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    1. December 18, 2014

      Welcome to the world of Big Chocolate

      Olam’s purchase of Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa processing business announced this week catapults the company into the...

    2. December 17, 2014

      China reopens to Syngenta corn strain

      China has approved imports of biotech corn developed by Syngenta, a senior US official said on Wednesday, after blocking the...

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    1. December 17, 2014

      Asia’s agribusinesses enter new fields

      For more than a century, the trading of crops that go into food products consumed around the globe has been controlled by...

    2. December 16, 2014

      Olam buys Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business for $1.3bn

      Olam is buying the cocoa business of Archer Daniels Midland for $1.3bn, in the biggest deal by the Singaporean...

    3. December 5, 2014

      ADM boosts stake in food commodities rival Wilmar

      Archer Daniels Midland has increased its stake in Wilmar International of Singapore as the food commodities giant tries to...

    4. November 28, 2014

      Louis Dreyfus appoints Mayo Schmidt as chief executive

      Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading houses, has appointed Mayo Schmidt as its chief...

    5. November 6, 2014

      Juan Luciano named new chief of Archer Daniels Midland

      Archer Daniels Midland has named Juan Luciano as its new chief executive, effective January next year, succeeding Patricia...

    6. October 28, 2014

      Cofco unveils IPO plans to compete with US agribusinesses

      Cofco, the Chinese state-owned grain trader, on Tuesday sought to ensure that it can compete with leading US agribusinesses...

    7. October 7, 2014

      Cargill sees net profits fall 25% in Q1 amid scarcity of soyabeans

      Cargill, the agricultural trading house, reported a 26 per cent fall in net profit in its first quarter as a scarcity of...

    8. September 30, 2014

      Coffee boosts Louis Dreyfus profits

      Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading houses, has reported a 10 per cent increase in...

    9. September 23, 2014

      Commodities: Cereal excess

      Towering like a missile above the Illinois prairie town of Monticello, the galvanised metal silo that Topflight Grain...

    10. September 15, 2014

      A company’s headquarters should be aligned with its heart

      Every time I hear about a company relocating its headquarters I think of the Marvin Gaye song “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s...

    11. September 12, 2014

      Cargill sues Syngenta over seed dispute

      Cargill, one of the largest suppliers of agricultural products and food, is seeking damages from Syngenta in a state court...

    12. September 10, 2014

      Japan’s Ajinomoto to buy Windsor Quality for $800m

      Ajinomoto, Japan’s biggest seasoning maker, is to buy US frozen foods maker Windsor Quality Holdings for $800m in its...

    13. September 2, 2014

      Cargill buys six chocolate plants from ADM

      Cargill, the agricultural commodities trader, has strengthened its presence in the cocoa and chocolate sector by buying the...

    14. August 7, 2014

      Cargill fourth-quarter profits fall 12% to cap challenging year

      Cargill has reported a 12 per cent decline in fourth-quarter profits after the commodities trader was forced to book a loss...

    15. August 5, 2014

      Archer Daniels shines in weaker market

      The sun shone on Archer Daniels Midland after the agriculture company reported better than expected earnings in the second...

    16. August 5, 2014

      US grain export recovery boosts ADM

      Strong ethanol demand and US grain exports pushed up second-quarter profits at Archer Daniels Midland despite hoarding by...

    17. July 11, 2014

      Letter from Lex: organisation and artistry

      Defining the right shape and structure for a company is more of an art than a science. If so, this week has seen plenty of...

    18. July 7, 2014

      ADM / Wild Flavors: a natural fit

      If you are what you eat, then drinking well seems obvious. Archer Daniels Midland, the US agricultural company, on Monday...

    19. July 7, 2014

      Peabody leads miners lower

      The energy and mining sectors were among the worst performing on a listless Monday as broker Deutsche Bank cut its rating on...

    20. July 7, 2014

      Archer Daniels Midland buys Wild Flavors for €2.3bn

      It is said you cannot buy good taste. Archer Daniels Midland is spending billions to prove the adage wrong. The company, one...

    21. June 19, 2014

      ADM goes head to head with Ajinomoto for Wild Flavors

      Archer Daniels Midland, a US-based corn processor, and Ajinomoto, a Japanese producer of seasonings and curry sauces, have...

    22. June 8, 2014

      Maize price decline and export rise fire optimism of ethanol refiners

      For a sector on the defensive, US ethanol producers are remarkably sanguine. Motor fuel consumption is stagnating inside the...

    23. May 11, 2014

      Cargill could do better, declares chief

      Cargill, one of the largest suppliers of agricultural products and foods, is looking to raise its game after several years...

    24. May 11, 2014

      Cargill seeks fresh recipe for success

      A muddy industrial complex on the Saskatchewan prairie is a crossroads of Canadian agriculture. Bags of seed are stacked in...

    25. April 29, 2014

      Weather dents ADM’s core grain division

      Archer Daniels Midland reported lower than expected first-quarter earnings after weaker margins and adverse winter weather...

    26. April 25, 2014

      Dreyfus begins search for new chief

      Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading houses, has launched the search for a new chief...

    27. 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...

    28. 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,...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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