The Word of the Week: Volatility

July 13, 2018
  • WASDE recap
    • Domestic sugar balance sheet
    • Will the sugar stocks-to-use ratio see 17 percent this year?
    • Are the projected corn exports inflated?
  • Ingredion closure of Stockton
    • Will it be business as usual?

 

Host: Craig Ruffolo, Vice President – Commodity Specialist

Expert: Kevin Combs, Vice President – Sweeteners Specialist

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A Tough Nut to Crack: Forecasting Weather & Trade

July 6, 2018
  • Weather turns dry in Midwest as corn pollination begins
  • Will tariffs turn the corn and soybean balance sheets bearish?

 

Host: Kevin Combs, Vice President – Sweeteners Specialist

Expert: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

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The Skinny on the Acreage & Quarterly Stocks Reports

June 29, 2018

 

Host: Michael Caughlan, President & CEO

Expert: Kevin Combs – Sweeteners Specialist

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Rain Makes Grain, Baby

June 22, 2018
  • Acreage increase + good weather = large grain crops
  • Acreage: Up, up, and away!
  • Weather: Rain makes grain

 

Host: Craig Ruffolo, Vice President – Commodity Specialist

Expert: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

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Let’s Talk about Trade! (& a lil’ WASDE)

June 15, 2018
  • WASDE report a sleeper this month
    • Market waiting for better gauge of acreage
    • June 29 acreage report: Fireworks?
  • NAFTA and agricultural trade dynamics
    • Corn and wheat
    • Soy complex
    • Meat products
    • And more!

Host: Michael Caughlan, President & CEO

Expert: Kevin Combs, Vice President – Sweeteners Specialist

Expert: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

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Live from the Sosland Purchasing Seminar in Kansas City

June 4, 2018
  • Themes from the seminar
    • Changing market sentiment?
    • Bullish expectations for commodities
  • Sugar
    • Under attack
    • Projected growth
    • Chasing demand
  • Corn sweeteners
    • Corn prices on the rise?
    • Demand issues on grind
    • Forecast for extended negotiations

 

Host: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

Expert: Craig Ruffolo, Vice President – Commodity Specialist

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Technically Speaking: A Look at Technical Market Indicators

May 31, 2018
  • A review of the Relative Strength Index and Fibonacci Retracement
  • What are the technicals saying about July corn, soybean oil, and #11 sugar futures?

 

Host: Michael Caughlan, President & CEO

Expert: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

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Tales from the Sweets & Snacks Expo and the Latest on Cocoa

May 25, 2018
  • From the Expo
    • Hazelnuts
    • Hot flavors and exotic ingredients
    • Dual sensory (jalapeño in chocolate?!?)
  • Cocoa
    • Cocoa in a bear channel
    • Powder and butter updates

 

Host: Michael Caughlan, President & CEO

Expert: Jeff Rasinski, Cocoa Consultant

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Investigating Food Fraud with Amanda Irizarry of Brian Shube Consulting

May 18, 2018

Mike sits down with Amanda Irizarry, Food Safety Director of Brian Shube Consulting, and asks:

  • What is food fraud and food adulteration?
  • What types of adulterants can be intentional?
  • What products or ingredients are involved in the highest amount of food fraud?
  • And more!

 

Host: Michael Caughlan, President & CEO

Expert: Amanda Irizarry, Food Safety Director, Brian Shube Consulting

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Let’s Do the WASDE Shuffle!

May 11, 2018
  • Corn and soybeans
    • Tightening global balance sheet
  • USDA continues to bloat sugar deliveries

 

Host: Craig Ruffolo, Vice President – Commodity Specialist

Expert: Nicole Thomas, Vice President – Information Services

 

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