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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 2014/15 and Comparison to 2012/13, 2013/14
October 1 - September 30
 


Country



2012/13



2013/14



2014/15
Country Share of U.S. Exports 2014/15* Current Year Exports - 12/15
  Canada 3,726 3,473 4,015 34% 876
  Korea 1,180 1,208 2,397 20% 364
  Mexico 1,074 1,183 2,167 19% 364
  Spain 2,078 2,137 2,031 17% 265
  Germany 316 673 246
2% 96
  Austria 0 0 234 2% 0
  Israel 863 253 147 1% 9
  Singapore 76 152 88 1% 18
  Equador 59 21 75 1% 0
  Chile 0 91 53 1% 7
  Other 3,561 1,363 246 2% 78
  TOTAL 12,933 10,554 11,699 100% 2,077
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons

* By volume/kernel only


IN-SHELL
U.S. Confection Sunflower Exports
Top Ten Markets from 2014/15 and Comparison to 2012/13, 2013/14
October 1 - September 30
 

Country


2012/13


2013/14


2014/15
Country Share of U.S. Exports 2013/14 Current Year Exports - 12/15
  Spain 21,023 23,031 20,593 36% 4,246
  Mexico 6,104 9,932 8,203 14% 2,440
  Turkey 14,960 10,064 4,506 8% 1,930
  Iraq 857 504 3,379 6% 2,631
  Jordan 5,846 4,889 3,286 6% 479
  Indonesia 1,502 669 2,860 5% 165
  Israel 1,934 3,966 2,472 4% 134
  Egypt 5,435 2,096 1,959 4% 508
  Kuwait 6,560 3,695 1,648 3% 39
  Greece 1,626 1,658 1,513 3% 671
  Other 11,869 9,065 6,253 11% 1,191
  TOTAL 77,716 69,569 56,672 100% 14,434
Shipping Weight in Metric Tons


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