Inside this Food Report
At this writing another heavy wind and rain storm is ripping through Washington and Oregon State. In our upcoming issues we will give a more in depth assessment of the corn crop outcome here in the United States.
Weather conditions around the world have been volatile with flooding in the central part of Colorado causing deaths and loss of property . Typhoon Usagi (which is Japanese for rabbit) hurdled (or should we say hopped) through China’s southern province of Guangdong just missing neighboring and densely populated Hong Kong on September 22nd. The typhoon wreaked havoc on flight schedules in and around China and although Noon’s Jose and Chad arrived safely to Xiamen on Sunday , after many flight changes and delays, their luggage did not ! Typhoon Usagi also made it’s mark on areas of Taiwan and the Philippines.
As September comes to a close and harvest winds down, Noon members are getting ready to leave for Anuga being held in Cologne Germany October 5 through October 9th. Anuga is the world’s largest food and beverage exhibition and with it’s tagline this year of “Taste The Future” we are anxious to see and learn all the latest trends and themes of the food industry. We look forward to seeing many of our customers and suppliers at Anuga! Until next time Happy Autumn!
All the Best ,
Betty and the Noon International Team
United States: Sweet corn harvest is winding down in the United States. Pacific Northwest harvest (Washington and Oregon) will be completed by middle/end October depending on weather conditions. Yields are dropping off a bit due to recent cooler night time temperatures and rain. There is under one third of the sweet corn crop left to be harvested and corn quality to this point has been very good. In middle September a wind storm ripped thought the Pasco /Tri Cities area of Washington State. Many processors lost acres. Including field/dent corn and sweet corn it is being reported that as many as 7,000 acres have been lost. It is also reported that some processers of sweet corn in this area have lost up to 1,000 acres of sweet corn. This will certainly firm up the sweet corn market in the United States.
A warm summer slowed down the growth of Pacific Northwest potatoes, however cooler weather in September helped improve the yields. Most processors/fryers will have enough raw material to carry thorough to next season , however inventories are expected to be on the tight side. Also a recent issue of Potato Market News reported that for the most part growers in the Colombia Basin are disappointed with harvest results this season. Yields could fall as much as 20 cwt per acre which would reduce raw product supply for frozen processing by 3 – 4 million cwt.
Pea harvest in U.S is finished with disappointing yields resulting in a tight market with pricing firm.
Northwest baby whole carrot harvest completed and sliced carrots should be completed soon. Dice carrot processing in Oregon and Washington states will begin the last days of September/first week October. )
California peach harvest has been recorded as the third smallest crop in 50 years. Due to high heat in June peaches did not size up.
Mexico: Crops in the Bajio area of Mexico have suffered as a result of torrential summer rains. Crop damage is expected but to date there are no firm reports on the extent of the damage. High quality broccoli and cauliflower is expected to be low for the next few months.
Guatemala: Rainy season expected for another two months, however raw material will remain high for awhile longer and slowly reduce leading into the low season May/June. Broccoli quality remains good. Okra harvest is now underway.
Chile: Asparagus season is officially underway. As is typical, low volumes are being harvested until mid-October or so when full production picks up. Prices remain high, but processors fully anticipate demand still exceeding supply. Contracts are near completion.
Peru: The main asparagus season began late September. Most processors have completed all contracts, and first shipments will begin soon. Pricing is similar to last year. Many asparagus farms are reaching maturity across Peru. After 15 years of rapid growth, volumes of asparagus in Peru are expected to remain relatively stable in the coming few years. As a whole, Peru is expected to harvest slightly less volume in comparison to last year. Although early season weather has been favorable, which should result in better yields per hectare in comparison to 2012.
Argentina: The lemon season has wrapped up in the Tucuman (one of the world’s primary lemon growing regions). Overall, it was a successful season with exports to Europe and Asia increasing. Berry season is now underway with strawberries leading off, followed by raspberries and blueberries. Growers of blueberries in particular are anticipating it to be a difficult season due to frost in August which hurt the crop
Thailand: Winter pineapple harvest has begun. Crop expected to be smaller as farmers are growing other more profitable crops. Pricing is firming.
Europe: Dry weather in July and August has resulted in a disappointing raspberry crop in Poland. Serbia also has experienced a lower than normal crop season and prices in both Poland and Serbia are rising.
Overall, weather conditions were not favorable for European potatoes. After having a poor 2012 crop, there were high expectations for the 2013 crop. But very cool and wet weather persisted through late spring which delayed planting and also slowed early stage growth. This was followed by hot and dry conditions across much of the Benelux and Northern Germany (the primary potato regions). The above average temperatures, and lack of rainfall continued through early September and are resulting in slightly lower yields (3-5% less), than the 5 year average.
Corn on the other hand performs better in heat, and is less affected by the high temperatures. Yields are about average or just slightly under in parts of Western and Central Europe where little rainfall was received. Hungary in particular had a few long stretches of high heat with no rain which resulted in lower yields. Conditions were better in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, where rainfall was more consistent.
Favorable weather and temperatures recently have been good for the crop growth in this area. Lotus root is under harvest and prices have fallen.
Typhoon Usagi which arrived in middle September caused damage to the crops in this region. At this moment the full extent of damage is not known. Bamboo shoot production completed with good quality.
Edamame harvest has begun and quality is good. Burdock is expected to seed early part of October.
Is Your Seafood Safe?
It is a well-known fact that seafood, especially fish, is a healthy diet option when compared to poultry or meat. Containing low levels of fats and high levels of protein, fish are ideal not only for maintaining a healthy body weight but also for preventing diseases such as cardiovascular syndrome, high blood pressure, diabetes to name a few. Fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help in preserving good eyesight and healthy brain tissue. Research has shown consumption of fish to reduce chances and/or severity of asthma, dementia, depression, certain cancers, and inflammatory conditions.
Why Should You Go Banana’s?
The humble banana may look like a plain Jane compared to the exotic pineapple, the luscious mango and or the glossy orange, but don’t let its appearance fool you. The banana is a veritable powerhouse of nutritive and beneficial qualities. How? Check this out.
Apart from the above dietary reasons, bananas (and their peels) can be very handy in the following ways too:
Happy 200th Birthday, Commercial Metal Can!
For most of us, the metal can has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember! It has been such an integral part of our daily life that often we forget about when, where, how and why the can was invented. This year – 2013 – the metal can celebrates its 200th anniversary in commercial production. Today, about 200 billion cans of food are produced annually worldwide; it is an $8 billion industry in the United States.
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