Thursday, December 06, 2012
almonds-uc-david-10282012

California: Almond Exports to Russia a Blueprint for Success

AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source


With Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) earlier this year, there is a growing interest in doing business with the Russian food and agricultural sector.

This week, Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse leads a U.S. delegation of more than 20 U.S. companies and five state departments of agriculture on an agricultural trade mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg. The goal of the mission is to continue a concerted effort by the Obama Administration to expand export opportunities for U.S. businesses with nations around the world, including Russia.

 

One example of a successful U.S.-Russia agricultural partnership is the export of California almonds to Russia for use in the confectionery sector. Russia is the second largest confectionery market in the world, and demand for high quality ingredients such as U.S. nuts and dried fruits has been increasing. With that in mind, Under Secretary Scuse and the state department delegates visit the Red October Chocolate Factory in Moscow, where they will see how this Russian company uses U.S. almonds.

Not many people know that California alone produces 80 percent of the world’s almonds.

Wow.

Yet U.S. almonds didn’t enter the Russian market until 2005. At that time, the USDA Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Russia and the Almond Board of California worked together to organize a series of technical conferences and events that promoted California almonds to the Russian confectionery industry. The ATO focused on educating food processing specialists about the nutritional value of California almonds and their various applications for food processing.

Since then, Russian industry specialists have used California almonds extensively and have increased their knowledge of the product through seminars in Russia and travel to California to meet producers and exporters.  As a result, the United States now supplies about 92 percent Russian almond market in 2012.  U.S. almond exports have grown 10-fold in value to Russia, reaching $90 million in fiscal year 2012.

During the trade mission, the U.S. delegation will also learn about new market opportunities for hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, prunes, raisins, and cranberries. Later in the week, the group will visit August Topfer, a nut-roasting facility in St. Petersburg.

U.S. almonds are one of many agricultural products represented by U.S. companies participating in the trade mission to Russia. Through this mission, USDA aims to develop new partnerships with Russian importers and build upon U.S. agricultural exports, which reached record levels in 2011. Strong agricultural exports contribute to a positive U.S. trade balance, create jobs, boost economic growth and support President Obama’s National Export Initiative goal of doubling all U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

Tags: , ,


Leave a Reply

Name and Email Address are required fields. Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.

Sunbelt Ag News

    DTN Livestock Close: Live Cattle Explode Near Day’s End12-26

    Rose on Cotton: Shipping Data to Control Price Action12-26

    Farm Defensively: Focus on Minimizing Losses Rather Than Making Profits – DTN12-26

    Soybeans: Digging in to SDS Management – DTN12-26

    DTN Cotton Close: Slightly Mixed on Thin Volume12-26

    DTN Grain Close: Soybeans Finish Week Higher12-26

    USDA: Peanut Price Highlights12-26

    DTN Livestock Midday: Feeder Cattle Hold Aggressive Losses12-26

    DTN Grain Midday: Soybeans, Corn Move Higher12-26

    DTN’s Top Ag Stories: EPA Delays Decision on RFS Volumes12-26

    DTN’s Top Ag Stories: Waters of U.S. Rule Creates Stir12-26

    DTN Cotton Open: Ticks Quietly Just Above Unchanged12-26

    U.S. Grain Transportation: Corn Inspections Highest Since October12-26

    U.S. Energy: Gasoline Prices Move with Brent Prices, Not WTI Prices12-26

    Gasoline Prices: Drop Another 15 Cents12-26

    Propane Stocks: Decrease by 0.5M Barrels12-26

    Diesel Prices: Average Drops 14 Cents12-26

    DTN Livestock Open: Cattle Paper to Start Higher12-26

    DTN Grain Open: Markets Closed Overnight12-26

    Timing, Restraint are Keys in Fungicide Efficacy, Data Show — DTN12-26

    Crop Tech: Ag Robot Research; Toxic Weed Benefits; Wheat App — DTN12-26

    Keith Good: Grain Exports from Russia Grind to Halt, Reports Say12-26

    DTN’s Top Ag Stories: Resistant Weed Worries Spread12-24

    DTN’s Top Ag Stories: Obama Issues Immigration Order12-24

    DTN’s Top Ag Stories: Brazil, Argentina Produce More Soybeans12-24

    Doane Cotton Close: Prices Drop in Final Minutes of Trade12-23

    AFB Grain-Soybean Close: Wheat, Corn Move Higher, Soybeans End Mixed12-23

    AFB Cotton Close: Market Turns Slightly Lower12-23

    AFB Rice Close: Futures Slightly Higher12-23

    Shurley on Cotton: Crop Insurance, Marketing Advice for 201512-23

    USDA: Weekly National Peanut Prices12-23

    DTN Fertilizer Trends: Urea Price Shows Some Weakening12-23

    Iowa Survey: Weed Resistance Seen as Daunting Problem — DTN12-23

    RMA Records Can be Easiest Option for Updating Farm Yields12-23

    Arkansas: Pinnacle Ag Acquires Gillett Grain12-23

    Senate Passes Barge Tax to Fund Waterway Repairs – DTN12-22

    Farm Shops: Small Size Can Still Tackle Big Work Orders – DTN12-22

    It’s Official: Viptera Trait in Corn, DDGs Approved by China — DTN12-22

    Welch on Grain: Corn Acres Projected at 88M in 201512-22

    Welch on Wheat: Prices Respond to Russia Uncertainty12-22

    Louisiana Rice: 6 Producer Meetings Slated for January, February12-22

    Flint on Crops: Memories of Country Christmases Rekindle the Spirit12-22

    DTN Livestock Close: Cattle Futures Rebound With Triple-Digit Gains12-19

    Doane Cotton Close: Another Choppy Week Ends Slightly Ahead12-19

    Mississippi Crop Values to Top $7B for 3rd Straight Year12-19

    Alfalfa: Dupont Pioneer Sells Alfalfa Seed Biz To S&W12-19

    Sunbelt Ag Events

     

    About Us

    AgFax.Com covers agricultural trends and production topics, with an emphasis on news about cotton, rice, peanuts, corn, soybeans, wheat and tree crops, including almonds, pecans, walnuts and pistachios.

      

    This site also serves as the on-line presence of electronic crop and pest reports published by AgFax Media LLC (formerly Looking South Communications).

        

    Click here to subscribe to our free reports.

      

    We provide early warnings and confirmations about pests, diseases and other factors that influence yield. Our goal is to quickly provide farmers and crop advisors with information needed to make better and more profitable decisions.

         

    Our free weekly crop and pest advisories include:

    • AgFax Midsouth Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri.

    • AgFax Southeast Cotton, covering cotton production and news in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southwest Cotton (new for 2013!), covering cotton production and news in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico.

    • AgFax West (formerly MiteFax: SJV Cotton), covering California cotton, alfalfa, tomatoes and other non-permanent crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgFax Rice covering rice production and news in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

    • AgFax Peanuts, covering peanut production in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

    • AgFax Southern Grain: covering soybeans, corn, milo and small grains in Southern states.

    • AgFax Almonds, covering almonds, pistachios, walnuts and other tree crops in California's Central Valley.

    • AgCom 101, providing guidance to ag professionals involved in social media.

    Our newsletters are sponsored by the following companies: FMC Corporation Chemtura Dow AgroSciences.

          

    Mission statement:

    Make it as easy as possible for our community of readers to find and/or receive needed information.

              

    Contact Information:

    AgFax Media. LLC

    142 Westlake Drive Brandon, MS 39047

    601-992-9488 Office 601-992-3503 Fax

    Owen Taylor Debra L. Ferguson Laurie Courtney

          

    Circulation Questions?

    Contact Laurie Courtney