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| Select | Fluid Milk Consumption Continues to Increase | Dairy and Products | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/18/2018
Fluid milk production will grow slightly due to productivity gains on large-scale farms, but the overall herd size will remain unchanged. Consumption also continues to grow in 2018, primarily due to consumer perceptions that milk is a healthy beverage. Overall, WMP and SMP estimates remain unchanged.
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-16-2018



| Select | New Zealand Semi-Annual Dairy and Milk Supply Report 2018 | Dairy and Products | Wellington | New Zealand | 5/18/2018
Despite a 0.8 percent lower milk supply forecast for 2018, total exports are expected to increase by 2.8 percent to 3.3 million metric tons. 
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_5-16-2018



| Coffee, Green | 2018 | Coffee | Caracas | Venezuela | 5/18/2018
Economic mismanagement and an overdependence on oil exports have led to Venezuela’s economy contracting for the fourth year in a row, down an estimated 15 percent in calendar year (CY) 2017.  Hyperinflation, estimated at 2,616 percent in CY 2017, continues to beleaguer the economy.  The severity of the economic crisis creates profound challenges to coffee production, consumption and trade.
Coffee Annual_Caracas_Venezuela_5-15-2018



| Coffee, Green | Coffee Plan on Track to Achieve Goals | Coffee | Mexico City | Mexico | 5/18/2018
The Post/New marketing year (MY) 2018/19 forecast for coffee production is 4.5 million 60/kg bags.   The Post/New MY 2017/18 total production estimate is revised upward to 4.0 million 60/kg bags due to improved conditions and replanting of production areas.  Coffee exports for MY 2017/18 and MY 2018/19 are expected to increase due to expected recovery of production and good demand.  Coffee imports for MY 2018/19 are forecast to be similar to MY 2017/18 as domestic supplies are expected to cover ...
Coffee Annual_Mexico City_Mexico_5-15-2018



| Coffee, Green | Colombian Coffee Production Decreases after Five Years of Growth | Coffee | Bogota | Colombia | 5/18/2018
In marketing year (MY) 2017/18, Colombian coffee production is estimated to decrease to 14.2 million bags (1 bag = 60 kilograms unless otherwise noted) green bean equivalent (GBE) as the flowering period in the main producing regions was affected by excessive rains and considerable cloudiness. If weather conditions are favorable and renovated plants keep reaching their productive peak, production is forecast to recover to 14.5 million bags GBE in MY 2018/19. Paralleling lower production, exports...
Coffee Annual_Bogota_Colombia_5-14-2018



| Apples, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh, Pears, Fresh | 2018 | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Santiago | Chile | 5/18/2018
MY2017/18 climatic conditions have been favorable for production, with enough chill hours during the winter and with enough rainfall that secured water availability for the next production seasons.  According to post sources yields are expected to reach average levels of a normal year   Post expects MY2017/18 apple export volumes to reach 731,000 MT following an increase in export volumes in April and May to levels of a regular year.  Table grape exports are projected to reach a volume of 720,00...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Santiago_Chile_5-3-2018



| Select | United States is now the top buyer of Kenya Coffee | Coffee | Nairobi | Kenya | 5/18/2018
FAS/Nairobi forecasts a stagnation in Kenya's coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2018/2019 due to the start of a production slump that is associated with coffee’s biennial bearing cycle. Meanwhile, the sector continues to lose land to housing developments and otherwise face challenges from competing farm enterprises in the traditional coffee growing areas. In MY 2016/2017 the United States replaced Germany as the top buyer of Kenyan coffee.
Coffee Annual_Nairobi_Kenya_5-15-2018



| Food India 2018 - Trade Show Announcement | Trade Show Announcement, Exporter Guide, Tree Nuts, Beverages, Food Service - Hotel Restaurant Institutional, Food Processing Ingredients, Retail Foods | New Delhi | India | 5/18/2018
The first edition of Food India, Inspired by SIAL will be held between September 16 -18, 2018, at Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre in New Delhi. The show is anticipated to highlight food and beverage products which are driving the growth in this sector, and that will appeal to a variety of F&B stakeholders in India.
Food India 2018 - Trade Show Announcement_New Delhi_India_5-15-2018



