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The Westminster machine rolls relentlessly on as does the increase in prices across the board. Most companies have now set in place their new prices based on the post-Brexit currency drops. As our exit comes closer our currency is likely to suffer further and set us up for some more punishment because it not just the raw materials that have become dearer. Support services, machinery, packaging and all of that important stuff is also more expensive now so very few goods are able to escape this considerable (and frustratingly avoidable) impact. Do we really have to jump off of this cliff?
As we enter our 41st year of trading the trend for buying Organic goods has once again lurched in the right direction and we remain committed to offering the greatest choice that we possibly can for this sector. That much has remained unchanged but Fairtrade, Vegan and local products are becoming far more popular than they ever were back in the day and we are paying a lot of attention to them as well. Please let us know if there is anything that you feel that we ought be including in our list.

Richard Austin opines:
Richard Austin opines:
Almonds: Prices are rising because of cooler weather and rain in February leading to a smaller crop. Hopefully competition
from a good Spanish crop will pressure prices downwards a little. Brazils: Crop about the same as previous years. Currency keeping price high. Cashews: Rains in Vietnam in February
may have caused some quality issues. Late crop is leading to some uncertainty. Hazels: Lower of demand is pressuring the price down but again crop is around
25% lower. Lira has rebounded against the dollar which has helped prices. Pecans: Potentially huge Chinese crop coupled with high demand makes this a very uncertain market. Walnuts: Demand is pushing up the prices of Californian high quality walnuts.
A very bullish market at present. Lower quality material from Eastern Europe and India available at lower prices. Raisins: US prices are down around 25% keeping them in touch with the rest of
the market. Turkey particularly provides alternative material and their crop is determined by the weather around now. Apricots: After the big corrections of last year apricot prices have firmed a little as demand remains steady. March frosts are the danger and when this time has passed this yars prices will become a lot easier to predict. Pinenuts: Having become vey expensive this commodity
was due a correction which did come about. Declining prices have stalled a little and with a strong crop we may see prices dip even further. Sunflower: A recovery
of the weather in February in Bulgaria led to prices stabalising at slightly lower levels. The better than expected crop in the Ukraine has also been helpful in this respect. Pumpkin Seed: Strong supply has led to some price drops although there is some uncertainty about future planting plans for this crop in China.

Please remember buying in advance is risky and can end in tears. There are no issues with food storage backing a winner at Wincanton so you may get better value for a flutter exploring that possibility. Whatever you do please don’t blame me as the comments above are for your interest only.

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