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Market Report: September 2018

The pound is in deep shadow due to the lack of progress on Brexit, and the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit. Meanwhile the US dollar appreciates due to a further potential escalation in the trade wars with China, and the suggestion that the USA may withdraw from the WTO and Canada does not need to be in the NAFTA. With a potential leadership challenge possible, and certainly strong criticism due at the Conservative party conference at the end of this month, there is potential for Sterling to weaken further…

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Poppy field

Focus on: Poppy

The poppy seed is an oilseed obtained from the pods of the poppy plant (Papaver somniferum). The pods contain a large amount of white, grey or bluish seeds. Poppy seeds have been cultivated for over 3,000 years and grow best at cool temperatures between 10 to 15 degrees centigrade. Today, poppy seeds are produced mainly in Central European and Asian countries …

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Indian win-win

It is full steam ahead for Unicorn Ingredients’ satellite office in central Gujarat, India, which is planning to start importing seeds to India as well as exporting from the sub-continent.

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Unicorn Brings the Right Ingredients to IBA 2018

Unicorn Ingredients will be returning this year to Europe’s biggest bakery trade show, IBA, taking place in Munich from 15 to 20 September 2018. UK-based Unicorn will be displaying a broad range of seeds and grains, including sesame and pumpkin seeds as well as poppy seeds at the international trade show. Also at show will be pre-mixes for bread and biscuits and specialist ingredients for eco and organic bakery products …

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Focus on: Australia

Australia is an important country to Unicorn due to its large scale production of its native seed, Poppy. It is also an area of opportunity with the prospect of developing specialist honey, amongst other products, and we are exploring different avenues as to how we can make this work in the long term …

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Market Report: August 2018

In the UK, Parliament is on holiday, Brexit uncertainties and lack of direction grow, and to some extent this is reflected in EU members if not in Brussels. A hard Brexit will be bad for business in EU too. The pound has nowhere to go whilst these uncertainties remain. The Euro is guided to some extent by an expected fall in GDP, and the Brexit shadow …

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Market Report: July 2018

The increase in global risk, and looming trade wars appears to be good for the US Dollar which has strengthen against both the Euro and Sterling in recent days. Major depreciation of the Yuan (China) where concerns over US protectionism are still current. However, the impactor of this is to at least off set some market increases locally when prices are converted to dollars …

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Supply Demands

Unicorn Ingredients manages the complicated logistical demands of its business by keeping focused on three key supply chain priorities. As a business that operates in 34 countries globally and sources a complex range of seasonal products, Unicorn Ingredients must maintain a highly-sophisticated supply chain. And it is a supply chain that must be robust enough to be tested by harvest failures and natural disasters such as the recent devastating volcano in Guatemala.

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The Call of China

Unicorn Ingredients’ base in China allows it to build close relationships with suppliers of key products and embrace local opportunities and expertise. As the Chinese market started to take off in 2011, Unicorn Ingredients registered its first overseas office in the country, as part of its global expansion objective. A Chinese office provides a vital communications conduit for UK-based Unicorn, in dealing with its many Chinese suppliers and Chinese customers.

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Crop picking in Africa

Focus on: Africa

Since the inception of Unicorn Ingredients, the company has looked to work with and develop opportunities and avenues for sustainable business ventures in Africa, one of the largest sesame seed producers in the world, supplying approximately seventy per cent of the world’s natural sesame seeds. This coupled with the increase in seed demand due to various factors, including globalisation, means Africa is becoming a very important region for Unicorn Ingredients.

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