| Dairy, Milk, Fluid, Dairy, Cheese, Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry, Dairy, Dry Whole Milk Powder | EU-28 2018 Semi-annual Dairy and Products Report | Dairy and Products | Warsaw | EU-28 | 5/18/2018
Post estimates that 2018 milk deliveries in the European Union (EU) 2018 will increase by one percent over 2017 because of continued domestic and international demand.  Although higher milk production in 2018 will result in higher output of all dairy products, cheese manufacturing will account for the majority of the increase.  Large non-fat dry milk (NFDM) stocks, a remnant of EU market-intervention programs in 2016 and 2017, are expected to negatively affect the NFDM market in 2018.  China, Al...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Warsaw_EU-28_5-14-2018



| Seafood Report | Fishery Products | Bangkok | Thailand | 5/18/2018
Thailand's fishery industry has developed and become one of the world's largest fishery exporters, generating about 20 percent of Thailand's total food product exports.  Major export items accounting for over 70 percent of total fishery products exports are canned tuna and sardines, processed shrimp, prawn, and squid.  Raw material sourced from both the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand are decreasing year by year and the industry increasingly relies on imported raw material such as pollock, sal...
Seafood Report_Bangkok_Thailand_5-8-2018



| Weekly Rice Price Update | Grain and Feed | Bangkok | Thailand | 5/18/2018
Rice export prices further increased 1 percent due mainly to the export demand to the Philippines.  Few exporters are expected to participate in the tender for the remaining food-quality rice on May 18, 2018.
Rice Price - Weekly_Bangkok_Thailand_5-15-2018



| Coffee, Green | Bean Counters Lower Production and Exports Press Ahead | Coffee | New Delhi | India | 5/18/2018
India’s MY 2018/19 coffee crop (Oct/Sep) is forecast at 5.5 million 60-kg bags as erratic rains and unusually high temperatures touched coffee growing regions. Domestic consumption is forecast higher with growth attributed to soluble coffee consumption. MY 2018/19 exports are forecast lower after strong MY 2017/18 numbers due to smaller carryover stocks and uncertainty with the future of the export incentive scheme.
Coffee Annual_New Delhi_India_5-15-2018



| Apples, Fresh, Pears, Fresh, Grapes, Table, Fresh | Deciduous Fruit Production and Exports under Severe Pressure from the Drought | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Pretoria | South Africa - Republic of | 5/18/2018
The severe drought in the Western Cape, will severely impact the availability of irrigation water in the 2017/18 MY.  As a result, the 2017/18 MY production and export of deciduous fruits is expected to decrease significantly.  The impact of the drought to the 2017/18 MY production could have been more severe; however, the effect was partially offset by new orchards that came into full production. United States apples from areas free of Rhagoletis pomonella (apple maggot) are desired for their ...
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Pretoria_South Africa - Republic of_5-15-2018



| Select | New Zealand Apple and Pear Production and Marketing May 2018 | Fresh Deciduous Fruit | Wellington | New Zealand | 5/18/2018
In 2017/2018, deciduous fruit production is estimated at 574,200 metric tons, a seven percent jump over 2016/2017.  The increased production is anticipated to result in greater export volumes in 2017/2018, now estimated at 377,650 metric tons, a record for the sector.
Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual_Wellington_New Zealand_5-15-2018



| MOFCOM Terminates AD and CVD Investigations on U.S. Sorghum | Trade Policy Monitoring | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/18/2018
On April 17, 2018, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced a preliminary determination for its anti-dumping (AD) duties investigation of grain sorghum originating from the United States. After conducting a two-month investigation, the announcement raised total tariffs, including import duties and value-added taxes (VAT), applied to U.S. sorghum to 190.6 percent on an ad valorem basis, nearly 95.3-times the previously applied, 2-percent tariff (see Appendix 1).  On May 18, MOFCOM announce...
MOFCOM Terminates AD and CVD Investigations on U.S. Sorghum_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-18-2018



| Current Market Opportunities for Wood Pellets in The Netherlands | SP1 - Expand International Marketing Opportunities, Biofuels, Wood Products | The Hague | Netherlands | 5/17/2018
The Dutch Government subsidizes the co-firing of biomass, but the funding is linked with complex sustainability criteria which eventually must be demonstrated by the forest owner.  To support small landowners, the Dutch legislation provides some flexibility that will still be in compliance with the requirements.  Currently one of the most feasible opportunities is the supply of wood pellets made from saw dust.
Current Market Opportunities for Wood Pellets in The Netherlands_The Hague_Netherlands_5-14-2018



