May 12, 2017
Director of Sales
Yesterday the Almond Board of California released the April shipment report. Shipments for the month of April were reported at 151.9 million pounds, down approximately 9% compared to the same time last year. Despite the slight decline, this number is the second largest April shipment number for the California almond industry. Year-to-date shipments of 1.6 billion pounds are up over 21% compared to Aug – April last year.
While comparing shipment patterns for crop year 2015 and 2016 to date, it is apparent inshell shipments have significantly impacted the month-to-month cadence. Year-to- date inshell shipments for the industry now stand at 265.3 million pounds. This compares to 188.6 million pounds last year. Inshell shipments for the entire 2015 crop was 238.9 million pounds. Heavy early inshell shipments this crop year contributed to the impressive numbers we witnessed last fall.