Opening Commentary


China’s commitment to create cleaner air and bluer skies has caused many changes in how the Chinese government deals with chemical factories generating polluted air and waste water.   Factories can no longer just pay fines to continue to operate but are forced to either limit their production, reduce harmful wastes, move to a more rural industrial center, or shutdown.

We are coming into the summer months when historically, factories in China run on a limited basis to conserve power. We would expect to see more supply disruption come about due to these two factors.

Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Orange Oil & Terpenes

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For the moment Orange prices seem to have stabilized, as offers are coming from dealers. With the Brazilian crop due shortly, there might be unfounded optimism that prices will ease.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Eucalyptus Oil & Eucalyptol

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Offers are continuing to be made, although at high levels. Traditionally, there is a feeling that when new oil enters the market in July/August prices will soften.  However, inventories of both crude and refined oil are low so buyers are waiting to see what will happen in this market.  

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Garlic Oil Chinese

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Prices are still firming and we are seeing oil of dubious quality.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Ginger Oil Chinese

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We are seeing fewer offers and prices are firm.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Litsea Cubeba & Natural Citral

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The new crop is expected in July and August.  Prices continue to firm but if all goes well it should be a good crop.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Clove Leaf Oil & Derivatives

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The harvest has been postponed for one month as Indonesia continues to receive heavy rains.  This combined with last weekend’s start of Ramadan has contributed to a firming of prices.  

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Lemongrass Oil Indian

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Due to the drought earlier this year, availability of quality oil has been an issue. Hopefully the upcoming monsoons will alleviate this problem.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Palmarosa Oil Indian

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The situation here is similar to Lemongrass.  Quality oil has been difficult to source.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Coriander Seed and Coriander Herb Oil

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With the Russian harvest due in July reports are indicating that acreage sowed is equal to last year, despite low prices offered to farmers during 2016. With prices at low levels not seen for years, there is anticipation that new crop prices will be higher. Coriander Herb Oil is reportedly produced to advance orders. With little carryover, prices have been firm.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Mentha Piperita Indian

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Reports indicate that far less acreage has been planted this year. Although there are no reliable records available, dealers are forecasting this year’s production to be 350 – 400 metric tons. Exports from India average 1,500 – 2,000 metric tons per year.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Turpentine & Derivatives

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Prices for Gum Turpentine continue to firm. We have seen offers for Camphor Gum, Iso Bornyl Acetate, Dihydro Myrcenol, Terpineols, Alpha Terpinene, and Gamma Terpinene all escalate.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Ethyl Maltol & Maltol

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With a major producer forced to close permanently because of their second explosion in a year, both products are extremely short. Other factories have not been able to increase production without the Chinese government’s approval and ensuring that additional polluted wastes are not generated. As such, prices have escalated.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Bay Oil

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Major issues here as a hurricane several years ago tore through the island of Dominica destroying two distilleries. Availability is limited and prices continue to soar.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Terrible drought conditions in South Africa have led to fires which have destroyed acres of plantings. Here too availability is limited and prices firm.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Davana Oil

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The crop this year was good with higher volumes of oil than last year.  

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Cardamom Oil

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The spice market is reporting that the upcoming crop from Guatemala will be 2/3 the volume of last year’s, including carryovers. Extended dry weather has been cited as the reason. We can expect to see prices rise.

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Jun 2017
Jun 2017

Heavy rains in Haiti have made harvesting of the roots very difficult.  Prices for oil continue to go up.

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