RAC/CRMB Weekly Update
To: All Members, Alternates, Packers, Staff, and Interested Industry Partners

Raisin Industry News and the Work of the Raisin Administrative Committee and the California Raisin Marketing Board, by Gary Schulz, President and General Manager

March 14, 2014                  
Deliveries to Handlers
For the period of March 2 - 8, 2014:
3,739 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.
3,806 tons of all varietal types were delivered.
1,754 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.
325,960 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date. This compares to 287,917 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.
364,779 tons of all varietal types have been delivered ytd, compared to 320,843 tons in 2012-2013.
16,856 tons of the NS deliveries for 2013-14 crop year are organic.
7,144 tons of NS are held on memo storage.
3,697 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.

February 2014 Shipments
The February 2014 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 15,104 packed tons, compared to 14,349 tons in 2013 (+5%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 111,680 packed tons compared to 108,359 tons at this time in 2013 (+3%).
NS export shipments (without Canada) for February 2014 were 12,174 packed tons, compared to 8,714 tons in 2013 (+40%). YTD export shipments are 79,730 packed tons, compared to 65,912 tons a year ago, an increase of 21%.
NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 191,410 packed tons, compared to 174,272 packed tons for last year (+10%).

Top 20 Destinations for February 2014

Natural Seedless

Packed Tons

February Rank

Destination

Tonnage

Previous Rank

YTD tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/01/13-2/28/14

 

 

1

United States

14,234

1

105,767

 

2

UK

2,136

2

11,755

 

3

Germany

1,517

4

8,976

 

4

Japan

1,340

3

12,183

 

5

Canada

870

5

5,913

 

6

Australia

790

8

3,164

 

7

South Korea

681

12

3,453

 

8

Netherlands

663

7

3,428

 

9

China*

564

6

5,287

 

10

Denmark

448

14

1,867

 

11

Sweden

396

13

4,160

 

12

Mexico

347

11

1,747

 

13

Belgium

346

17

1,450

 

14

Taiwan

320

9

2,574

 

15

Norway

291

15

1,871

 

16

Malaysia

264

10

3,132

 

17

Dom. Rep.

172

20

701

 

18

Indonesia

150

(-)

570

 

19

Thailand

139

19

728

 

20

Philippines

126

16

1,397

 

*Historically a large volume of China exports are transshipped directly to Japan.

 

RAC reports may be found at www.raisins.org

Independent Producer Ballots in Mail
Today, the RAC will mail ballots to independent producers for the 2014 election. The completed ballots are to be returned in the self-addressed envelope and postmarked by April 4, 2014.
15 RAC member and alternate seats are at stake.
District 1 – North of Fresno County will have 1 member/1alternate
District 2 – South of Fresno County will have 1 member/1alternate
District 3 – Fresno County will have 13 members / 13 alternates

Actions of the Raisin Administrative Committee
Several subcommittees and workgroups met prior to the RAC meeting of February 25.
Actions by the RAC included:

  • Designating West Coast Waste as the contract vendor to sort RAC bins in order to determine usable versus unusable bins for the 2014 crop.
  • Recommend to USDA the intent to fully fund the Merchandise Incentive Program (MIP) from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 with the same terms and conditions as the current program, except that MIP payments will be reduced to those countries on a pro rata basis if packers are non-compliant in paying assessments.
  • Approved the selection of MPR Dr. Muth Public Relations as the RAC Marketing Representative in Germany.
  • Approved the 2014/15 Unified Export Strategy Allocations as submitted by staff with a 130% match.
  • Approved the submission of the 2015/16 Unified Export Strategy Application as developed by staff.
  • Approved the recommendation of the Audit Subcommittee to
  • Segregate the funds in the 2009-10 reserve pool into allocated and unallocated reserve funds with the unallocated portion used to bridge between fiscal years and to manage the revenue and expenses associated with the RAC bins.
  • The allocated portion of the 2009 pool is to be paid out to the equity holders by December 31, 2014.
  • RAC management has the authority to prepare for the 2009 producer refund, conduct a final audit of the 2009 allocated reserve fund prior to distribution and to charge associated expenses to the allocated reserve pool.

 

UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

RAC-JDFIA/CRD Annual Meeting
March 18-20, Torrey Pines Resort, La Jolla, CA
For more information, contact Debbie Powell at Debbie@raisins.org

Ag Roundtable
Friday, March 28, 7 a.m., Marie Callendar’s, Cedar and Shaw, Fresno

DFA of CA/Specialty Crop Trade Council Annual Meeting
April 1-3, Portola Hotel and Conference Center, Monterey, Ca
For information, go to www.agfoodsafety.org/conference/

Raisin Industry Golf Tournament
April 24, Madera Country Club
For information or to register, contact Gina Nulick (559)301-6666 or Rick Murphy (559)647-3086

Raisin Industry International Reps’ Meetings
April 27 – 30, Fresno

CRMB Tour of Bread Contest Winners
July 22 - 27

Fresno Food Expo
July 24, 2014, Fresno, CA
www.fresnofoodexpo.com

Gary Schulz, President and General Manager
Raisin Administrative Committee
559-225-0520
gary@raisins.org 
www.raisins.org