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News Item: March, 2014
Passionfruit juice concentrate brings a lot of trouble to beverage industry. 

Demand remains strong, prices high, and there are no free stocks in Equador. There was hope for some ease from new productions in the last months, but finally the output was not big enough. February was the lowest month of the year in terms of production.  In combination with some heavy rains in March in passiofruit producing regions, this takes away the chance of a bigger supply. Beverage producers are looking closely at the alternative sources of passionfruit concentrate from Peru and Colombia, but it will take time before these countries can supply sufficient quantities, due to insufficient infrastructure and lack of irrigation.

News Item: September, 2013
Chilean blueberry industry

In order to improve quality and respond to commitments, as well as increase export volumes, the Chile blueberry exporters are investing in new fruit varieties. The region’s performance of the last years has been high, and the efforts target the notion to keep this a sustainable trend. The Chilean blueberry exports have been up almost 25% last year, compared to the previous year.

News Item: August, 2013

Demand for Thai pineapple slow during off-season

At the moment, in the off-season for pineapple, and demand is slow, aside some small retail size deals. The harvest is about to start as of next month. The planted area is smaller this year, and the crop size will be reduced as well. The price is said to be at a break-even level for farmers. Specialists say the prices could be increased a little bit. The bushes planted for the 2014 crop were planted when the prices were low, and due to this the crops for next year are expected to stay on the small volumes.

News Item: July, 2013

Worst frost in 30 years strikes Argentinean lemon

The main lemon production region is Argentina has been caught in a stern frost, that has caused damage to the lemon crop. Some sources suggest that the temperature has dropped to almost ten degrees below zero Celsius, and the frost has persisted for a long time, long enough to ruin the crop. The duration has reported to be between eight hours each night for three nights running to thirty consecutive hours. This is an unexpected development of weather conditions in that region, and has certainly not been predicted and prepared for.

News Item: June, 2013

Plan to build two new juice plants in Kenya

In Kwale, Kenya, a plan has been launched to build two new processing sites. The sites will be responsible to process mango and orange juices. The expectation is that the factories will be playing an important role in establishing grounds for financial support of the farmers in the region by providing better value for their work.


News Item: May, 2013
Brazilian processor unlikely to cut FCOJ price in near future

Despite the general opinion that the Brazilian FCOJ is overpriced, it is unlikely that is going to change soon, even though Europe is currently not in the market. Although specialists state for the market to recover the price of FCOJ should drop by at least fifteen percent. According to FOODNEWS, the estimated demand coverage for the coming season is 90%, and the remainder has to still be purchased for higher prices. The market is quite covered, and there is no reason for Brazil, with plenty of supply, to cut prices. Because of the lingering uncertainties, the buyers only commit to small orders on spot markets. If the Brazilian orange becomes cheaper, it will be a gradual decrease.


News Item: April 2013
Passion Fruit Production
The Ecuador production is about to take off. The weather and soil conditions are very favorable, which will finalle mean a stabilization in the turbulent production volumes in the past seasons. Because of limited volumes available in Brazil, the buyers in Europe are unable to pay the high prices for the previous crops. Peru crop came short in the last season as well, and the availability of fruit for juice processing is low. The development of Ecuador is expected to have a positive effect on the market for juicing.

News Item: March 2013

FCOJ in Brazil and Mexico
The largest Brazilian processors are almost done with producing the new crops. The forecast of the new crop is down based on previous estimates by a large procentage. Although the weather conditions are favorable, the precipitation of the last seasons could cause a dropin estimated volumes by as far as 25%.

News Item: February 2013
Grapefruit juice
The susceptibility of grapefruit crops to certains types of crop diseases has provided for a drop in forecasts for volumes of the 2012 / 2013 crops of grapefruit in Florida, this for both white and pink grapefruit sorts.The prices also differ greatly betweent the two sorts, due to higher demand for white grapefruit and its scarcity.The current (new) crop should be available around April. Nonetheless, with volumes lower than previous seasons, the prices keep rising.

