Inside this Food Report
November 1, 2016
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I hope you enjoyed Halloween and had lots of trick or treaters! It has been a
very busy few weeks here at Noon International. Some of us were in Japan
(where apparently Halloween is very popular recently with Tokyo filled with
Halloween candy and cakes everywhere and we were asked many questions about
Halloween). I have put a link here for some of our Japanese friends who were
curious about the origins of Halloween. We also attended the Sial Exhibition
in Paris, France and as usual it was fast paced and extremely hectic.
Click Here for the Halloween
The harvest season in the U.S. is pretty much completed except for a few late
crops such as squash and pumpkin. Those should be winding down this month.
For the most part here in the U.S. our harvest season was pretty uneventful.
Vegetable and fruits did very well with good yields and excellent quality.
Due to the warm spring weather and continued hot summer all crops came on very
quickly with early starts. All in all, it was a fantastic season for everyone.
We still have some volumes of sweet corn, peas, carrots and potatoes available
as well as a few loads of organic edamame and mukimame. Lots of inquiries
coming in from Japan due to the Hokkaido typhoon situation so inventories are
going down quickly.
Hard to believe we have approached November and the holidays are upon us but
before Thanksgiving arrives we have election day here in America. Okay, I have
to mention it....don't forget to vote as this is going to be one election cycle
that we won't forget any time soon!
All The Best,
Betty And The Noon International Team
United States: Sweet Corn season fully
completed. The Northwest experienced a very good season with high yields and
good quality. Midwest processors struggled at the tail end of the season with
rain so yields may be down a bit in this area. Overall it has been a good
season for U.S sweet corn.
harvest did extremely well this year with high yields and good
carrot production still on going in Oregon and Washington and reports
indicate we will have an average harvest.
harvest completed. Reports in regarding Colombia Basin area are that the
early variety potato yields were very good, however some later varieties had
smaller yields. In general overall yields ended more favorable than
season in the U.S. completed. It was a very good year for blueberries with
record crops in Oregon and Washington. In the state of Maine, despite the
drought conditions this season the wild blueberry crop
produced its highest yields ever - 93 million pounds.
season in Michigan was also very good, with higher than expected
yields and good quality fruit.
Mexico: We are now through the rainy season in Mexico,
however broccoli and cauliflower still coming in slow due to the ramifications
of the tail end of the rain. The situation, however, is beginning to improve
with most factories now running at full capacity.
Guatemala: Broccoli season is doing very well with good
yields and quality. Currently Guatemala is producing broccoli,
okra and a small amount of cauliflower. Conditions
are good for all crops.
Peru: Mango season in Peru is expected to
be better than last year due to the cooler weather. Flowering went well and the
harvest will begin this month. Asparagus season now underway.
Peru's Minister of
Agriculture and Irrigation announced in October that Peru will become the
largest exporter of fresh blueberries within the next few
years due to the country's increased production of this crop.
Chile: Asparagus season now underway in
Chile. Blueberry production for both fresh and frozen going
well and expected to continue through the end of the year.
Europe: Still uncertainty in the European vegetable market.
Most vegetables are in tight supply and offers limited due to a poor growing
season caused by cooler weather and rain. Green bean harvest
is delayed and most are now worried about early frost.
Potato reports coming out of Europe mention raw material
will be tight and processors may not be able to meet their expected sales
expansion goals. The North-western European Potato Growers
suffered a cold and wet spring which delayed plantings. Summer
season brought very hot dry weather and many growers were holding off on
digging due to the harden soil.
Rain in October has
accelerate the harvest in Belgium as soil has soften and growers are digging as
quickly as possible, however a low production is expected in spite of the
increased acreage which was planted for the season.
Japan: Japan still feeling the effects of the typhoons that
ripped through Japan's Hokkaido area in September. All vegetables
grown in this region, including corn, potatoes, carrots and onions
will be in tight supply. Reports from the USDA FAS in Japan estimates a 20% -
25% yield loss. About 10% of the seed potato was lost to the typhoons as
well. Farmers have plowed under potato fields due to flooding and some
processing factories have been closed due to damage. It is uncertain whether
or not they will reopen.
Thailand: It seems the Thai sweet corn
supply has been improving. Heat and drought created a very tight
supply situation during May/June/July. However much needed rains in August
have helped to normalize and improve supply.
Pineapple processors are still struggling due to weather
conditions throughout the year and volumes of pineapple are
expected to be low.
The season will begin this
month however the outlook for volume and quality is not good. Due to lack of
rain the fruit has matured very slowly.
Taiwan: Lychee fruit is in tight supply. Poor weather
last winter, including cold and heavy rain caused low pollination and a poor
crop resulting in only 20 % of the fruit being harvested. New season will
commence in January 2017 and a better crop is anticipated.
Shandong Province: Edamame harvest is now
completed. Quality and yields are reported as good with stable price.
Broccoli season has begun; however cold autumn weather has
impacted the growth of the broccoli. Quality issues are apparent and if the
cooler and rainy weather continue the situation may worsen.
processing has started. Quality is average but yields are down by about 40%.
Due to low prices last season most farmers reduced their acreage which has now
brought prices up by 8% - 10% on taro.
