Cocoa bean Q4 2020 grind up YOY for North America, down in Asia

For Q4 2020, North American cocoa grind was reported this week at 118,043 MT of beans, flat from the previous quarter but up a strong 7 percent from Q4 2020 grind of 110,371 MT. The trade sees this report as encouragingly bullish for the [...]

Mexico behind modest boost to corn export commitments

Mexico has booked more than a million metric tons of corn in two separate weeks this season, but even so, average weekly orders, at 340,400 MT, remained 10 percent below the same period last season. On the other hand, South Korea has yet to [...]

Muted quarterly growth for cocoa bean grind in Europe, Asia, & North America

ECA reported cocoa grind for Q4 2018 at 359,103 MT, up 1.6 percent from grind in Q4 2017, marking the eighth straight quarter of YOY growth. From 2015 through 2018, in fact, only three quarters showed YOY declines: Q1 2015, Q1 2016, and Q4 [...]

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 [...]

More South African lemons for juice

South Africa is increasing plantings of many citrus varieties, including oranges, lemons, and soft citrus (clementines, mandarins, satsumas)—lemons and soft citrus tree plantings are growing especially quickly. Lemon bearing trees and production are up 12 percent and 49 percent, respectively, over two years, while [...]

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