Food Business News - April 7, 2015 - (Page 45)

Market commentary for one-week period ended April 2, 2015 Sweeteners Inquiries remained active or even increased last week, but new domestic business was slow to develop, with many buyers deterred by prices they thought would decline after the decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to keep the agreements in place that suspended duties on sugar imports from Mexico. Shipments from Mexico, though, continued to increase, as expected. Even though price offers for sugar from Mexico were higher than expected, traders noted an increase in shipments under the new rules established by the suspension agreements, which set minimum pricing. Mexico has ample supplies to export with cane harvest in its latter stages and minimal exports through the first half of the marketing year. Offers ranging from 36@39c a lb delivered into Texas for bags of Mexican sugar were common. Those prices were steady with a week earlier and competitive with U.S. sugar prices. Bags of Mexican sugar were available in California around 40c a lb, also in line with U.S. sugar. U.S. bulk refined beet sugar was priced mostly at 36c a lb f.o.b. Midwest for the current year. While cane sugar was priced about 1c a lb above beet sugar, sources said some cane sugar for spot delivery also was available around 35½c a lb f.o.b. Offers for 2015-16 and calendar 2016 were mostly at 35c a lb f.o.b. Midwest. Some U.S. beet refiners were sold out for 201415 and noted above average draw on material during the October-March period due to the lack of imports from Mexico. Most large sugar users are well covered for the rest of 2014-15, but there remains considerable open business among small and medium-sized users, traders said. Domestic sugar supplies may be tight, at least for beet sugar, in the second half of the marketing year. Traders said imports from Mexico will be crucial the rest of the year (through September) to make up for tighter domestic supplies. As a result, a number of traders saw limited upside or downside potential for sugar prices in the United States in coming months, barring a disruption in shipments from Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its March 31 Prospective Plantings report said growers intend to plant 1,182,100 acres of sugar beets in 2015, up 20,500 acres, or 2%, from 1,161,600 acres planted in 2014. Sugar beet planted area was forecast down slightly from 2014 in topproducing Minnesota but up 4% in No. 2 North Dakota. Plantings were forecast up 2% in Michigan, up 15% in Nebraska, up 8% in Colorado, up 4% in Wyoming, up 3% in California and up 54% in Oregon. Plantings were forecast down 1% in Idaho and down 5% in Montana. Corn sweetener markets were routine and seasonally quiet. Concerns persisted about tight supplies of dry products, including dextrose, due to limited production capacity and good demand. FBN Beet and cane sugar f.o.b. plant, cents per lb - Change from - Apr. 2 Mar. 27 Mar. 20 Midwest beet 35.50 @ 36.00 - +.50 Pacific beet 40.00 @ 42.00 - - Cane* 35.50 @ 37.00 - +.50 Year ago 28.00 29.00 30.00 *Spot raw plus 7% plus 8.4c with 2% cash discount. Raw cane Delivered refiner, cents per lb Contract Nearby April-June July-September October-December January-March April-June - Change from - Apr. 2 Mar. 27 Mar. 20 23.85 -.10 - 23.85 -.10 - 24.30 -.05 +.10 24.55 +.30 +.25 24.40 -.10 -.10 24.95 +.10 +.45 Year ago 24.75 24.75 24.95 24.85 24.55 24.40 I.C.E. No. 11 raw sugar futures cents per lb 20 18 16 14 12 A J O J Sweeteners Delivered basis, cents per lb HFCS spot price1 Midwest Northeast Southeast Southwest West Apr. 2 18⅞@ 19⅞ 20¼@ 21¼ 20⅜@ 21⅜ 20@ 21 20⅞@ 22⅞ HFCS list price2 42% HFCS wet Year ago 23.250 16⅜@ 18⅜ 25.500 17¾@ 19¾ 25.000 17⅞@ 19⅞ 24.500 17½@ 19½ 25.750 18⅜@ 21⅜ 55% HFCS wet 27.250 net 29.750 net 29.500 net 29.000 net 30.250 net Regular corn syrup3 27.250 29.500 29.500 30.500 31.750 Dextrose East 37.00@39.00 Midwest 36.00@38.00 West 39.00@41.00 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 Delicious Honey. 100% Pure & Natural. We offer Pails, Drums, Totes and Tanker Trucks. Our 24/7 manufacturing facility is strategically located in the Midwest. We are FSSC 22000 and Kosher Certified. Honey Products: Amber, Light Amber, Extra Light Amber, Organic Honey 888-SUGAR-99 * April 7, 2015 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 45

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Food Business News - April 7, 2015
Challenges ahead for ConAgra Foods
Shifting from weight management to wellness
Beverage Business News - Beyond milk: Dairy ingredient trends
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Web Contents
Editorial - India may soon rival China in growth
Health concerns, competitive headwinds slow U.S. chocolate sales growth
Innovation brewing at McCormick
Tyson Foods leveraging Hillshire innovation
Heinz, Kraft merger offers ample international opportunities
Kroger on the cutting edge
Packaged meats sales lift Smithfield earnings
Market Insight - Farmers’ planting intentions vary from expectations
Washington - Feinstein, Leahy introduce B.P.A. labeling bill
Company Profile - Panera 2.0: In pursuit of excellence
Ingredient Innovations - Anticipating egg alternative needs
Dairy solids assist with flavor development
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. March 1 soybean, corn and wheat stocks up from year ago
Ingredient Markets
Highlights from Research Chefs Association’s Culinary Expo in New Orleans
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

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