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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. September 23, 2014

      Salad days are over for Med diet followers

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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