California Natural Seedless Raisin Update

Raisins

Bulk California Thompson raisin prices are falling as raisin packers compete to move tonnage. Unique price opportunities are available for high-volume contracts and we welcome your inquiries.

With good quality and availability on the current 2018 / 2019 California Thompson raisin crop, we suspect the principal drivers of low shipments to be related to demand as a result of high prices. Other raisin growing origins including Turkey, South Africa, and Chile picked up market share from California last year when California struggled with a short and rain-damaged crop. The opening prices for the current 2018 / 2019 California crop -- which were especially high due to the record field price set by the Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) this year -- helped incentivize some raisin importers to stay with non-California origins even when California offers the highest quality available globally.

The last three years of California Natural Seedless raisin shipments to export markets and the described key developments help illustrate the current state of the California raisin market:

During the 2017 / 2018 season for California raisins, shipments were lower than the prior year due to resting vines (smaller bunch counts) and rain-damage while the raisins were drying, resulting in a smaller crop with high risks of quality problems (sand, grit, mold, etc.). California raisin prices rose during the 2017 / 2018 year as availability waned and shortages arose, giving way to an extremely low carry-out. That year, buyers of California raisins were forced to cover their needs elsewhere -- namely, with Turkey, South Africa, and Chile origins -- given that California’s raisin crop was short, expensive, and burdened with quality issues due to the unexpected rains. Even California packers imported foreign raisins to cover some of their customers needs. It was not uncommon for buyers of California product to experience rising prices and decreasing quality. Many U.S. raisin buyers also looked outside the country to cover their raisin needs, resulting in big increases in imports from alternative origins such as Uzbek and Afghan raisins in addition to the more well known origins of Chile and South Africa.

Despite there now being ample supply of high quality California raisins, in the 2018 / 2019 season, shipments have been even slower than last year when there was widespread crop damage. Many California raisin buyers who turned elsewhere in the 2017 / 2018 season have evidently not yet returned to cover their raisin needs with California product.

Prices for California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins were relatively high at the beginning of the 2018 / 2019 season due in part to the elevated prices carried over from the prior season (when there were crop shortages) and principally due to the high field price -- the highest on record -- set by the RBA this year. The latest RBA price may have been informed partly by the prices at the end of the 2017 / 2018 season, when prices for California raisins were likely not tethered to reality as it was not clear that much tonnage was even sold at such high prices anyway. Due to these compounding factors, many buyers elected to cover much of their annual raisin needs from other origins, at cheaper prices, for the 2018 / 2019 season.

The slower sales and shipments in recent months are motivating packers to lower their prices to try to win new business. These packers are assuming, perhaps optimistically, that there remains unmet demand in the market and that these lower prices could motivate sales. It is hard to know the extent to which weaker shipments are simply related to price or if they represent a deeper and more unsettling trend of continuing substitution away from California.

The weak May shipment report further evidences the slow pace of sales as the total tonnage of California raisins moved in May was the lowest in 7 months. The May Shipment report for California raisins showed 15,838 packed tons of Natural Seedless raisins shipped, including 10,566 MT for domestic and Canada and 5,272 MT to export markets. From August 2018 to May 2019, shipments of bulk California Natural Seedless raisins totaled 162K MT, 26% lower than the prior year. Compared to the prior year period, shipments to domestic and Canadian markets were down 20% while shipments to export markets were down a staggering 38%.

Japan, California’s largest export market by a vast margin, is down 41% for the period from August to May for the current crop. For the current 2018 / 2019 crop, California has shipped on average 1,656 MT per month to Japan which lags below average shipments in 2017 and 2018 by 39% and 24%, respectively.

Japan’s lower imports of California raisins this year are especially concerning for California packers given that global superiority on quality has been understood as essential to serving Japan’s raisins needs. Japanese raisin buyers, more than any other market, have been willing to pay a premium for Double-Run Supreme and Special Grade raisins, which are processed to very strict quality standards. With imports of California raisins down in the current year, it is hard to know whether sales are suppressed due to Japan purchasing from other origins, which may have acceptable quality at a more competitive price. Alternatively, buyers may be covering only hand-to-mouth and waiting for California raisin prices to continue to go lower, at which time they will book more substantial volume in line with prior years.

Japan may be the most recent case of origin substitution away from California raisins, which is clearly observed in the UK and Germany over the last couple of years. For the current 2018 / 2019 crop, California has shipped on average 265 MT per month to Germany which lags below average shipments in 2017 and 2018 by 70% and 13%, respectively.

For the current 2018 / 2019 crop, California has shipped on average 113 MT per month to the U.K. which lags below average shipments in 2017 and 2018 by 84% and 54%, respectively.

Today, excellent quality California Natural Thompson Seedless Select raisins, Flame raisins, DOV raisins, and other varieties are available at very competitive prices and we look forward to the opportunity to quote.

The USDA released the 2018 California Raisin Grape Mechanical Harvest Report on June 11th, 2019, showing total raisin acreage mechanically harvested 45,429 or about 30% of California’s total raisin acreage. Of this 30% which was mechanically harvested, 29% of acres are specifically planted using an overhead trellis system, the technology employed to grow and harvest dried-on-the-vine (DOV) raisins. The share of acres mechanically harvested by raisin variety were led by Selma Pete which had 68% mechanical harvesting, followed by Fiesta (50%), other raisin types (30%), and Thompson Seedless (25%).

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Pistachios

While there is some availability from the current crop, the developing 2019 pistachio crop is now in focus.

We supply raw in-shell pistachios and raw pistachio kernels of all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Almonds

For Almonds, Non-Pareil availability is virtually non-existent as most suppliers are sold-out or booked until the new crop. Many suppliers will not be offering new crop pricing until after the NASS Objective Almond Estimate which will be released in July.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Walnuts

California is virtually completely sold or committed on walnuts. We now having discussions with buyers regarding new crop needs.

We work with California walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP) and Light Sorted Pieces (LSP).

Cranberries

The upcoming meeting of the Cranberry Marketing Committee in August will likely include information to give a more refined sense for the future of the bulk sweetened dried cranberry markets.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Happy Eid Al-Fitr

Raisins

Prices for bulk Natural Thompson Seedless raisins have stabilized. Based on the slow and steady pace of sales, the California raisin industry will have a larger carry-in to the next crop which will play a role in summer spot orders and new crop pricing.

The new 2019 California raisin crop is developing well so far. There may be some issues due to the recent rainy weather in the Central Valley though the full impact on the raisin crop remains to be seen. Growers without aggressive fungicide programs may be more impacted than growers who are actively investing on this front. Timing-wise, the new California raisin crop may progressing more slowly than normal. The weather in September will be particularly important for the new 2019 raisin crop. In 2017 / 2018, unexpected thunderstorms while the raisins were drying caused major damage to the crop. All hopes are for favorable weather without any damaging precipitation as the California raisin growing season progresses.

We supply all major bulk California, Chilean, and South African raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Pistachios

Pistachio shipments this year have set new records. Shipments of open in-shell from September 2018 to April 2019 totaled 338 MM lbs, up 26% from the prior year period. Strong shipments of a crop with record production at high prices further compel new plantings of pistachios in California.

Pistachio production continues to break records with 3 of the last 5 crops coming in at new highs. Pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning production tends to alternate between high and low yields from year to year. The 2015 pistachio crop of 270 MM lbs in 2015 was low both due to the “off” year and due to the drought in California. The 4-year period from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2015 was the driest since record keeping began in 1895.

The 2018 crop was especially strong, coming in at a new record of 987 MM lbs according to data from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios. California has had no issues shipping yet another record crop and has benefited this year from Iran having a weak crop and trade issues due to U.S. sanctions.

We supply raw in-shell pistachios and raw pistachio kernels of all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Almonds

Due to strong shipments this year, the transition to new crop is tight. Customers are eager for the new crop but most suppliers are off the market until the July Estimate is released though new crop non-pareil in-shell (NPIS) offers are available now.

The 2018 California Almond Nursery Sales Report published on Friday showed there were at least 10.1 million almond trees sold by California nurseries since June 1, 2017.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Walnuts

Demand for Chandler walnuts is still strong but supplies are very difficult to come by, especially for light and extra light material. There is better availability in combo at the moment. There is availability remaining of non-chandler LHP, LMP, and LSP. New crop needs are currently being discussed and new crop forward contracts are available for some products. The new California walnut crop is developing similar to last year. There are reports of a good amount of clusters and no significant drops to date.

We work with California walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP) and Light Sorted Pieces (LSP).

Cranberries

For bulk sweetened dried cranberries (SDCs), prices are relatively stable. Availability of conventional whole sweetened dried cranberries continues to be tight but there is good availability of organic whole SDCs. Sales to China, a major buyer of SDCs, is slower due to the tariffs. After the meeting of the Cranberry Marketing Committee in August, there will likely be more information to determine the state of the market for SDCs and to form a clearer view of the months ahead.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Trade War Update

U.S. - China Trade War

President Trump’s trade war with China is disrupting exports of U.S. origin dried fruits and nuts. China’s latest round of retaliatory tariffs include higher tariffs on California-grown dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. Chinese customers now facing higher import tariffs will either pay the higher cost or source elsewhere. In either case, this does not bode well for California’s competitive position versus other supplying origins. While next year’s new crops are some time away and trade tensions may ease in the meantime, trade flows will likely continue to be in flux next year as exporters work through the changing tariff environment.

Raisins

California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins are attractively priced for spot and forward contract orders. The quality of California’s current raisin crop is excellent and pricing is now competitive. While many European buyers already covered with Turkish, South African, and Chilean material, we suspect renewed interest when stocks decline and importers require new shipments. California may figure more prominently as a supplying origin now that California bulk Thompson raisin prices are more appealing.

We supply all major bulk California, Chilean, and South African raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Pistachios

The strong Pistachio crop in California this year along with a poor crop in Iran combined with U.S. sanctions on companies doing business with Iran contributed to record pistachio shipments this year. In spite of higher tariffs from China, pistachios shipments to China continued to set records, in part due to the lower tariff on roasted product, which created a useful work-around.

Total shipments of open in-shell pistachios from September 2018 to April 2019 totaled 338 MM lbs, up 69MM lbs or 26% from the prior year period. Top destinations for pistachio shipments included Asia (161 MM lbs / 48%), Europe (120 MM lbs / 36%), the Middle East & Africa (25 MM lbs / 10%), North America (16 MM lbs / 5%) and other locations.

China continued to dominate imports of open in-shell pistachios with 86 MM lbs imported, up 13MM lbs or 18% from the prior year period. China represented 26% of global shipments and 54% of shipments to Asia. Hong Kong also showed robust pistachio tonnage imported. India, a smaller export market for pistachios, showed a big increase of 6 MM lbs or 194%. In Europe, Germany came to the table in a big way: importing 16 MM or 63% more compared to the prior year period.

