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  1. November 20, 2013

    Tea traders see price recovery brewing

    When Williamson Tea Kenya, one of the biggest growers of the leaf in Africa, released its quarterly results earlier this...

  2. November 12, 2013

    Ecom enters cocoa and coffee top league

    Even within the publicity shy commodities industry, Ecom Agroindustrial is considered one of the least known of the trading...

  1. November 10, 2013

    ‘Chocfinger’ looks to offload Armajaro Trading

    Armajaro, the commodity and hedge fund group co-founded by Anthony Ward, the cocoa trader dubbed “Chocfinger”, is seeking a...

  2. November 6, 2013

    Coffee slides on strong Colombia supplies

    Strong supplies from Colombia and expectations of another good crop in Brazil weighed on coffee, with prices hitting their...

  3. November 4, 2013

    Snacks and sweets face price sting from humble bee

    The demise of the humble honey bee has long been bemoaned by naturalists. Now it is alarming traders as it threatens to send...

  4. October 28, 2013

    Louis-Dreyfus taps banks to buy out founding family

    Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has received support from banks to increase her control over Louis Dreyfus Commodities by buying out...

  5. October 24, 2013

    Bunge considers sugar unit sale

    Bunge, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, is considering a sale of its sugarcane milling...

  6. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    Colombia: Cargill accused of overbuying land

    Land ownership has always been a hot issue in Colombia, and it is regarded as the underlying cause of the internal armed...

  7. beyondbrics

    September 27, 2013

    Commodities: what goes up...

    Are commodities over-valued? There are two schools of thought on the subject, one that says constrained supply and surging...

  8. September 25, 2013

    Ex Louis Dreyfus Commodities chief takes chair

    Serge Schoen, the former chief executive of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, has been appointed chairman of the trading house’s...

  9. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks rose as the BoJ maintained easing policy and China’s July trade growth was much higher than expected. The...

  10. August 7, 2013

    Cargill expands in energy as banks retreat

    Cargill is expanding its formidable trading operation to move more oil, coal, natural gas and power even as banks retreat...

  11. July 25, 2013

    Bunge profits dive as weather saps crops

    Bunge, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, reported a sharp decline in quarterly profit as the...

  12. beyondbrics

    July 11, 2013

    The China slowdown effect

    Inflation below target; slumping exports; growth forecasts down – it’s not been a good week for China data. The market...

  13. June 17, 2013

    Louis Dreyfus names new chief with Serge Schoen set to retire

    Serge Schoen is set to retire as chief executive of Louis Dreyfus Commodities later this month after eight years in the...

  14. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2013

    The (early) lunch wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Fiscalists vs market monetarists, a bloggy taxonomy: As Cardiff informs us that the...

  15. June 13, 2013

    Record crops to push grain prices lower

    Record crop harvests are likely to force global grain prices lower this year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said...

  16. May 10, 2013

    Wilmar joins the sugar big league

    Among the commodities trading houses which took delivery of the largest amount of sugar on record on the ICE futures...

  17. May 1, 2013

    ADM sets $25m aside for corruption case

    Archer Daniels Midland has set aside $25m for potential fines related to a longstanding foreign corruption probe, the...

  18. beyondbrics

    April 25, 2013

    Zambia: second exchange primed and ready for derivatives

    Zambia’s second bourse is hoping to kick off trading “in weeks”, giving investors a chance to trade derivative products...

  19. April 23, 2013

    China clears Marubeni-Gavilon deal

    China has imposed significant conditions to clear Marubeni’s $5bn takeover of US-based grain trader Gavilon, in a new show...

  20. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2013

    S Africa inflation and retail sales: steady now

    A bit more positive economic data from South Africa, after a mixed bag on manufacturing and mining last week. Retail sales...

  21. March 27, 2013

    US drought a bounty for Dreyfus

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s biggest food trading houses, enjoyed a surge in profits last year as it...

  22. March 5, 2013

    CME Group trims grain-trading hours

    CME Group has shortened its grain-trading sessions in response to a survey of customers, reversing a decision it took last...

  23. March 3, 2013

    Oxfam takes food fight to Belgium

    Oxfam’s fight to stamp out trading in food commodities is heading for Belgium, following its success with similar campaigns...

  24. February 14, 2013

    Russia looks west amid grain shortages

    Russian crop failures usually wreak havoc on international grain markets. Moscow’s move to ban grain exports in 2010 caused...

  25. January 22, 2013

    CME surveys grain traders on hours

    The biggest US futures exchange opened the door to shorter grain trading sessions amid discontent from some of the most...

  26. January 11, 2013

    Wheat and corn spike on stockpile squeeze

    Wheat and corn prices rallied sharply after the US government said that inventories of the grains would be even tighter than...

  27. January 9, 2013

    Cargill in drive to improve its assets

    Cargill is tilting its investment towards improving its own assets and away from takeovers, even as a wave of consolidation...

  28. December 21, 2012

    Crops lead the field for commodities

    Over the past decade, iron ore, copper or gold have topped the ranking of annual price increases in the commodities market....

  29. December 20, 2012

    Corn price tumbles to five-month low

    Agricultural commodities prices fell sharply with corn hitting its lowest in five months as investors bet that production...

  30. December 19, 2012

    Europe’s tale of two wheat contracts

    The year has been one of the tale of two European wheat contracts – and the influence of one country: Russia. Comment by...

  31. December 11, 2012

    Wheat falls as US forecasts higher supply

    Wheat prices fell to a five-month low on Tuesday after the US government said in a closely watched report that supplies of...

  32. November 28, 2012

    Sanctions take heavy toll on Iran

    Iran is paying millions of dollars in higher costs for vital imports of agricultural commodities, including wheat, as the...

  33. November 15, 2012

    GrainCorp comes out swinging against ADM

    GrainCorp, the Sydney-based grain handling company, appeared headed for a standoff with Archer Daniels Midland over the US...

  34. November 13, 2012

    Dreyfus maiden interim profits fall 20%

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities, the Geneva-based agricultural trading house, has reported a 20 per cent drop in maiden interim...

  35. November 9, 2012

    Grain markets down on US data

    Grain markets came under pressure after closely followed government forecasters increased estimates of the size of this...

  36. November 8, 2012

    Agribusiness M&A spreads to smaller groups

    The wave of consolidation among the world’s largest agricultural commodities trading houses is now spreading to second-tier...

  37. November 6, 2012

    GrainCorp battles ADM $2.8bn takeover bid

    GrainCorp, the Australian grain trader, is mounting a defence against a $2.8bn unsolicited takeover attempt by much bigger...

  38. November 6, 2012

    Ukraine fails to call a spade a spade

    The US government has shocked the commodities trade industry. It has just commended Ukraine for showing restraint and not...

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