Brazilian coffee export revenue increased by 28,2% in January-June compared to the same period in 2019thanks in part to the weaker Brazilian real, which has made its products more competitive. However, in the first half of 2020, coffee sales grew by just 0,3%, according to the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé). Brazilian exports were also helped by a slump in production in Vietnam, where lower rainfall and above average temperatures have raised concerns about a cutback in production at lower yields. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts that coffee production in Vietnam in 2020/21 will be 30,2 million 60 kg bags, down 3,5% from the previous year. Brazilian production of robusta, considered a grain of inferior quality than Arabica, has filled a gap in the global market left by Vietnam, according to Cecafé, robusta grain exports rose 30% in January-June. Total exports, including industrial production of coffee and arabica, declined by 4% over the same period. Robusta coffee, which is only used in certain blends in the US and other small niche markets, has recently found new markets, including new importers such as Spain, Russia and some African countries.