We supply raw in-shell pistachios and raw pistachio kernels of all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Walnuts

With some anxiety in the pre-harvest months of 2018 related to concerns about tariffs obstructing major export markets for California walnuts, processors opened with relatively low pricing. These fears did not materialize as global demand for California walnuts was as strong as ever as evidenced by the 14% and 10% shipment increase for in-shell and shelled walnuts, respectively, from September 2018 to April 2019.

Shipments of shelled California walnuts from September to April totaled 337 MM lbs, up 31 MM lbs or 10% compared to the prior year period. The crop from California was bought up quickly -- especially for light Chandler kernel -- this year and now availability is more limited. Total shipments of shelled California walnuts have been quite strong since January. Compared to the prior year, monthly shelled walnut shipments from California this year outpaced last year by 20%, 22%, 28%, and 17% in January, February, March, and April, respectively. Buyers are already eager for the new crop from California which is still a number of months away. In the meantime, lighted sorted pieces (LSP) and other shelled California walnut products are available.

We work with California walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP) and Light Sorted Pieces (LSP).

Cranberries

Whole Dried Cranberries continue to be extremely difficult to source. The recent demand from Easter in the U.S. and Europe tightened existing supplies even further. Prices have risen in recent weeks, reflecting the tighter supply situation. There remains good availability of organic Whole and both conventional and organic Sliced Bulk Sweetened Dried Cranberries.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

California Raisin Outlook

Raisins

Bulk California Thompson raisin prices have remained stable at more competitive levels in recent weeks. Some California raisin buyers have been active while others have been quiet. While there has been a mix of hand-to-mouth buying and longer-term purchasing, on a total industry basis, sales continue to be slow and steady for California’s raisin industry.

Total domestic and export shipments of bulk California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins from August to April in the current year totaled 147K packed tons which is 27% or 55K packed tons behind the prior year period. Domestic and export shipments are down 21% and 39%, respectively. April shipments totaled 16,002 packed tons, relatively in-line with recent months but still quite weak overall compared to prior years. California Thompson raisin exports in April totaled only 4,532 packed tons which is the lowest level in the last 6 months.

Based on our estimates, if the current pace of sales continue, California will return to carry-out levels (un-sold inventory transitioned to the next year) in-line with previous years before the crop failure last year.

With a total estimated supply of California Natural Seedless raisins this year of 335K packed tons, consisting of 75K from carry-in and 260K from production, and total shipments of 118K packed tons from October to April, the industry has approximately 217K of remaining supply based on our estimates. Assuming shipments for the next 5 months -- from May through September -- of 17K per month based on the historical sales pace thus far, California would be on-track to carry-out 132K packed tons of raisins into the next year.

Even at the current historically slow pace of sales, the California raisin industry is unlikely to face especially large or burdensome carry-out levels compared to prior years. To the contrary, the estimated carry-out may be right in-line with historical levels before the crop failure last year.

All told, California has plentiful supplies of excellent quality Natural Thompson Seedless selects. There is also availability of Flame raisins at attractive price levels. We are now negotiating long-term contracts of 1 or more FCL per month as sellers and buyers alike are looking at booking more high-volume business.

We supply all major bulk California, Chilean, and South African raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Almonds

The initial subjective forecast for the 2019 California almond crop released on May 10th estimated production of 2.5 billion pounds for the coming year, reflecting an increase of 9.6% or 220 million pounds compared to the prior year.

The 2019 almond crop will be grown on an estimated 1,170,000 bearing acres, the largest ever. So far, the new crop appears to be developing well. Reports of unusual weather (high winds and rain) caused some concerns but overall, California almond growers are optimistic about the 2019 crop. With strong shipments this year and availability decreasing, the transition to the new crop is expected to be tight. Even amid trade tariff issues with some buyers of California almonds -- namely, China and Turkey -- the industry continues to post robust shipments and appears well positioned to move yet another record crop in the coming year.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Walnuts

Availability of LHP 80% and other light material remains extremely limited from California. Walnut buyers are looking to Chile to cover in-shell walnut requirements. Overall, California is quite well sold -- especially on Chandler -- and California walnut buyers are already eager for the new walnut crop.

We work with California and Chile’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Pistachios

California Pistachio sales continue to be strong with major demand from China showing no signs of slowing despite the ongoing trade war between the two countries. China’s demand for California pistachios has been further buoyed by a smaller Iranian pistachio crop than normal. China’s appetite for Californian Pistachios remains strong despite the previous and currently threatened increases in the tariff rate. Pistachios are popular gifts for holidays such as Chinese New Year and higher prices due to tariffs have so far not been enough to deter Chinese enthusiasm for US pistachios.

China and Hong Kong make up the largest export market for California pistachios. Uncertainty around the trade war and further tariffs may decrease demand for California Pistachios in China, if negotiators are unable to reach a substantive deal.

We supply raw in-shell pistachios and raw pistachio kernels of all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Cranberries

Bulk Sweetened Dried Cranberry (SDC) prices increased in the last month. Demand for cranberries during Easter was active, adding additional pressure to supplies. The availability of Whole Sweetened Dried cranberries continues to be very tight as well as availability for Apple-Juice Infused Whole SDCs.

Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China continue to be a key topic to watch for the cranberry industry. China is a major buyer of bulk SDCs and further tariffs may dampen demand, depending on how the trade discussions unfold. China’s demand for cranberries is so strong that even with the recently increased tariffs on U.S. cranberries, much of their purchasing activity has continued along unabated.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Sunflower

Prices have been relatively stable for sunflower kernel, with some suppliers recently offering higher prices. This higher pricing is due to higher freight costs and higher prices for product at origin.

We supply In-shell sunflower as well as hulled sunflower kernel available in premium and industrial grades for all major sizes. Packaging options include 10 KG, 25 lb, and 50 lb bags.

Raisin & Nut Update

Raisins

Bulk California raisins are now competitively priced versus other origins. Long-term volume contracts are now being discussed in order to secure forward shipments of California Thompson raisins.

Shipments of California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins have been steady but slow comparatively this year, reflecting a challenging environment after the problems (resting vines, rain damage, etc.) with the prior crop of 2017 / 2018. The resulting shortages from the crop damage last year contributed to Raisin Bargaining Association (RBA) setting the California Field Price at the highest level in history, at $2,150 / MT.

The latest field price is over $1,000 / MT higher than the field price 2 years ago and 37% higher than the 10-year average field price of $1,566 / MT. Opening prices this year were also buoyed by the precedent of prices last year, when the shortage of good quality product combined with strong global demand resulted in exorbitant prices. Now, in line with other origins on price and with attractive long-term contracts available, California is well-positioned to move the remainder of the 2018 / 2019 California raisin crop.

The other important distinction between California and other origins is quality. With the most advanced processing equipment, bulk California raisin processors lead the industry in high standards for quality and food safety. We continue to see processors make investments in improving the effectiveness of their raisin processing lines and share their positive sentiment that California raisins are an excellent bulk food ingredient well-suited to numerous markets. Japan, California’s largest export market, with it’s high standards for quality and low stem and cap stem counts further evidence the importance of California’s raisin quality.

The latest California Grape Acreage report showed a continued decline in raisin acreage, although at a slower pace and showed active plantings of dried-on-the-vine (DOV) raisin types including Fiesta and Selma Pete varieties.

Thompson seedless raisin plantings remained flat, at only 148 acres planted in 2018. On the other hand, Selma Pete plantings were quite active, with 781 acres planted, reflecting an increase of over 3.2 times the prior year. Selma Pete raisins have relatively high B or Better grades, strong yields, and are a cost-effective alternative to hand-harvested raisins.

We supply all major bulk California, Chilean, and South African raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Almonds

The latest Almond Acreage Report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture released on April 24th showed continued increases in bearing almond acreage in California.

California’s bearing almond acreage in 2018 totaled 1,090,000 acres, up 6% or 60,000 acres from 2017. The preliminary estimate for 2019 bearing almond acreage is 1,170,000 acres, implying an increase of 7% or 80,000 acres. The Nonpareil continued to be the leading almond variety, followed by Monterey, Butte, Carmel, and Padre. The California counties with the largest bearing acreage were Kern, Fresno, Stanislaus, Merced and Madera, which together represented 72% percent of the total bearing acreage.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Walnuts

Total shipments of California shelled walnuts from September 2018 to March 2019 increased by 9% compared to the prior year period. Domestic shipments increased by 18% while export shipments increased by 3%. California shelled walnuts were exported to Europe (42%), Asia (34%), the Middle East & Africa (17%), and other markets (7%) from September 2018 to March 2019. Europe imported 72MM lbs over the period, down by 7% or 6MM lbs from last year. Germany was the largest export market, importing 30MM lbs but still showed a relatively large decrease of 29% compared to last year. Spain, also a major market for California shelled walnuts, grew by 29% from last year to 19MM lbs. The Netherlands was also down 7% at 7MM lbs. Asia imported 59MM lbs over the period, down by 7% or 5 MM lbs from last year. Japan and Korea imported 23MM and 19MM lbs, shrinking imports by 15% and 2%, respectively.

In the Middle East, imports of shelled walnuts increased dramatically by 104% or 15MM lbs from 15MM lbs last year to 30MM lbs currently. Israel, the U.A.E., and Saudi Arabia were the top importers with year-over-year increases of 50%, 203%, and 201%, respectively. Overall, the Middle East has been quite strong in both shelled and in-shell California walnut imports this year.

Chilean walnuts are now available for shipment. In-shell selling so far from Chile has been brisk, with many Chilean walnut suppliers running out of prompt shipment availability quickly. Pricing has increased recently, reflecting the tighter availability. Overall, the crop quality is good, with light and large Chandler walnuts, which major export markets -- particularly the middle east -- appreciate.

We work with California and Chile’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Pistachios

The March 2019 Pistachio Industry Inventory Shipment Report shows interesting trends in the global pistachio markets which reflect current geo-political actions in the international sphere.

According to the March Shipment Report, year-to-date export shipments for US Pistachios are up 73.2 million pounds, a 24% increase over last year. Export shipments are up 58% in March 2019 as compared to March of 2018. This notable increase in shipments is driven mainly by increased imports in Europe and Asia which are themselves driven by the United State’s current international sanctions regime with Iran. There is much speculation and anxiety over the current state of these sanctions. As of this writing, it is legal for Europeans to do some types of business with Iran, including, importing Iranian pistachios. Despite the current legality of some trade, the hostility between the US and Iran is clearly shaking buyers’ confidence in sourcing from Iran.

