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Issue Date: Vol. 57, No. 6, June 2017, Posted On: 5/19/2017

Year-To-Date Colombian Coffee Production Climbs 4.8%

Emily Jed
TAGS: Colombia coffee production, mild washed arabica coffee, Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, Colombian coffee exports

BOGOTA -- Colombia, the world's leading producer of mild washed arabica coffee, produced 4.4 million 60kg. bags between January and April. That's a 4.8% increase over the 4.2 million bags produced during the same period in 2016, according to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation.

As a result of delayed flowerings, coffee production in April dropped 20%, generating only 834,000 bags. Harvest peaks, however, are expected to arrive mid-May.

During the past 12 months (May 2016-April 2017), Colombian coffee production surpassed 14.4 million 60kg. bags, a 0.8% drop, compared with the 14.5 million bags produced during the comparable year-earlier period.

So far this crop year, which began in October 2016, Colombia's coffee production has increased 5.1%, reaching nearly 8.8 million 60kg. bags.

Year-to-date Colombian coffee exports registered a 4% increase, reaching more than 4.4 million 60kg. bags. Similarly, coffee exports reached 936,000 bags in April, a 1% increase, compared with April 2016's 931,000 bags.

During the past 12 months (May 2016-April 2017), coffee exports reached 13 million 60kg. bags, almost the same volume registered between May 2015 and April 2016. So far this crop year, exports rose 9%, topping 8.4 million 60kg. bags.

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