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Inshell trade wanes as prices decline
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the global almond the week ending Tuesday as an abundance of supply and a strengthening U.S. dollar continued to sap demand.

September 28, 2022

Prices steady as market focuses on inshell trade
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell trade activity livened after a slow start in the global almond the week ending Tuesday on demand from India ahead of a key almond consumption period in the country.

September 21, 2022

First position report of the new crop year shows better fundamentals for sellers
Market Analysis

“It was definitely better than I expected,” said a San Joaquin County packer on Friday. “My thought would be California will more or less demand some kind of increase across the board or withdraw.”

September 14, 2022

Record monthly shipments and robust new sales not enough to lift market
Weekly Market Recap

Prices flattened in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as the first position report of the new crop year brought good news for sellers but failed to spark a rally.

September 14, 2022

Varroa mite and adverse weather during bloom heighten Australian crop yield concerns
Market Analysis

Restrictions on beehive movement due to varroa mite combined with cold, wet weather during Australia’s bloom period in August are leading to crop yield concerns heading into the country’s almond growing season. 

September 7, 2022

Prices rise as sellers wait for more improvement
Weekly Market Recap

Prices showed modest gains in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday for the second consecutive stretch on steadier demand, bolstering sellers ahead of the first position report for the new crop year.

September 7, 2022

Inshell dominates market amid sparse kernel activity
Weekly Market Recap

NPIS prices edged higher in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as new crop trade activity remained concentrated on inshell.

August 31, 2022

Inshell, NPX prices improve as old crop drags on other items
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices firmed in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday after two consecutive weeks of declines on demand from India and China.

August 24, 2022

New sales and shipments decline in final month of California’s 2021-2022 crop year
Market Analysis

A sharp drop in July new crop sales left California almonds sellers in their lowest new crop sold position on record at the start of a new marketing year, according to the latest position report.

August 17, 2022

Inshell trade activity perks but selling pressure weighs on prices
Weekly Market Recap

NPIS prices weakened in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as the push to sell old and new crop inventory outweighed a bump in inshell demand from India and China.

August 17, 2022

Bearish fundamentals pull inshell prices lower
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices declined in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as demand from India and China failed to match selling interest with California's new crop harvest underway.

August 10, 2022

Nonpareil kernel prices decline as sellers push to clear 2021 crop
Weekly Market Recap

Assessed Nonpareil kernel prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as California’s new crop year started and inconsistent near-term demand challenged efforts to sell product that still remains from the previous crop. 

August 3, 2022

Australia restricts bee movements as bloom nears
Market Analysis

A varroa mite incursion in Australia could result in a reduction of bees to help pollinate almond trees in the country’s key production region with bloom fast approaching.

July 27, 2022

STD5 prices decline in final days of crop year
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for STD5 fell to new lows in the global almond container market the week ending Tuesday as other items firmed.

July 27, 2022

Rally fades as demand hesitates
Weekly Market Recap

A price rally lost momentum in the global container market the week ending Tuesday as buyers continued to grapple with oversupplied local markets and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

July 20, 2022

New forecast surprises to the downside
Market Analysis

NASS predicts an 11% contraction in California's almond crop, citing strains from adverse weather conditions.

July 13, 2022

June shipments beat expectations as California's sold position lags
Market Analysis

California packers shipped a record amount of almonds for June, but remain in their worst sold position on record for this time of year, a new report released on Tuesday shows.

July 13, 2022

Prices rise on bullish fundamentals
Weekly Market Recap

Reports showing a smaller almond crop in California and record June shipments shored up prices in the global container market the week ending Tuesday.

July 13, 2022

Currency concerns add to demand woes as prices edge lower
Weekly Market Recap

STD5 prices fell to a crop year low for the second consecutive week in the global container market on Tuesday as demand from Europe remained tepid.

July 6, 2022

Prices fall to new lows as sellers hope for a rebound
Weekly Market Recap

NPX 20/22 fell to its lowest price level this crop year in the global container market the week ending Tuesday on increased selling interest.

June 29, 2022

Prices continue to lose ground
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices fell for the fourth consecutive stretch in the global container market the week ending Tuesday even as trading activity increased. 

June 22, 2022

May shipments set record; new crop sales fall
Market Analysis

Record May shipments of 258 million lbs encouraged sellers as the market received its first look at new crop sales.

June 15, 2022

Prices decline despite strong May shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Prices dropped for most items in the global container market the week ending Tuesday as concerns about oversupplied markets countered robust May shipments.