With Iranian pistachio supply tightly constrained, global pistachio demand is finding its supply in California. March shipments to Europe from California were up 80% while March shipments to Asia were up 94%. This increase in shipments has also led to a corresponding increase in prices for California pistachios from their opening this past harvest. Despite the steep increases in price for California pistachio products in the past few months, such strong shipment numbers suggest that most California pistachio packers and processors may be very comfortably sold at this point in the year.

We supply raw in-shell pistachios and raw pistachio kernels of all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Cranberries

Cranberry pricing has remained stable over the last few months with pricing staying flat or even rising slightly. Products like Whole Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) and both whole and sliced Juice Infused SDC product have been harder to find in recent weeks with increases in pricing reflecting the unmet demand. Many buyers are still buying hand-to-mouth, perhaps hoping for prices to come down in the near term, although this does not look likely.

For those that have forward needs, covering them on a hand-to-mouth basis is an easy bet. We also have long-term contracts available for more competitive pricing, depending on the volume.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Sunflower

Prices are rising for sunflower kernel due to higher freight costs and higher prices for product at origin.

We supply In-shell sunflower as well as hulled sunflower kernel available in premium and industrial grades for all major sizes. Packaging options include 10 KG, 25 lb, and 50 lb bags.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Global Raisin Update

Raisins

California raisin exports have been relatively stable over the last six months, reflecting steady sales. Prices for bulk Natural Thompson Seedless (NTS) Selects has been stable and competitive with other origins, like South Africa and Chile.

The California raisin industry has been shipping 5,187 packed tons per month on average to export markets over the last six months which is 33% lower than the prior year period. Export shipments have clearly not yet recovered, in part due to weaker purchasing from key destination markets for bulk California raisins.

Japan, the U.K., Germany, China, and Taiwan experienced the largest decreases in tonnage imported over the last 6 months compared to the prior year period. The combination of higher prices and last year’s widespread crop damage may have provided a window of opportunity for other origins (Turkey) to take export market share from California raisin exporters. Since California raisin prices have softened since the harvest, many have expected exports to rebound to levels seen in prior years. However, March export shipments of NTS raisins showed a continuation -- not a recovery -- of slow California raisin shipments to export markets.

Amid trade uncertainty due to Brexit and preference for Turkish raisins, the U.K. is down 75% or 2,169 packed tons. Germany, like the UK, also faces intense cost competitiveness and sourcing has shifted to Turkey, South Africa, and Chile in recent years. The shift was likely accelerated by the widespread crop damage to the California raisin crop in 2017 / 2018. However, in March, Germany had it’s best shipment month in the past year, importing 483 packed tons of bulk Natural Seedless raisins from California. Perhaps the more competitive price levels are bringing European buyers who have been otherwise more interested in Turkish, South African, and Chilean raisins. Though Germany had strong shipments in March, over the last 6 months, total shipments have lagged the prior year by 1,885 packed tons or 53%.

China is down 49% or 1,479 packed tons, largely due to the increased tariff on California raisins which is making the product more expensive than other growing regions like Chile. Taiwan is increasing imports of California raisins but is still down 32% compared to the prior year period.

Exports of California raisins to Malaysia are accelerating. In March, Malaysia imported 299 MT of Natural Thompson Seedless raisins, it’s best month in 42 months.

In South Africa, sales have been slow in recent weeks. Since the prices from California are now at similar levels, South Africa is facing more competition in export markets to move their material. Both South Africa and Chile are facing this challenge as prices have become competitive between these origins in recent months.

In Chile, the crop is about 2 weeks late due to weather-related reasons. Early reports from the vineyards in Chile suggest that the production of Flame raisins is 30% lower than last year. Growers are changing from old varieties of fresh table grapes to new varieties and the rate of vine pull-outs is proceeding at a faster pace than previously thought.

Another challenge to the current Chilean raisin crop is that some raisin growers neglected to invest in additional inputs for their grapes in a year when such investments were even more critical due to the very high temperatures during the growing season in Chile this year. As a result, a fairly large share of the total Chilean crop -- perhaps 20% -- is of lower quality not fit for export. Buyers of Chilean raisins should be careful to deal only with reliable suppliers to receive the best quality Chilean raisins.

Production of Chilean Golden raisins is down significantly compared to last year. Ovens used to make golden raisins are reportedly operating at 40% - 50% lower capacity utilization due to weaker demand from export markets.

We supply all major bulk California, Chilean, and South African raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Almonds

The U.S. China trade war is obstructing sales of California almonds to China and Hong Kong.

This year, from August 1st to March 31st, exports of California almonds to China and Hong Kong totaled 105 million, down 31% from the prior year period. Last year, China and Hong Kong represented 32% of the export market for California almonds. This year, they represent only 22% due to increased tariffs on imports of almonds from California.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Walnuts

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Pistachios

Prices for U.S. pistachios have remained steady as consistent demand means lead times of 4 to 6 weeks currently for any new orders. Supply is available, despite the longer than normal lead times for production once a contract is signed.

We supply in-shell and kernel pistachios for all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Cranberries

Continued limited availability of Whole Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) as well as increases in the cost of freight are continuing to support firm pricing. This year, there will be no USDA Producer Withholding so the artificial reduction in supply which we saw in the last 2 years which helped move the price up, will not be present this year. The trade war with China continues to complicate U.S. exports to mainland China with higher tariffs on U.S. origin, driving customers to seek offers for Canadian origin cranberries. Organic sales are going well and the latest organic cranberry crop is of good quality. Overall, we are seeing most cranberry business being done on a hand-to-mouth basis rather than forward contracting for multiple containers delivered over a longer timeline (6+ months). After Easter, European buyers will likely come back to the table to replenish their stocks of bulk cranberries for the remainder of the year.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Raisins, Walnuts, Pistachios & More

Raisins

New crop raisins are available from California, South Africa, and Chile.

South African raisins are being processed now with the first shipments happening in the second half of March and the first half of April. Intake has jumped up over the last few weeks and recent dry weather has been favorable for processing. The Sultana yield looks to be lower than last year, making for a total South African crop that is not likely to exceed 65,000 metric tons. Prices for South African raisins have softened over the past few weeks, following with California. 

In recent weeks, prices for California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins have come down. Weaker shipment numbers compared to last year at this time and slower sales are motivating some producers to be more aggressive with pricing. The current California Thompson raisin price is competitive with the current South African raisin price. California raisin packers may see larger numbers of European buyers in the market for California raisins than in recent years. Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK have almost completely stopped importing California raisins in favor of other, cheaper alternatives. Perhaps competitive prices will encourage these large and important buyers to rediscover the excellent quality California raisins are famous for.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes. 

Walnuts

The top 3 importers of California in-shell walnuts -- Turkey, U.A.E., and Italy -- experienced growth in imports of at least 12%.

California in-shell walnuts were exported to the Middle East / Africa (60%), Europe (27%), Asia (12%), and other markets over the last 6 months, from September 1st to February 28th. Turkey, representing 47% of all tonnage for the Middle East & Africa (ME&A), imported 84 MM lbs., an increase of 17% or 12 MM lbs compared to the prior year period. The U.A.E. reported the largest increase in tonnage (29 MM lbs) compared to last year, an increase of over 115%. Jebel Ali has been very active this year on both in-shell and shelled walnuts from California. Italy, the 3rd largest importer globally, also by 12% or 5 MM lbs compared to last year. 

According to the California Walnut Board, in-shell export shipments totaled 295 MM lbs., up 38 MM lbs or 15% from the prior year period of 256 MM lbs from September to February. With a later harvest this year, shipments were slower in October than past years but picked up quickly thereafter. Shipments in November, December, January and February were all stronger than the prior year. Now, California walnut packers are quite well sold and only a few miscellaneous in-shell walnut loads are available.

The quality of Chile’s new crop walnuts looks good with both the size and yield looking normal with favorable conditions leading up to the harvest. The temperature during the last few weeks before Chile’s harvest tends to determine the color of the walnuts. If there is too much heat, perhaps the nuts will be darker than normal. If conditions remain favorable, the color will be light and the crop will be healthy. This year, Chile’s walnut crop is estimated to be 135,000 - 150,000 metric tons, although it will take some weeks to get an accurate accounting of the final number.

Shipments of Chilean walnuts will begin over the next few weeks with early varieties like Serr available for shipment in the first half of April and Chandler shipping just a few weeks later around second half of April - first half of May. 

Chilean in-shell and shelled walnuts are now available and we welcome your inquiries.  

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Pistachios

Pistachios shipments are ahead of last year and strong new planting activity this year suggests further growth to come. In 2018, 30,000 acres of pistachios were planted, making it the largest year of plantings ever. Exports of open in-shell pistachios totaled 255 MM lbs from September 1st to February 28th, up 38 MM lbs or 18% from the prior year period according to date from the Administrative Committee for Pistachios.

Demand from China and Hong Kong continued to drive strong exports of bulk open in-shell pistachios to Asia. Tariffs with China were a concern earlier in the season but have not slowed down purchasing. There is only a 15% tariff on roasted pistachios for China so producers are shipping roasted product and avoiding higher tariffs. Iran, the only other major pistachio producing origin, is struggling with a weak crop due to frost damage and a challenging trade environment.

With a work-around from higher tariffs and few competitors, California pistachio producers succeeded in marketing and selling a record crop. 

We supply in-shell and kernel pistachios for all sizes, grades and styles. We also supply roasted Extra No. 1 pistachios and welcome your inquiries.

Cranberries

Not much has changed in the global cranberry markets over the last few weeks. Demand remains strong with many sellers reporting good sales of Whole SDC, Organic Whole and Organic Sliced SDC. Many suppliers also report that the various Juice Infused SDC products are increasingly popular with European buyers as an alternative to traditional sugar infused products.  

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Almonds

California’s almond bloom has been going well, with plenty of moisture helping to produce promising budding nutlets. It is still too early to know how the new crop will compare to last year’s crop but the weather in California’s central valley has been favorable for the bloom.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Sunflower

U.S. sunflower prices have risen slightly over the last few months, reflecting increased costs of production and increased costs of freight. 

We supply In-shell sunflower as well as hulled sunflower kernel available in premium and industrial grades for all major sizes. Packaging options include 10 KG, 25 lb, and 50 lb bags.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

California Raisin Update

Raisins

Attractive pricing and excellent quality are encouraging sales of California raisins.

