US raisin shipments decline steepens

Belangrik om te weet: ARRA 15
July 18, 2018
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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
Natural Seedless
Domestic & Canada 162,499 141,121 -13%
Export Free 91,079 77,441 -15%
Dipped Seedless
Domestic & Canada 1,343 952 -29%
Export Free 44 31 -30%
Golden Seedless
Domestic & Canada 12,150 11,114 -9%
Export Free 5,708 4,432 -22%
Zante Currants
Domestic & Canada 1,289 1,337 +4%
Export Free 813 989 +22%
Sultanas
Domestic & Canada 17 0 -100%
Export Free 0 0 0%
Monukkas
Domestic & Canada 55 39 -29%
Other seedless
Domestic & Canada 8,911 5,894 -34%
Export Free 1,601 1,628 +2%
Other Seedless Sulfured
Domestic & Canada 225 295 +31%
Export Free 61 19 -69%
All Variaties
Domestic & Canada 186,489 161,752 -13%
Export Free 99,306 84,540 -15%
GRAND TOTAL 285,795 246,292 -14%

 

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