June 15, 2022

Potential for tight storage next crop year  is unlikely to crimp inshell supply
Market Analysis

Storage space in California could be limited at the start of the new crop year due to what is expected to be another large crop on top of a record carry-in, but few packers believe it will result in less inshell supply.

June 8, 2022

Current crop inshell price premiums to new crop narrow as prices fall
Weekly Market Recap

NPIS prices dropped 9 cents in the global container market the week ending Tuesday as the current crop premium to new crop prices tightened.

June 8, 2022

Why the quality of California’s next almond crop could decline, and what it means for market prices
Market Analysis

Low market prices and rising farm costs are prompting some growers in California to cut back on orchard care, which could result in lower-quality almonds compared with previous years and constraints on the supply of higher-quality almonds.

June 1, 2022

Nonpareil kernel prices firm as other items show marginal moves
Weekly Market Recap

Almond prices continued to drift in the global container market the week ending Tuesday on stable fundamentals.

June 1, 2022

Prices fall as selling interest firms
Weekly Market Recap

Nonpareil kernel prices fell in the global container market the week ending Tuesday despite talk of those items thinning.

May 25, 2022

Crop estimates leave market unchanged
Market Analysis

Two new estimates of California’s 2022 crop delivered no surprises, though questions linger about the potential impact of drought on the upcoming harvest.

May 18, 2022

New position report shows better-than-expected monthly shipments
Market Analysis

The latest monthly shipment report might have bolstered prices had it come earlier in the crop year. But with less than three months to go, the report showed no sign of moving the market off its sideways direction despite some positive news for sellers.

May 18, 2022

Inshell prices react to well-supplied market
Weekly Market Recap

NPIS prices fell the week ending Tuesday in the global container market as importers in India braced for a raft of new supply.

May 18, 2022

Oakland port official discusses actions to alleviate shipping problems for exporters
Market Analysis

A conversation with Andrew Hwang, Manager of Business Development and International Marketing for the Port of Oakland, about the current logistics situation and how the port is dealing with the global supply chain problems.

May 11, 2022

New crop inshell price discounts to current crop widen
Weekly Market Recap

New crop inshell pricing came into sharper focus in the global container market the week ending Tuesday, with trades pointing to significant price discounts to current crop.

May 11, 2022

Almond production acreage still climbing in California
Market Analysis

California’s almond acreage continues to increase despite years of low market prices, but there are signs that production acreage could be peaking, according to several new estimates.

May 4, 2022

Prices meander as market waits for clearer picture on new crop
Weekly Market Recap

Benchmark STD5 prices held to their recent levels in the global container market the week ending Tuesday as Spanish demand firmed and growers in Spain anticipated a smaller crop from the country.

May 4, 2022

Global demand eases as NPX prices fall
Weekly Market Recap

Nonpareil kernel prices dipped in the global container market the week ending Tuesday even as many market participants insisted that unsold supply of the items are dwindling.

April 27, 2022

Holidays bring lull in trade as prices react to crop forecast
Weekly Market Recap

Benchmark STD5 prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday in quiet trade as buyers lowered bids following a bearish crop forecast.

April 20, 2022

California almond exporters clock their best shipment month this crop year
Market Analysis

Packers rammed through port logjams and container shortages last month to ship their largest quantity of almonds this crop year, beating expectations and buoying hope among sellers that prices could continue to firm despite bearish supply-side fundamentals. 

April 13, 2022

Trade calms as market considers new shipment data and crop forecast
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond market drifted the week ending Tuesday as participants waited for guidance from two industry reports.  

April 13, 2022

Sending unsold containers overseas looks increasingly appealing to some packers
Market Analysis

Trading arbitrage opportunities between markets is not new and represents a core part of business for trade firms. However, a combination of trends appears to be making the trade more attractive to California packers.

April 6, 2022

Led by inshell rally, prices climb as packers in the US and abroad see uptick in global demand
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond market strengthened in the week ended Tuesday, with NPIS surpassing $2/lb FAS for the first time since October.

April 6, 2022

Independence crop reaches milestone and highlights challenges for sellers
Market Analysis

The latest position report from the Almond Board of California (ABC) puts further pressure on undersold packers to book sales, although this may be tempered by caution over orchard damage from frost and drought.

March 30, 2022

Sellers withdraw on concerns about the quality of California's next crop
Weekly Market Recap

Talk of potential damage from last month’s freeze in California resurfaced in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, prompting offers to retreat and bolstering prices for STD5 and inshell.

March 30, 2022

Inshell prices climb on robust demand, tighter supply
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices jumped in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday on increased demand from India and China.

March 23, 2022

February shipments lag year-ago month, new position report shows
Market Analysis

The latest position report from the Almond Board of California (ABC) puts further pressure on undersold packers to book sales, although this may be tempered by caution over orchard damage from frost and drought.

