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    1. December 23, 2014

      China’s GM crops fail to bear fruit

      In a speech a year ago, Xi Jinping backed China’s development of genetically modified crops as a means of strengthening food...

    2. December 22, 2014

      Supply is key to commodities’ volatile year

      “Demand hasn’t been bad,” Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, one of the world’s resource companies, told...

    1. December 22, 2014

      Russia to introduce export tariff on grain

      Russia, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of wheat, is preparing to introduce export duties on grain in an effort to keep...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Rising price of olive oil is a pressing matter

      Never mind the shale revolution, or Opec’s deliberations. Some oil producers are enjoying the highest prices in six years. A...

    3. 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...

    4. December 17, 2014

      Coffee hit by higher Brazil forecasts

      Coffee prices were hit after Brazilian 2015 production forecasts from Volcafe, the Swiss trader, which were at the higher...

    5. 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...

    6. December 15, 2014

      Unexpected high demand boosts grain prices

      Grain prices rallied on Monday, with corn and wheat both hitting new five-month highs, thanks to the emergence of...

    7. December 10, 2014

      Commodity slump brings Christmas cheer to the table

      The cost of Christmas dinner is set to decline for the first time in four years as abundant global supplies lead to lower...

    8. December 9, 2014

      Cotton farmers hit hard as prices drop to lowest since 2009

      Evelyn Nguleka fears for Zambia’s cotton growers. The head of the farmers union in the southern African country says a...

    9. December 1, 2014

      Ivory Coast set to lead cocoa processing

      Ivory Coast is set to become the world’s largest cocoa processor, overtaking the Netherlands as the African state seeks to...

    10. November 24, 2014

      Coffee prices rally as Vietnam crop disappoints

      Drinkers of instant coffee face the prospect of higher prices as a lower Vietnamese crop is expected to push the market for...

    11. November 19, 2014

      Coffee price rise tests consumer appetite

      What price the American addiction to a daily caffeine kick? The falling sales reported last week by US coffee roaster JM...

    12. November 18, 2014

      Maviga trader with his finger on the pulses

      Not many people can tell you how many sesame seeds are on a McDonald’s Big Mac. But it is a number that Marcus Coles has on...

    13. November 16, 2014

      Price of fishmeal tips scales against diners

      Diners could soon be paying more for their plate of sushi as the price of fishmeal, the crucial feed for shrimp, prawns and...

    14. November 12, 2014

      Investors flee from commodities as markets slide

      After a torrid couple of months, investors are voting with their feet and fleeing raw materials. The latest figures show...

    15. November 3, 2014

      Irish beef set to overcome ‘mad cow’ bans

      Ireland may soon become the first European nation to recover access to all major markets for its beef – 15 years after an...

    16. November 3, 2014

      Stevia adds spice to sugar ‘fat’ debate

      A backlash against sugar in the face of a growing international obesity problem is causing alarm among commodity traders, as...

    17. November 2, 2014

      Chinese farmers gain taste for coffee

      China has traditionally been famous for its fragrant teas, but the country is emerging as a key Asian producer of a...

    18. 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...

    19. October 28, 2014

      Chinese coffee attracts Swiss trader interest

      High quality coffee exports from China are set to receive a boost as Volcafe, a leading international coffee trader, is to...

    20. October 17, 2014

      Latin American plantations - the future for chocolate?

      Forecasts that the Ebola outbreak in west Africa could lead to a $32.6bn economic hit for the region if the disease is not...

    21. October 16, 2014

      Low oil prices do not ensure shale output cuts

      Saudi Arabia’s production increase in September has left traders and analysts struggling to find their bearings in an...

    22. October 15, 2014

      Europe’s big comeback will shake up sugar

      Even by their own admission, not many sugar traders think about events beyond a week. But the big shake-up for European...

    23. October 10, 2014

      Investing at the end of a supercycle

      In the first half of the year, the sun shone on the commodities sector. The Bloomberg Commodity Index – formerly the UBS Dow...

    24. October 9, 2014

      Sime Darby makes £1.1bn bid for New Britain Palm Oil

      Sime Darby, one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates, has made a £1.1bn all-cash offer for London-listed New Britain Palm...

    25. October 7, 2014

      Grain rallies as traders rush to buy

      Grain prices rallied as traders closed their bearish positions ahead of a key monthly production report, with wheat jumping...

    26. October 7, 2014

      London sugar week ponders oversupplied market

      In spite of a recent pick-up in trading activity, London “sugar week” started on Monday with a sense of gloom – a bit like...

    27. October 6, 2014

      Brazil drought drives up coffee prices

      Coffee prices surged almost 9 per cent to a new two and a half year high on Monday on worries about the continued dry...

    28. September 24, 2014

      Fonterra issues sour milk forecast on slowing China demand

      Fonterra, the world’s biggest milk supplier, has cut the amount it will pay farmers after a fall in global dairy prices...

    29. September 23, 2014

      Salad days are over for Med diet followers

    30. September 19, 2014

      Cocoa market hit by Ebola fear factor

      The Ebola fear factor has hit the cocoa market. The spread between near-term and later-dated futures contracts has...

    31. September 17, 2014

      Coffee experts fear for Brazil harvest

      Divining the health of branches, floral buds and roots of coffee trees in Brazil has become key to millions of dollars being...

    32. September 11, 2014

      Grain stocks set to be highest since 2003

      The world’s granaries are on track to hold the most plentiful cereal stockpiles in a dozen years, bringing relief after an...

    33. September 11, 2014

      Scientists unlock secrets of coffee DNA

      Scientists have come one step closer to brewing the perfect cappuccino after succeeding in sequencing the DNA of the coffee...

    34. September 9, 2014

      Coffee rally pauses despite crop concerns

      A rally in arabica coffee has paused for breath as well-stocked roasters fail to follow through with buying, despite a sharp...

    35. September 4, 2014

      OECD warns farm subsidies still too high

      Market-distorting agricultural subsidies remained high in 2013 despite rises in food commodities prices, according to the...

    36. September 1, 2014

      Rail delays knock north US grain prices

      Protracted rail shipping delays have led to deep discounts for grain prices in the north central US, weeks before a huge...

    37. August 29, 2014

      US thirst for craft beers refreshes British hop growers

      As Kent hop grower Tony Redsell prepares for September’s harvest, he reminisces about the days when the beer ingredient was...

    38. August 28, 2014

      ‘Crop tourists’ predict record corn and soyabean harvests

      Every August, travellers with a high tolerance for monotony flock to the two-lane highways of the rural US Midwest. Tracing...

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