The Chinese harvest 2019

Global availability – will there be enough?

The Chinese harvest of GWS has been delayed by about a fortnight. By now all market stakeholders are probably aware that growing areas in China – as throughout Europe – have been significantly reduced. In Xinjiang province the area on which GWS is grown is said to have been cut by 30-40 percent. The expected crop and stocks from the 2018 harvest will in principle meet the international demand, but uncertainty prevails with regard to how actual global demand will develop and when Chinese producers will become clear about availability in Europe.


Sector experts will present the Chinese producers with the relevant information in Cologne in a few days’ time. Commodity speculators in China have started buying up the new crop. Visitors to Südback, the bakery industry’s trade fair that was held in Stuttgart at the end of September, were agreed that it is only a question of time before prices strengthen further. What needs to be done with the 2020 harvest in Europe from the point of view of strategic commodity procurement seems clear: enter into long-term contracts at the present price level.


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Traditional Styrian
stamp press process

While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.

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