March 16, 2022

STD5 and SSR prices fall amid talk of Nonpareil kernel shortages
Weekly Market Recap

An apparent tightening supply of mid-to-large size Nonpareil kernels bolstered prices for some of those items the week ended Tuesday in the global almond market, though STD5 prices dipped on carry-out and unsold inventory concerns.

March 16, 2022

Currency, logistics issues due to war in Ukraine impact almond sector
Market Analysis

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will lead to short-term demand disruption in Central and Eastern Europe due to volatility in currencies but also supply chain and ingredient sourcing problems.

March 9, 2022

Heavy rains could impact Australian inshell sales to China
Market Analysis

With Australia about a week into its 2022-2023 crop year almond harvest, unusually heavy rains are causing hull rot in some orchards that could present challenges for marketing inshell to China.

March 9, 2022

Rally fades ahead of February position report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices leveled in the global almond market the week ended Tuesday with selling interest building as the assessment period progressed.

March 9, 2022

Growers survey freeze impact as prices react
Market Analysis

Damage to almond orchards from freezing temperatures throughout California's Central Valley could take months to determine.

March 2, 2022

Freeze lifts prices but market questions if rally will last
Weekly Market Recap

Global almond prices continued to push higher the week ended Tuesday as many sellers withdrew from the market to assess damage from the freeze last week in California’s Central Valley.

March 2, 2022

Sell or hold? New crop sellers face difficult decision.
Market Analysis

Unusual supply and demand dynamics are making it difficult for sellers to formulate new crop sales strategies.

February 23, 2022

Prices surprise to the upside on frost concerns
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond generally strengthened the week ended Tuesday, clawing back gains after last week’s decline.

February 23, 2022

New position report paints an increasingly bearish picture for sellers
Market Analysis

Selles face increasing pressure as report shows California tracking toward a carry-out that could exceed 900 million lbs

February 16, 2022

Prices fall after latest position report
Weekly Market Recap

Another bearish position report dragged on prices in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, with larger NPX kernels showing the sharpest declines.

February 16, 2022

China tariffs and loss of free trade zones shift almond export market dynamics for US and Australia
Market Analysis

Recent loss of free trade zones, tariffs, and the growth of the Australian almond industry present challenges for U.S. marketers.

February 9, 2022

Choppy market for STD5 and Inshell ahead of the January position report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond market were bumpy the week ended Tuesday as trade activity increased, with transactions for items such as STD5 and NPIS concluded in a wide range.

February 9, 2022

STD5 gain a penny but kernel, inshell items lose ground on steady selling interest
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond market dipped the week ended Tuesday as pressure to sell shaved cents from most items, with larger kernel items feeling the brunt of the decline.

February 2, 2022

EU customs duty reduction and low prices lift European almond demand
Market Analysis

New demand from Europe sparks activity in the STD5 market.

January 26, 2022

Sellers cash in on large kernel item premiums, STD5 price steady, inshell prices gain
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices in the global almond market gained slightly in the week ended Tuesday, providing hope a floor may have been reached after six weeks trending lower, while STD5 prices steadied, slipping by only a penny.

January 26, 2022

Almond market eyes possibility of shifting demand patterns
Market Analysis

Longer freight timelines are changing buying patterns with implications for market prices.

January 19, 2022

Large kernel and inshell prices show sharpest declines as prices soften
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for STD5 dipped slightly in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, suggesting to some the item may have found a floor, while prices for inshell and most kernel items continued to fall on weaker fundamentals.

January 19, 2022

Drop in exports drags on monthly shipments
Market Analysis

Monthly shipments, falling to a 5-year low for December, continue to disappoint sellers.

January 12, 2022

December position report weighs on prices before, after release
Weekly Market Recap

Fears of a bearish position report softened prices in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, and prices slid further when the report confirmed a sharp drop in exports to key overseas markets.

January 12, 2022

California facing another record carry-out in 2022
Market Analysis

Lagging shipments mean California is tracking toward a nearly 800 million lb carry-out this crop year.

January 5, 2022

Holidays, record precipitation in California soften global almond pricing
Weekly Market Recap

Most global almond prices moved lower during the week ended Tuesday, as record precipitation in California as well as bearish sentiment about the pace of shipments contributed to the softening market.

January 5, 2022

Prices steady ahead of holiday lull
Weekly Market Recap

Two 2022 crop STD5 trades for shipment in Q4 2022 were reported this week in the global almond market, giving the market a first look at new crop pricing.

