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    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...

  2. 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...

  1. August 19, 2014

    Cotton slides on bumper US harvests

    The cotton market has unravelled, leading agricultural commodities downward as prices decline in the face of record global...

  2. August 13, 2014

    High hazelnut prices torment confectioners

    Do not be surprised if hazelnuts are missing in the packets of mixed nuts you pick up at the supermarket later this year....

  3. August 12, 2014

    Corn drops on record output forecasts

    Record US production forecasts for corn and soyabeans pushed prices lower as near-perfect weather conditions continued to...

  4. August 11, 2014

    Wheat more at risk from tanks than tractors

    Commodity futures trading can be volatile enough without having to cope with intense geopolitical factors. It’s not just...

  5. 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...

  6. August 5, 2014

    Unseasonal rains in Brazil send coffee price higher

    Volatility has returned to the coffee markets as concerns surface about next year’s Brazilian crop amid unseasonal rains in...

  7. August 3, 2014

    California drought poses threat to almond supplies

    Water shortages in California are having an unexpected impact on middle-class breakfast tables by pushing up the price of...

  8. July 31, 2014

    High cocoa prices no match for a sweet tooth

    Sales of chocolates and sweets are set to hit a record this year as the burgeoning middle class consumers in countries such...

  9. July 29, 2014

    Weather experts lower El Niño forecasts

    Meteorologists have scaled down the likelihood of an El Niño weather phenomenon emerging later this year, bringing some...

  10. July 28, 2014

    Coffee jumps on Brazilian harvest worries

    Coffee prices firmed to a two-month high on continued uncertainty about the size of the crop in Brazil, the world’s largest...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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,...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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,...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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