FEED INGREDIENT FOCUS: Vitamins D5 and B3 plus Suez Canal discussion

This week we take a close look at vitamins D5 and B3 plus get an update on the Suez Canal situation.

March 31, 2021

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FEED INGREDIENT FOCUS: Vitamins D5 and B3 plus Suez Canal discussion

Vitamin D3 prices dip again after upward trend

Glowlit users reported that producers of Vitamin D3 500 had been quoting higher prices since the end of February. As a result, global spot prices increased by 54% from the end of February until last week. However, prices have come down by 26% in the last week. We’ll be watching whether the Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal results in localized price surges.

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Vitamin B5 prices on the rise

Chinese producers have seen increased prices of raw materials for the production of Vitamin B5. As a result, the global price of Calpan went up by 8.7% since the beginning of 2021.

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The Ever Given Floats Again

Wherever you are in the world, you or someone along your supply chain has been watching the efforts to dig out the Ever Given mega-ship with bated breath. We're here to tell you that you can breathe easy. The massive cargo ship, which had blocked the Suez Canal since March 23rd, has now been freed.

Winds of 30 mph had caused the ship to drift off course, resulting in the hull being firmly lodged into the canal bed of the Suez, a critical waterway which sees 12% of all global trade. The Ever Given stretches 400 meters (a quarter of a mile) in length and 58.8 meters across. It is one of the largest ships of its kind in the world, weighing an astonishing 220,940 metric tons, with capacity to carry 20,124 20-ft. equivalent unit containers.

What did it take to free the Ever Given behemoth? A complicated operation involving expert salvage teams aided by a bit of luck. The lunar cycle brought a changing tide, which helped to lift the ship as waters swelled. Though shipping officials caution that the complicated operation is still underway, experts remain confident that the ship will soon be fully freed. Definitely a good way to start the new week.

Tune in for this week’s Feedstuffs 365 discussion to learn more.

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