Argentina Dry Bean Planting Update

April 20, 2018

In the last newsletter we provided a brief report on Argentine market dynamics as they impact the U.S.’ competitiveness in the Americas. As of this writing Argentina has exported 288,744 MT of dry beans. This is an increase of 11% compared to previous year data for that period. Brazil is again Argentina’s top export market […]

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India Market Conditions Remain Complicated

April 20, 2018

India is one of the most compelling and interesting market opportunities for the U.S. dry bean industry, but also one of the most difficult due to historically complicated market access constraints. An attractive market with huge potential for U.S. dry bean consumption, we continue to work closely with our on the ground representative to craft […]

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New Research Shows Benefits of Bean for Improved Child Growth

April 20, 2018

A new report from Washington University with support from the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab (LIL) run by Michigan State University concludes that dietary intervention with edible beans can prevent childhood stunting. The prevalence of malnutrition or hidden hunger persists throughout much of the world despite various feeding interven-tions run by the U.S. government […]

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Other Competitor Market Snapshots

April 20, 2018

In addition to keeping an eye on Argentina and India, we provide a brief assessment of other competitor markets. China The table below shows Chinese dry bean exports to the world and countries in South and Central America & the Caribbean for the past four U.S. dry bean marketing years and for the first six […]

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Argentine Bean Exports are on the Rise

March 20, 2018

Argentina’s marketing year runs from July through June. According to the Global Trade Atlas, from July through December 2017, Argentina exported 267,757 MT of dry beans. Argentina’s export volume for July through December 2018 was up 7% compared to previous year data for that period. The top markets for this year have been Brazil (98,017 […]

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US Dry Bean Market Dynamics in the European Union, Part I

March 20, 2018

Navy beans were the top US dry bean export to the EU in 2017, with quantities reaching 62,870 MT, for a value of $43.5 million. This represents an increase of 41% in quantity and of 55% in value over 2016. Dark Red Kidney bean exports were also up in 2017: 36,000 MT, a 27% increase […]

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USDBC Launches New Affiliate Membership

March 20, 2018

USDBC is offering affiliate membership to any company that handles beans directly, such as shippers, packagers, exporters, etc. This membership category does not apply to secondary bean handlers such as bag manufacturers and sorting machinery vendors, etc. Affiliate members may join at the following levels: $2,000 if your parent organization/regional dealer association, etc. is already […]

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USDBC Elects New Board Officers for the 2018 – 2020 Period

February 19, 2018

USDBC held its annual winter board meeting in conjunction with the Mexico Bean congress in Cancun, Mexico. The meeting took place over a two day period with a full day dedicated to presentations from USDBC Global Marketing Representatives who discussed their regional strategies and priorities for 2018 and beyond. A second day was dedicated to […]

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Lorena Alfaro joins USDBC as Food Aid Specialist

February 19, 2018

At USDBC’s February Board meeting, the Food Aid committee selected Lorena Alfaro to fill a new contract position developing and managing the food assistance portfolio. Alfaro has a wealth of experience in the commodity marketing and food aid field, having worked as the food aid representative for the American Soybean Association (ASA), as well as […]

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Mexico Bean Congress Draws a Record Crowd, Talks NAFTA

February 19, 2018

A record 200 plus crowd gathered in Cancun, Mexico from February 8 -11, 2018 to hear the latest about NAFTA negotiations, U.S. and Mexican market conditions and production for U.S. dry beans, as well as new opportunities to innovate with beans. This year’s keynote address was given by USDA Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural […]

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