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Bulk Natural Thompson Seedless raisins from California were exported to Asia (72%), Europe (21%), and Latin America (7%) over the last 6 months, from September 1st 2018 to February 28th 2019. Japan continues to be the dominant foreign importer globally, representing 36% of the total California raisin market excluding Canada and the USA. Japan received more tonnage over this period than the next 9 largest importing countries combined. Japan represented half of the Asian market for California Natural Thompson Seedless (NTS) raisins. Japanese importers often seek out and pay a premium for California raisins which are cleaned, processed and laser-sorted multiple times to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. The pace of shipments to Japan will likely accelerate in the coming months as Japanese importers are often especially active buyers of NTS Select raisins for shipment in March, April, and May.

Over the last 6 months, Asia has shown a much deeper roster of countries importing California raisins compared to Europe. There were 10 countries in Asia importing more than 500 packed tons of California Natural Thompson Seedless raisins over the last 6 month period, while only 5 in Europe. For >1,000 packed tons, Asia had 5 (Japan, the Philippines, China, Taiwan, and South Korea) while Europe had only 3 (Norway, Sweden, and Germany). 

Though currently only representing single digit market shares of Asia’s imports of California raisins, the Asian countries importing California raisins besides Japan are quite important markets and will likely only become more so in the future. Countries like Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore are largely island nations with physical (small agricultural land areas) and geographic (climate, weather, etc.) constraints on agricultural production. Many of these countries have massive populations, growing middle classes, and highly dense metropolitan areas which are fueling imports of high quality bulk food ingredients like California raisins. 

For example, Indonesia had it’s strongest import month in 22 months this February. Indonesia is also the only Asian country to experience positive growth (+56%) for volume imported over the last 6 months compared to the prior year period. Other major Asian importers of California raisins are still down significantly over the same period including China (54%), Thailand (42%), Taiwan (37%), and Japan (37%). 

Positive momentum for California raisin shipments continued in February, with the exports (10%) lower compared to last year, an improvement from (35%) in January.

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Nonetheless, shipments from August 1st to February 28 still lag the prior year by 23K packed tons or 41%. 

With pricing now at more attractive levels for California raisins, and much buying still to come, we expect strong shipments of California raisins in the coming months.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes. 

Southern Hemisphere New Crop: South Africa & Chile

In the Southern Hemisphere, New Crop South African and Chilean raisins are now shipping with offers available for April shipments and onwards of Thompson, Flame, Fancy Golden, and other varieties of raisins.

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South African raisin farmers and packers opted to produce less Golden raisins this year which is reflected in the pricing. South African currants are also in extremely short supply due to drought conditions in the Vredendal region. With a short new crop from South Africa and a poor crop of currants from Greece, the availability of currants is quite limited globally.

In Chile, the quality is good and there are reports of more Medium Flames than Jumbos this year and reports of shortages in Jumbo Flames are emerging, although the full extent remains to be seen. Quality is of Chilean raisins this year is good and new crop contracts are available.

We also supply South African and Chilean raisins and welcome your inquiries for new crop.

Cranberries

Inventories are down and sales are up for Bulk Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs). The overall situation remains relatively unchanged with tight supply and stable pricing. The availability of Whole Sweetened Dried Cranberries continues to be extremely tight and is reflected in the pricing compared to Sliced SDCs. Higher tariffs continue to make US cranberries more expensive for some countries, including China. Whole and Sliced SDCs are becoming more popular in China, where the red color, taste, and sweetness make the berries an increasingly attractive food ingredient.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Walnuts

California walnut availability remains tight with pricing firm and the industry quite well sold. Light Chandler kernel material is very difficult to find at this point. Combo halves and pieces (CHP) and other material -- mostly sought after by the domestic U.S. market -- is available.

Chilean in-shell and shelled walnuts are now available and we welcome your inquiries.

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We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Sunflower

Prices for Premium and Bakery grade hulled sunflower kernel have risen slightly in the last few weeks, due in part to increases in the cost of shipping. Some sunflower suppliers are sold out of the XXL size.

We supply In-shell sunflower as well as hulled sunflower kernel available in premium and industrial grades for all major sizes. Packaging options include 10 KG, 25 lb, and 50 lb bags.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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California Crop and Water Update

Raisins

Bulk California Natural Seedless raisin shipments to domestic and international markets increased by 8% in January though shipments are still down 47K packed tons or 33% from August 1st to January 31st. While the distance from last year remains wide, the gap is closing -- albeit slowly.

Momentum is in the right direction and the quality of raisins from California is excellent this year for bulk Natural Thompson Seedless raisins, Flame raisins, Golden Seedless, and other California raisin types. There is attractive current pricing for Flame raisins and Natural Thompson Select (NTS) raisins while due to shortages, prices for Zante Currants are quite high. 

The South African raisin crop in 2019 is expected to be normal though will likely not exceed 65K tons due to lower yields for Sultana raisins. Last week the intake from the fields jumped up. It has been dry for the past 14 days with some rain prior to that. First shipments of South African raisins will begin in mid-March. The processing capabilities of South African raisins processors have steadily improved, helping to open new export markets for bulk South African raisins. We supply South African Thompson and Sultana raisins as well as South African Golden raisins and welcome your inquiries. 

The Chilean raisin crop in 2019 is also expected to be normal with favorable growing conditions. There is some talk of slower-than-usual table grape business in Chile so there may be relatively more grapes destined to become raisins and shipped abroad compared to last year. The full crop size and quality remains to be seen but all signs so far appear positive for Chile’s raisin harvest.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes. 

We also supply South African and Chilean raisins and welcome your inquiries for new crop.

Walnuts

California shelled walnut shipments were strong in January, up 20% compared to last year. From September 1st to January 31st, shipments of shelled California walnuts totaled 205 million pounds, up 3% or 6 MM lbs compared to the prior year.

The domestic demand for California shelled walnuts clearly continues to be strong with shipments up 12% or 9.8MM lbs for a total of 91MM lbs from September 1st to January 31st. On the export side, shipments to many of the top markets have varied widely this year.

Shipments to the top foreign market for California shelled walnuts, Germany, are down a staggering 40% or 12.1MM lbs. Over the same period, Germany is also down significantly (2MM lbs / 21%) on California in-shell walnut shipments. Other top markets down in shelled shipments included Korea (0.8MM lbs / 5%), Japan (4.9MM lbs / 28%), Canada (0.3MM lbs / 4%), and the Netherlands (0.9MM / 18%). 

The U.A.E. is stand-out market for growth in shelled walnut shipments from California this year, up 201% or 3.5 MM lbs. For in-shell California walnut shipments, the U.A.E. was also a top market for growth this year, importing 20MM lbs or 92% more than the prior year period. Other markets growing in tonnage include Spain (3.2MM lbs / 29%), Israel (2.3MM lbs / 44%), and the UK (1.2 MM lbs / 39%).     

Shortages of Chandler continue and offers are few and far in between. Buyers who covered forward needs early of California LHP are pleased as prices have increased considerably and availability has tightened as well.  Due to rain in California, some in-shell processing has been delayed since walnuts cannot be processed outdoors during periods of precipitation. Overall, the market for shelled California walnuts remains firm.

Chile’s walnut crop is expected to be high quality and larger yet again due to increased planted acreage of Chandler and other walnut varieties. Early indications of pricing are becoming more refined after many price discussions occurred at Gulfood in Dubai. Bulk Chilean walnuts will be available shortly and we welcome your inquiries for Chilean in-shell and shelled products.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

California Water Update

California’s Sierra Nevada mountains are currently receiving historic snowfalls with February 2019 setting records for the snowiest recorded February ever with Mammoth Mountain in Northern California reporting 186 inches (473 cm) of snowfall just in the month of February.

The images above are taken from NASA, showing the same region on Feb. 15, 2018 (left image) and on Feb. 11 2019 (right image). You can even see in the right image a much more visibly green Central Valley of California. 

Over the last decade, California’s water situation has been defined by drought. One of the worst years in recent memory was 2015. This exceptionally dry season was preceded by years of a progressively smaller snowpack in the high Sierra, as seen in the images below (2012 - 2015). 

As can be seen in these images, 2015 was perhaps one of the worst years on record for California’s snowpack. Now, look at the images below, taken in February and March of 2019.

You can clearly see the difference between 2015 and today. This very likely means drought will not be an issue for California’s 2019 crop.

Snowpack is one of the most important sources of water for irrigation in California. Not only does snowpack recharge California’s surface water (rivers, lakes, reservoirs, etc.), it also feeds California’s vast stores of groundwater. Both surface water and groundwater supply California’s immense agricultural industry in different, but important ways. 

When understanding the resource of water, it is important to make a distinction between surface water and groundwater. 

Surface Water is all the water contained in earth’s surface features, both natural (lakes, rivers, deltas, etc.) and man-made (reservoirs, aqueducts, locks, etc.). You can think of surface water as a paycheck that comes in every month. If you use all the money before the end of the month, you may have a few lean days, but you will likely make it to the next month’s check, i.e. each year the winter snowpack is this paycheck for California’s surface water accounts. If all the surface water is used up from lakes, rivers, reservoirs and aqueducts during a given year, it is usually replaced in the form of snowpack each winter. 

By comparison, groundwater is much more like a 401k, or a savings account. It takes much longer for water to percolate from the surface to deep inside the earth where this water collects in the aquifers which underlie California’s Central Valley. And, just like a retirement or savings account, it is dangerous for your future to pull too much at once. Too many drought years with low snowpack in a row can cause farmers with low to no surface water access to draw groundwater instead. Since this resource is not replenished easily, drawing too much groundwater can have dire consequences, as the Central Valley knows only too well. In 2015 water had to be trucked into many parts of the state as public water resources either ran dry or became too toxic to drink (there are natural salts in the ground and in groundwater, if you pull too much groundwater, the remaining salt concentrates in the remaining water making it increasingly toxic to both humans and orchards). In years of excess snowpack, not only is there ample surface water, but this extra volume of fresh water also makes possible this extremely important recharging of groundwater aquifers. 

This year’s snowpack is a very good indication that there will be an abundance of water for California agriculture. 

Finally, compare the following United States Drought Monitor maps for February, 2015 vs. February, 2019.

In addition to the plentiful snowpack in California’s High Sierras, the current drought monitoring data also shows favorable conditions for California agriculture.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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California Raisin Update

Raisins

Even compared to last year -- when rain caused major crop damage -- California raisin shipments are still down substantially to both domestic and foreign markets. California raisin exports totaled 4,932 packed tons in January, down slightly from December and down 35% compared to January of last year.

