9th Edition of Foodcom ADDITIVES Newsletter
We have noticed an overall lower additives activity in the market, which can be crucial as the world depends on agricultural chemicals to feed itself. The inflated gas and commodity prices will hurt harvests as farmers are struggling to make up the shortfall. This is in part because profit margins have been squeezed by rising costs of fertilizers and other additional costs. Russia is a major exporter of nitrogen, phosphate, and potash fertilizers, and although trade with them has not come to a standstill, it has slowed significantly as importers and ship charterers avoid the country.
If anything, the outlook for industry has deteriorated, but we can speculate that conditions will change for the better in the near future, as global resolutions for the crisis will be implemented.
Methionine producers are currently struggling with the rising cost of raw materials such as glucose and ammonia due to ever-increasing natural gas prices.
Choline chloride 60%
Prices and demand for choline chloride remain at a similar level as in the previous month. Although we have an increased number of queries for the liquid form of this raw material.
Threonine remains calm and stable at the moment. Analogously to lysine, we observe strong demand from non-EU countries.
We have noticed growing interest in this ingredient, in particular from countries neighboring the European Union, and there has been an upward trend in the demand within the EU itself.
When it comes to citric acid, a developing availability of this commodity on the market can be noticed.The price decreased slightly partially due to the combating food crisis in China, as the production there is considered quite precarious.
The Xanthan Gum is always an uncertainty for many when it comes to market availability. This week, in Europe, new volumes are coming on line, so we could speculate that the rates will be rising due to the reduced accessibilityThese quantities are deficient to cover the entire market. But new production sources are still being sought.
The price of tara gum on the market has stagnated for a long time, but is not immune to global inflated prices. Producers still claim that buyers find tara gum convenient in any industry sector as it is a profitable substitute for carob gum.
Potassium sorbate is within easy reach on the market, and its price reckons constant small increase. This substance has unique properties, but is low cost, so it’s a very coveted additive, highly popular in the manufacture of various cosmetics.
A product that is currently scarce on the market is sodium benzoate. It is one of the other substances that are becoming in short supply on account of the current global economic situation. We are therefore looking forward to new deliveries and hope to keep an eye on the market as we receive more queries about the potential availability of sodium benzoate.
We have seen a sharp increase in interest in MSG. This has been influenced by both the recent ban on the Indian export market and demand due to the production of Ajinomoto.This correlates to the fact that MSG became quite popular due to the name Ajinomoto itself and the company later trademarked it to secure exclusivity.