Lots of importers of allspice (pimento) are looking for market reports in order to schedule their buying for new crop. Mexico, the largest exporter of this item, has slowly started harvesting.
At Van der Does Spice Brokers food safety is of paramount importance. A food safety culture in our company and in our supply chain is our top priority. One of the key criteria on selecting new partners is if and how the senior management embraces food safety.
Harvesting of new crop garlic has started in China in the Henan province. Experts in the field tell us that the yield will definitely will be less compared to 2020. Jinxiang county (southwestern Shandong province) will start in some 2 weeks from now.
The frequency of import controls for salmonella in black pepper from Brazil (neither crushed nor ground) has been increased from 20% to 50% by Regulation (EU) No 2021/608 with effect from 21 April 2021.
First reports tell us that the new crop pepper from Indonesia will start not earlier than the end of June, some 2 months from now. The Lampung province will start with the harvest for black pepper. A month later harvesting will be done on the islands of Bangka and Belitung for the famous Muntok white pepper.
Our main focus has been on Brazil for pink pepper the last couple of years. Quality has improved significantly compared to a decade ago. Brazil now produces pink pepper in a premium grade that is very suitable for retail packing.
In this case we are not referring to the famous 80’s movie from Scorsese, but we are looking back to our news item of 2 months ago. When comments are that farmers and stockists are holding, experienced buyers know enough.
Like “true cinnamon” can only come from Sri Lanka, some buyers say the only “true” vanilla comes from Madagascar. For some that might be the case, other buyers are open for alternative origins like Indonesia and Uganda which also produce the Planifolia variant.