December 22, 2021

November shipments at 5-year low as California's uncommitted inventory builds
Market Analysis

November shipments from California are down 16% from the year-ago month, new data shows.

December 15, 2021

Larger kernels continue to attract buyers, while STD5 and NPIS markets trade flat
Weekly Market Recap

Trade in the global almond market leading into the release of the November position report was relatively quiet the week ending Tuesday, but pricing for larger kernel items continued to show strength while STD5 and NPIS markets were unchanged.

December 15, 2021

Prices move sideways in quiet trade
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for several large-kernel items inched up in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as trade activity lessened.

December 8, 2021

Almond Prices meander as sellers withdraw and buying from Europe wanes
Weekly Market Recap

Prices drifted in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as demand from Europe ebbed and sellers withdrew from trade in expectation that prices would strengthen.

December 1, 2021

Demand from Europe helps reverse almond price decline
Weekly Market Recap

Prices rebounded from a multi-week slide in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as demand perked from key regions.

November 24, 2021

Third position report of the crop year paints bearish picture for sellers
Market Analysis

Low year-to-date shipments, high uncommitted inventories and the second-highest crop receipts on record for this time of year pose challenges for sellers

November 17, 2021

Price decline extends into seventh consecutive week
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell from 6 cents/lb to 20 cents/lb in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday on the third bearish position report of the crop year.

November 17, 2021

STDS shipping deep into next year continue to trade at premiums to prompt as sellers approach longer-term sales with caution
Market Analysis

Market participants cite multiple reasons for the contango structure.

November 10, 2021

Prices soften on concerns of more bearish fundamentals
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday ahead of a new position report that sellers worry could show disappointing monthly shipments.

November 10, 2021

Logistics, lower shipments causing some California packers to confront storage issues
Market Analysis

Some packers are running out of warehouse space and bins, prompting them to sell into a falling market.

November 3, 2021

Inshell prices decline as sellers confront a challenging market
Weekly Market Recap

Volatility in the global almond market continued the week ending Tuesday with prices falling amid concerns about upcoming October shipments, new sales, and storage.

November 3, 2021

Market fundamentals are becoming clearer, but selling and buying strategies don’t appear to be changing
Market Analysis

Signs of big shifts in market positions among sellers and buyers are hard to find even as market fundamentals become clearer.

October 27, 2021

California rain brings softer prices, but packers say many factors at play
Weekly Market Recap

Prices drifted lower in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as rain prompted some buyers to lower bids, while packers pegged the weaker prices to a variety of issues.

October 27, 2021

Lower prices across the complex show signs of rekindling global demand
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, surprising many sellers but helping to revive sluggish demand.

October 20, 2021

September almond shipments fall, but still among best ever; few are surprised
Market Analysis

California shipped 229 million pounds of almonds in September, down 13% from last September, data from the latest position report shows.

October 13, 2021

Weak demand, low liquidity, and uncertainty ahead of September position report leave almond prices vulnerable
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for most of the 18 items assessed by Stratamarkets slipped again in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday, save for a few Nonpareil kernel items, as both buyers and sellers largely refrained from taking big positions.

October 13, 2021

Smaller kernel sizes and widening spreads to premium sizes suggest buyers this year will need to adjust
Market Analysis

Price spreads between kernel sizes are prompting some buyers to move to smaller, less expensive items.

October 6, 2021

Tepid global demand pulls prices lower as market waits for guidance
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell across the complex in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as market participants braced for what many believe could be a bearish September position report.Prices fell across the complex in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as market participants braced for what many believe could be a bearish September position report.Prices fell across the complex in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as market participants braced for what many believe could be a bearish September position report.Prices fell across the complex in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as market participants braced for what many believe could be a bearish September position report.

October 6, 2021

Large-kernel prices climb amid talk of tight supplies
Weekly Market Recap

NPX 20/22 traded above $4/lb in the global almond market the week ended Tuesday as an apparent scarcity of large-size Nonpareil kernels continued to bolster prices for those items even as smaller-size kernel prices fell.

September 29, 2021

Kernel, inshell prices fall as market awaits direction from harvest
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the global almond market mostly slipped the week ended Tuesday partly due to softer demand in a market still seeking direction from the 2021 harvest.

September 22, 2021

New sales for August are low. Sellers aren't worried.
Market Analysis

The fall in new sales for August underscores the recent disconnect between buyers and sellers on new crop trade.

September 15, 2021

NPISKW premium to NPX 27/30 shrinks to lowest level in months
Weekly Market Recap

The assessed NPIS price fell 6 cents the week ended Tuesday while most assessed Nonpareil kernel prices climbed as the market balanced softer demand from India with expectations for smaller 2021 crop sizing.

