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  1. July 31, 2014

    Bunge boosted by large crops and growing demand

    Bunge, the New York-listed agricultural commodities trader, returned to the black in the three months to June after...

  2. May 11, 2014

    Cargill keeps close eye on assets in Russia and Ukraine

    Cargill has invested more than $1bn in Russia since entering the country in 1991, giving it a stake in the outcome of the...

  1. beyondbrics

    May 7, 2014

    Brazil's growth story: not a happy one

    It had, it turns out, been too good to be true. After a positive start to the year, Brazil’s industrial production fell by...

  2. May 7, 2014

    Südzucker considers Brazilian sugar move

    Südzucker and Brazil – will they or won’t they? As industry executives and traders make their annual pilgrimage to New York...

  3. May 1, 2014

    Bunge in red after grain trading losses

    Losses in grain trading led to an unexpected first-quarter loss at Bunge, adding another name to a string of weak results...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. September 18, 2013

    Grain prices add to farmers’ clout

    Argentina’s farmers are hoarding soyabeans . Months after harvest, sales have been slow in the world’s top exporter of the...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. July 9, 2013

    US grain price divergence at highest for decades

    It is a tale of two crops in the grain markets. Investors are fixated by the prospect of bumper US crops for corn and...

  19. 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...

  20. June 20, 2013

    ADM seeks buyer for $2bn cocoa unit

    Archer Daniels Midland, the global agricultural trading house, is looking to offload its $2bn cocoa and chocolate business,...

  21. 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...

  22. May 21, 2013

    Argentine soyabean farmers return to market

    Argentina’s soyabeans have started to flow. Comment by email Sign up here to receive The Commodities Note direct to your...

  23. 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...

  24. May 9, 2013

    US targets commodities and corruption

    Archer Daniels Midland is the first commodities trading house to be enmeshed in the US anti-bribery law. It may not be the...

  25. May 1, 2013

    Trading houses take record sugar delivery

    Cargill, Wilmar and Bunge, three leading commodities trading houses, have taken delivery of the biggest amount of sugar on...

  26. April 25, 2013

    Bunge lifted by Brazilian sugar turnround

    Bunge, one of the world’s top agricultural commodities trading houses, on Thursday said its profits more than doubled in the...

  27. 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...

  28. April 22, 2013

    Margarita Louis-Dreyfus lifts stake in trader

    Margarita Louis-Dreyfus has increased her control over the holding company that owns Louis Dreyfus Commodities, buying...

  29. April 18, 2013

    Trading houses go cool on commodity prices

    For the head of one of the world’s biggest commodity trading houses, Ernest Hemingway nailed the state of agriculture...

  30. April 9, 2013

    Cargill profits wilted by US drought

    Cargill, the world’s biggest agricultural trader by volume, reported a sharp decline in profit because of the continuing...

  31. April 2, 2013

    Vitol expands into grains trading

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trading house, has announced an expansion into grains trading with the hire of a...

  32. 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...

  33. March 4, 2013

    Delays in Brazil threaten soyabean supply

    Delays at Brazil’s ports and tighter restrictions on trucking are stirring fears of a global soyabean supply crunch even as...

  34. February 7, 2013

    Weisser to retire as Bunge chief

    Alberto Weisser is to retire as chief executive of Bunge later this year after nearly 14 years in the post, during which he...

  35. January 30, 2013

    Commodities trading becoming more complex

    BP hosted an entertaining table outside the annual conference of the Commodity Markets Council, a US trade group, held in...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. December 13, 2012

    China on a cereal buying spree

    Nebraska, a landlocked state in the middle of the US, has never felt closer to China. As more and more of the state’s crops...

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