Food Business News - December 17, 2013 - (Page 49)

Market commentary for one-week period ended December 13, 2013 Sweeteners A weaker tone was evident in sweetener prices last week. While hardly robust, sales of sugar and corn sweeteners were adequate to give the market a solid test and underscore price pressure that has been indicated for some time. Most buyers and sellers of beet sugar were withdrawn from the market, having already covered forward needs extensively. Bookings through 2014 were commonplace, and coverage into 2015 was not rare. The scattering of sales completed last week was at levels solidly beneath recent quotes of 28c a lb f.o.b. Midwest. While users pressed for still lower prices, sellers appeared to be holding the line at 27.5c. The weakness was attributed to the spillover effect from depressed cane and Mexican sugar prices. The cane sugar market has been under pressure but has been swinging more unpredictably in recent weeks. After rallying based on crop concerns in Brazil and India, world prices fell to new lows last week, casting a bearish shadow over the U.S. market. Indications were a Mexican government agency has initiated an investigation into potential sugar price fixing there. While it wasn't clear where the inquiry may lead, the revelation was viewed as potentially bearish. Also unfolding unpredictably was what was said to be widespread reformulating of sugar-containing products in Mexico. Companies sought to avoid a Beet and cane sugar - Change from - Dec. 13 Dec. 6 Nov. 29 Midwest beet 27.50 @ 27.75 -.50 -.50 Pacific beet 28.50 @ 31.50 -.50 -.50 Cane* 28.50 @ 32.00 - - *Spot raw plus 7% plus 6.8c with 2% cash discount. Raw cane Delivered refiner, cents per lb Decatur, Ill., bulk cents per lb Year ago 22.15 22.15 22.90 22.95 23.75 23.40 57.00 53.00 49.00 45.00 41.00 37.00 Previous Year December 17, 2013 Delivered basis, cents per lb HFCS spot price1 Year ago 32.00 34.00 Midwest 34.00 Northeast Southeast Southwest West Spot soybean oil J Bookings of edible oils expanded last week. Price changes were mixed. Soybean oil prices declined. Soybean oil futures prices dropped. A heavy soybean crush to meet strong demand for soybean meal generated increasingly burdensome supplies of oil that required outlets. The cash basis on soybean oil also was pressured by the large supply that Dec. 13 20⅜@ 23⅜ 21¾@ 24¾ 21⅞@ 24⅞ 21½@ 24½ 22⅜@ 25⅜ Year ago 17⅜@ 21⅜ 18¾@ 22¾ 18⅞@ 22⅞ 18½@ 22½ 19⅜@ 23⅜ Prices reflect 2014 refiner offers HFCS list price2 Regular corn syrup3 Dextrose 42% HFCS wet 55% HFCS wet 22.875 27.375 net 32.85@34.85 26.125 East 24.375 28.875 net 27.625 Midwest 31.85@33.85 24.625 29.125 net 34.85@36.85 27.875 West 24.125 28.625 net 27.375 24.875 29.375 net 28.125 1-Variations in prices often tied to tank car versus truck deliveries. 2-Prices are the lowest available to the publication. 3-Regular 42 DE/43 Baume, f.o.b. tank cars, trucks - Change from - Contract Dec. 13 Dec. 6 Nov. 29 Nearby 19.75 - -.40 January-March 19.75 -.25 -.75 April-June 20.10 -.65 -1.30 July-September 20.80 -.80 -1.25 October-December 21.40 -.65 -1.10 January-March 21.85 -.50 -.85 M Edible Oils encountered limited demand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Dec. 10 raised its forecast for the 2013-14 soybean crush to 1,690 million bus, up 5 million bus from the November projection and up 1 million bus from 1,689 million bus in 2012-13. The higher crush resulted in a 55 million lb increase in the forecast for soybean oil production in 2013-14 to 19,435 million lbs, which was down 385 million lbs from 2012-13. The 2013-14 soybean oil supply was forecast at 21,390 million lbs with domestic disappearance forecast at 18,550,000 tonnes, unchanged from the November outlook. The trade expected the U.S.D.A. to lower its forecast for soybean oil use in the manufacture of biodiesel, which it did, to 5,200 million lbs from 5,600 million lbs, but was unprepared for the U.S.D.A.'s raising its forecast for food