Market updates on a whole range of agri-food products with up-to-date price trends
Dried Fruit
Jan 18, 2022

Dates: 25% are destined for export

TEHRAN. A quarter of this year's Iranian date production is to be exported; this is expected to generate high foreign exchange earnings. However, exporters are confronted with demanding standards.
Fruit and Vegetables
Jan 17, 2022

Dried beans: dull markets due to Chinese New Year

BEIJING. Chinese market players report sluggish sales and little movement on the markets; the focus is already on the period after the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated from 1 February.
Dairy Products
Jan 14, 2022

Butter: highly uncompetitive EU prices

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Although milk deliveries are unusually low in many producing countries, the current market situation does spell some good news for butter manufactures. Prices in Europe are, however, exceptionally high. This has impacted EU exports.
Dried Fruit
Dec 21, 2021

Dates: production ranges lower

ZAHEDAN. Drought and extreme heat have certainly impacted this year’s date production in Iran’s Sistan va Baluchestan Province. Growers mainly cultivate Mazafati and Rabbi dates here, which are particularly popular with buyers in Europe. Traders emphasise that the Rabbi dates grown in Saravan are superior in quality.
Dairy Products
Dec 9, 2021

Butter: supplies are the issue

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. The price hike for butter and other dairy products continues in Europe as buyers are confronted with low supplies. Supplies are, in fact, the issue as milk deliveries dip to their seasonal low. Customers are trying to secure contracts that run until well beyond the next six months.
Fruit and Vegetables
Dec 6, 2021

Dried beans: price increases for many varieties

BEIJING. In the Chinese market, prices for black kidney beans, adzuki beans and mung beans remain firm with an upward trend. Exports of red kidney beans, however, have declined.
Dried Fruit
Nov 25, 2021

Dates: exporters stay cautious

TEHRAN. Iranian exporters are keeping a close eye on possible changes in the law that could even completely stop the export of agricultural products. They already had to deal with such problems in 2018.
Dried Fruit
Nov 18, 2021

Dried figs: 42,000 mt harvested in Fars Province

TEHRAN. Fars Province is Iran’s main production hub for figs. Summer rains and rot have, however, reduced this year’s production. Iran’s exports have, nevertheless, performed well in October. Shipments to China even account for as much as 81% of exports.
Dried Fruit
Nov 9, 2021

Dates: exports more than 20% up

TEHRAN. Iran’s date exports are more than 20% up on last year. This boost is not only driven by highly competitive prices but also by vaccinations that have helped to improve the pandemic situation and transportation in many countries. Mazafati dates are the most popular variety by far.
Dairy Products
Nov 4, 2021

Butter: it’s crazy to buy in bulk

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Extortionate prices are taking their toll on the butter market. Prices are least attractive in Europe and EU exports have slumped, especially to Asia and Africa. In Germany it is simply crazy to buy bulk butter at present.
Dried Fruit
Nov 3, 2021

Dates: new orchards ensure production increases

REUS/TEHRAN. Numerous new date orchards in the growing countries ensure that global production for the 2021/22 season will increase despite higher pest infestation. This is partly thanks to private investors.
Dried Fruit
Nov 3, 2021

Dried figs: yields are 10% up

ABARKUH. The farmers in Abarkuh county in Iran’s Yazd Province need to adapt to climate change fast. Reduced rainfall, water shortages and persistent drought have prompted arable lands to decline from 20,000 hectares to 15,800 hectares in recent years as the local agricultural organisation reports. For farmers it is essential to increase water efficiency. New irrigation methods and favourable weather conditions have helped growers to step up fig production this year.
Dried Fruit
Oct 27, 2021

Dates: access to Russia is not so easy

BANDAR BUSHEHR. Annual date production ranges at 126,000 mt in Iran’s Bushehr Province. Although harvesting is well underway, the famers are concerned over sales. Russia is a particularly attractive destination for dates and suppliers are intent on ramping up sales here, which is not so easy.
Dried Fruit
Oct 11, 2021

Dates: export demand causes prices to rise

ZAHEDAN. In the Sistan and Baluchestan province, which is Iran's second largest date producer after Bushehr, the harvest is in full swing. Increased export demand is driving prices up.
Dairy Products
Oct 7, 2021

