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EUCALYPTUS OIL & EUCALYPTOL


April 2016

First hand accounts of the eucalyptus trees in southern Yunnan describe severe damage caused by cold.  Pictures show Eucalyptus trees either barren or covered only in dead, dried leaves.  The exact extent of the damage and potential for recovery is unknown but we foresee an increase in price at least for the short term.  If new Oil hits the market at its traditional time in July prices might begin to soften.




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cassiaoilnaturalbenzaldehyde

CASSIA OIL & NATURAL BENZALDEHYDE


April 2016

Similarly to Eucalyptus, cold in southern China has caused major damage to the trees.  One report indicates that the upcoming Spring crop will be 20% smaller than last year’s.  Belief among our sources is inconclusive. Some believe that the traditionally larger Spring crop will ease prices and some say that a shortened Spring crop will not cover demand.  Prices for these two ingredients have increased and we expect this trend to continue for several months.




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SPICES


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CORNMINT OIL & MENTHOL


April 2016

Several reports on Cornmint planting suggest that an increase in acreage will yield 40,000 tons of crude oil.  While figures like these are always difficult to verify, we will have a better idea of what to expect once news of the harvest comes out by the end of May.  Worldwide inventories are thought to be down at the moment, notably in China, which imported far less than usual from India last year.  Suppliers have cited the prevalence of Synthetic Menthol for this drawdown in imports.  

News has reached us of a supplier that has been pushing a Cornmint subspecies that they claim has several advantages.  They maintain that this variety consumes less water, increases the yield of Oil and Menthol, and can be harvested 70 days after planting rather than the typical 100.  

Our sources in India believe that a major producer of Synthetic Menthol is experiencing issues causing delayed deliveries.  This has in turn caused demand for Natural Menthol to increase.  With inventory among dealers already low, this has led to a rise in prices, but the feeling is that this rise will be short lived.




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MINTS


geraniumoilchinese

GERANIUM OIL CHINESE


April 2016

A first hand account from a dealer visiting the Chinese growing region of Dali cites less acreage devoted to Geranium this year, as farmers have switched to more profitable crops.  This aligns with the reports of declining Oil production that we have received for the last several years.  Since the bulk of the Chinese crop becomes available in May and June we would not expect any movement in price until then.




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FLORALS


turpentinederivatives

TURPENTINE & DERIVATIVES


April 2016

The market report for the week of 3/12 to 3/19 has conflicting information.  The Gum Resin market fell slightly as some factories that need cash are settling for low pricing in the short term.  This contrasts with reports of rains in Guangxi and Guangdong that have slowed the preparation of the Pine trees for tapping, possibly until May.  In light of this limit to production, we would expect prices to begin to firm.




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SYNTHETICS


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