News Item: January 11, 2013
Chinese FCOJ ouput goes up
The Chinese output of FCOJ has been predicted to increase by nearly 15% (USDA). The production is greatly dependent on the price for fresh fruit. This means that in the situation of high pricing of fresh oranges, which has been reported in some regions, the processors will have a difficult time supply. However, China is expanding the plantations, so no shortage is expected. The USDA estimate for last year's Chinese FCOJ output are close to the final count of around 40000 tonnes.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: December 7, 2012
Polish AJC exports increase
After a sharp drop in Polish apple exports in 2011, the exports have gone up to the level of the previous years. All large import destinations have increased their take offquantities, including Germany, UK, etc. There is a visible shift from quantities taken off Turkis exporters and the Polish ones. Chilean exports have also been down, due to US reducing quantities, by nearly a half. The same trend is visible in Chinese exports, due to US and Russian imports dropping by 2000 and 6500 tonnes respectively.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: November 9, 2012
Mango for purée supply cut short
Because of the Indian market demand for mango based products has been increasing, there might be a shortage of indian mango for processing into juices and purées. The Indian mango crop increases with 5-7% a year, while the demand for other mango products have helped reduce the availability for purées by a quarter! More and more fruit is going to the fresh market. The rapid economic growth in the region has also given a push to the market.The export should not for now be affected negatively, since along with growing demand there are technological advances being acquired and more storage space added to accomodate for the export quantities.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: October 25, 2012
Hurricain Sandy Rages in Cuba
FOODNEWS: It has been reported that the hurricane Sandy has reached Cuba. Heavy storm-strength winds have been registered, along with extreme precipitation levels. There is no news yet of what has happened to the citrus groves. Some sources report that there was no direct damage noted, but the situation looks serious, also because many Cuban orange and grapefruit trees are planted on rocky ground, and the tree roots do not penetrate very far underground, meaning the trees are easily uprooted.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: September 7, 2012
Mango puree market stays depressed
FOODNEWS: the mango puree market in Europe is showing little activity. August has been a quiet month, with expectations of more activity this month. Sierra Leone mango has been looked at by the European buyers, as there are varieties quite unknown. This year's production is expected to be higher than last year's, possibly up by 50%. 
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: August 24, 2012
Brazilian Orange Processors Diversify
FOODNEWS: there is an overall noticeable drop in orange juice demand which could lead the citrus market to enter crisis times. The consumption decrease leads to overstocks. The volume of additional unused stocks is quite high, and little possibilities to absorb these volumes at the moment.

To compensate for the possible crisis conditions, Cutrale, a Brazilian FCOJ giant, is going to diversify into grains - maize, soybeans, etc. Cutrale will not be the first to enter other markets (actually, the last of large citrus processors). Cutrale, being responsible for 40% of the orange juice exports of Brazil, are going to play alongside of Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, etc.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: July 27, 2012
South African Juice Processor Increases Production Capacity
FOODNEWS: The South African juice concentrate producer, Ceres Fruit Processors, will increase the apple and pear concentrate production by half. The season of processing is supposed to be shortened, creating the need for higher production capacity. The expansionmeans purchase of new processing equipment. The production time and efficiency with this expansion will improve by at leasta factor of 1,4. The investment is estimated at nearly US$ 7 million. The market share of more that one third in South Africa can be expected to rise with this expansion.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: June 22, 2012
Moroccan Orange Juice Makers Increase Production
FOODNEWS: Due to low prices offered by fruit processors world wide, the Moroccan FCOJ inidustry suffers from intense competition. There are currently 5 operating plants in Morocco, of which 3 operate on the NFC market.The imports of Mocorro's orange juice are lower than expected. The market of orange juice consists by almost 50% of imported juice and concentrates.
The government has auctioned land for ownership of investors for agricultural projects, including citrus plantations. It is expected that this land will be used for the export market. The citrus growers in the country enjoy government incentives to support the domestic market.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: May 18, 2012
Argentina's Grape Harvest Smaller After Hail
FOODNEWS: Argentina's wine grape harvest has suffered the third worst  harvest in the last 10 years. The overall drop in the harvest volume is due to hailstorms in the east, next to a long heat period in January.The quality of the crop, however, remains stable. Compared to the predictions, the total volumes will be 10% lower. The varieties most affected are Criolla and Cereza. Chardonnay and Cabernet have both suffered 10% drop in volumes, while Syrah dropped 15%.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: April 20, 2012
Netherlands Increases AJC Demand
FOODNWEWS: The Netherlands increased its Apple imports last year, going up nearly 15% compared with previous years. The main import market is China, which rose nearly 20%. Demand from Germany, Austria and Spain, however, dropped.
The FCOJ imports were reduced, with demand from Brazil falling greatly. United States almost doubled the shipmets of FCOJ compared to last year. The Netherlands pineapple imports dropped a little bit. In comparison, German imports of apple, orange and pinapple all were reduced.

SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: March 23, 2012
Brazilian FCOJ Remains at High Price
FOODNEWS: despite the low demand, Brazilian FCOJ processors hold the high prices. Even though the exports of NFC have dropped in February, the Big Three Brazilian processors are expecting the shipments to US to return to normal this month. 

The good harvests and falling sales in US and European Union, as well as exports to China are the conditions which should provide for a drop in price. European juice business in general is slow, not only in FCOJ, but the trade in AJC has also been reported as slower than usual. 

SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: February 10, 2012
Chilean Peach Puree Down in Quantity
FOODNEWS: according to recent sources Chile will produce less peach puree this year. This is due to the dry climate and high temperatures, in total cutting the crop by 20%! Argentina, along with Chile, will also be producing smaller quantities. Due to the shortage, the prices are quite high for Europe, and one of the biggest market players, Russia.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

News Item: January 27, 2012
FCOJ futures rise to record heights
FOODNEWS: FCOJ futures have climbed to a record high in early trading, due to speculation that the FDA may impose a ban on Brazilian juice imports. The benchmark March FCOJ futures contract rose to USD 2.2695 on January 23rd, up nearly 8% on the day.
SOURCE: Informa UK Ltd

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