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

December 19, 2014                          

OFFICE CLOSURE
The offices of the Raisin Administrative Committee and California Raisin Marketing Board will be closed the following days in observance of Christmas:
Wednesday, December 24 (afternoon)
Thursday, December 25
Friday, December 26
The offices will be closed these days in observance of New Year’s:
Thursday, January 1
Friday, January 2

Deliveries to Handlers
For the period of December 7-13, 2014:
10,207 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.
11,944 tons of all varietal types were delivered.
8,015 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.
231,523 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date. This compares to 264,938 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.
265,803 tons of all varietal types have been delivered ytd, compared to 298,120 tons in 2013-2014.
10,032 tons of the NS deliveries for 2014-15 crop year are organic.
14,214 tons of NS are held on memo storage.
4,669 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.

November 2014 Shipments
The RAC November 2014 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 13,803 packed tons, compared to 16,640 tons in 2013 (-17%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 67,874 packed tons compared to 65,294 tons at this time in 2013 (+4%).
NS export shipments (without Canada) for November 2014 were 7,051 packed tons, compared to 10,462 tons in 2013 (-33%). YTD export shipments are 39,405 packed tons, compared to 43,073 tons a year ago, a decrease of 9%.
NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 107,279 packed tons, compared to 108,367 packed tons for last year (-1%).

Top 20 Destinations for November 2014

Natural Seedless Packed Tons

November Rank

Destination

Tonnage

Prev. Rank

YTD tonnage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/01/14-11/30/14

1

United States

13,091

1

64,542

2

Japan

1,780

2

7,526

3

Canada

712

4

3,331

4

China*

642

5

2,505

5

United Kingdom

540

3

5,949

6

South Korea

406

9

1,362

7

Mexico

394

10

1,478

8

Taiwan

374

11

1,339

9

Germany

312

8

2,900

10

Malaysia

323

(-)

1,023

11

Netherlands

233

14

1,178

12

Sweden

203

6

2,345

13

Denmark

189

7

1,290

14

Hong Kong

163

16

514

15

Dominican Rep.

162

20

408

16

Thailand

148

15

699

17

Australia

123

19

1,103

18t

Norway

110

13

1,076

18t

Costa Rica

110

(-)

288

20

Finland

108

(-)

690

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

 

RAC reports may be found at www.raisins.org

 Upcoming RAC Meetings
Thursday, January 15, 3 p.m., RAC Formal Rulemaking Workgroup

UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

Grape Symposium

The San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium will be held on January 7 from 7 a.m. to noon at the C.P.D.E.S. Hall, 172 W. Jefferson Ave., Easton.
Registration with a credit card is $15 and must be received by January 2.  Late registration will be $20 at the door. The fee includes the meeting, proceedings and lunch.
To register, click here. For more information, contact the UC Cooperative Extension at 559-241-7515.  

Ag Roundtable
Friday, January 30, 7 a.m., Marie Callendar’s, Cedar and Shaw, Fresno

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium
January 27-29, 2015, Sacramento
For information, go to http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/

RAC-JDFIA Conference
The annual meeting of the Raisin Administrative Committee and the Japan Dried Fruit Importers Association will be conducted March 10-12, 2015 at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. For more meeting information, contact Debbie Powell  Debbie@raisins.org
For hotel reservations, call 1-866-540-4456

International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress
May 22-24, 2015, Antalya, Turkey
May 2016, San Diego, CA, USA
For information, go to www.nutfruit.org

 

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