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U.S. Confection Exports

The U.S. continues to be the dominant supplier of confection sunflower in-shell and kernel worldwide. Recognized as having the highest quality, U.S. processors of confection sunflower have developed technology that currently surpasses any other supplier in both volume capacity and quality control standards. Several of the domestic processing plants have gone through major renovations. Some have added processing facilities to provide specific consumer requirements such as roasting and flavoring.

The quality control of confection sunflower in the U.S. starts on the farm. Confection sunflower planting in the U.S. is largely done on a contract basis. This contracting functions as a control for quantity and quality. Growers have learned to produce a better quality product through good management practices. The pattern is to generate a higher value product through quality production and processing and to give the consumer a broad choice of raw, semi-processed and fully processed products.

Spain, Mexico, Turkey and Canada are the most prominent customers for U.S. confection sunflower products. Spain is the largest market for confection sunflower, importing both confection sunflower in-shell for traditional snack food and sunflower kernel. Sunflower kernel in Spain is sold roasted and salted as a snack, raw for home use and as an ingredient in food products including bread and confectionery products. Mexico imports both confection sunflower in-shell and sunflower kernel as well. In-shell is used as a snack and kernel as an ingredient in bakery and snack products. Turkey first emerged as a major importer of U.S. confection sunflower seeds in 1995. Confection sunflower seed is a traditional and popular snack in Turkey and the surrounding region. Sunflower kernel is used in Canada as a food ingredient and for snack foods.


U.S. Confection Exports Tables




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U.S. Confection Sunflower Exports
Top Ten Markets from 2012/13 and Comparison to 2010/11, 2011/12
October 1 - September 30
 


Country



2010/11



2011/12



2012/13
Country Share of U.S. Exports 2012/13* Current Year 10/13 to 08/14
  Canada 4,821 5,595 3,726 29% 2,936
  Spain 3,939 2,068 2,078 16% 2,076
  Korea 1,082 805 1,180 9% 1,027
  Mexico 1,144 1,346 1,074 8% 995
  Israel 670 857 863 7% 253
  United Kingdom 5,534 1,595 615 5% 205
  Turkey 161 138 609 5% 40
  Indonesia 0 0 487 4% 100
  Greece 168 100 319 2% 0
  Germany 8,205 952 316 2% 653
  Other 8,407 3,309 1,666 13% 1,213
  TOTAL 34,131 16,765 12,933 100% 9,498
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons

* By volume/kernel only


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U.S. Confection Sunflower Exports
Top Ten Markets from 2012/13 and Comparison to 2010/11, 2011/12
October 1 - September 30
 

Country


2010/11


2011/12


2012/13
Country Share of U.S. Exports 2012/13 Current Year 10/13 to 08/14
  Spain 23,918 18,161 21,023 27% 21,049
  Turkey 10,598 5,788 14,960 19% 9,840
  Kuwait 198 402 6,560 8% 3,115
  Mexico 8,735 6,732 6,104 8% 9,226
  Jordan 3,714 4,685 5,846 8% 3,749
  Egypt 2,228 2,361 5,435 7% 2,096
  Romania 5,755 3,627 2,311 3% 1,655
  Israel 2,336 2,090 1,934 3% 3,947
  Greece 1,557 1,437 1,626 2% 1,543
  Indonesia 120 190 1,502 2% 669
  Other 8,380 6,200 10,415 13% 7,160
  TOTAL 67,539 51,673 77,716 100% 64,049
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons


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