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Reports continue to advise that up to now the winter season has not affected production yet. However, this is not expected to last and expect prices to firm as production slackens
Reports indicate that even though colder temperatures have set in the growing regions production has increased. Prices still firm.
Heavy rains in the primary growing regions in India, have temporarily hampered production. But again this is a temporary situation.
With increased demand from Aromatherapy supply is having difficulty keeping up with demand. Here too expect prices to increase.
Lack of rain cut down this crop, as all grasses need water. Shortages of Synthetic Citral allowed those who could afford to switch to Lemongrass as a source of Citral, albeit Natural. This has kept prices high.
No relief here, demand far exceeds availability of oil. Additionally, our weekly testing of oil has found very few lots that match quality specifications.
There continues to be high demand for Lemongrass, specifically as a Citral source. Reports indicate that prices at the farm level increase daily, as low availability has allowed for a “bidding war” to ensue.
Strong demand has kept prices firm. Limited availability has led to poor quality material entering the market place and being offered a current premium pricing.
With the shortage of Synthetic Citral, the internal demand in India for vitamins has caused manufacturers to switch to Lemongrass for Citral. This has caused prices to escalate and has limited availability. It is now the wrong season in Guatemala and availability there has been limited for years as prices are too high compared to... Read more »
The major growing region has experienced poor weather. Prices have firmed and are expected to remain so for the foreseeable future.
Still watchful of quality, prices remain firm.
There have been reports that the Monsoon Season this year has not provided enough rain to ease the conditions in drought stricken growing regions. This has kept prices firm. Strong demand has caused measures to be taken that have brought about serious quality issues.
With the drought still in effect in Southern India, production has been limited. Competition from collectors and strong demand has kept prices firm. This has caused oil of questionable quality to enter the marketplace. Hopefully the upcoming monsoon season will alleviate this situation and production will return to normal.
Due to the drought earlier this year, availability of quality oil has been an issue. Hopefully the upcoming monsoons will alleviate this problem.
With severe drought in the growing region of Cochin, prices continue to be firm. With availability an issue, there may be some relief after monsoons come at the end of May/June.
We have reports that drought in the growing regions was followed by monsoon-like rains. Processing has been hampered due to lack of suitable shoots. Pricing has climbed and relief is not expected until the end of September or early October.
Spain, Brazil, California, and Southern Italy have all been experiencing bad weather, leading to reports of large reductions in crop sizes. Argentina, the largest producer, reported a crop 10-15% larger than last year’s, slightly offsetting the losses elsewhere.
One of the more prominent essential oils by volume, Litsea cubeba is distilled from the ripe fruits of the Chinese May Chang tree. This oil is an important source of natural citral, which is it’s main component and contributor to its aroma. That aroma has a familiar sweet, candied lemon character with a softer fruity... Read more »
Lavender Oil Bulgarian Bulgarian Lavender has the full floralcy shared by all lavender/lavandin oils but is differentiated by having a more pronounced camphoraceous note than lavandins and a sweeter haylike note on the dry down. Lavender performs as a trending and standalone profile in flavors, notably in baking. Bergamot Oil Bergamot isn’t a traditional citrus profile... Read more »
The veggie chip, whether it’s made of sweet potato, yucca, or taro, has become more popular as consumers are looking for alternatives to potato and corn chips. This one is spiced with a CO2 extract of Timur Pepper, a close relative of the Szechuan peppercorn that has a lemony topnote and lingering peppery flavor.
Both new and established snack brands have pushed to reinvent popcorn as a healthy snack. This push has included new seasonings like sage, which pairs exceptionally well with the buttery flavor of popcorn. Lemon Oil 5X and Black Pepper Oil add a potent pop to this modern popcorn.
Same situation as with Litsea and Lemongrass, being used as a source of Geraniol.
Similar to Lemongrass, rain is needed in the growing regions. Prices remain firm and quality is questionable.
The situation here is similar to Lemongrass. Quality oil has been difficult to source.
Here the situation is similar to Lemongrass. Prices are firm, availability is tight, and demand is strong.
With the rush to get as nutrient dense as possible, both to mirror the popularity of juicing in a snack format as well as attempting to jam pack all of the consumer’s favorite elements into a single product, manufacturers are spelling out their ingredient lists using flavor names. Kale, Spinach, Apple, Pineapple, Lemon, Ginger &... Read more »
Litsea Cubeba Oil is steam distilled from the small, peppercorn-like fruits of the Chinese May Chang tree. The oil’s sweet lemony aroma is similar to that of Lemongrass with the major difference being Litsea’s absence of a green, grassy note. This well-defined character blends very well with citruses and herbal oils and is economical enough... Read more »