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  1. April 15, 2014

    Archer Daniels Midland abandons sale of cocoa unit

    Disagreement over price led Archer Daniels Midland to abandon talks to sell its global cocoa business and narrow its focus...

  2. April 4, 2014

    Commodities Summit: Lessons from Lausanne

    A dozen things we learnt at the FT’s Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne this week. 1) Glencore Xstrata chief executive,...

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  1. April 1, 2014

    Commodities trading houses see more assertive China

    Leaders of two of the largest agricultural trading houses have outlined a more assertive role for China in global food...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Archer Daniels Midland hopes to increase GrainCorp stake

    Archer Daniels Midland may increase its stake in GrainCorp after the Australian government blocked its bid for the grain...

  3. April 1, 2014

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities gets ‘IPO-ready’

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities is taking steps to ensure that it is ready for either a stock market listing or a partial sale to...

  4. March 31, 2014

    Cofco set to buy stake in Noble’s agricultural commodities unit

    China is poised to announce its biggest venture to date into the global agribusiness market, with state-owned Cofco buying a...

  5. March 26, 2014

    Louis Dreyfus profits drop after grain surplus

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s largest food trading houses, has reported a sharp drop in annual profits,...

  6. March 10, 2014

    Trade fears sprout in the GMO divide

    In a video advert for Syngenta’s new genetically modified seeds, the camera pans across a row of immature corn stalks, then...

  7. March 5, 2014

    Minor global agribusiness deals expected

    A wave of big takeovers in global agribusiness stalled late last year, when the Australian government said no to Archer...

  8. March 5, 2014

    China’s Cofco takes on global trading houses

    Taste for commodities Two years ago China’s state-owned grains trader announced a $10bn war chest for foreign mergers and...

  9. February 26, 2014

    Grain traders’ profits hit as US farmers hoard corn

    Hoarding by US corn farmers has pinched profits at some of the world’s biggest grain merchants, even as the nation wallows...

  10. February 25, 2014

    Key Wilmar partner stakeholder provides western link

    Wilmar’s business empire may have its roots in Asia but its largest single shareholder after the Kuok family is firmly...

  11. February 25, 2014

    Expansion back on track as Wilmar shifts focus

    For an Asian agribusiness that spent its first two decades impressing western rivals Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland with...

  12. February 16, 2014

    Bumper profits threaten US ethanol support

    The US ethanol industry is enjoying bumper profits again, placing it in an awkward position as it battles plans by the Obama...

  13. February 9, 2014

    Commodities traders take aim at rule to limit speculation

    Some of the world’s biggest commodities traders will take a strong line against a new plan to limit market speculation,...

  14. February 4, 2014

    ADM hit by problems at international grain trading unit

    Archer Daniels Midland has undertaken an aggressive effort to steady its international grain trading subsidiary after it...

  15. December 20, 2013

    ADM to pay $54m to settle bribery charges

    Archer Daniels Midland has agreed to pay $54.3m to resolve civil and criminal charges that a subsidiary bribed government...

  16. December 11, 2013

    Australia coal: beggars can’t be choosers

    ADM, your turn might yet come. Less than a fortnight after the Australian government blocked the takeover of GrainCorp by US...

  17. November 29, 2013

    Week in Review, November 30

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Peugeot chief bows to union pressure on...

  18. November 29, 2013

    US retail stocks in focus on Black Friday

    US retail stocks were in focus as investors attempted to get an early read on the strength of the holiday shopping season,...

  19. November 29, 2013

    Wall Street suffers last-minute sell-off

    Friday 18:15 GMT. US stocks suffered a last minute sell-off at the end of a shortened trading week that dragged the S&P 500...

  20. November 29, 2013

    GrainCorp: no grain of comfort

    If you have been relying on foreign capital since 1788, as Australia’s treasurers like to joke, turning down takeovers must...

  21. November 28, 2013

    Australia blocks ADM takeover of GrainCorp

    The Australian government has blocked Archer Daniels Midland’s A$3.4bn (US$3.1bn) takeover of GrainCorp, saying the...

  22. November 27, 2013

    ADM seeks to win over Australian farmers

    Archer Daniels Midland has tried to win the support of wary Australian farmers as its offer to buy GrainCorp faces...

  23. 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...

  24. October 29, 2013

    ADM warns against cut in biofuels mandate

    Archer Daniels Midland has cautioned US officials against a change to biofuels policy as Washington considers cutting an...

  25. October 11, 2013

    US eyes cutting ethanol usage

    The US would ratchet back its ethanol consumption mandate for the first time under a proposal that would ease costs for oil...

  26. October 10, 2013

    Chocolate whispers: ADM and Cargill’s antitrust headache

    With Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland expected to agree to a second M&A cocoa deal in a year, things are hotting up in the...

  27. October 9, 2013

    Cargill net profits down 41 per cent at drought effects

    Cargill reported a drop in net profits as supply scarcity resulting from last year’s US drought held back its global grain...

  28. October 8, 2013

    Cargill in final talks over ADM cocoa unit

    Cargill, the world’s top agricultural trading house, is in final negotiations for the purchase of rival Archer Daniels...

  29. October 3, 2013

    Drought of 2012 hangs over Louis Dreyfus

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities reported a double-digit drop in first-half profits after the continued effects of last year’s...

  30. 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...

  31. September 23, 2013

    E85 hopes up as US refines biofuels needs

    The US ethanol industry is reaching for a stronger brew in a last, best hope to avert a looming quandary in federal biofuels...

  32. September 18, 2013

    Bunge, Cargill, Dreyfus and ADM face new challenges

    The people in charge of feeding the world are changing. Last week Cargill named the ninth chief executive in its 148-year...

  33. August 23, 2013

    Big Ag provides food for thought

    I’ve long been fascinated by the agricultural technology sector – or Big Ag as US investors call it, but never taken the...

  34. August 14, 2013

    US ethanol biofuels mix hits the oil ‘blendwall’

    In the slow-motion collision between US biofuels policy and the “blendwall”, it looks like the wall will be left standing....

  35. August 6, 2013

    ADM profits fall as it raises provision to resolve bribery probe

    Archer Daniels Midland reported lower net profit after losing money on currency hedges and setting more funds aside to...

  36. FT Alphaville

    August 6, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    “Asian stocks fell for a second day as stronger growth in U.S. service industries fueled speculation the Federal Reserve...

  37. 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...

  38. June 21, 2013

    Commodities traders need to wake up to key-man risk

    The leadership changes in Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Bunge are a good reminder that chief executives do not stay forever...

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