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Crude Soybean Oil Price Trend

For the First Quarter of 2022

Asia

Boosted by the crude oil market, the external oil market grew rapidly over the Qingming vacation. After the festival, the soybean oil futures market opened up significantly, and the spot market soared with the market. It was projected that the soybean oil market would stay strong in the short run. Whereas, on March 24th, the soybean oil and palm oil market climbed. The average market price of soybean oil was 11,146 RMB/MT, up 2.73% in a single day while that of palm oil was 12,994 RMB/MT, up 1.44%.

North America

Neighboring CBOT soybean futures hit 17.65 USD/bushel in Q1 2022, just 29.75 cents below the 2012 peak. Quarterly price momentum and relative strength indicators indicated that the price had risen over the 16.70 USD barrier. Soybean futures gained 21.79% in Q1, ending at 16.1825 USD/bushel on March 31st. A dismal South American harvest has sustained prices in recent months, pushing soybeans to an 11-year high in Q1 2022.

Latin America

South American soybean oil prices ended a month of wild swings in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with cash prices in Argentina and Brazil rising to record highs earlier in March before reversing course. The fighting drove crude oil prices to multi-year highs and halted supplies of sunflower oil from the Black Sea area resulted in worldwide edible oil prices increase significantly. Argentina's FOB Up River and Brazil's FOB Paranaguá soybean oil outright prices reached record highs of 1,835.35 USD/MT and 1,826.53 USD/MT, respectively, on March 8th. Soybean oil prices were boosted further by Argentina and Brazil's soybean crop losses, as well as by high FOB premiums when Indian customers shifted their demand away from Black Sea-origin soybean oil during the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

For the Fourth Quarter of 2021

Asia

India (USD 3 billion) is the world's largest market for imported soybean oil, accounting for 29% of global imports. China (USD 725 million) was ranked second in the ranking, accounting for 7% of the overall value.

Europe

The increased usage of soy oil in the production of shortenings, margarine, and salad dressings in Europe and North America also had contributed to its rising demand. In the final quarter of the year, the market demand increased by the increased need for edible oils in the biofuel industry.

North America

In Q4 2021, in North America, the average US crude soybean oil prices were recorded at 1386 USD/MT. Due to growing worries about non-renewable energy sources, biofuel became a burgeoning industry. North American governments were making significant investments in biofuel production. The expanded capacity for biodiesel production had a significant impact on global demand for soybean-derived oil. The oil is used as a feedstock for biodiesel manufacturing since it has a greater BTU value and burns more effectively and cleanly. Biodiesel companies who use virgin vegetable oil as a feedstock receive a dollar-per-gallon subsidy from the US government.

Latin America

Despite the fact that Brazil, the world's biggest soybean producer, increased its harvested area by 4% over the previous year, dryness lowered yields dramatically. Brazil's soybean output is forecast to drop 3% year on year to 134 MMT.

For First, Second and Third Quarters of 2021

Asia

In nations like China and India, soybean oil was widely used for cooking and frying. Because soy oil has a higher smoke point than other cooking oils, it is becoming increasingly popular in Asian foodservice. Consumers in nations such as India, Indonesia, and China have more discretionary spending, which had expanded the trend of dining out. This increased the demand for this oil in a variety of applications, including bakery goods and prepared dishes.

Europe

In 2021, the market's expansion was fueled by increased consumer awareness of the product's health benefits. One of the most popular polyunsaturated cooking oils was this one. It has a high smoke point (257°C), allowing for higher temperatures in the oil for deep frying. Soybean oil's longer shelf life encourages its use in the food processing and restaurant industries.

North America

In 2021, in North America, the average US crude soyabean oil prices for the first three quarters were recorded at 1255 USD/MT. Due to its increasing use in a variety of products such as bakery, cooking, packaged meals, snacks, and foodservice, the edible oil sector saw a significant expansion. The demand for cooking oils in the supermarket aisles fueled the expansion of the edible oil industry. During 2021, the use of soybean oil, palm oil, olive oil, and coconut oil increased due to growing demand for plant-based foods. A growing desire among consumers to produce nutritious cuisine with vitamin-fortified, organic, non-GMO oils spurred the growth. The use of soybean oil for biofuel production was higher in 2021, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) May 2021 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. The demand for oils on the Chicago Board of Trade increased by about 70% in June 2021, largely to increased demand from the biodiesel sector. The demand for soybean oil was already boosted by increased investments by governments and fueled manufacturers to improve the biodiesel production process.

Latin America

The average yearly soybean oil price jumped 65% year over year in 2021, from 838 USD/MT to 1,385 USD/MT. Weather-related production deficits in South America, strong demand in China, and high freight charges fueled the most significant price growth in Q3.

For the Year 2020

Asia

The global impact of COVID-19 had a positive impact on the edible oil market across the Asia-Pacific region. There was a demand seen by food processors and food service operators for its use in baked and fried food products.

North America

In 2020, the US crude soybean oil market price was recorded at 780 USD/MT in January, 739 USD/MT in April, 732 USD/MT in September and 922 USD/MT in December . There was an R&D development seen in the biodiesel industry, accelerating its demand. There was decreased consumption due to the impact on the food service sector. The fuel demand was reduced, so the biodiesel demand was reduced as well. Over, the biodiesel demand in the US reduced in 2020.

Latin America

In 2020, in South America, Argentina, crude soyabean oil prices were recorded at 699 USD/MT in January and 714 USD/MT in February. Biodiesel demand was growing in Brazil before the pandemic, but after the pandemic, demand was affected. Argentina (USD 3.7 billion) remained the world's top soybean oil exporter, accounting for 39% of global exports. Brazil came in second, with an 8% stake.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Crude Soybean Oil for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Crude Soybean Oil:

Crude Soybean Oil is basically oil derived from soybean flakes with mixed hexanes. Crude degummed soybean oil is defined as pure soybean oil which is obtained from fair to average quality crude soybean oil by removing most of the natural gums (phospholipids) present in it through hydration and mechanical separation.

Industrial Uses:

  • Producing salad dressings
  • Baking and frying fats
  • Margarines
  • Salad and cooking oils

Production Processes

  • Production of Crude Soybean Oil from Soybeans

In this process, first soybeans undergo cracking process and then heated at a temperature ranging between 60-88oC or 140-190°F. These are further rolled into flakes and solvent-extracted with hexanes. This extracted oil containing hexanes is known as Crude Soybean Oil. Upon refining the same, it is referred to as soybean oil. 

Supplier Database

  • Bunge Limited 
  • The Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • Adams Group
  • CHS Inc. 
  • Grain Millers Inc

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