From August 1st to January 31st total shipments of California raisins totaled 97K packed tons, 33% lower than the prior year, when shipments totaled 143K. For the same time period, foreign exports have dropped off more severely (22k / 44%) than domestic shipments (24k / 26%). Japan, the top foreign market, is down (7K / 42%) from last year while other Asian markets are also down: China (2.4K / 63%), the Philippines (0.2K / 12%), Taiwan (0.9K / 40%), South Korea (0.9K / 42%) and Thailand (0.6K / 39%). In Europe, the drop-off in shipments has been even more pronounced, with the UK and Germany down by (2.9K / 81%) and (2.7K / 76%), respectively.

California packers are optimistic about the quality of their fruit versus other origins and versus last year, when rain damage while the raisins were drying caused many problems. Bulk California Thompson raisin prices have remained relatively stable and even if shipments continue to proceed at a modest pace, many packers will be reluctant to lower prices to sell the crop more quickly as California can support a larger carry-out. Many California packers carry year-round inventory to supply clients on a continuing basis. California has also never completely sold-out in one year, as is often the case in Chile and South Africa. With Asia coming back from the Lunar New Year holiday, we anticipate firming demand and elevated shipments in March. Jumbo Thompson and Medium Flame raisin prices are currently lower relative to the price of California Thompson Selects. Zante currants are in extremely tight supply globally.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Walnuts

The latest California Walnut Shipment Report confirms the extremely well-sold position of most California walnut packers.

In-shell shipments in January totaled 47MM lbs, up 113% compared to last year. December shipments of 55MM pounds were also very strong, up 54% versus the prior year. Big back-to-back shipment months for California in-shell walnuts have brought YTD shipments slightly ahead (+7%) compared to the prior year period.

The UAE is the stand-out market for growth in California walnut shipments this year so far, posting an increase of 20MM lbs or 92% over the prior year period. Jebel Ali continues to be a key destination for California tree nut products.

Turkey, the top foreign market, is up (10MM lbs / 15%) for California in-shell walnut shipments from September 1st to January 31st compared to last year. In Europe, Italy is posting modest growth (3MM / 6%) but Spain and Germany shrank by (1MM / 8%) and (2MM / 21%), respectively. Pakistan is up (11MM / 573%) due to transshipping so importers avoid India’s relatively expensive tariff on California walnuts. Together, the regional demand is still strong, with shipments to India and Pakistan up (3MM / 12%).

Unfavorable trade relations with China are clearly weighing on California in-shell walnut exports to the region. Shipments to China and Hong Kong are down severely (12MM / 66%) and shipments to Vietnam -- a known corridor to China -- are also down substantially (6MM / 35%). China and Hong Kong are now not even in the top 10 destination markets for California in-shell walnut shipments, losing the 10th place to Morocco which is showing some positive momentum (+2MM / 49%) this year.

As the strong shipments suggest, California Chandler in-shell walnut handlers are very well sold or completely sold out at this point in the season. Chandler kernel offers are also hard to find due to the strong shipments in recent months. In light of this tight supply situation for California Chandler walnuts, some handlers are offering Chandler substitutes such as Ivanhoe, Howard, or Hartleys.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Almonds

The January Almond Industry Position Report shows another strong year in almond shipments. Carry-in is down 10% vs. this time last year with total shipments lagging a mere 1.23% vs prior year. The 2018 / 2019 crop looks like it will be of similar size to the 2017 / 2018 crop with slightly less total supply than last year due in part to this 10% reduction in carry-in. Due to the strong shipments this year, prices for most almond varieties have remained stable and have been rising in recent weeks as supply tightens heading into the post Lunar New Year shipment period.

Europe (Western & Eastern) along with the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries and India make up the largest total export markets for California almonds with shipments remaining strong year-over-year. Even so, there was some uncertainty through the harvest due to the various trade war and tariff spats between the US and many of its largest export markets. This uncertainty caused some handlers to open with lower prices than in previous years, although strong shipments have since buoyed prices and confidence.

Many of California’s largest handlers and suppliers will be negotiating forward contracts for the remaining crop as well as potential commitments for next year’s first shipments this week at Dubai’s Gulf Food Show (Feb. 17 - 21).

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Cranberries

Conventional Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberry (SDC) prices remain at high levels. There remains availability of sliced SDCs both for prompt shipment and forward contracts. Conventional Whole SDCs are in demand and in short supply. We expect high prices will continue as production of whole SDCs is a much more difficult process than sliced SDCs. Not all producers have the capability to produce whole SDCs and there remains a limit on total availability of whole SDCs each year.

The global SDC market continues to grow, and with it the industry has been introducing more diverse and health conscious options. Conventional sliced SDCs are the most widely consumed variety of SDCs, while other options are Organic SDCs and fructose sweetened SDCs. Among the increasingly available alternatives for sweetening cranberries are pineapple juice concentrate (PJC) and apple juice concentrate (AJC) for infusing fructose into Sweetened Dried Cranberries. Both fructose sweetened products and Organic SDCs are gaining in popularity in the USA and Europe. Cranberry producers are addressing this growing global demand with these more natural fructose sweeteners as a healthier alternative to foods which are sweetened with sucrose, or refined sugar syrup. Prices for AJC or PJC Sweetened Dried Cranberries are higher on average than prices for conventional sugar-sweetened cranberries.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

OTHER PRODUCTS

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Raisins

Asia is the most important export market for California raisins. Europe is declining rapidly as a key buyer of California raisins. For Europe, Turkish and South African raisins have become increasingly preferred versus California raisins.

With the rise of Aldi and other discount grocery chains in Europe has come heightened cost competitiveness. With pricing always top of mind, many European buyers are hard-pressed to choose premium California raisins over cheaper product from Turkey, South Africa, and Chile. In addition to the cost advantages of these alternative origins, shorter transit times and lower freight costs make these origins even more attractive to European buyers.

In Asia, the appetite for California raisins is much stronger. Japan continues to be the world leader in California raisin purchases with an increasing share of the total California raisin export market. Japan’s share of the total California raisin export market excluding the U.S. and Canada increased from 30% in 2017 to 38% in 2018. As European buyers move away from sourcing raisins from California, other buyers in Asia are increasing their share of California raisin imports.

Imports of California raisins by the UK and Germany were stable for a number of years but have recently plummeted.

Japan, on the other hand, has rebounded to almost the same level as prior years.

Japan’s recovery is especially notable considering the smaller total available inventory versus prior years as widespread crop damage in 2018 led to a record-low carry-in for 2019. After Japan, the strongest and most stable markets in Asia are China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

While Europe looks for cheaper raisins from other origins, Asia is the rising star for California raisin packers. With growing populations and incomes, many developing markets in Asia are showing sustained increases in imports of California raisins. Indonesia and the Philippines are both growing markets for California raisins and are island nations with massive populations of 264 MM and 105 MM, respectively.

Global demand for California raisins remains high. No single origin is capable nor well suited to serving all raisin markets. We anticipate strong shipments to Asia after the conclusion of the Lunar New Year holidays.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We offer multiple packaging options including custom boxes with client branding, supplier branded boxes, and blank unbranded boxes.

Walnuts

With the in-shell season now nearly over, many California walnut packers are transitioning to kernel production. In the beginning of the season, there were widespread concerns due to trade wars between the U.S. and major in-shell walnut markets. Due to this uncertainty, both initial demand and initial prices were weaker than previous years. As prices went lower -- within a very short amount of time -- buyers seized the opportunity, and booked almost all of the available tonnage of in-shell California walnuts. Due to the purchasing wave, many suppliers across California are completely sold-out of Chandler in-shell walnuts and Chandler kernel. In this tightly supplied market, there will only be walnuts available on a limited basis depending on the supplier’s sold position.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements. We also supply Combo Halves and Pieces (CHP).

Cranberries

China is a growing market for sweetened dried cranberries (SDCs). During the Chinese New Year, the color red is especially prized for good luck and success in the new year.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

OTHER PRODUCTS

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Chandler Walnut Update

Walnuts

Chandler walnut prices are rising in California. The Chandler variety is the most sought after and due to the shorter-than-expected crop and strong demand and shipments, there is now only very limited supply available. Demand for Chandler in-shell in recent weeks has been particularly strong from the Middle East, where importers are eager to receive shipments ahead of Ramadan, now just a few months away.

Many packers are finished with in-shell altogether while others have some non-chandler varieties available. Due to the shortages of Chandler, many packers are cracking the Howard variety for light walnut halves and pieces (LHP).

California in-shell walnut shipments in December were extremely robust. Coming in at 55MM lbs., the figure exceeded last year by 54% and prior years by a substantial margin.

After a slow start to California in-shell walnut shipments -- largely due to the delayed harvest this year -- shipments rebounded considerably in December. For September and October, total in-shell shipments lagged the prior year by 24% but after the strong shipments in November and December, total shipments are down only 3% versus last year.

The top in-shell markets receiving less tonnage compared to last year include China + Hong Kong (12.5 MM lbs), India (6.1), Vietnam (6.1), USA (3.2), Germany (2.6) and Spain (1.3). So far this year, tariffs and trade uncertainties are clearly weighing heavily on Asian in-shell walnut imports this year from California. The U.A.E. is posting strong in-shell shipments compared to last year which we expect to continue in the coming months for pre-Ramadan stocking. Turkey and Italy are both just ahead of last year’s shipments from September 1st to December 31st. Pakistan, up 468%, is serving as a conduit to India so importers can avoid expensive tariffs on Indian imports of California in-shell walnuts. Together, India and Pakistan have imported 21 MM lbs, up 15% over last year so the demand in the region continues to be robust.

On the kernel side, total shipments are stable. According to data from the California Walnut Board, shelled shipments from September 1st to December 31st totaled 158 MM lbs which is down only 1% versus last year. Germany is posting historically weak numbers on shelled as well as in-shell imports of California walnuts so far this year. Compared to the prior year period, Germany is down 47% or 11.2 MM lbs on shelled California walnuts. Chile may be playing a more significant role in European markets as the Chilean walnut crop grows in size and the origin is better positioned to serve German and other markets.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Raisins

Bulk California raisin shipments totaled 16K MT in December 2018, which is stable on a month-over-month basis based on data from the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC).

Export shipments in December were relatively strong at 5.6K packed tons, up 19% compared to the prior month and marked the strongest month of export shipments for the new crop. On the domestic side, December shipments totaled 10.2K, which is down 12% compared to November and 3.5K from domestic shipments of 13.7K in October. So far, from August 1st to December 31st, California Natural Seedless raisin shipments totaled 79K which is 35% lower than last year when shipments totaled 122K over the same period.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts.

Cranberries

In the Sweet and Dried Cranberry (SDC) markets the tariffs that have created hurdles for some of the other major commodities from the United States have had little effect in slowing China’s growing appetite for these sweet berries. Similarly, Canada and Chile are likely to see increasing demand for cranberries due to the ongoing tariff escalations between the USA and some of its major export markets.