| Dairy, Butter, Dairy, Milk, Nonfat Dry | May, 2018 | Dairy and Products | Canberra | Australia | 5/17/2018
Milk production is forecast at 9.5 million metric tons in 2018, up two percent from last year due to favorable seasonal conditions in southern dairy regions.  Cheese production is expected to increase 6 percent to 350,000 metric tons as processors focus on exports, with imports also continuing to increase.  In 2017, the value of U.S. cheese exports to Australia increased by almost 80 percent.   Butter and skim milk powder (SMP) production are forecast to remain stable.  Whole milk powder (WMP) p...
Dairy and Products Semi-annual_Canberra_Australia_5-14-2018



| Perishable Foodstuff Transportation and Temperature Requirements | FAIRS Subject Report, Dairy and Products, Fishery Products, Livestock and Products, Poultry and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Rabat | Morocco | 5/16/2018
This report includes an unofficial translation of Morocco’s regulatory framework concerning the transportation and temperature requirements for perishable foodstuffs.
Perishable Foodstuff Transportation and Temperature Requirements_Rabat_Morocco_5-12-2018



| Food Safety Law | FAIRS Subject Report, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety, SP2 - Prevent or Resolve Barriers to Trade that Hinder U.S. Food and Agricultural Exports | Rabat | Morocco | 5/16/2018
This report contains an unofficial translation of Morocco’s Law #28-07 on food safety.  The law was later implemented through Decree #2-10-473 to address articles 5, 7-10, and 12-15; Decree #2-12-389 to address articles 16-20 and Decree #2-15-219 to address article 21.  The law was not notified to the WTO.
Food Safety Law_Rabat_Morocco_5-12-2018



| Select | Peru's Coffee Production Recovering | Coffee | Lima | Peru | 5/16/2018
Peru continues recovering from the rust infestation of 2014 that affected nearly half of the country's plantations.  Coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 (April/March) is forecast at 4.3 million bags (60-kilograms per bag), increasing five percent compared to the previous year.  Peru’s exports of coffee in MY 2018/19 are forecast at 4.12 million bags, up five percent compared to the previous year.
Coffee Annual_Lima_Peru_5-9-2018



| Food Processing Ingredients Mexico | Food Processing Ingredients | Mexico City ATO | Mexico | 5/16/2018
Mexico has a strong food processing industry in which leading Mexican brands like Bimbo, PepsiCo, Lala, and Nestle among others, have a well-developed national distribution network that are is positioned in the market and enjoys high brand awareness with consumers who are very loyal despite economic variations. Even with high customer loyalty, these brands have not been exempt of a shift in consumer preference to eat healthier and avoid food high with high sugar and sodium content. Alternate pr...
Food Processing Ingredients_Mexico City ATO_Mexico_5-8-2018



| Select | Forecast for more sunflower and rapeseed, less soybeans | Oilseeds and Products | Kiev | Ukraine | 5/16/2018
Sunflower and rapeseed planted areas are projected to increase for MY2018/19. Soybean seed area will likely shrink due to recent changes in domestic tax policy. Those changes will give soybean crushers an upper hand for processing versus exporting unprocessed soybeans, which will result in more exports of soybean meal and oil.
Oilseeds and Products Annual_Kiev_Ukraine_4-23-2018



| Coffee, Green | Salvadoran Coffee Slowly Recovering from Rust Crisis | Coffee | San Salvador | El Salvador | 5/15/2018
El Salvador’s coffee production is expected to increase to 640,000 sixty-kg bags in Marketing Year (MY) 2017/18.  Even though production increased by approximately five percent compared to the previous cycle, the Salvadoran coffee sector continues to struggle mainly due to continued coffee leaf rust, low international prices and lack of financing. The MY2018/19 crop is expected to reach 692,000 bags.  Thus far the rainy season has provided adequate moisture for coffee flowering and is ex...
Coffee Annual_San Salvador_El Salvador_5-3-2018