September 15, 2021

Vessel queue at the Port of Oakland drops to zero
Market Analysis

Almond exporters question whether a reduction in the vessel backlog at the port will alleviate shipping delays.

September 8, 2021

Inshell prices recover on steadier demand
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices stabilized in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as demand from China increased.

September 8, 2021

California packers expect European demand to continue even after record imports
Market Analysis

How Europe manages almond inventories following record imports from California could influence near-term prices in the global almond market.

September 1, 2021

Led by inshell, prices soften
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday on weaker demand from India.

September 1, 2021

India’s kernel trade has skyrocketed but many are skeptical it lasts
Market Analysis

High inshell prices have sparked record kernel trade to India.

August 25, 2021

Prices show mixed results as market waits for harvest data
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell demand cooled in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as prices ended mixed.

August 25, 2021

As Market Looks Ahead, Participants See Few Bearish Trends in Final Crop Year Position Report
Market Analysis

Record shipments in July will help California end the 2020-2021 crop year with a carry-out of roughly 600 million lbs, according to the latest Almond Board of California (ABC) position report.

August 18, 2021

Prices Climb as Inshell Market Continues to Captivate Sellers
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for kernel items jumped in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as questions persisted about kernel sizes from California’s 2021-2022 crop.

August 18, 2021

Sellers Claim This Year’s Drought Could Hurt Next Year’s Crop. Experts Say They Might Be Right.
Market Analysis

Views from experts in the field come as market participants question the drought’s impact on California’s longer-term almond production, which is impacting forward market prices.

August 11, 2021

Prices Climb as Sizing Concerns Mount
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices continued their ascent in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as inventory levels in India fell and offers from California thinned.

August 11, 2021

Prices for STDS Fall as SSR-Grade Items Increase
Weekly Market Recap

Sized SSR-grade item price premiums to STDS increased in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as trade ticked up.

August 4, 2021

Kernel Prices Climb in Final Days of California's 2020-2021 Crop Year
Weekly Market Recap

Current crop Nonpareil kernel prices rose in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as packers lifted offers to sync them with inshell prices, which increased for the fourth consecutive week.

July 28, 2021

Inshell Prices Solidify on Buying from India and China
Weekly Market Recap

NPIS prices rose 18 cents/lb in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday on demand from India.

July 21, 2021

An Updated Crop Forecast and Shipment Report Jolt Market
Market Analysis

The two reports deliver the most bullish news of the current crop year to participants in the global almond market, resetting prices.

July 14, 2021

Prices Surge as Forecasters Reset Supply Expectations
Weekly Market Recap

Prices soared in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cut its forecast for California’s 2021-2022 crop year almond production by 400-million pounds.

July 14, 2021

NPX 30/32 Prices Fall on Selling Interest from Growers
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for NPX 30/32 fell 11 cents/lb in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as growers entered the market to sell their remaining current crop supply of the item, market participants said.

July 7, 2021

Near-Term Demand from India Continues to Bolster Prices
Weekly Market Recap

New crop NPIS for August shipment continued to trade at premiums to September shipments in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday on demand from India.

June 30, 2021

Kernel Prices Jump on Supply Constraints
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for sized kernel items rose in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as supplies tightened and kernel demand from India increased.

June 23, 2021

Growers are Pulling Almond Trees as Drought in California Worsens. What Does it Mean for the Market?
Market Analysis

As anecdotal evidence accumulates of almond acreage removal in California, market participants question how many acres are being removed and its impact on supply and market prices.

June 23, 2021

Latest Industry Position Report Eases Carry-Out Concerns
Market Analysis

The May 2021 position report showed record May shipments and healthy new crop commitments, emboldening sellers and lifting prices.

June 16, 2021

May Shipments Boost Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Prices rose in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday after a new position report showed record May shipments.

June 16, 2021

How Far Along is California on New Crop Sales? An Answer is Here.
Market Analysis

New crop commitments, expected to be released on Thursday, will provide the market with its first glimpse into how sellers and buyers are approaching new crop trade.

June 9, 2021

Current Crop Inshell Prices Continue Ascent
Weekly Market Recap

Demand from India continued to propel current crop inshell prices into record levels in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday.

June 9, 2021

NPIS Climbs to Crop Year High
Weekly Market Recap

The assessed price for prompt-shipment NPIS increased to its highest level of the 2020-2021 crop year in the global almond industrial market the week ending Tuesday on strengthening demand from India.

June 2, 2021

Sellers Withdraw, Lifting Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Prices firmed in the global almond industrial market the week ending Tuesday as packing companies throttled back on selling activity.