We have seen continued upward pressure on prices for conventional sliced SDCs over the past few months with little relief likely in the near term. SDC producers are very much in the driver’s seat this season with many opting to sell their berries at higher prices than we have seen in a number of years. It seems the supply and demand dynamics that the USDA volume regulation was meant to address may have had some effect in stabilizing the price of sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries. This more stable market position should keep prices high for the foreseeable future. Next year, if the USDA volume regulation is not needed and the tariff situation between the United States and China becomes more favorable, global demand is likely to still keep pace with global supply for sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) which will in turn, continue to support higher prices.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Almonds

In California almonds, the latest Position Report showed December shipments of 199 MM lbs in 2018 vs. 204 MM lbs in 2017, down approximately 2%. There was an almost 10% decrease between the carry-in as of August 1st compared to last year. Lower carry-in was offset by increased planted acreage which has resulted in a total supply for this crop year that is only down about 1% or 40 million lbs. Total committed shipments in December for exports were notably down about 17% vs last year while domestic committed shipments for December were up 5% compared to last year. Purchasing demand is likely to remain strong for the next few weeks as producers continue to ship and sell the 2019 crop in earnest.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Organic Cranberry Update

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Organic Cranberries

Organic sweetened dried cranberries (SDCs) will likely be increasingly attractive to importers with a new organic cranberry price in 2019. Improved supply reliability, low relative price premium to conventional SDCs, and relatively stable pricing make organic cranberries an enticing product category. Organic cranberries are also exempt from the USDA-mandated supply reductions which constrained supply of conventional SDCs. In 2017 the USDA issued a 15% Handler’s Withholding and in 2018 issued a 25% Producer Allotment for U.S. cranberries.

On the supply side, organic cranberry acreage in Quebec, Canada is on the rise.

With record organic acreage in 2018, Quebec produced a record crop of cranberries.

The retail price premium of organic cranberries to conventional non-organic is low compared to the past, making it an opportune time to enter the product category. In recent years, organic prices have at times approached 300% versus conventional SDC prices. At the shelf, many consumers have a tough time justifying such a substantial premium to buy organic. Now, with a bumper crop in 2018, organic prices have softened and the price premium for organic is less than 200% which will entice some customers who otherwise would walk-away. In addition, organic cranberry prices in the last decade have been relatively stable, staying in the relatively tight range of $3.00 - $3.80 / lb. Overall, these price dynamics will likely build downstream demand for cranberries and, at the same time, bulk upstream suppliers and importers will position themselves to capture the opportunity in organic cranberries in 2019.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sliced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as Organic Apple Juice Sweetened varieties. We also work with quarter inch diced and other diced cranberry products available as per client requirement. In addition, we supply 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Raisins

2019 California raisin prices are here and we are engaging in spot and long-term forward contracts. Natural Thompson Seedless select raisins from California are known for unrivaled quality and with favorable growing conditions this year, the harvest was successful. With a healthy crop, the California raisin industry is recovering from last year’s crop failure and seeks to re-take market share covered by other origins during the shortages of California material last year.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts.

Walnuts

Many California packers are off the market for Chandler. Some have already sold-out completely and others are evaluating their sold positions and awaiting the upcoming Walnut Shipment Report before re-entering the market with Chandler walnut prices for 2019. There are numerous reports of a smaller-than-expected Chandler crop this year so the walnut receipts figure will help add clarity to the overall crop size this year. The crop was harvested later than usual this year so the numbers reported so far are partly weaker on a year-over-year basis due to timing. The latest figure currently available showed walnut receipts of 597K tons as of October 31st, 2018 which is up 4.9% from the prior year and up 2.8% from the 3-year average. With the new industry report in-hand later this week, we should be in a better position to assess the state of the California walnut industry.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Almonds

With the market firming after the latest industry report, some California almond packers are off the market or only offering selectively as they allow the 2019 almond prices to rise.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

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Holiday & New Year Update

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Raisins

Total domestic and export shipments of California raisins were lower than expected in November.

Some suppliers are offering slightly lower pricing in order to facilitate business but the market in general is relatively stable. Some raisin processors are comfortably sold and some even much more strongly than last year at this time. However, other suppliers may have grower payments due or there may be other reasons that could be motivating more competitive pricing in some instances. Even with the weaker than expected total shipments in November, we do not expect a major decrease in price for California raisins. We are not likely to see a drop in price the way we did 2 years ago due to the continued demand from California’s core customers. This is good news for both buyers and sellers as we can expect relatively stable pricing with some packers willing to hold their pricing steady and even raise it after the new year.

Due to a number of issues, including overhanging contracts from last year, there is still likely major demand to be filled for many buyers’ forward needs leading into 2019. Other buyers have been slow to cover, opting buy hand-to-mouth rather than forward contracting. In any case, the next 60 - 90 days will better determine the state of the industry and where California’s crop will be in regards to carry-in for the 2019 season.

Domestic demand for California’s raisins has been strongest for spot and LTL shipments. This domestic demand has been stronger than normal, following the trend of hand-to-mouth purchasing seen in the export markets.

Chile is essentially sold-out of last year’s raisin crop besides some miscellaneous types and sizes. The new Chilean raisin crop is developing well and has benefited from favorable weather. Though early to tell, the total crop is expected to be in the 50K MT range. Prices for the new 2019 Chilean raisin crop should be settled in January & February 2019. South Africa’s new raisin crop is also developing well with estimates for the total crop in the 80K MT range. Turkey is selling out of sultana raisins more rapidly than in prior years. Export shipments, primarily to Europe, have been quite strong in the past few months.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts.

Walnuts

California walnuts has seen a marked recovery in pricing from the early days of this season’s harvest. For those buyers who were fortunate enough to book their material early, some may have booked contracts for Chandler J/L in-shell walnuts as low as USD $0.75 / lb. These buyers are likely to be quite content not only with the margin on these early contracts, but also with the steady rise in price we have seen over the past few weeks. Business is reportedly being done at much higher levels today. This price stabilization reflects the overall sold position of California walnut packers, with many comfortably sold if not entirely sold out of in-shell Chandler product for this season.

As we approach the end of 2018, many packers will re-evaluate their sold positions after the 1st of the year, re-entering the market at the prices they feel will get their product sold. This will mean pricing will depend on the individual packer and their comfort level with their currently contracted inventory.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Almonds

Strong demand for almonds was reflected in the latest shipment report for November. Shipments totaled 237.6 million lbs in November, up 4% compared to the prior year period. The market has firmed since the report was published as many suppliers opt to hold off the market while prices creep up rather than sell earlier at lower levels. Shipments to China and Vietnam were quite strong and domestic shipments were stable. Even with larger and larger crops, California almonds continue to post strong shipment numbers--invalidating the possibility of oversupply, at least for the time being.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Cranberries

As we enter 2019, it seems that uncertainty remains the only constant in the ongoing trade spats between the Trump Administration and China. The current duties total 40% for US product shipped to China. This will have consequences for the New Crop cranberry harvests globally. Tariffs being the primary issue on many buyers’ minds, will push both Chinese and European importers to look to Canada and Chile as their option of first resort. This is good news for Canada and Chile, although their total production will in no way be enough to cover the total demand for these buyers looking to escape the pressure caused by tariffs.

Also adding to the uncertainty surrounding cranberries this year are issues similar to those faced by the raisin industry in that there are still a number of overhanging contracts from the previous year at last year’s prices. All of this adds up to current pricing that is likely to remain high for the foreseeable future, with buyers likely to purchase the non-USA fruit from Canada and Chile rather quickly. This will leave the remaining global demand to be purchased hand-to-mouth until buyers feel confident enough in the stability of pricing and/or tariffs to jump back into the market for forward contracts.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole, Sliced, or Diced Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

Work With Us As a Supplier

We are always looking to grow our supplier base with companies capable of delivering high quality food ingredients at large volumes. If you are interested, please reach out and introduce yourself.

We welcome your inquiries and look forward to working together to deliver you the highest quality ingredients from the world's best suppliers. We are available to our suppliers and buyers 24/7 over email, phone, or WhatsApp.

California Walnut Update

Anderson Exports is a Bulk Ingredients Sourcing Agency in Northern California. We specialize in sourcing the best ingredients from California, Brazil and the rest of the world. Our newsletter delivers actionable market intelligence to inform our clients' purchasing decisions.

Walnuts

California in-shell walnut shipments are off to a slow start compared to prior years. Total in-shell walnut shipments in September and October are down (24%) versus last year and (36%) versus the 3-year average according to data from the California Walnut Board. The later harvest is certainly contributing to the lower shipments seen in September and October of this year.

However, even with the later harvest, lower year-over-year shipments to all but one of California’s top export markets suggest many buyers have been seriously apprehensive and slow to book.

The top markets receiving considerably less in-shell tonnage so far this year compared to last include Turkey (7.7 MM lbs), Vietnam (5.6), China + Hong Kong (5.2), and the U.A.E (3.8). Turkey’s geopolitical uneasiness and currency volatility are probably weighing on imports. In China, the uncertain trade tariff environment is playing a major role. in Vietnam, perhaps the transshipment / smuggling crackdowns are really making an impact, though it is hard to be certain.

Pakistan, the only top 10 destination market with a year-over-year increase in shipments, is picking up tonnage only due to low import duties compared to India.

Since India’s tariffs make importing California walnuts so expensive, regional importers have adjusted their routes accordingly. When taken together, the shipment numbers for Pakistan and India bring some positive news: regional demand for California walnuts is strong, with combined shipments so far this year up 38% or 1.9 MM lbs compared to the prior year period.

As of October 31st 2018, walnut receipts as reported by handlers totaled 597K tons, up 4.9% from the prior year and up 2.8% from the 3-year average. Based on these figures, the crop is coming in about normal. We continue to hear reports of the Chandler crop coming in a bit short with some handlers off the market and others totally sold out of Chandler.

Domestic shipments of shelled California walnuts in September & October of 2018 were up 16% compared to the prior year period while export shipments were down (12%). Total shipments of shelled walnuts were about flat compared to the prior year period. The U.S. and Spain are posting strong shipments so far this year, up 16% and 44%, respectively. So far this year, shipments to South Korea totaled 4.3 MM lbs, up 38% compared to last year and up 41% on the 3-year average. Shipments to Germany in September & October of 2018 totaled only 2.4 MM lbs, down severely from ‘17 / ‘18 and ‘16 / ‘17 when the country imported 12.6 MM and 9.2 MM lbs, respectively.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Raisins

Exports of California Natural Thompson Seedless (NTS) raisins are starting to recover with the start of new crop shipments in October. Based on data from the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC), exports increased by 84% or 2,449 packed tons from September to October, narrowing the year-over-year difference in exports from (59%) to (31%).