use of soybean oil by 400 million lbs, to 13,350 million lbs. The trade was skeptical about the food use number. Cottonseed oil prices spiked. Users caught short on inventory were forced to raise bids to secure supply that has been slow to expand because of the slower-thannormal harvest of a crop that was smaller than in recent years. The premium asked for refined canola oil compared with soybean oil futures began to decline under the weight of the record Canadian crop. Coconut oil prices continued to ease after spiking 19c a bu in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. FBN Sweeteners f.o.b. plant, cents per lb D tax on sweet goods and have been trying to reformulate so products are beneath the 275 calories per 100 grams that would trigger a 5% excise tax. The degree to which such moves will reduce sugar disappearance remained to be seen. Having been quiet in recent weeks, sales activity in high-fructose corn syrup expanded. Like beet sugar, volume was not extraordinary, but a smattering of business was done at a $3-plus discount to list prices. In some cases, the business completed covered users' needs for the 2014 calendar year. Buyer attitudes toward the corn sweetener market remained upbeat. Buyers who base their contracting on the corn market were encouraged by sharply declining corn futures and also by changes in the corn basis. The corn basis, which cannot be hedged, has declined toward historically typical levels. In 201213, an unusually strong and volatile corn basis was a source of challenges for many buyers. MBN S Current Year Chicago soybean oil futures Edible oils Bulk in tank cars, cents per lb Dec. 13 - Change from - Delivery close Dec. 6 Nov. 29 December 39.47 -.81 -.75 January 39.83 -.66 -.63 March 40.20 -.69 -.66 May 40.59 -.70 -.68 July 40.98 -.69 -.68 August 41.12 -.68 -.70 Bulk, cents per lb Year ago 49.63 49.99 50.42 50.89 51.30 51.33 Crude soybean oil Bulk in tank cars, cents per lb Delivery Decatur, Ill. December 36.47 @37.22 January 36.83 @37.58 February 37.02 @37.77 March 37.20 @37.95 April 37.40 @38.15 May 37.59 @38.34 June 37.79 @38.54 Western points 35.97 @36.22 36.33 @36.58 36.52 @36.77 36.70 @36.95 36.90 @37.15 37.09 @37.34 37.29 @37.54 Soybean oil, Decatur Loose lard, Chicago Edible tallow, Chicago Cottonseed oil, Miss. PBSY Palm oil, ports Palm kernel oil, ports Coconut oil Peanut oil, Southeast Corn oil, Decatur Sunflowerseed oil, Midwest Canola oil, Midwest - Change from - Year Dec. 13 Dec. 6 Nov. 29 ago 37.50 46.50 -.75 -1.50 -.75 47.25 +2.25 53.25 41.00 +2.00 +3.50 40.50 43.50 42.75 +1.75 - +1.75 50.25 -.25 39.50 48.75 60.00 +.25 -4.00 +1.00 43.00 -4.00 38.50 75.50 38.50 -1.50 - -1.50 - 99.00 52.00 57.00 43.25 - -1.00 - -1.25 69.00 56.75 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 49

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Food Business News - December 17, 2013
Post acquisition binge continues
WhiteWave Foods to acquire Earthbound Farm
New U.S.D.A. action plan targets Salmonella
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Editorial - Potential exists for a great 2014
Sysco to acquire US Foods in $8.2 billion deal
Pepsi ousts Coca-Cola at Buffalo Wild Wings
Kroger sees greater opportunity in ‘natural’ portfolio
Diamond Foods continues to struggle
C.D.C. taking food safety surveillance to food service
Use of antibiotics in meat animal production may be ending
Pizza: The next big thing in fast-casual?
On-line sales looming for food
Bob Evans Farm on the brink?
Post acquisition binge continues
Breaking in to breakfast
Global trends to watch in 2014
Yogurt makers pump up protein claims
Market Insight - Corn sweetener prices will be lower in 2014
Ingredient Innovations - Mimicking mother’s milk
Sodium reduction: A little goes a long way
Beverage Business News - Wellness beverages
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - Nature’s bounty, nature’s wrath
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - December 17, 2013