Newsletter 2/2020 – New crop Chilean prunes and raisins

Maca powder is still one of the most popular superfoods. It’s a dietary supplement derived from the processed tuberous root of Lepidum meyenii and well known for its nutritional benefits. The worldwide demand continues to grow, meanwhile the cultivated areas have been decreasing due to low market prices and overstocks have been depleted. Prices have continued to increase, as predicted in our last market report.

Newsletter 2/2020 – New crop South African raisins and currants

Maca powder is still one of the most popular superfoods. It’s a dietary supplement derived from the processed tuberous root of Lepidum meyenii and well known for its nutritional benefits. The worldwide demand continues to grow, meanwhile the cultivated areas have been decreasing due to low market prices and overstocks have been depleted. Prices have continued to increase, as predicted in our last market report.

Newsletter 12/2019 – Peruvian Maca market update

Maca powder is still one of the most popular superfoods. It’s a dietary supplement derived from the processed tuberous root of Lepidum meyenii and well known for its nutritional benefits. The worldwide demand continues to grow, meanwhile the cultivated areas have been decreasing due to low market prices and overstocks have been depleted. Prices have continued to increase, as predicted in our last market report.

Newsletter 12/2019 – Mexican chia crop available

In November 2019 we visited our Mexican chia supplier in Jalisco. The new crop looks very healthy and has an estimated volume of approx. 8000mt, which is a 20% increase compared to last year. The average yield is 800 kg/hectare. The advantage of Mexican chia is the favorable climate and high altitude. It’s less humid compared to South America, which results in less insects and molds. It also has higher oil content because the plant produces more oils to protect against high altitude chilly nights, so this translates to higher omega 3’s and over all percentage of oils.

Newsletter 06/2019 – Coconut Sugar

Are you aware of the impressive health benefits of coconut sugar? In recent years, coconut sugar has become a popular alternative sweetener, given the concern regarding the increased use of synthetic sugars and high-fructose corn syrup in so many foods. However, before you add this natural sweetener to your diet, it is important to understand where it comes from, how to use it, and the potential benefits it can have on your health.

Newsletter 06/2019 – Chile

Chile has made an exceptional effort to be a key player in the international agricultural market. Dehydrated apples are an example of this hard and successful work. Its 2019 crop is expected to be of normal quality, although the harvest of early varieties especially Gala, has had fruits of smaller size. Chile is focusing on high-middle and high-quality segments.

Newsletter 06/2019 – Hylea

We recently returned from the official opening of our partner Hylea’s new brazil nut processing facility in the village of Fortaleza, ?Bolivia. We were most ?impressed by the scale and vision of this project . ?Hylea have built a modern European standard facility , where the ?focus is on producing a sustainable ?end product of exceptional quality.? The strategic ?location in the heart ?of the collecting area means transport into the factory is not ever an issue, unlike facilities in Riberalta where water levels play a big influence in production scheduling. Furthermore, being closer to the collecting area ?has advantages in that transport time ?to the factory is minimized which has a big influence on aflaotoxin levels as the longer the kernels are held in damp/moist conditions prior to processing ?has a massive impact on the end toxin levels.

Newsletter 06/2019 – Quinoa

Two weeks ago we ?visited quinoa farmers in the region of Uyuni, Bolivia. The quinoa market remains unpredictable and volatile, so it was a good moment to talk to farmers and get the latest information about the new crop. Demand has picked-up significantly in the past few weeks, which put some pressure on prices. This could eventually encourage farmers to speculate and push prices upwards.