) estimated the cost of ingredients for a ten-person meal at $53.31 ($5.33 per person), the highest price in the survey’s 36-year history. The 2021 estimate is up 13.7 [...]

Problems at port slow juice imports

Stocks of non-orange juice concentrates at the end of August were just 276.4 million pounds, nearly unchanged from July and the lowest level for the month since 2015. In common with other imports coming into the U.S., Gulf access for apple juice (the largest [...]

U.S. supply chain overwhelmed by demand

Commodity inflation has been challenging enough over the past year, but supply chain issues have multiplied the increase through higher direct costs as well as premiums associated with receiving the product on time. Sourcing U.S.-produced goods may help to soften the impact, but even [...]

Apple juice supply reflects sluggish imports

Through April, the U.S. had imported 239 million single-strength-equivalent gallons of apple juice, down 28 percent from 2019/20 to date and the lowest volume for Q1-Q3 in many years. Imports have been trending lower since 2018, under pressure from the trade dispute with China [...]

Orange production estimates unchanged in May

In its May citrus report, USDA made no changes to estimated domestic orange production. Florida early-midseason orange production in 2020/21 is seen at 22.7 million 90-lb boxes, California at 42.0 million 80-lb boxes, and Texas at 1.0 million 85-lb boxes. For Valencia oranges, 2020/21 [...]

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