Basil – Egypt
As a matter of precaution, in future BASIL will be only offered steam-treated, because the total number of TPCs and other microbiological loads are relatively high at present.
Garlic – China
The prices are about to decrease. There are still sufficient goods available and the next harvest will come around for sure in May.
Nutmeg / Mace
Nutmeg and Mace are slowly dropping down to a reasonable level. Whether the origins are still motivated to collect at these price-level s remains to be seen. Currently, we receive enough goods in satisfying quality.
Pepper white and black
Historically new peak-levels of pepper are resulting from the enormous scarcity. India announced availability of only 40,000 tons instead of 55,000 tons after the new harvest in January. Situation will get worse due to this and the lack of quantities offered world-wide by at least march 2014, when new harvest will arrive from Vietnam.
There have been very strong losses of goods in Mexico due to the both severe storms. Consequently, the prices increased by 30 %. We expect that the prices will keep increasing and the quantities will become scarce by August 2014.
After a long period of low prices and resulting from it poor care of cassia trees, the consequences become clear now. Slowly and constantly prices increase, not only in Indonesia but also in Vietnam. We expect a further rise of at least 15 %.