Sugar & sweetened beverage tax updates: Latin America

As lifestyles and diets evolved, especially in developing nations, death rates due to noncommunicable diseases (NCD) such as diabetes and heart disease have continued to rise. These countries have explored a variety of policies to reduce the incidence of NCDs and increase life expectancies. [...]

Trapped in a commodity market funhouse?

Maybe the funhouse seemed like a harmless way to spend a warm afternoon at the corn carnival (we all call the corn market that, right?): You knew your market’s fundamentals, so how about a little thrill-seeking among gently distorted market factors? You knew logistics were [...]

Commodity ingredient intelligence

We hope you have been finding our In the Know blog both useful and informative. But did you know that our IQ Ingredient Intelligence platform provides multiple daily commentaries on a variety of commodity and ingredient markets? In addition, the platform offer access to [...]

Sharp swings in U.S. tapioca starch imports

The U.S. has seen some wild monthly fluctuations in imports of tapioca (cassava) starch since last September, as world demand increased with recovery from the worst of the pandemic, intensifying competition and pricing. The war in Ukraine added even more demand this year due [...]

At-home consumer food prices rose 1.3% in May, up 11.9% YOY

ERS published data on Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) for food this Friday, unsurprisingly showing higher prices in May across all food categories in the U.S. As a result, the composite food CPI was estimated up 1.1 percent from April 2022 and up 10.1 percent [...]

Stevia, a natural sugar substitute

Stevia is a sugar substitute that is about 100 to 300 times sweeter than conventional table sugar. As a high-intensity sweetener, stevia is used in very small quantities and therefore doesn’t add calories to food or beverages containing it. It is derived from the [...]

U.S. honey imports plummet under antidumping duties

In November 2021, the U.S. levied varying levels of anti-dumping duties on our top honey origins, effectively choking trade from Vietnam, Argentina, India, and Brazil. Imports of raw honey in November totaled 8,933 metric tons and fell to 6,271 MT in December, compared to [...]

Forewarned is forearmed…with Halloween candy!

Pent-up Halloween spirit (and spirits?) may elevate candy purchasing this month to a record $3 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual spending survey. The CDC is cool with trick-or-treating this year (with the caveat, of course, to respect local regulations), and 66 [...]

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