As shipment numbers continue to ramp in November and December, we expect some of the more cautious “wait-and-see” buyers to enter the market to cover their forward needs.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts.

Cranberries

The market for bulk Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) remains tight and little has changed in the last few weeks. Early reports indicate smaller-than-expected crops from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, though the full extent remains to be seen. The 25% Handler Withholding (supply reduction) also passed, which will further perpetuate availability challenges and put upward pressure on 2019 SDC prices. We expect pricing to settle in Q1 2019, perhaps at levels slightly higher than present, as we did last year.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

Work With Us As a Supplier

We are always looking to grow our supplier base with companies capable of delivering high quality food ingredients at large volumes. If you are interested, please reach out and introduce yourself.

We welcome your inquiries and look forward to working together to deliver you the highest quality ingredients from the world's best suppliers. We are available to our suppliers and buyers 24/7 over email, phone, or WhatsApp.

Mid-Harvest Update 2018

Anderson Exports is a Bulk Ingredients Sourcing Agency in Northern California. We specialize in sourcing the best ingredients from California, Brazil and the rest of the world. Our newsletter delivers actionable market intelligence to inform our clients' purchasing decisions.

Raisins

The 2018 California raisin crop continues to come in from the vines to processors and the quality of the fruit is excellent. Leading into the holiday season and Lunar New Years, we are seeing strong demand as many customers look to fulfill their needs before these important holidays. Robust demand from Asia and elsewhere has continued to support California’s new crop raisin pricing.

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We currently have a special price through the end of December 2018 on bulk California Thompson Select raisins. We are also now offering forward contracts for up to 12 months (1+ x 20’ FCL / month) for January 2019 - December 2019. We can also offer extremely attractive pricing on contracts of 25 / 50 / 100+ x 20’ FCL orders.

There are reports of a shorter-than-expected crop of Medium Flame raisins this year. There will be relatively more Jumbo Flames available and prices for Medium Flames will reflect the relative shortage though the overall extent remains to be seen.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts. We also carry raisin paste & puree made from USDA Grade A raisins.

Cranberries

The market for Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) continues to be tight and will likely remain so for some time as reports from the bogs in Massachusetts and Wisconsin re-affirm the possibility of a smaller-than-expected new cranberry crop. Perpetuating the problem of short supply is the 25% Handler Withholding which was passed by the USDA recently. Overall, demand exceeds supply of SDCs. Some suppliers have already run out of fruit to sell or are projected to be sold out in a matter of months. Others processors have production schedules which are fully booked which reinforces the challenge of availability for SDC customers. The new SDC crop will become available for shipment around the end of December and early January.

In order to help our clients overcome the availability challenges with SDCs, we are currently offering 12 month contracts (1+ FCL / month) for 2019 as well as spot shipments available before the end of 2018. We can also offer compelling pricing on contracts of 25 / 50 / 100+ FCL orders.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums. We also offer organic apple juice infused sweetened dried cranberries packed in bulk poly-lined cartons.

Walnuts

In California, the Chandler crop is coming in shorter than expected. Though the extent is yet to be seen, the Northern region is thought to be more negatively impacted compared to other walnut growing regions in California. The quality of the California walnut crop as can be seen in the photos of the Chandler in-shell and kernel material below.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Almonds

The latest shipment report from the Almond Board of California showed October shipments of 247.1 million lbs vs. 246.5 mm lbs in 2017. Given the delayed harvest and buyer apprehension due to the uncertain tariff environment, stable year-over-year in October shipments came as positive news. The harvest is now complete and in-shell exports and shelling & processing are underway. Expectations for the total almond crop size are in the 2.3 - 2.45 billion range. The nonpareil crop is coming in a bit shorter than expected.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Pistachios

California pistachios are on track for one of the largest crops in history. During the springtime, there was a great bloom in which both young and old trees looked full of nuts. Later in the season, the lack of chill hours for the pistachio trees became a major concern for the industry. Many were worried that the lack of chill hours would cause a repeat of the 2015 crop when male and female trees did not sync up during blooming. However, the chill hours actually benefited the trees this year and the synchronization between the male and female trees was right on. Following this period, a tremendous amount of rain fell which further fueled the pistachio trees during the important spring growth period.

These positive developments have bolstered the case for a larger pistachio crop in California this year. Estimates for the total crop size started in the 700 million pound range but based on how the crop is now looking, the number may actually be in the 800 - 950 mm pound range. It remains to be seen whether the new crop will beat out 2016, when the crop totaled approx 905 mm pounds, as the largest crop on record.

We supply both in-shell, kernel, and US Ex. #1 21-25, 21-26, and 21-27 pistachios.

Pecans

There is some concern on the demand side for pecans since China is a major buyer of U.S. pecans. The tariff situation continues hang over the market as crop damage from weather are assessed in Georgia. Quality is good and seasonal purchasing activity is picking up.

We supply Fancy Junior Mammoth Halves (FJMH), Fancy Mammoth Halves, Fancy Pieces, and other sizes / types for all major U.S. pecan varieties.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

Work With Us As a Supplier

We are always looking to grow our supplier base with companies capable of delivering high quality food ingredients at large volumes. If you are interested, please reach out and introduce yourself.

Bulk California Raisin Update

Anderson Exports is a Bulk Ingredients Sourcing Agency in Northern California. We specialize in sourcing the best ingredients from California, Brazil and the rest of the world. Our newsletter delivers actionable market intelligence to inform our clients' purchasing decisions.

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Raisins

Bulk Natural Thompson Seedless raisins and other California raisins are now being packed and shipped from the new crop. We have seen stable prices in recent weeks thanks to a robust California Thompson Seedless Select (NTS) raisin crop with exceptional quality. Compared to this time last year, there were no major rain events during the most important parts of the raisin harvest in California this year. We have seen strong demand from Japan and the APEC countries as we enter the Lunar New Year purchasing period. Although there remains strong demand in much of the APEC region, Chinese buyers are notably hesitant to jump into the market at current prices due, in large part, to anxiety created by the ongoing US / China Trade War.

As for quality, early reports from the fields indicate a robust and delicious 2018 raisin crop; in stark contrast to the innumerable quality issues faced by buyers and suppliers during the 2017 / 2018 harvest season. Many suppliers who make Jumbo and Select size Golden raisins are reporting a shortage of Jumbo Sizes with many unable to offer Jumbo Golden raisins at this time. California’s crop of Jumbo and Select (Medium) Flames looks to be of excellent quality with an average number of Jumbo and Select (Medium) Flame raisin sizes. Prices for California Flame raisins in 2018 are higher than last year thanks to the steadily growing global demand for this delicious raisin. The Raisin Bargaining Administration (RBA) and it’s eleven signatory packers have agreed to a one year price per ton. This will not have much effect on pricing at this stage in the harvest since most packers have already been shipping raisins from the 2018 crop.

We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Natural Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries. We also supply Selma Pete DOV Double-Run Supreme raisins to Japan and elsewhere which are processed twice to achieve exceptionally low stem and capstem counts.

Walnuts

The biggest news in California walnuts this week is the continuous flow of reports from suppliers indicating a shorter than expected Chandler crop in 2018. Suppliers around the state of California are reporting that the Chandler walnut crop is down, especially in the north, where some estimate the crop to be down 10 - 15% compared to last year.

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In addition to this shorter crop, many suppliers are observing that Chandler walnuts in general are seeing lower average meat-yields compared to both last year and the 10-year average.

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These new revelations will no doubt affect the prices moving forward for in-shell Chandler walnuts. The impact of the shorter Chandler crop, coupled with the lower-than-average meat-yields will remain to be seen as the season progresses. Lower average meat-yields may motivate suppliers to crack out more of their Chandlers, as they can control the final product with high-tech sorting far more than for raw in-shell. The news is not all bad for Chandler walnuts though, the product that has been received from the fields, despite the lower meat-yields, is a gorgeous light milky off-white color.

Many suppliers are reporting good light color and average meat-yields for in-shell Howard walnuts for the 2018 crop. Howards are harvested earlier than Chandler and on average have a higher meat-yield. This makes it a good alternative to Chandler for those buyers who require higher average meat-yields at a more competitive price.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also provide bleached in-shell walnuts in addition to California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Cranberries

News from the bogs continues to affirm the possibility of a smaller than expected new cranberry crop. Wisconsin cranberry production is expected to be down and there are some concerns about rot in Massachusetts. Though it is still early to tell, the decrease compared to last year may be in the 12 - 18% range.

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Since the cranberry market is already tight on fruit, lower new production may compound the already widespread shortages in the market for Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs). There is also the wildcard of the 25% Producer Allotment (supply reduction) still in play since the USDA has yet to approve the proposal. Current lead times on Whole and Sliced SDCs remain long and prompt shipment loads are few and far between. Given these conditions, we anticipate firm prices with modest increases throughout the year for SDCs.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Pistachios

The new California pistachio crop looks excellent though we are seeing size ranges widen as suppliers work to accommodate to the smaller than average nut size coming out of the fields. We are seeing offers on US Ex. #1 21-25 as a 21-26 or even 21-27. The demand for California pistachios dwarfs the supply so we expect tight availability and firm pricing in the year ahead. California is also in an advantaged export position this year relative to Iran due to Trump’s regime of sanctions on the country and the campaign to make it harder to do business with Iran’s counter-parties. Overall, California’s pistachios will be highly sought after so buyers would be prudent to engage early to secure their forward needs.

We are now supplying new crop in-shell and shelled pistachios of all major types and sizes.

Dried Apples

China’s apple crop is experiencing major disruption due to crop failure and regulators shutting down apple production facilities due to environmental concerns. We have heard estimates of a crop reduction in the 30 - 35% range and prices are reacting accordingly. Disruptive ripples are flowing downstream to importers who are understandably concerned about how securely their forward apple needs are covered. Some Chinese suppliers are unable to fulfill contracts and others are opting to re-negotiate. Suppliers who will offer may be hesitate to lock a price for 12 months given the volatility.

We are engaging new clients of dehydrated apple dices in the wake of these supply disruptions and are eager to supply dehydrated apple dices with or without sulphur dioxide (SO2) from our BRC supplier in China as well as our suppliers in South America this year. Supply of dehydrated apple dices from South America will not be available until April / May 2019 when the new crop is processed and ready for export. We supply with Granny Smith, Red Delicious and other varieties in dices / cubes of 5 x 5 x 5MM, 10 x 10 x 10MM and other sizes upon request.

Pecans

We supply Fancy Junior Mammoth Halves (FJMH), Fancy Mammoth Halves, Fancy Pieces, and other sizes / types for all major U.S. pecan varieties.

