December 17, 2017
Anderson Exports is a Dried Fruit & Nut Agency in Northern California. We specialize in sourcing the best ingredients from California and the rest of the world.
Domestic buyers of U.S. raisins who are not yet covered are beginning to panic due to the decreasing level of fruit available. The current crop is the smallest in over a decade due to raisin vine pullouts in recent years, severe heat during the summer, and unexpected rains during the harvest. Shipments should fall drastically in the coming months as raisins shortages worsen. Based on feedback from packers, the industry has approx. 130,000 tons of material to sell. The industry reports shipping 25,000 tons per month. California may run out of new crop material by this summer. Even with prices now at multi-year highs, the prospects of a downward correction remain dim.
We are well-positioned to offer on a wide variety of raisins from California and South Africa and welcome your inquiries.
We have seen some good quality walnut product coming out of California for both in-shell and shelled. In-shell had a slow start due to the heat damage in large parts of California. Processors are wary of the extent of this damage and are trending toward producing more shelled product than usual in order to better control for the inconsistencies in-shell faces this fall. We have Howard and Chandler In-shell still available and shelled product (80%, 20% LHP, etc.) becoming increasingly available. We look forward to working together on walnuts, whether it is natural condition in-shell or vacuum packed // nitrogen pillow packed shelled product.
The year is ending well for cranberries in the USA as prices remain strong with good demand spread across a smaller crop than normal. We expect prices to be stable leading into the new year with demand dipping only slightly toward the end of the month due to Christmas holidays in the Western Hemisphere. January usually brings strong demand back from the Christmas dip as many pledge to eat better in the New Year. We typically see an even stronger demand into the end of January as we enter the Lunar New Year.
Happy New Year
We had a great year here in California at Anderson Exports, with our business introducing us to clients across the world. We look forward to working together in the New Year and wish you and yours the best over this holiday season.