Zhejiang Province: Edamame harvest is completed; however,
some factories are processing mukimame. Although a typhoon
went through the Zhejiang area last month broccoli and
cauliflower were not damaged and transplanting is moving
forward however recent very warm weather has stunted growth speed. To date the
quality looks okay. Lotus root now being harvested. Quality
and prices remain stable.
orange harvest will commence soon. Due to high temperatures yields
have declined by about 30%. Prices have increase by 20% - 30%
Province: Unfortunately in this area the past typhoons caused major
damage to many factories. Some were forced to close temporarily to repair
damages. The autumn crop of edamame was seriously damaged
and yields will be limited. As well, okra yields will decline sharply due to
the recent typhoon.
Invests In China's Food Safety|
China is no stranger to food
safety concerns. The country has been the epicenter of food safety issues
ranging from street food to baby formula, and the international community has
mounted considerable pressure in recent years to see China reform its
regulations. But now an unexpected player is entering the food safety game:
Walmart. The retail giant is investing $25 million dollars over five years to
help bolster food safety research.
Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has long been working to establish
themselves in China. But doing so has proven a struggle, due in part to a lack
of adaptation to local tastes and ongoing food safety concerns.
"By bringing together the best food safety thinkers from across the food
ecosystem, from farmers to suppliers, retailers to policy regulators, we'll
accelerate food safety awareness and help make Chinese families safer and
healthier," Walmart Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said last month
at a Beijing event announcing the investment.
Cauliflower - Healthly and Versatile!|
Cauliflower doesn't always
get the respect it deserves. While a staple of soups and cheesey side dishes,
this stark white vegetable is easy to overlook. But next time you are in the
supermarket give that frozen or fresh cauliflower a second look. It is packed
with health benefits, and is actually more versatile than you think. You can
get all the benefits listed below by making cauliflower rice, a tasty
hummus-style dip, or even a pizza crust!
Roasted cauliflower is delicious as well as tossing some in your favorite pasta
dish. We have seen cauliflower recently on top of pizza and used as a more
healthy option in nachos instead of fried chips. And only this week I spotted
frozen mashed cauliflower in my grocery store!
Help Your Heart -- Cauliflower is packed with sulforaphane, a
sulfur compound that is found in cruciferous veggies. It has been found to help
lower the risk of cancer, and to help strengthen blood pressure and kidney
function. It may also help boost methylation, a DNA component that can help
cellular repair in the fragile inner arteries.
Your Brain, too! -- Choline is a B-vitamin found in
cauliflower that could help with brain development and strength. When
mothers-to-be consumed diets with choline, it was found that the brain activity
of their babies was increased. Choline has also been linked to protection of
toxins during childhood and reduced memory loss in old age, meaning a serving
of cauliflower helps your brain at literally any age.
Get a Crunchy Detox -- Put down the ginger and lemon water and
pick up some cauliflower, because this veggie is loaded with vitamins and
minerals that can help detoxify your system. Along with vitamin C, cauliflower
has vitamin K and B6, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium,
phosphorus, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. It also
contains antioxidants that help your body rid itself of toxins, such as
Go for the Gut -- Sulforaphane has been linked to helping with
digestion, but cauliflower is also a great source of dietary fiber, which helps
regulate your digestive system. Keeping your gut happy is one of the
foundations to ensuring a healthy diet and your body's ability to make the most
of nutrients it's given. Cauliflower can help make sure that foundation is
World's Seeds, Deep Inside a Mountain Side|
Technology might be revolutionizing the way we eat, but at the end of the day
seeds are still the workhorse of our global food system. And in a vault in
rural Norway, the future of these miniscule building blocks are kept safe and
secure for future generations.
Located in a mountain vault on an island between Norway and the North Pole, the
Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a repository of the world's seeds. It includes
common varietals, like corn or barley, and more exotic or rare heirloom
offerings. The vault contains hundreds of millions of different seeds, all
stored deep in the side of a mountain in arctic conditions. It is the world's
largest collection of crop diversity.
Why? To help protect biodiversity. Established in 2008 by the Norwegian
government, the Global Seed Vault is collecting and preserving seeds to help
ensure the continuation of crop survival. The stock of seeds in the vault
represent the wide range of diversity in our crops, and are kept safe so that
in the event of famine or natural disaster, we can re-establish the food
supply. By ensuring as much diversity as possible, scientists will be able to
engineer and grow plants that are adaptable to changing conditions brought on
by climate change or other large shifts in how agriculture is conducted. The
vault also facilitates research, helping scientists working on crop breeding or
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault isn't the only such vault in the world. In fact
every country has its own localized version of the system, where they store
crop seeds specific to their country. But most countries also send duplicate
seeds to the Global Seed Vault, which functions as a backup. This is helpful in
situations like Syria, where civil war threatened their seed bank. In fact the
last batch of seeds were hurried out of Syria to Svalbard just before the worst
of the fighting began there.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault's remote location ensures the seeds are
protected against man made disasters such as war and the constand freeze and
thick rock guarantee seed survival even without electricity.
If you are interested to learn more about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, the
book "Seeds On Ice" by Cary Fowler is extremely
interesting and also includes beautiful photography.
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