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    1. May 19, 2016

      Brazilian drought may perk up your instant coffee

      Any coffee drinker knows that there are many varieties of beans from around the world. But on the commodity futures...

    2. May 17, 2016

      Grains and oilseeds trade hits record volumes in 2014-15

      At grain terminals from Durban to Dalian, the world’s main ports have been busy as growing consumption from rising...

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    1. May 12, 2016

      Delay in China potash deal raises doubts over contract’s future

      “Patience is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit,” according to an old Chinese proverb. After waiting months for an...

    2. May 10, 2016

      Sugar and coffee pushed by volatile Brazilian real

      Sugar and coffee prices are being swayed by the Brazilian real, which has been see-sawing on the uncertainty around the...

    3. May 10, 2016

      Indian farmers battle water crisis

      Shivanand Baswantpati’s pomegranate trees, once a steady source of income, lie withered and prone across his rocky...

    4. May 6, 2016

      Itochu profits fall 20% amid commodities rout

      Itochu reported a 20 per cent decline in net profit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, in a sharp reversal for the only...

    5. May 5, 2016

      Chile’s salmon sector hit by toxic algae bloom

      It has been a torrid time for the Chilean salmon industry. After a challenging 2015 where it faced low prices in...

    6. May 4, 2016

      China releases pork reserves as prices of pigs fly

      Pork prices in China are at record levels even after Beijing pledged to decant some of its reserves on to the market...

    7. May 4, 2016

      Japan’s tuna imports fall as young prefer steak to sushi

      The Japanese are scaling back their raw tuna sashimi and sushi consumption as burgers and steak continue to gain...

    8. April 28, 2016

      Brazil’s political turmoil hangs over agricultural markets

      Corruption, conspiracy accusations and an impeachment battle — the turmoil surrounding Brazilian politics has not been...

    9. April 25, 2016

      China clamps down on commodities frenzy

      China moved to clamp down on excessive speculation in commodities on Monday after weeks of frenzied trading boosted...

    10. April 25, 2016

      Corn and soyabeans attract heavy investor buying

      Poor weather in South America and continued soyabean demand from China has attracted hedge funds and other investors to...

    11. April 22, 2016

      China speculators drive commodities rally

      Commodities from iron ore to aluminium have rallied this week driven by a sharp recovery in oil, signs of stronger...

    12. April 21, 2016

      Are the sweet days over for orange juice?

      In the 1983 Hollywood classic Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy, villainous commodity speculators, the Duke...

    13. April 19, 2016

      Chile: Turning copper into wine

      The bottles of Great Wall, Changyu and Dragon Seal wine line up like sentries on the shelf behind Cristián López as he...

    14. April 17, 2016

      Indonesia: Toiling over transition

      Swinging a machete, Achmad Pailkol hacks a path through his three-hectare plantation in Indonesia’s Maluku province....

    15. April 14, 2016

      China could face paper losses of over $10bn on its corn reserves

      The Chinese government could face paper losses of more than $10bn on its state-owned corn reserves as it shakes up its...

    16. April 13, 2016

      Cofco Agri eyes market listing by end of the decade

      Cofco Agri, the international trading arm of the Chinese state-owned food group, is looking to list on the stock market...

    17. April 12, 2016

      China corn exports loom as reserves bulge

      China could turn to overseas markets as it struggles to reduce its ballooning state corn reserves, according to a...

    18. April 7, 2016

      US farmers stampede into corn despite low prices

      US corn bins are well stocked, grain markets are in a funk and economists warn of struggles ahead for farmers. But Kent...

    19. April 6, 2016

      Fertiliser price declines hit M&A among crop nutrient groups

      As US farmers struggle with low agricultural prices and declining incomes, they can at least find some solace in...

    20. April 5, 2016

      Glencore nears $2.4bn sale of stake in agriculture business

      Glencore is close to the sale of a large stake in its agriculture business in a deal that would meet a pledge by the...

    21. April 4, 2016

      Corn planting confounds bull expectations

      In the week to March 29, speculators trimmed their net short positions in Chicago Board of Trade corn futures by 25 per...

    22. April 3, 2016

      New Sinochem chief Ning Gaoning makes his mark

      The new head of Sinochem, Ning Gaoning, has stamped his mark on the Chinese state-owned company with the purchase of a...

    23. March 31, 2016

      Iron ore leads first-quarter commodities rebound

      Iron ore is set to outpace other commodities in the first three months of 2016, finishing a volatile quarter up almost...

    24. March 30, 2016

      Chinese shell out for peanuts while US inventories at record high

      Stark disparities have appeared in two key peanut markets as the Chinese are shelling out more for the groundnut amid a...

    25. March 24, 2016

      Easter bunny prices jump higher

      Chocolate lovers, brace yourselves this Easter. The cost of everyone’s favourite confectionery has risen more than 10...

    26. March 22, 2016

      Stephen Hurst: coffee bean connoisseur

      Few coffee drinkers know their beans. Unlike wine, where people can name grapes from chardonnay to pinot noir, ask...

    27. March 22, 2016

      Palm oil dearth lifts soyabeans

      The soyabean market, hitherto in the doldrums due to plentiful supplies, has come back to life thanks to oil — though...

    28. March 17, 2016

      Salmon prices leap on global supply shock

      Salmon prices have jumped as a severe toxic sea algae bloom has wrought havoc on fish farms in Chile, the world’s...

    29. March 16, 2016

      South Africa winemakers face poor harvest

      As South Africa’s agricultural sector struggles with the effects of last year’s devastating drought, its winemakers...

    30. March 15, 2016

      Monsanto operating chief sees a crop of seed and chemical deals

      Deal activity in the seeds and chemicals sector, which has seen the multibillion-dollar merger of DuPont of the US and...

    31. March 2, 2016

      Cotton inventories set to fall for first time in six years

      Global inventories for cotton are forecast to fall for the first time in six years as China tries to reduce its state...

    32. March 1, 2016

      ‘Dal shock’ prompts farmers to switch from grains to pulses

      The jump in pulses prices caused by last year’s “dal shock” in India, is reverberating in the farmlands of Canada,...

    33. February 29, 2016

      Craft breweries scramble for hops after poor harvest

      Faversham might be the home to one of the UK’s oldest breweries, Shepherd Neame, but the Kent town’s ale-loving...

    34. February 24, 2016

      Sugar market braced for EU exports

      “Watch out, EU sugar is coming!” proclaimed an European sugar industry executive at an industry conference in Dubai...

    35. February 23, 2016

      Foreign investors sow seeds of change for Uganda’s farmers

      For seven years Daniel Moi cowered in a refugee camp as the brainwashed child soldiers of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s...

    36. February 22, 2016

      The risk Switzerland runs with referendums

      British politicians on both sides of the Brexit campaign cast this summer’s referendum as a once-in-a-lifetime chance...

    37. February 19, 2016

      Cost of breakfast at 6-year low

      The cost of breakfast is at six-year lows but beware of the speculator, whose trades could lead to volatile croissant...

    38. February 18, 2016

      US farmers hit by fallout from dollar’s strength

      Tough times are continuing for US farmers. Rising global inventories thanks to plentiful harvests, the high value of...

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