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    1. 21 hours ago

      Marubeni halves profit forecast on $1bn writedown

      Japan’s Marubeni has halved its annual profit forecast due to writedowns totalling $1bn, as a slump in oil and copper prices...

    2. January 22, 2015

      Cargill joint venture positioned to beat sugar market blues

      The sugar market has been a tough place for the past five years. Prices have been on a downward trajectory, more than...

    1. January 21, 2015

      Commodities explained: The price-supply disconnect

      The commodities cycle is all about supply and demand responding to prices. To put it very simply, as prices rise companies...

    2. January 20, 2015

      Soyabean glut adds to deflation fears

      It is not just falling energy costs that are helping suppress headline inflation rates. Many “soft” commodity prices also...

    3. January 20, 2015

      Lower fracking demand hits Guar bean farmers

      What do bean farmers in India’s Rajasthan and US sand miners in Wisconsin have in common? They have been the beneficiaries...

    4. January 14, 2015

      Profit warning sours China milk outlook

      Yashili Holdings, the Chinese infant formula maker part-owned by Danone, has warned full-year profits will fall by almost...

    5. January 14, 2015

      Olive oil demand falls in Europe homelands

      Homer, the Greek epic poet, called it “liquid gold” and it has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for centuries....

    6. January 11, 2015

      South American nations struggle to find new economic model

      Four years ago, when the China-driven commodity price boom was in full swing and south-south ties were all the rage, Dilma...

    7. January 9, 2015

      Oil price fall adds to biofuel’s woes

      Low oil prices may be good news for the world’s oil consumers but they are bad news for the world’s biofuel producers. It...

    8. January 8, 2015

      UN’s food price index drops to a 4-year low

      Global food prices fell to the lowest level in four years in 2014, as plentiful supplies of cereals, dairy products, sugar...

    9. January 7, 2015

      Palm oil rises on Malaysia flooding fears

      Palm oil rose to a two-month high as concerns about a fresh wave of monsoon flooding in Malaysia pushed prices higher. The...

    10. January 7, 2015

      Sterling a thing of the past in commodity pricing

      Sterling — once the dominant currency of commodities markets during the golden years of the British empire — now only keeps...

    11. January 5, 2015

      Sugar hit by strong supply and rising dollar

      Sugar fell to a three-month low, battered by a stronger dollar and worries about plentiful supplies from Mexico and the...

    12. January 5, 2015

      US to resume importing beef from Ireland

      The European Commission is pressing the US to allow all EU countries to resume exporting beef to the American market after...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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