From August 2017 to May 2018, Californian raisin packed shipments declined by 14% to 246 292 tons, compared with the same period in the previous season, deepening the supply shortage.
According to the Californian Raisin Administrative Committee, the natural seedless shipment fell 13% to 219 562 tons, accounting for 89.1% of total shipments.
The EU market for natural seedless imports dropped to 3 918 tons, a 33% decrease. There were also slower purchases from Asian markets. Thailand’s imports plummeted by 44% to 1,964 tons; China by 25% to 5,921 tons; and South Korea by 10% to 3,134 tons.
Conversely, Japan has strengthened its role as the main importer of US raisins, with shipments increasing by 17% to 27 915 tons, while the organic packed shipments increased by 7% to 13 325 tons. Due to crop and supply shortage, this figure shows a growth moderation, of which Canada and the US made up 93.2% of the total.
|Packed tonnes||August 16-May 17||August 17-May 18||% Change|
|Domestic & Canada||162,499||141,121||-13%|
|Domestic & Canada||1,343||952||-29%|
|Domestic & Canada||12,150||11,114||-9%|
|Domestic & Canada||1,289||1,337||+4%|
|Domestic & Canada||17||0||-100%|
|Domestic & Canada||55||39||-29%|
|Domestic & Canada||8,911||5,894||-34%|
|Other Seedless Sulfured|
|Domestic & Canada||225||295||+31%|
|Domestic & Canada||186,489||161,752||-13%|