Monthly composite indicator lowest since October 2006

4 April 2019

In March 2019, the ICO composite indicator fell by 3.1% to 97.50 US cents/lb, which is the lowest monthly average since October 2006 when the price was 95.53 US cents/lb. Prices for all group indicators fell in March 2019, with Brazilian Naturals registering a decrease of 4.2% to 95.81 US cents/lb, the largest among the four group indicators. Shipments in the first five months of coffee year 2018/19 increased by 6.2% to 52.27 million bags, reflecting the ample supply of coffee on the international market. Shipments of Brazilian Naturals rose by 20.4% to 18.65 million bags, and Colombian Milds grew by 7.7% to 6.63 million bags. World production in coffee year 2018/19 is estimated at 168.05 million bags while consumption is estimated at 164.99 million bags, creating a surplus of 3.06 million bags. This follows a surplus of 4.16 million bags in coffee year 2017/18.

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ICO Indicator prices
(US cents/lb)  17/09/2019
ICO Composite 97.76 -2.5%
Colombian Milds 131.84 -2.4%
Other Milds 129.52 -2.7%
Brazilian Naturals 98.81 -3.6%
Robustas 70.32 -1.0%

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