May 26, 2021

USDA's NASS Predicts Another Year of Record Almond Production in California
Market Analysis

A new California almond crop forecast could usher in a period of low trade liquidity in the global industrial market.

May 19, 2021

Forecast of Increased Almond Production in California Pulls Prices Down
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday in reaction to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop forecast.

May 19, 2021

Bearish Carry-Out Estimates Turn Bullish Following Release of April Shipments
Market Analysis

Record April shipments change the carry-out calculus as the crop year near its end.

May 12, 2021

Prices Fall Ahead of Report Showing Record April Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Inshell prices showed their steepest retreat in months in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as the recent Covid-19 surge in India continued to sap new demand.

May 12, 2021

Nonpareil Prices Climb as Supply Tightens
Weekly Market Recap

Diminishing supplies of Nonpareil kernel items drove prices higher for those items in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday.

May 5, 2021

New Acreage Estimates Pressure Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for STDS and SSR-grade items fell in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday after two new acreage estimates raised questions about the size of California’s upcoming crop.

April 28, 2021

Crop Forecast Lifts Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Prices increased in the global almond market during the week ending Tuesday following a report predicting California’s 2021 almond production will be 300 million pounds less than current crop output.

April 21, 2021

California’s 2021 Almond Production Will Fall Short of Last Year's Crop by 300-Million Pounds, a New Forecast Predicts
Market Analysis

An early estimate of the state's 2021 almond production is more bullish than some market observers expected.

April 21, 2021

California Surprises Market with Record March Shipments
Market Analysis

Packers react with enthusiasm, and surprise, to the latest position report.

April 14, 2021

Prices Increase on Bullish Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

A new report showing favorable demand and supply fundamentals for sellers lifted prices for most items in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday.

April 14, 2021

Inshell Prices Rise Ahead of March Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

IIS prices climbed 8 cents in the global almond  market the week ending Tuesday on tighter supply and increased demand.

April 7, 2021

New Crop Trade Shows Life; Nonpareil Prices Tick Higher
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for Nonpareil inshell and kernel items inched up in the global almond market the week ending Tuesday as packers reported tighter supplies for those items.

March 31, 2021

Gary Keough on the Challenges of Forecasting California Almond Crops
Market Analysis

A USDA forecasting expert speaks with Stratamarkets about predicting California's almond production.

March 31, 2021

Prices Oscillate in Thin Trade
Weekly Market Recap

Large kernel price premiums to small-kernel items fell in the global almond market during the week ending Tuesday as inshell prices found a ceiling.

March 24, 2021

Can China Reclaim Its Spot as California's Top Almond Export Market?
Market Analysis

China used to be California's top export market. Shipments there are on the rise, a trend that shows no sign of slowing.

March 17, 2021

Prices Climb on Better Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Firmer shipments pulled prices higher in the global almond market during the week ending Tuesday as inshell trading hummed.

March 17, 2021

Inshell, Kernel Prices Pull Apart
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for NPIS rose 7 cents in the U.S. FAS market the week ending Tuesday as an increasing number of California packers reported being either sold out of inshell or tight on the item.

March 13, 2021

Prices Mixed as Sellers Hope for Bullish February Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Demand from China and India helped lift NPIS prices in the global almond market during the week ending Tuesday, while prices fell for Nonpareil kernel items.

March 3, 2021

Prices Rally, Ending a Four-Week Downswing
Weekly Market Recap

Almond prices rallied in the global industrial market during the week ending Tuesday as talk heightened of a potential inshell shortage in California.

February 24, 2021

January Shipments Weigh on Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Almond prices plummeted in the U.S. FAS market  during the week ending February 16, extending weeks of losses following the release of bearish January shipment numbers.

February 17, 2021

Why Shipping Problems May Not Be Entirely Responsible for Low January Shipments
Market Analysis

Weaker global demand could also be to blame, packers say, raising questions about whether future monthly shipments will return to their punchy levels once shipping problems subside.

February 17, 2021

Bloom is Here. What Will It Tell You?
Market Analysis

With bloom days away, farm advisors say it's becoming harder than ever to use it to predict almond crop output in California.

February 10, 2021

Prices Slide Ahead of New Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices dropped for the third consecutive stretch in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending February 9 as global demand faded.

February 10, 2021

Prices Retreat as Market Prepares for New Position Report and Bloom
Weekly Market Recap

Benchmark STDS and NPIS prices fell again in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending February 2 amid reports of a supply glut in California’s largest export market.

February 3, 2021

Prices Fall as Demand Falters
Weekly Market Recap

A deteriorating short-term coronavirus outlook dampened demand in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending January 26, dragging almond prices lower.