Butter: prices approach record levels

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. EU average butter prices have hit levels last seen in March 2019. Prices in Germany are also approaching levels last witnessed in the record year 2018. Prospects are, in addition, mixed in the USA.
Dried Fruit
Sep 24, 2021

Dates: supply demand imbalance

BANDAR BUSHEHR. Date harvesting started around 10 days early in some parts of Iran’s Bushehr Province due to hot weather. Exports form the province are expected to climb to 30,000 mt this year, despite economic problems and difficulties with Iraq and Afghanistan. Things are, however, less encouraging on the national level as the balance between supply and demand has been disrupted.
Sep 23, 2021

Sugar: EU adapts to new normal

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT. EU sugar exports are expected to outstrip imports in the current marketing year. Although the market has certainly rebounded from the impact of the pandemic, sugar manufactures are trying to adopt a cautious approach to the post-pandemic future in 2021/2022. Market prices are also reflecting this development.
Dried Fruit
Sep 13, 2021

Dates: shifts in production

TEHRAN. Date production is estimated at 230,000 mt in Khuzestan Province this year. Exports of high-quality dates are expected to climb by 5,000 mt on last year to 85,000 mt. Khuzestan is, in fact, Iran’s most important province when it comes to exports. Drought is, however, a challenge.
Dairy Products
Sep 9, 2021

Butter: discounters generate unexpected hype

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. While milk deliveries continue their seasonal decline in Germany, dairies are confronted with an unexpected hype for table butter in the discounters. Retail sales are, by contrast, only picking up slowly throughout the USA. Ireland is offering highly competitive prices for butter. Demand has also shifted more towards China in the export market.
Dried Fruit
Aug 31, 2021

Dates: crop losses of up to 15% expected

TEHRAN. After the hot and dry summer, Iranian market players expect that this year's production could be 10-15% lower than last year. If this record heat is repeated in the coming summers, date farmers expect a disaster.
Dairy Products
Aug 19, 2021

Butter: market slowly revives

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. It is still quiet on the butter market due to the holiday season, but market players report that activities are slowling picking up again. Contracts are already being concluded for the Q1 of 2022.
Dried Fruit
Aug 12, 2021

Dates: demand situation has changed

TEHRAN. Exports performed well in the first quarter of the Iranian year, which started on 21 March. International demand for Mazafati dates was especially high. Things have, however, changed now.
Dried Fruit
Jul 30, 2021

Dates: first estimates on damage

TEHRAN. Iran’s date market is confronted with a water crisis. Not only has the country been hard hit by drought and extreme heat this year the situation is also compounded by inefficient irrigation systems and unauthorised wells. Estimates state that there are around 400,000 non-licenced wells in the country, over which there is no control. The Iranian Date Association has also issued first estimates on the damage caused by adverse weather conditions for this year’s crop.
Dried Fruit
Jul 20, 2021

Dates: conflicting reports

TEHRAN. While local traders report that drought and extreme heat will have an adverse impact on this year’s date production in Iran, the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) anticipates a 3.6% rise in the country’s production. Issue is that some provinces are less affected by extreme weather conditions than others. Prospects are, for instance, not bad in Hormozgan province, where harvesting is underway, but quite alarming in Kerman province.
Jul 8, 2021

Südzucker: outlook for the current 2021/22 fiscal year confirmed

MANNHEIM. While Südzucker AG's group revenues increased slightly in the first quarter of the current 2021/22 financial year, group operating profit declined for the time being. For the first time, the quarterly report covers five segments instead of the previous four.
Fruit and Vegetables
Mar 1, 2021

Lemons: Europe leads world production in 2020

BERLIN/BRUSSELS. Things are running smoothly for European lemon production. Turkey and Argentina, however, are struggling with difficulties.
Feb 17, 2021

Sugar: EU confronted with challenges in 2020/2021

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT. Market players are sounding the alarm bells over declines in production, particularly in France and in Germany. Concerns are being voiced that Germany's sugar suppliers will not be able meet food industry demand at the end of August. EU-UK trade has also been adversely impacted by Brexit.
Dairy Products
Feb 11, 2021

Butter: prices drift further apart

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Prices in the international butter market are drifting further apart as the EU and Oceania scramble to keep up with highly competitive US prices. Prices throughout the EU member states also differ widely. Meanwhile, the cold spell in Germany with Arctic temperatures is having implications for the dairy market.
Dairy Products
Jan 28, 2021

