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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 and Turkey are the most prominent customers for U.S. confection in-shell 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 remains an important export destination for U.S. confection sunflower seeds. Confection sunflower seed is a traditional and popular snack in Turkey and the surrounding region. In Canada, sunflower kernel is used 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 2013/14 and Comparison to 2011/12, 2012/13
October 1 - September 30
 


Country



2011/12



2012/13



2013/14
Country Share of U.S. Exports 2013/14* Current Year Exports - 10/14-10/14
  Canada 5,595 3,726 3,473 33% 380
  Spain 2,068 2,078 2,137 20% 14
  Korea 805 1,180 1,208 11% 139
  Mexico 1,346 1,074 1,183 11% 235
  Germany 952 316 673 6% 58
  Romania 458 239 320 3% 0
  China 55 18 257 2% 0
  Israel 857 863 253 2% 0
  United Kingdom 1,595 615 205 2% 0
  Japan 470 141 184 2% 0
  Other 2,564 2,683 661 6% 78
  TOTAL 16,765 12,933 10,554 100% 904
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons

* By volume/kernel only


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U.S. Confection Sunflower Exports
Top Ten Markets from 2013/14 and Comparison to 2011/12, 2012/13
October 1 - September 30
 

Country


2011/12


2012/13
2013/14 Country Share of U.S. Exports 2013/14 Current Year Exports - 10/14-10/14
  Spain 18,161 21,023 23,031 33% 1,708
  Turkey 5,788 14,960 10,064 14% 0
  Mexico 6,732 6,104 9,932 14% 548
  Jordan 4,685 5,846 4,889 7% 317
  Israel 2,090 1,934 3,966 6% 0
  Kuwait 402 6,560 3,695 5% 965
  Egypt 2,361 5,435 2,096 3% 305
  Romania 3,627 2,311 1,735 2% 287
  Greece 1,437 1,626 1,658 2% 102
  Canada 418 1,396 1,127 2% 9
  Other 5,972 10,521 7,376 11% 606
  TOTAL 51,673 77,716 69,569 100% 4,847
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons


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