Ginger root, not only spicy but healthy

Ginger is a plant that originates from Southeast Asia and belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. Its root is a versatile ingredient, from food to drinks. Ginger-based beverages in the U.S. market have evolved far beyond ginger ale. Not only can ginger add a spicy [...]

Matcha tea, a popular wellness ingredient

Matcha tea is a Japanese beverage that has been used for hundreds of years in that country and more recently in Western coffee shops, as well. Traditionally, matcha is made by grinding leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, into fine powder, which is [...]

U.S. specialty starch imports set new record in 2021

The U.S. imported over 416,000 MT (917 million pounds) of starch last year, up 15 percent from 2020, thanks to a notable rise in potato and tapioca starch volumes, both of which are “clean label” (non-GMO) ingredients. Potato starch remained the largest category of [...]

CBD pricing steady month on month

As of Oct. 21, average U.S. CBD isolate pricing was steady month on month, remaining 3 percent below prices seen in early August and 13 percent below the calendar-year high in January. To better understand public health issues around CBD and other cannabinoids, FDA [...]

May tapioca starch imports were near record

Imports of clean-label (non-GMO) starches continue to trend higher despite a slow start to 2021 for most varieties. Imports of potato and tapioca starches together supplied 244,691 MT to the market in 2020: 132,740 MT of potato starch (up 14 percent year over year) [...]

World vanilla supply recovery continues

The continued recovery in global vanilla production, along with improved quality of 2019/20 beans, has brought prices below half their peak, near $600, seen a few seasons ago. Madagascar’s government has set a price floor of $250 kg for its vanilla beans, and the [...]

Great pumpkin harvest expected for 2020

Families looking to hit the pumpkin patch ahead of Halloween and through the fall are in for a treat as 2020 look to be a bumper pumpkin crop. A good crop will be needed as strong demand is expected this fall as families look [...]

Thinking about fall & maple syrup

This week, we move out of the dog days of summer, although cooling trends may be hard to spot in the western half of the country. Let’s just imagine some invigorating chill in the air and maple syrup-scented fall root dishes…cookies would be good, too. [...]

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