What is happening: Stocks of palm oil supplies are at highs, and the demands are reaching worrying lows.
Supply: There has been a recent glut of supply in the palm oil industry. Many plantations have delayed harvests. Malaysian stocks were at 3 million tons last month, their highest in 18 years.
Demand: Demand has been slow through 2018, resulting in large stockpiles and driven-down prices. However, demand should increase as it is used in around half of the packaged products sold in supermarkets.
Price: Palm oil prices are at their lowest value in three years.
Help: However, the palm oil supply chain has received some help in recent months, as tariff reductions and holiday shutdowns have eaten into the growing stockpiles.
Environment: The long-term issue for palm oil suppliers is the fact the goods are heavily linked to deforestation, and harm to local populations, as well as endangered species.