- Harvest in Vietnam started this month, with an expected crop of 218KMT. Selling by speculators in order to liquidate old stock caused additional downward price pressure during the start of January.
- Brazilian crop in Espírito Santo is being harvested, while the harvest in Para is finished. Buying interest from Latin America is absorbing most of the supply. Brazil is expected to see strongest growth this year compared to other origins, with a 17 KMT increase versus last year, to c. 82KMT.
- As India is also expecting a record crop of 92KMT, global stocks will likely continue to increase.
- Vietnam exported 222KMT of pepper in 2017 (up 24% yoy).
- Brazil exported 62KMT during 2017 (up 92% yoy), with exports into North America and Europe increasing 63% and 53% resp.
- Vietnam’s crop is expected to be 218KMT (+4%) this season, as younger vines compensate for yield loss in older vines.
- As India is expected to have a record crop of 92KMT this year, and initial berry setting in Lampung also looks promising, we expect a record crop of 575KMT this season.
- Following the above, global stocks can be expected to increase both in producing countries as in consuming countries, as we continue to be in a period of excess production.