At DRWakefield, we pride ourselves on having a finger on the pulse of the coffee industry, and that means monitoring key trends in the countries with which we have strong relationships.
In our report from October 13th to 17th, we detail a range of information regarding coffee industry activity in some of our key markets, including volumes exported from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda and Vietnam.
CSC, the national coffee association of El Salvador, revealed on October 14th that exports dropped by 57.5 per cent over the 2013-14 season, with damage caused by the plant disease roya having a substantial negative effect. Traditionally one of the smaller coffee producers in Central America, El Salvador was among the hardest hit by roya.
The number of 60 kg bags shipped from El Salvador over the period stood at 498,736, down from 1.17 million during 2012-13.
In Nicaragua, exports fell by 8.2 per cent across 2013-14, with export association Cetrex announcing that total shipments of 60 kg bags dropped to 1.77 million.
But while the figure for the season as a whole was slightly down, a significant year-on-year increase was reported for September at 146,029 bags, up by 76.9 per cent from the same point in 2012-13.
Peru was forced to declare a 60-day emergency in 11 coffee-growing regions in a bid to tackle the spread of roya, with the net result that its coffee output will have dropped by more than 20 per cent this year. A coffee specialist from the country's agriculture ministry said 95 per cent of its harvest had already been wrapped up.
Coffee exports for Uganda decreased by seven per cent year on year in September, to 207,927 bags of 60 kg. This continued the country's recent trend of reduced export volumes.
Finally, in Vietnam, 97.3 tonnes – equivalent to 1.62 million 60 kg bags – were exported in September, down by just 0.4 per cent on August's figure. The volume was slightly below traders' forecasts of between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes, but close to the government's prediction of 100,000 tonnes.