| Coffee, Green | Coffee international prices do not cover costs for small and medium size farmers | Coffee | Guatemala City | Guatemala | 5/15/2018
Coffee production for Marketing Year (MY) 2019 (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019) is forecast at 3.3 million 60- kilogram bags. Coffee production in Guatemala decreased six percent from MY2017 to MY2018.  Exports for MY2018 are stable at 3.1million bags.  Planted area is revised up 9 percent, from 277,000 Ha to 305,000 Ha.  Coffee producers are struggling, as depressed prices do not cover costs, especially for small farmers.  The United States, Japan, and Canada continue to be the top export markets.
Coffee Annual_Guatemala City_Guatemala_5-9-2018



| China Releases the Food Safety Standard for Cooked Meat Products | FAIRS Subject Report | Beijing | China - Peoples Republic of | 5/15/2018
On December 23, 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC, currently the National Health Commission) and the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA, currently the State Administration of Market Regulation) released the National Food Safety Standard for Cooked Meat Products (GB2726-2016), which was implemented on June 23, 2017. This standard applies to prepackaged cooked meat products, but does not apply to canned meat.  The Standard is an update of the Hygiene Standard...
China Releases the Food Safety Standard for Cooked Meat Products_Beijing_China - Peoples Republic of_5-10-2018



| 2018 Principal Border Entry Points for U.S. Agricultural Exports | Agriculture in the Economy, Grain and Feed, Vegetables, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Monterrey ATO | Mexico | 5/14/2018
In 2017 the United States exported over $18.6 B. of agricultural and food products to Mexico. The following report provides an updated summary of the nine principal ports of entry (POE) through which the majority of agricultural products located along the 1,900 mile-long United States–Mexico enter Mexico.  
2018 Principal Border Entry Points for U.S. Agricultural Exports_Monterrey ATO_Mexico_5-9-2018



| Crop Situation Update | Grain and Feed | Sarajevo | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 5/14/2018
  The spring planting which started in late April in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is still ongoing.  The 2018/2019 corn will be planted on approximately 175,000 hectares (ha) versus the 194,113 ha in 2017/2018, which is a ten percent decrease, due to farmers’ increased interest in soy production.  This could translate into a corn yield of approximately 962,500 metric tons (MT), significantly higher than the 709,374 MT of 2017/2018 corn, when average yield was only 3.7 MT/ha due to unfavorable we...
Crop Situation Update_Sarajevo_Bosnia and Herzegovina_4-27-2018



| Coffee, Green | Ecuadorian Coffee Sector Continues to Bounce Back | Coffee | Quito | Ecuador | 5/14/2018
During market year (MY) 2017/18 (April/March), Ecuador’s domestic bean production increased due to better than expected results in the recovery of old plantations and the addition of new cultivars. Production will increase further in MY 2018/19. Exports in MY 2017/18 increased significantly due to a recovery in the competiveness of the processed-coffee sector. Germany and Russia were Ecuador’s top two markets for its exports of soluble coffee products. Coffee exports will increase in MY 2018/19.
Coffee Annual_Quito_Ecuador_5-8-2018



| Select | 2018 | Sugar | Lagos | Nigeria | 5/14/2018
MY2018/19 sugar production in Nigeria is estimated to remain at 80,000 tons, the same figure reported the previous year.  MY 2018/19 imports are forecast to remain relatively constant at 1.8million tons.  Government policies on sugar have not begun to translate into increased production and the country is still recovering from recession.  Domestic consumption is expected to increase slightly from 1.6 million tons to 1.61 million tons.   Although the adjustments by the Government of Nigeria (GON)...
Sugar Annual_Lagos_Nigeria_5-8-2018



| Case Studies for a Biorefinery | Biofuels, Wood Products, CSSF Activity Report, SP1 - Expand International Marketing Opportunities | The Hague | Netherlands | 5/14/2018
The United States and the Netherlands are ideal partners in building a biobased economy and a biobased industrial cluster.  USDA/FAS The Hague, the Dutch Government and the Port of Amsterdam jointly organized a workshop at which four business cases for developing a commercial biorefinery were pitched.  The cases were evaluated and feedback was provided by experts among the participants. The following government actions were recommended: support the commoditization of feedstocks, create a level p...
Case Studies for a Biorefinery_The Hague_Netherlands_5-8-2018