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News of July 2016
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July 2016


US: US pistachio shipments' sharp decline continues
US pistachio shipments remain substantially behind those of the previous season, Primex International Trading Corporation noted in its latest report on the sector.“As expected, April shipments were down about 30% year-on-year. Year-to-date shipments are also down 30% and this trend is expected to continue,” the company observed. The pistachio shipments last month totalled 20 million lbs. The volumes remain substantially behind those of a year ago and trading is still slow. (Quoted from Agranet 16-07-2016)


US: Almond prices move only marginally over last month
US almond prices have held mostly steady over the last month, Primex International Trading Corporation observed in its latest report. The company explained that prices had moved by around five cents per lb over the last month. The asking price of blanchable standards was around USD2.25 per lb f, which was slightly better than earlier. (Quoted from Agranet 26-07-2016)


Argentina: "Raisin production down 30% this campaign"
The decline in this year's production of Argentine grapes caused by climate change not only affected exporters of fresh fruit, but also the marketing of derivatives of this fruit. Production is 30% lower than in past years, mainly because of the continuous rains and hail that negatively affected the harvest in April.
It is worth stating that Argentina failed to integrate organic production of grapes because of the measures taken by the Government. They don't achieve the expected returns because of their exchange rate. The total number of hectares devoted to organic production won't increase nationwide, as long as prices don't encourage these kinds of crops. Currently, prices are average, so their only option to remain in the market is to reduce internal costs." (Quoted from FreshPlaza 21-07-2016)


IRAN: Date demand soars during Ramadan
In Islam, dates are considered the most important food with which to break the daily Ramadan fast. Hence during the holy month of Ramadan, the demand for dates increases. More dates are sold compared to any other fruit in Ramadan and many fruit sellers offer dates exclusively on their stalls and carts. With demand of various varieties of dates increasing, the prices also increase according to the quality and supply. Iran is one of the biggest suppliers of the dates with the best dates in taste and with affordable prices.
Quoted from the 14-06-2016)


US: Organic figs still a niche area despite gains in US
US dried fig producers are reporting an upturn in domestic demand for organic dehydrated figs, but the overall market is expected to remain dominated by conventional figs for the foreseeable future.
Much the same principle applies to other global producers, Turkey, Spain and Greece, where the volumes of organic figs are negligible relative to that of the conventional types. (Quoted from the Agranet 11-07-2016)


IRAN: Iran exports $48mn saffron in 3 months
An official said Iran has exported saffron worth 48 million dollars in the first quarter of the current Iranian year (began March 21). Deputy Head of Iran's Union of Sellers and Exporters of Saffron Gholamreza Miri said “a total of 34.179 tons of saffron was exported in the timespan of March 20 to June 20.”
According to him, the figure has remained constant compared with the same period a year earlier. “The amount of exported saffron in the time period amounted to about 15 million dollars; the figure mounted to 49 million dollars a year before.”
Miri evaluated market conditions for the Iranian product as promising; “fortunately, fluctuations in saffron prices have stopped over the three months as demand and supply have reached a balanced condition.”
The official recalled that saffron prices have dropped by about 16 to 32 dollars adding “at the present time, the minimum price of Iranian saffron is 1667 dollars per kilogram while the maximum figure resides around 2014 dollars.” (Quoted from the Mehrnewsagency 19-07-2016)

News of July 2016
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