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  1. July 17, 2014

    Chocoholics prepare for more bad news

    The bad news keeps coming for US chocolate lovers. Not only has Hershey’s, the producer of Kisses and Reese’s peanut butter...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Demand growth for agricultural products to slow

    Demand for agricultural products is set to increase at a slower pace over the next decade, but demand for protein-rich foods...

  1. July 11, 2014

    ICE at pains to take cotton global

    Almost monthly, commodity exchanges announce plans for a new futures contract. Not all of them work. Some take forever to...

  2. July 3, 2014

    Rio Tinto looks to catch up in potash

    Dark clouds are gathering over the potash industry again. Last week, Rio Tinto and its partner, Russian fertiliser group...

  3. June 30, 2014

    Soyabeans tumble on record US planting

    Extremely low stocks and high prices for soyabeans have prompted US farmers to sow what could be their biggest crop ever,...

  4. June 26, 2014

    A brand new weapon for Colombia’s coffee police

    Coffee from beans handpicked on hilly, mineral-rich terrain in Colombia is known for its deep, smooth taste. It commands a...

  5. June 25, 2014

    Blockbuster US harvest prospects leave corn bulls in short supply

    The chances of finding a bull in a maize field are near zero right now. With each passing week, a blockbuster harvest of...

  6. June 24, 2014

    Global unrest fails to unsettle vintage year for investors

    It looks like 2014 is turning into a vintage year for investors. There may be a civil war in Iraq, a new military dictator...

  7. June 24, 2014

    Meteorologists shift tone on El Niño

    Will he really arrive? There has been a change in tone over the development of El Niño – “little boy” – from some of the...

  8. June 23, 2014

    India doubles duty on sugar imports

    India has more than doubled its sugar import duty in an attempt to improve the fortunes of the country’s heavily indebted...

  9. June 23, 2014

    Cocoa deficit puts the squeeze on chocolate bars

    Chocoholics have suspected it for years but now it is official. Welcome to the era of the shrinking chocolate bar. At the...

  10. June 19, 2014

    Cocoa prices up to near 3-year highs

    Chocoholics weep. Cocoa prices have jumped to near three-year highs on the back of voracious demand for chocolate across...

  11. June 19, 2014

    Plantation groups eye cocoa farming

    “A giant, fast-moving consumer goods sector balanced precariously atop a system of simple agriculture that has changed...

  12. June 17, 2014

    China’s sovereign wealth fund shifts focus to agriculture

    China’s sovereign wealth fund is shifting its focus to invest in agriculture and global food supplies in a significant...

  13. June 17, 2014

    China will profit from feeding the world’s appetite

    To the people, food is the most important issue under the sky.” So says an old Chinese proverb; but if that is so, the...

  14. June 12, 2014

    Corn prices flirt with multiyear lows

    There is a technical term traders may use right now for the chart of the Chicago Board of Trade’s December 2014 corn futures...

  15. June 10, 2014

    Traders face brunt of environmental push on palm oil

    Is your toothpaste contributing to deforestation? Not for much longer, as the drive to ensure palm oil is sustainably...

  16. June 3, 2014

    Coffee drinkers pay price of Brazil drought

    A leading US coffee roaster has increased the retail price of its packaged coffee, in the latest sign that the jump in some...

  17. May 30, 2014

    El Niño concerns spread to gold

    Concerns about the effect of El Niño, which have hit commodities markets since the start of the year, are spreading to gold,...

  18. May 29, 2014

    Dry weather threat to wheat crop in key regions

    Continuing dry weather in the key wheat-growing regions of Russia and Kazakhstan is putting commodities traders on high...

  19. May 27, 2014

    Meat price hikes to hit summer barbecue appetite

    Barbecue aficionados preparing to fire up the charcoal this summer are in for a shock as the price of pork ribs and steak...

  20. May 27, 2014

    Drizzle alone will not provide a path to prosperity

    Sitting in the sun on a holiday weekend is a chance to reflect on one of the oddest questions in economic geography. Why are...

  21. May 26, 2014

    Brazil’s woes weigh on sugar market

    As sugar traders and industry executives gathered in New York this month for the industry’s annual jamboree, the mood was as...

  22. May 23, 2014

    Cotton dips on rain-boosted harvest hopes

    Rains in the high plains of west Texas have waterlogged the cotton market as traders predicted a larger harvest from the...

  23. May 22, 2014

    Rubber fit to burst as supply glut grows

    On the high plateaux of Attapeu province in Laos, farmers since 2007 have been busy planting rubber on terrain still...

  24. May 15, 2014

    Coffee rebounds on weak harvest report

    Coffee prices bounced back from recent losses following the publication of a report that flagged the prospect of a weaker...

  25. May 12, 2014

    Hop prices soar as US craft beer boom takes off

    Brewers battle for hops A cool craft beer has become part of the uniform for self-respecting hipsters from Brooklyn in New...

  26. May 8, 2014

    Price jump threatens to make salmon a luxury buy

    Before smoked salmon sandwiches and trays of salmon sushi on supermarket shelves, there was a time when the fish was an...

  27. May 8, 2014

    Rubber price fall reflects oversupply fears

    Better-than-expected trade data out of China this week helped calm some fears about waning growth in the world’s...

  28. 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...

  29. May 6, 2014

    Soyabeans slip on South American harvest

    Soyabean prices fell to a three-week low after signs that production from South America is set to improve eased concerns...

  30. May 5, 2014

    Thailand to sell down rubber stocks

    Thailand is planning to sell down its rubber stockpiles in a move that will add more pressure on an already depressed...

  31. May 2, 2014

    Co-founder of St John restaurant Fergus Henderson receives lifetime award

    No other chef is like him. Even without his bespoke butcher-cloth suit, buttons pulled tight over his Falstaffian physique,...

  32. 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...

  33. April 29, 2014

    Commodities favoured in rotation from stocks and bonds

    After several years of poor performance investors are warming to commodities. Helped by the return of volatility, strong...

  34. April 26, 2014

    Agriculture’s 16% surge boosts US economy

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis has added an all-new release to its repertoire of data: quarterly gross domestic product by...

  35. April 25, 2014

    Coffee price climbs to 26-month high

    Coffee lovers should prepare themselves for their favourite brew to become more costly as arabica beans, used to make...

  36. 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...

  37. April 24, 2014

    Bigger food price swings hit consumer goods groups

    Raw material price risk is back on the agenda for the world’s biggest consumer goods companies. After a relatively benign...

  38. April 23, 2014

    Supply crunch extends the caffeine buzz

    What a caffeine rush! Arabica coffee futures this week hit a two-year high as ongoing sturdy demand met continuing worries...

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