Butter: January remains strong

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Although export demand is strong, EU butter prices still fail to compete with prices in the US. Average EU butter prices, nevertheless, range 5% lower than last year. Germany has witnessed a recent hike in demand.
Dairy Products
Jan 15, 2021

Butter: unusual start to the year

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Although retail demand for butter has compensated for much throughout Europe in recent months, the start to the new year is not quite normal. In Ireland and Germany it is, for instance, reported that milk prices are firmer than usual. Exporters in the UK are, meanwhile, struggling with post-Brexit paperwork.
Dairy Products
Dec 3, 2020

Butter: EU prices to become more competitive

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Market players in Europe are highly excited about recent price developments in New Zealand. Although the run-on supermarkets failed to drive up turnovers in line with expectations, butter is a noted exception in the EU. Global production estimates are highly encouraging for 2020.
Dairy Products
Nov 25, 2020

Butter: market proves more resilient this time round

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Although it looks as though tougher lockdown measures will be implemented in Germany, the bulk butter market is evidently learning how to deal with the pandemic. The second coronavirus wave continues to have a strong hold on Europe with implications for the butter market.
Dairy Products
Nov 5, 2020

Butter: run on supermarkets

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Retail demand for butter is currently exceeding expectations in Germany. Consumers have started baking for Christmas, while the country has entered a lockdown light. The situation is, however, different for bulk butter.
Dairy Products
Oct 29, 2020

Butter: EU in crisis mode

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Europe is in crisis mode as member states are forced to reinstate lockdowns and toughen up measures. Ireland has already imposed a new lockdown; France is about to do so as of Thursday and Germany as of Monday. This situation is largely impacting demand for butter. For Europe it is becoming increasingly difficult to compete in the international market.
Oct 21, 2020

Sugar: mixed crop results in Germany

FRANKFURT/PARIS. This year's drought is the reason for very mixed yields in German sugarbeet cultivation. Meanwhile, sugar prices are relatively uniform for German customers.
Dairy Products
Oct 1, 2020

Butter: EU dairy market recovers surprisingly fast

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. The EU notes continued large disruptions for the butter market and for other dairy products as recessions will hit, tensions are escalating over Brexit and the possibility of Donald Trump being re-elected as US president give rise to concerns.
Commodity Datasets
Sep 23, 2020

Sunflower seeds: 2020 hard facts and figures

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Import / Export Statistics
Sep 9, 2020

Almonds: 2020 hard facts and figures

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Aug 28, 2020

Sugar: Covid-19 continues to weigh on demand

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Sluggish sales and the suspension of Christmas markets and major events mean that white refined sugar stocks have piled up in Germany. Sugar consumption is expected to decline in the EU.
Dairy Products
Aug 27, 2020

Butter: Brexit tensions impact dairy market

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. The butter market in Germany is still dealing with the impact of the heatwave in August. EU butter production is up, but prices are not quite as competitive and market players are growing frustrated over the Brexit talks between the UK and EU.
Import / Export Statistics
Aug 24, 2020

Hazelnuts: 2020 hard facts and figures

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Dried Fruit
Aug 17, 2020

Dried figs: 2020 hard facts and figures

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Aug 12, 2020

Sugar: slump in demand to prove massive challenge

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. Sugar consumption is expected to decline in the EU. Confectionery manufacturers in Germany are sounding the alarm because Covid-19 has prompted a slump in exports and domestic consumption.
Dried Fruit
Aug 10, 2020

Dried apricots: 2020 hard facts and figures

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Import / Export Statistics
Aug 3, 2020

Sultanas 2020: Hard facts and figures

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Jul 16, 2020

Sugar: production forecasts for Brazil increased

BRASÍLIA. Brazil, the most important export country for sugar, will increase its production by almost 20% this season. The coronavirus pandemic is playing a decisive role in this.
Dairy Products
Jul 16, 2020

Butter: new reality changes consumer behaviour

FRANKFURT/BRUSSELS. While large parts of Europe were struggling with a heatwave last year, things are totally different this summer. Living with the new reality of the pandemic has an enormous impact on butter and dairy consumption.
Import / Export Statistics
Jun 10, 2020

View exclusive EU import and export data on Mundus Agri

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