Other Products

HONEY (HN 80) - Wildflower Multifloral Bee’s Honey & Honey Powder

100% pure liquid honey (HN 80) Is obtained from the Western Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera) in the region of Campeche, Mexico. This region is recognized worldwide because of the high quality honey that is produced there with flavor that comes from the region’s endemic wildflowers.

COCONUT SUGAR - Organic and Conventional Natural Sweeteners

We have both organic and conventional coconut sugar. Our suppliers of organic coconut sugar are renowned for a product with 99% purity (checked by carbon isotope analyzer). Our suppliers are fully certified, halal, kosher, fssc and USDA organic. We can also supply other coconut products, like coconut water, coconut water powder, coconut milk, coconut milk powder & more.

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

Work With Us As a Supplier

We are always looking to grow our supplier base with companies capable of delivering high quality food ingredients at large volumes. If you are interested, please reach out and introduce yourself.

We welcome your inquiries and look forward to working together to deliver you the highest quality ingredients from the world's best suppliers. We are available to our suppliers and buyers 24/7 over email, phone, or WhatsApp.

California Raisin & Nut Updates

Anderson Exports is a Bulk Ingredients Sourcing Agency in Northern California. We specialize in sourcing the best ingredients from California, Brazil and the rest of the world. Our newsletter delivers actionable market intelligence to inform our clients' purchasing decisions.

Almonds

Purchasing commitments for almonds are occurring at a slower pace compared to last year. According to the latest Almond Position Report, domestic and export commitments totaled 164 million lbs by the end of September, about 23% behind the prior year period.

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Due to the uncertain trade climate, many buyers have been covering their almond needs on a hand-to-mouth basis rather than extending high volume contracts long into the future. We are seeing weaker demand from China, Turkey, the UAE, and the EU in particular. Another driver of lower shipments may be related to the early season frost, which caused many suppliers to pull off the market and only offer limited amounts while the impacts were assessed.

The Nonpareil crop is thought to be shorter than expected. Amid these early reports of a smaller crop, the market was sloppy for some time, with a wide spread of pricing. More recently, prices have demonstrated some stability.

Our most popular almond varieties are Nonpareil, Independence, Butte/Padre, and Carmel types with the most popular grades of Supreme, Extra, Standard 5%, and more.

Raisins

California raisin prices are stable and the new 2018 crop shipments are starting. Foreign importers are especially keen to receive the first shipments of the new California Thompson raisins. Export shipments of Natural Thompson Seedless raisins have been much lower than normal this year. The latest October figures showed export shipments down by 59% compared to the prior year, according to data from the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC).

These shipment figures show that there may be some pent-up or “overhanging” demand, as some customers who made contracts with California packers last year did not receive the total number of containers they had contracted due to the historic shortages faced this past year in California. This means there are some buyers who will be receiving the first shipments of the 2018 crop at last year’s prices, on last year’s contracts. We see the likely primary drivers of this year’s price as consistent demand, historically low carry-in levels (approx. 70,000 MT), and the premium California’s global customer base is willing to pay for what are widely known as the world’s best raisins.

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We supply all major bulk California raisins including dried-on-the-vine (DOV) and tray-dried Thompson Seedless Selects, Selma Petes, Flames, Goldens, and other varieties in Jumbo, Select, and Midget sizes and welcome your inquiries.

South Africa is almost completely sold out of the 2018 crop. New crop is expected to begin being harvested during the first quarter of 2019. South Africa has been increasing its tonnage year-over-year for some time now. We recently met with one of our large South African raisin suppliers and were informed that South Africa is estimated to produce around 70,000 MT of raisins this year. Much of this tonnage will go to Europe with another increasing portion of the crop going to to buyers in China.

Our suppliers have also reported a large number of new plantings for the Selma Pete, DOV variety of raisins. This is a similar trend seen in California’s Central Valley, as many suppliers are either transitioning older vines or planting new vineyards with the Selma Pete variety. South Africa and California are so focused on this variety because Selma Pete is reported to not only produce a sweeter raisin than a Thompson, but also a larger total volume of final product with 69% higher than average “B or Better” (B&B) numbers.

Chile is essentially sold out for their 2018 crop, with new crop expected to begin its harvest, like South Africa, in the first quarter of 2019. Many of our suppliers in Chile are reporting that they are completely sold out of dark raisins from 2018, with only some small quantities of Golden raisins still available to ship. Due to the large uncertainties surrounding the Trump Administration’s tariff wars globally, we saw many Chinese buyers and other affected markets transition from filling their needs with California raisins to Chilean product. While it may be tempting to source from Chile due to the lower prices and favorable free trade agreements, the overall quality lags behind that found in California. This is because Chilean raisins are made from grapes rejected by the table grape industry while California raisins are made from fresh grapes grown expressly to be dried into raisins.

Walnuts

The California walnut harvest is underway. With many early varieties almost fully in and off the trees. The season began with much apprehension from sellers, opening at some of the lowest levels seen in many years. This caused buyers to wait, and wait, and wait. Buyers staying off the market early this season brought pricing levels for in-shell walnuts down early this year as compared to previous years. Many suppliers were offering Chandler J/L under USD $1.00 / lb. CIF. We advised buyers to jump in at these historically low levels. Despite this advice, many buyers opted to continue to wait. Instead of seizing on the opportunity to book fantastic quality material at incredible pricing, many buyers thought it prudent to focus on haggling over 1 or 2 cents per lb and in fact MISSED these low prices entirely!

The most recent news from our suppliers in the Linden area, and elsewhere in California, is that the Chandler crop may be much smaller than first projected. This is causing many of the largest suppliers to hold off the market to determine how much smaller this year’s Chandler crop is before re-entering the market with what will likely be higher pricing.

The popular early varieties of Howards and Hartleys have been shipping, with reports from the orchards of higher than average meat yields for Howards, with little to no tip-shrivel. This is good news for customers who buy in-shell products from California.

The California Walnut Board’s Monthly Management Report details shipment figures for September 2018 show lower in-shell shipments than at this time last year. The weaker in-shell shipment figures for September may be evidence of buyers’ early apprehension, as outlined above. However, these weaker numbers could also be due to environmental issues, as growers are reporting that this year’s Chandler crop matured a few weeks later than previous years, which would also delay shipments in a material way.

As the newest chandler numbers become more widely available this fall, the industry will get a better idea of the total tonnage they actually have to sell. It is hard to say when California suppliers will again be offering in-shell Chandler walnuts, but when sellers do come back into the market, It is unlikely we will see in-shell pricing anywhere near the low opening levels of this season.

We work with California’s top walnut packers to supply our customers with Jumbo and Jumbo / Large (J/L) in-shell Chandler, Howard, Hartley, Vina, Tulare, Serr and other varieties. We also supply California shelled product including Chandler and non-Chandler Light Halves & Pieces (LHP) 20%, 40%, 80% and higher based on customer requirements.

Cranberries

Early reports suggest the new cranberry crop may not be as strong as expected earlier in the year. In Wisconsin, cranberry production is thought to be down compared to last year and in Massachusetts, there are some concerns about rot. Though the extent of impact remains to be seen, the prospect of tight supply again in the year ahead seems likely. The harvest was also a bit delayed this year--extending the period in which sweetened dried cranberries (SDCs) are hard to come by -- and, when found, come at high prices.

There will be a few more weeks until firm pricing is available widely for 2019 cranberry prices. With the 2018 cranberry crop effectively sold-out, SDCs may become more expensive in the year ahead. While prices may rise further, the increases should be more modest than the 30-40% increases observed in this past year. SDC pricing in 2019 has yet to fully take shape so we’ll have to wait and see. Given the issues with prompt availability, we continue to advise early planning and action on sweet and dried cranberry procurement and we welcome your inquiries.

Details of the Handler Withholding also indicate that the impact on SDC pricing may be somewhat mitigated since producers have the option to dispose of as much as half of the restriction in the form of concentrate, rather than SDCs. The disposed fruit must originate from the current crop year. The 15% Handler Withholding for the 2017 crop proposed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) was approved by the USDA. However, the decision remains unknown for the 2018 Producer Allotment which would mandate a 25% disposal of cranberries. If the next Handler Withholding passes, supplies would surely tighten and firm-up prices for SDCs. Together, the potential for a weaker-than-expected new cranberry crop and the passing of the 2018 Handler Withholding are key catalysts for supply tightness and firmer prices going forward.

We supply Conventional and Organic Whole or Sweetened Dried Cranberries (SDCs) packed in bulk cases as well as 50 Brix and 65 Brix cranberry concentrate shipped in bulk 55 gallon drums.

Pistachios

The Pistachio harvest is underway in California with the first reports from processors describing a crop that has a smaller nut size, on average, than last year. For comparison, one of the most common sizes of California pistachios, the US Extra #1 21-25, has had its sizing range extended to account for the smaller average nut sizes seen as the crop is received from the fields. This means many pistachio sellers are currently offering their US Ex. #1 21-25 as a 21-26 or even 21-27. Pricing for pistachios will likely remain firm in the year ahead due to the very strong global demand and relatively small and highly concentrated supply.

Pecans

There have been early reports of hurricane damage, although the full extent of the damage remains to be seen. The harvest is beginning in much of the southern United States, with many sellers positive about a good quality crop.

We supply Fancy Junior Mammoth Halves (FJMH), Fancy Mammoth Halves, Fancy Pieces, and other sizes / types for all major U.S. pecan varieties.

Other Products

We work with a number of other products so please reach out if you have an inquiry for something you do not see here. We are experts in sourcing bulk food ingredients and welcome the opportunity to work with you on your inquiries. Some of our other product offerings include sunflower seeds, lentils, green peas, freeze dried fruits, popcorn, dried cherries, dried apples, dried blueberries, cherry concentrate, quinoa, dried honey dates, dried cherry tomatoes, dried gojis, dried kiwis, dried strawberries, chickpeas, chia seeds, dried mulberries, almonds, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, pecans, brazil nuts, pumpkin seed kernels, melon kernels, hazelnuts, dried prunes, golden raisins, sultanas, dried apricots, sweet apricot kernels, dried black currants, dried figs, dried dates, popcorns, maraschino cherries, dried tomatoes, strawberry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, dried mangoes, dried gingers, dried pineapple, and desiccated coconut.

Work With Us As a Supplier

We are always looking to grow our supplier base with companies capable of delivering continuous high quality product at large volumes. If you are interested, please reach out and introduce yourself.

We welcome your inquiries and look forward to working together to deliver you the highest quality ingredients from the world's best suppliers. We are available to our suppliers and buyers 24/7 over email, phone, or WhatsApp.

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