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Argentine honey exporters try to tempt buyers back

Argentine honey exporters have discounted prices this week in an attempt to stimulate demand.

Honey Argentina Demand

Indian guar gum market poised for further price increases

Supply concerns, increasing demand, and guar being tested as an alternative to other hydrocolloids is shaping the market for guar seeds and gum and possibly heralds price increases, UK trader Mayfair Commodities observed in a report today. 

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FDA updates spice risk profile to reflect new data on salmonella

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its 2013 risk profile on pathogens and filth in spices to reflect new data indicating that prevalence of Salmonella in most types of retail spices in the US tends to be significantly lower than that found in imported spice shipments.  

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Dropping pepper imports in Japan

Japan’s imports of pepper dropped by 30.8% in value to USD73.6 million and declined by 6.27% in volume to 8,194 tonnes in 2017 compared with the previous year, due to the general price decline.

Pepper India

Downward price trend in Indian cumin seeds

The average Indian cumin seed future price for contracts ending on March 20 are at around INR15,667 per quintal (USD242.8/quintal), 16.15% less than the daily average cumin seed spot price.

Cumin India

Indian ground pepper exports overtake whole

Indian pepper processors are increasing the gap in exports between ground product and whole because they are focused on exporting high quality and added value product. This trend is also affecting their import volumes, which were 25,774 tonnes from January to October 2017, 67% more than the exports in the same period.

Pepper India

Vietnamese pepper opens 2018 with record exports

Vietnamese pepper exports were 17,201 tonnes in January 2018, more than double the figure for January 2017. However, they were worth USD68.9 million, only 11.8% more.

Pepper Vietnam

Brazil pepper exports confirm an exceptional 2017

Brazil’s pepper crop increased by 91% in volume to 59,700 tonnes and by 11% in value to USD274 million in 2017, compared with the previous year, slightly upgrading the last estimates. This imbalance between value and volume is based on the dropping global prices.

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Research to develop antimicrobial essential oil products

Researchers from Spain, Italy, Portugal, UK and Germany are developing an antimicrobial product based on essential oils to be used in medical installations.

Essential Oils Italy

Mexican honey exports regain value but volumes decline

Mexico’s honey exports increased by 17% in value to USD107.7 million from January-November 2017, compared with the same period in the previous period.

Honey Mexico

Slow Argentine honey export recovery

Argentina’s honey exports increased by 10.8% in value to USD183.1 million fob despite decreasing by 13.3% in volume to 70.321 tonnes in 2017, according to its National Statistical Institute (INDEC).

Honey Argentina

Abejapi boosts its bee feed products to Germany

Abejapi, the Spanish bee feed specialist, is starting to work in Germany throughout beekeeper associations and its 2018 prospect is selling around 600,000 kg.

Honey Spain

European MEPs blame fake honey imports for its price decline

The drop of the European honey price by 50% from 2014-2016 is due to the  spread of fake and adulterated honey  in its internal market, the Chinese products being particularly significant, according to a draft resolution on the ‘Prospect and challenges for the EU apiculture sector’ approved by the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (ComAgri) on January 23.

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Rising oil prices lend fuel to guar gum market

The increasing oil prices and high demand from the food industry is fuelling the increasing price within the guar market, UK company Mayfair Commodities noted in a report on January 24.

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