January 27, 2021

Can the Market Help Almond Growers Manage Water Costs?
Market Analysis

The creators of a new water trading contract are positioning it as a novel tool for managing water costs – an issue of increasing importance for California almond growers.

January 27, 2021

Prices Rise in the Wake of Record Shipment Report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for prompt-shipment NPX 20/22 jumped 18 cents/lb in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending January 19, spearheading a price increase across the complex fueled by last week’s bullish shipment numbers.

January 20, 2021

New Position Report Settles Crop Size Debate - Almost
Market Analysis

Crop receipts reported in the December 2020 position report show California on track to reach the 3-billion-pound crop forecast, but questions about receipts persist.

January 13, 2021

STDS Firm; Nonpareil Items Retreat as Demand from Europe Strengthens
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for STDS increased in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending January 12 on firmer demand from Europe.

January 13, 2021

Market Activity Awakens as New Year Begins
Weekly Market Recap

Prices moved in mixed directions in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending January 5 as buyers and sellers returned from year-end holidays.

January 6, 2021

Prices Advance in Thin Trade
Weekly Market Recap

Prices ticked higher in the U.S FAS market during the week ending December 29 as California sellers withdrew for the holidays.

December 30, 2020

Australia Begins to Compete for Inshell Buyers in India
Weekly Market Recap

Prices strengthened in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending December 22 as packers raised offers following what they interpreted to be a positive November 2020 position report.

December 23, 2020

November Position Report Inspires Sellers
Market Analysis

Almond sales in November grew compared with the same month last year, the latest position report from the Almond Board of California shows. November shipments increase 11.6%.

December 16, 2020

Prices Rise as Shipping Problems Dampen Business with China
Weekly Market Recap

Prices strengthened for the third consecutive week in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending December 15, partly on continued demand for inshell almonds from India.

December 16, 2020

Almond Prices Strengthen Across the Complex as Trade Ramps Up
Weekly Market Recap

Prices firmed in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending December 8, primarily on demand from Europe and India as shipping problems appeared to worsen. The spike in buying interest surprised some market participants expecting quieter sales following the recent bullish monthly shipments.  

December 9, 2020

Demand Increase After U.S. Holiday, Bolstering Prices
Weekly Market Recap

Historically low almond prices and a weakening U.S. dollar helped spur demand in the U.S. FAS market during the week ending December 1, lifting prices for some key items.  

December 2, 2020

Australia Seeks to Broaden Export Markets as Tensions Rise with Its Largest Buyer
Market Analysis

Almond exporters in Australia are seeing some success in making themselves less reliant on China, even though China remains their largest global buyer.

December 2, 2020

Almond Prices Drift as India Returns to the Market
Weekly Market Recap

Buying interest in India perked during the week ending November 20, bolstering prices for inshell almonds even as prices slipped for other items in the U.S. FAS market.

November 23, 2020

Almond Prices Strengthen as Market Activity Perks Ahead of Latest Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices inched up in the California almond market during the week ending November 13 on stronger demand prior to the release of new global shipment data.

November 16, 2020

Almond Prices Trade in Mixed Range as Packers Face Supply-Chain Challenges
Weekly Market Recap

Nonpareil Inshell (NPIS) prices weakened in the California almond market during the week ending November 6 as import demand from India languished.

November 9, 2020

India Takes a Breather from the Inshell Market as Almond Prices Fluctuate
Weekly Market Recap

Prices meandered amid quiet trade activity in the California almond market during the week ending October 30 as demand softened and sellers continued to lower offers to spark buying interest.

November 2, 2020

Almond Prices Fall as Buyers Retreat
Weekly Market Recap

Buying interest softened in the California almond market during the week ending September 25, reversing a multi-week price upswing.

September 28, 2020

Almond Prices Climb Amid Expectations of Record September Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for large-kernel almonds soared in the California almond market during the week ending September 18 as demand continued to outpace supply.

September 21, 2020

Almond Prices Climb as Report Shows Record August Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

Prices for Nonpareil Inshell almonds strengthened for the fourth consecutive week in the California almond market during the week ending September 11 as the Almond Board of California (ABC) reported record shipments to India.

September 14, 2020

Almond Prices Climb to Highest Levels in Months as Offers Become Scarce
Weekly Market Recap

Demand from Europe lifted prompt shipment Standards prices to their highest level since May in the California almond market during the week ending September 4.

September 8, 2020

Demand from China Increases as Large-Kernel Offers Soar
Weekly Market Recap

Prices climbed for the third consecutive week in the California almond market during the week ending August 28 as global demand spiked.

