OILS AND FATS IN THE MARKET PLACE


Oilseeds, Oils and Fats, and Seed Meals in 2011/12


Individual products are detailed in other sections, but it is useful to have an overall view of the size of these commodities (see Table 1). The astute reader will be able to draw many conclusions from these data. Some points that interest me are discussed below. Figures are generally given for harvest years such as 2011/12. This relates to harvests in the Northern Hemisphere in 2011 and in the Southern Hemisphere in 2012. We are now in the incomplete 2012/13 harvest year for which forecasts are available. Figures for the recent past may be changed slightly as more reliable data become available. It is no small task to obtain the required data, especially from less developed countries.

Production of oilseeds, oils and fats, and oilmeals in 2011/12 and ten years earlier using USDA figures (Feb 2013). Data are expressed in million tonnes (mt).
2001-2002 2011-2012
Seeds Oil Meal Seeds Oil Meal
  Soya 184.8 28.9 124.9 238.7 42.4 179.4
  Cotton       46.6 5.3 15.8
  Peanut (a)       35.3 5.1 6.2
  Sunflower 21.4 7.4 8.3 33.5 15.1 13.1
  Rape (Canola) 36.0 13.1 19.9 61.6 24.3 35.8
  Palmkernel       13.3 5.9 7.0
  Copra/coconut   3.2   5.5 3.6 1.9
  Olive   3.4
  Palm 25.3 50.7
  Fish 5.8 4.5
  Total production 324.7 92.7 182.5 441.7 155.7 266.7
  Total exports 62.4 33.0 52.9 109.6.9 63.5 80.9

(a) also known as groundnut


USDA do not provide data for corn oil (~2.5 mt), sesame oil, linseed oil, and castor oil (each between 0.5 and 1.0 mt, nor for butter (~7mt), lard (~8mt), tallow (~9mt), and fish oil (~1 mt).


F.D. Gunstone

James Hutton Institute (and MRS Lipid Analysis Unit), Invergowrie, Dundee (DD2 5DA), Scotland

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