KernAktuell January 2020, News

The 2019 harvest in China

The awakening is yet to come!

The coming weeks and months will reveal how much the development of the Chinese pumpkin seed market – in terms of both price and quantity – depends on the availability of the commodity in Europe.

Since the end of 2019 it has been apparent – especially in the organic sector – that stocks of Chinese pumpkin seeds in Europe are likely to fall far short of the quantity required to meet the needs of the entire snack and bakery sector until the 2020 harvest comes onstream in January 2021. Harvest quantities in Europe – including quantities of organic pumpkin seeds – were too small and the shortfall cannot be offset by using Chinese goods.

Hardly a single container of organic pumpkin seeds has left the ports since Anuga in October last year. This is due to inconsistent and confusing interpretation of the analysis results produced by local organic inspection bodies. It is coupled with the fact that key documents needed for a smooth import process were not issued and will not be issued in the near future. It is clear from this what the effect on the sector will be. By contrast, the regular customers of Estyria Naturprodukte GmbH who took our advice and quickly concluded contracts in the last quarter of last year have come off well. The quantities are in the bag and the goods are already in the warehouse or in the process of being delivered.

Although we do not foresee that conventional pumpkin seeds from China will sell out, prudence is nevertheless advisable. Prices have risen steadily since the harvest in September and there is no reason to expect them to fall. Make sure that here, too, you cover your demand in good time.


KernAktuell edition January 2020 >>



Immer auf dem neuesten Stand


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.

Read more

Our brands