August 31, 2020

Almond Prices Rise as Inshell Demand Surpasses Expectations
Weekly Market Recap

Prices strengthened in the California almond market during the week ending August 21 on demand from Europe and India.

August 24, 2020

Almond Prices Increase on Strong July Shipments
Weekly Market Recap

A new position report showing record July shipments reversed a three-week price decline in the California almond market during the week ending August 14.

August 17, 2020

Almond Prices Fall as Buyers in India continue to Scoop Up Inshell
Weekly Market Recap

Prices weakened for the third consecutive week in the California almond market during the week ending August 7 on thin buying interest.

August 10, 2020

Almond Prices Weaken as Harvest in California Begins
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the California almond market during the week ending July 31 as buying interest disappointed.  

August 3, 2020

Almond Prices Fall as Interest Shifts to Inshell Market
Weekly Market Recap

Demand accelerated for inshell almonds during the week ending July 24 in the California almond market as prices for prompt shipment Standards lagged.

July 27, 2020

Almond Prices Strengthen Even Amid Languid Buying
Weekly Market Recap

Prices rebounded in the California almond market for the week ending July 17 as several small to mid-sized packers reported being sold out of some current crop items.

July 20, 2020

Almond Production Forecast Weighs on Prices as Shipments Increase
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the California almond market during the week ending July 10 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that the state’s almond production will increase by 450 million pounds on the year.

July 13, 2020

Almond Prices Increase Ahead of New Crop Forecast and Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices rose in the California almond market for the week ending July 3 as growers showed a reluctance to transact ahead of the release of a new crop forecast this week.

July 6, 2020

Almond Prices Climb on Overseas Buying
Weekly Market Recap

Buying interest from Europe helped bolster prices in the California spot almond market during the week ending June 26 as market participants questioned the size of the upcoming crop.

June 29, 2020

Almond Prices Continue Fall as Buyers Try to Cover Long-Term Positions
Weekly Market Recap

Prices fell in the California spot almond market during the week ending June 19 as packers sought to sell current crop inventory and buyers focused on covering positions further forward.

June 22, 2020

Bids Retreat, Almond Prices Fall After Latest Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

A decline in reported global almond shipments pulled prices lower in the California almond spot market during the week ending June 12.

June 15, 2020

Almond Prices Stabilize as Market Waits for May Position Report
Weekly Market Recap

Prices steadied in the California spot almond market during the week ending June 5 amid signs that demand in the United States and abroad is reviving.

June 8, 2020

Almond Prices Fall as Pandemic Saps Global Demand
Weekly Market Recap

Prices softened in the California almond market during the week ending May 29 as buyers and sellers struggled to agree on price.

June 1, 2020

Almond Prices Meander in Choppy Trade
Weekly Market Recap

Prices drifted in the California spot almond market during the week ending May 22 with buyers and sellers appearing to defend their bid and offer positions amid global demand uncertainty and the approach of what is expected to be a record-setting almond harvest in California.

May 26, 2020

Record Crop Forecast Drags Almond Prices to New Lows
Weekly Market Recap

Prices tumbled in the California almond spot market during the week ending May 15 after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted a record 3-billion pounds of almond production in California this year.

May 18, 2020

Almond Prices Rise Ahead of New Shipment and Crop Forecast Reports
Weekly Market Recap

Prices firmed in the California almond spot market during the week ending May 8 even as some market participants expressed concern that potential contract defaults could pull prices back down.

May 11, 2020

Standards Drop Below $2/lb, Sparking Buying Interest Domestically and Abroad
Weekly Market Recap

Prices continued to slide in the U.S. spot almond market during the week ending May 1 with packers increasingly motivated to clear inventory ahead of what is expected to be an unusually large California almond harvest, market participants said.

May 4, 2020

Almond Prices Fall as New Crop Size Comes Into View
Weekly Market Recap

Two fresh data points supporting expectations for a large 2020 crop prompted prices in the U.S. spot almond market to fall during the week ending April 24 as some buyers refrained from transacting in expectations that prices could sink further.

April 27, 2020

Prices Stabilize as Market Fundamentals Remain Bearish
Weekly Market Recap

Buying interest from Europe helped stabilize prices for Standards in California’s spot almond market for the week ending April 17 but failed to bolster Nonpareil prices, which fell about 10 cents/lb compared with price levels the previous week.

April 20, 2020

Almond Prices Soften Amid Light Trade
Weekly Market Recap

Prices in the U.S. wholesale almond market fell slightly last week compared with prices levels the previous week in thin trade as market participants grappled with demand uncertainty caused by covid-19 and waited for the release of the latest position report from the Almond Board of California (ABC).

April 13, 2020