naturalmaplelactonemethylcyclopentenolone

NATURAL METHYL CYCLOPENTENOLONE


November 2017

The major factory that produces Natural Methanol has been closed by the Chinese government. This has caused production of U.S. Natural Maple Lactone to cease. European Natural Maple Lactone is also limited and is more than double the price of U.S. Natural.




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naturalbutyricacid

NATURAL BUTYRIC ACID


November 2017

We have been advised that the major producer of this material has been forced to close due to pollution, therefore Natural Ethyl Butyrate as well as Natural Butyric Acid prices have risen and availability is limited. There is hope that pollution controls will be in place sometime in November and production can resume then.




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heliotropine

HELIOTROPINE


November 2017

Major producer in China has had factory closed for a variety of reasons, including pollution. Prices have escalated. Very limited and restricted production is reported to be starting soon in December / January, but it will take time to fill pipelines as inventories are minimal.




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whitecamphoroilchinese

WHITE CAMPHOR OIL CHINESE


November 2017

After several attempts to locate “traditional” quality we fear it is no longer produced in China. The “new” quality cannot be substituted in place of what was considered “standard”.




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turpentinederivatives

TURPENTINE & DERIVATIVES


November 2017

We have been advised that Resin/Adhesive producers have switched to cheaper petrochemicals from Gum Rosin. With less demand for Rosin, less Gum Turpentine has been produced, leading to ever increasing prices. This has caused serious problems in the market place.

  • Iso Bornyl Acetate – with factory closings in China and lack of feed stocks, prices have soared. An Indian producer has advised that he cannot fulfill open orders, and is offering one FCL in an auction.
  • Dihydro Myrcenol – closures in China, unfulfilled demand incredibly short worldwide.
  • Camphor Gum USP – one of the largest producers in China has ceased production. Feedstock issues.
  • Terpineols, Terpinyl Acetates – prices up.



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eucalyptuseucalyptol

EUCALYPTUS & EUCALYPTOL


October 2017

Reports continue to advise of a major shortage of Eucalyptus Oil. Besides the two months of continuous rain in the growing regions, a major tax reform policy has hampered payment to the farmers.  This has resulted in higher prices. No relief is immediately expected as demand stays firm but we continue to monitor the situation.




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garlicoilchinese

GARLIC OIL CHINESE


October 2017

No changes here. Pollution control has stymied production, speculation and demand for fresh has caused prices for bulbs to go from 1.6 RMBY/kg to 4.4 RMBY/kg. Prices are firm and quality issues abound.




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litseacubebanaturalcitral

LITSEA CUBEBA & NATURAL CITRAL


October 2017

The crop is off due to the rains and reports continue to state that whatever was harvested was low in Citral. Prices keep rising as demand appears to outstrip supply. We have been advised that prices will continue to firm and that there will be shortages until the new crop in August 2018.




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turpentinederivatives

TURPENTINE & DERIVATIVES


October 2017

The latest report we have (September 23rd) advises that prices for Gum Turpentine in all three growing regions increased from the prior week.  It also states stocks of Gum Turpentine are low and processors are holding off waiting for higher prices.




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benzylalcohol

Benzyl Alcohol


September 2017

The major producer in China was forced to stop production due to tightening regulations. While now currently producing on a limited basis, available quantities are staying in the East, leaving the West short. This has caused stress on the western producers who run on campaigns and find it extremely difficult to alter production plans. Prices should be firm for some time.




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garlicoil

Garlic Oil


September 2017

Production still limited due to environmental constraints. Spice market indicates that crop was good, but exceptionally strong demand has caused prices per kilo for bulbs to increase, rather than soften. Prices continue to firm and correct quality is still difficult to locate.




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litseacubebanaturalcitral

Litsea Cubeba & Natural Citral


September 2017

Rain in the growing regions has slowed harvesting but more importantly has had an impact on the quality of oil being produced. Citral content is reported at 60-62%, below the normal levels of 67-68%. This has forced producers to process more mass in order to meet specs. This in turn has resulted in prices increasing instead of softening. While still early in processing, reports indicate situation will not change.




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maltolethylmaltol

Maltol and Ethyl Maltol


September 2017

Production at one of the three producing factories in China is in the process of being expanded. This expansion is supposed to be completed by late Autumn. While there are quantities available, prices are still high, and probably won’t soften until this producer is ready with his expanded capacity. Circumstances and actual demand will determine what will happen to prices.




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gingeroil

Ginger Oil


September 2017

When the government forced processors to switch to gas fired burners from coal, production reportedly switched to a different province. This caused prices to soften, albeit for a very short time. It did not take long before the government forced the change to take effect in that province also. With lack of dried roots available prices are firm.




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eucalyptuseucalyptol

EUCALYPTUS OIL & EUCALYPTOL


August 2017

We have reports that state demand for both has increased. With limited availability prices continue to be firm. We have also received a report that advised that rains in certain growing regions in Yunnan are currently hampering collection, adding more pressure on prices. Sentiment is that pricing will not ease this summer.




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garlicoilchinese

GARLIC OIL CHINESE


August 2017

We have seen more and more offers for “Garlic Oil” at low prices. However, when evaluated, these products do not qualify as “Oil” failing basic tests. Quality remains a serious issue and prices remain firm for the correct quality.




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