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

November 26, 2014                          

OFFICE CLOSURE

The offices of the Raisin Administrative Committee and California Raisin Marketing Board will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in recognition of Thanksgiving.


DELIVERIES TO HANDLERS

For the period of November 9-15, 2014:

31,879 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.

34,578 tons of all varietal types were delivered.

16,713 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.

189,252 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date. This compares to 187,247 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.

218,620 tons of all varietal types have been delivered ytd, compared to 216,658 tons in 2013-2014.

8,352 tons of the NS deliveries for 2014-15 crop year are organic.

33,387 tons of NS are held on memo storage.

6,422 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.
RAC reports may be found at www.raisins.org


OCTOBER 2014 SHIPMENTS

The RAC October 2014 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 18,721 packed tons, compared to 18,103 tons in 2013 (+3%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 54,070 packed tons compared to 48,654 tons at this time in 2013 (+11%).

NS export shipments (without Canada) for October 2014 were 10,314 packed tons, compared to 12,084 tons in 2013 (-15%). YTD export shipments are 32,355 packed tons, compared to 32,611 tons a year ago, a decrease of 1%.

NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 86,245 packed tons, compared to 81,265 packed tons for last year (+6%).

Top 20 Shipment Destinations for
October 2014
Natural Seedless

1 United States 17,720 packed tons
2 Japan 1,965 packed tons
3 United Kingdom 1,665 packed tons
4 Canada 1,001 packed tons
5 China* 738 packed tons
6 Sweden 584 packed tons
7 Denmark 533 packed tons
8 Germany 514 packed tons
9 South Korea 449 packed tons
10 Mexico 406 packed tons
11 Taiwan 323 packed tons
12 Philippines 302 packed tons
13 Norway 272 packed tons
14 Netherlands 259 packed tons
15 Thailand 222 packed tons
16 Hong Kong 169 packed tons
17 Indonesia 162 packed tons
18 Israel 149 packed tons
19 Australia 138 packed tons
20 Dominican Rep. 130 packed tons

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


UPCOMING RAC MEETINGS

Thursday, December 4
RAC Personnel Subcommittee - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10
RAC Executive Committee - 2 p.m.
RAC Formal Rulemaking Workgroup - 2:30 p.m.
RAC Export and Bin Workgroups - 3:00 p.m.
RBA Announces 2014-15 Field Price

On November 10, the Raisin Bargaining Association announced the 2014-15 Field Price for Natural Seedless Raisins to be $1,775.
For the full press release, contact Glen Goto at RBA at glengoto@sbcglobal.net


2014 International Dried Grape Conference

The International Conference of Seedless Dried Grape Producing Countries was held on November 9-12, 2014 in San Juan, Argentina following the harvest in northern hemisphere countries in order to exchange information on global production and marketing. Delegations from Argentina, Australia, Chile, South Africa, Turkey and the United States participated in the Conference. Reports from China, Greece, India and Iran were also presented.

The Conference was officially opened by:
José Luis Gioja, Governor of San Juan, Argentina
Marcelo Alos, Minister of Production
Leonardo Gioja, Secretary of Politics and Economy
Antonio Giménez, President of the Chamber of Foreign Commerce of San Juan

Dappie Smit of South Africa was re-elected as Chairman of the Conference with Osman Oz of Turkey re-elected as Deputy Chairman. Carlos Javier Huertas Garcia served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee.
Industry presentations were received from:
Terry Vawter, Senior Marketing Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture-Ag Marketing Service, "U. S. Anti-trust Rules"
Tony Halstead, Ag Economist, United States Department of Agriculture-Foreign Ag Service, "Raisins: World Markets and Trade"
Dr. David Hughes, Professor Emeritus in Food Marketing, Imperial College, London, England, "Global Food Marketing Trends and Their Implications for Dried Grape Businesses"
Frank Zwerts, Chief Strategy Officer and President EMEIA, Key Technology
Dr. Arianna Carughi, Health & Nutrition Research Coordinator for Sun-Maid Growers of California, "Health Benefits of Raisins"
Johans Germeys, Sales Manager-South America, Tomra Sorting Solutions
Giselle Alves De Almeida, Production and Exports, Agroindustrias Lusitano, "Local Generic Raisin Campaign"
Hector Illera, "Argentinean Fruit Fly"
Eng. Martin Pantano, "Argentinean Vineyards"
Mark King, Chairman, Dried Fruits-Australia briefed the Conference regarding the bank account balance.

Following reports from all participating producing countries, a global supply and demand chart was compiled and is attached to this press release. The Conference considered the world supply and demand position and noted that seedless dried grape production from the Sultana/Natural Seedless Raisin varieties increased by 7% from the previous year.

Global production of Goldens increased 1%, while it was noted that the production of currants increased by 20% compared to the previous season. The next Conference will be held in October 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.


Resignation at RAC/CRMB

On Monday, November 24, RAC-CRMB President and General Manager Gary Schulz announced his resignation.
His last day in the office is January 23, 2015 and he leaves the raisin industry to assume the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) in Sacramento.


UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS

Ag Roundtable
Friday, December 12
7 a.m.
Viticulture and Enology Center CSU-Fresno
RSVP required to Richard Machado
richard.machado@agrian.com

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