Where can I find price information?
ITC provides a market news service (MNS) for medicinal
plants and extracts. This MNS bulletin presents prices and market
intelligence for those products for which current information is
not readily available. The bulletin is published quarterly and
provides information on indicative prices of raw materials and
extracts commonly consumed in North America, Europe, India, China
and Japan. For subscription, please refer to www.intracen.org.
Indicative prices of spices may be obtained from the ITC's MNS
Spices World Report, a weekly publication. Information on prices
may also be available in the "Commodity and Market Review" and
"Food Outlook" of The Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO,
www.fao.org. The Public Ledger publish prices on a weekly basis on
crude drugs, herbs and spices, waxes and gums, different essential
oils, oilseeds and some vegetable oils, www.public-ledger.com.
Regarding essential oils and raw materials for essential oils, the
most up-to-date information can be obtained directly from traders,
who publish regular market reports for their customers. For
instance, Fuerst Day Lawson (FDL) frequently publishes market
reports on essential oils and aroma chemicals, etc. with inside
information on the industry and price developments. The magazine
COSSMA monthly publishes prices of a number of cosmetic raw
materials (mostly essential oils), www.cossma.com. Many wholesalers
publish an annual catalog. This is the case for instance for Galke,
www.galke.com. When this is not the case, prices must be requested.
Sites for retail prices for herbal materials include
www.herbmarket.com and http://libertynatural.com For agricultural
products, several countries have specialized institutions for
market and price information, including the German Zentrale Markt-
und Preisberichtsstelle für Erzeugnisse der Land-, Forst und
Ernährungswirtschaft (ZMP), www.zmp.de.