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    1. June 26, 2015

      Not as dear as you thought: Britons get an appetite for venison

      From the tables of top restaurants to the freezers of budget supermarkets, Britons are increasingly finding an appetite for...

    2. June 26, 2015

      Wheat futures jump on weather worries

      Wheat rose more than 6 per cent to a six-month high with demand sparked by bad weather in leading growing regions and as...

    3. June 25, 2015

      Rice market watching Indian monsoon

      Rice traders are on high alert as the Indian monsoon, which has had a strong start, looks to peter out in July, a crucial...

    4. June 25, 2015

      Rain delays to US planting lift corn and soya prices

      Fields too wet to drive a tractor, corn stalks flattened by gusts, submerged silos: wild weather in the US Midwest has taken...

    5. June 24, 2015

      World’s kitchens braced for olive oil shock

      Foodies brace yourselves. The world is facing an oil shock — of the extra virgin olive sort. Prices of the high quality...

    6. June 18, 2015

      Middle East dairy demand rides on oil

      Rasmus Malmbak Kjeldsen may be an executive at a leading European dairy company, but he also keeps an eye on the oil price....

    7. June 17, 2015

      US raw sugar turns from sweet to sour

      The sweet has gone sour. US raw sugar futures this week dropped to a fresh six-and-a-half-year low of 11.30 cents a pound as...

    8. June 16, 2015

      El Niño’s Pacific typhoon link threatens energy and shipping

      A strong El Niño phenomenon this year is expected to increase the number of cyclones and typhoons in the Pacific and Indian...

    9. June 15, 2015

      AstraZeneca and Shire deals provide lessons for Syngenta

      Is Syngenta going to do an AstraZeneca or a Shire? That is the question investors are asking themselves as the Swiss...

    10. June 11, 2015

      Markets set for Ghana cocoa scramble

      The cocoa market is braced for a period of volatility as the deadline for shipments of Ghanaian beans to Europe falls early...

    11. June 10, 2015

      Break-up fees: pay not to play

      There are few contexts in which a $2bn can look shabby. Monsanto has found one. The US seed juggernaut is chasing Syngenta,...

    12. June 10, 2015

      Commodity markets braced for El Niño impact

      Farmers and commodity investors around the world are braced for weather disruptions affecting harvests and markets as...

    13. June 7, 2015

      Mars and oil groups warn EU commodity rules will hit consumers

      A visit to the petrol station for chocolate and fuel may become more expensive if proposed revisions to European financial...

    14. June 4, 2015

      Dairy price plunge highlights hedging handicap

      Global dairy prices have turned sour. Europe’s producers are feeling particular pain, with wholesale prices now below the...

    15. June 2, 2015

      Cocoa prices rise after Ghana revises output lower

      Cocoa prices rallied after Ghana revised down its output forecasts to levels closer to analysts’ estimates, cutting its...

    16. May 28, 2015

      India’s economy drives demand for phosphate fertiliser

      Phosagro, the world’s third-largest producer of phosphate fertilisers, has signed a three-year supply contract with India in...

    17. May 27, 2015

      World’s hungry falls by fifth in 25 years

      The number of hungry people in the world has dropped more than 20 per cent from a quarter of a century ago despite climate...

    18. May 26, 2015

      Japanese youth turns its back on fish

      Japan may have brought sushi and sashimi to the world’s dining tables, but its younger consumers are turning their backs on...

    19. May 21, 2015

      Commodity inflows fizzle after strong start in first quarter

      Enthusiasm for commodities has fizzled following a strong first quarter, as investors started to liquidate their positions...

    20. May 21, 2015

      Ghana cocoa delays spark fears over country’s reliability

      Chocolate lovers beware. Delays of shipments from Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa grower, have stoked concerns among...

    21. May 20, 2015

      Technology helps feed a hungry world

      Until recently, data analytics, apps, web-enabled sensors and robotics had little to do with the world of soil, fertiliser...

    22. May 20, 2015

      Chinese companies accused of west Africa fish pillage

      Chinese fishing companies are engaged in systematic pillaging of west African fisheries on a huge scale, according to a new...

    23. May 19, 2015

      Cocoa hits 7-month high on Ghana worries

      Cocoa hit a seven-month high backed by continuing worries about production in Ghana and the potential weather effects of El...

    24. May 14, 2015

      US fears over China clampdown on sorghum

      The surging US sorghum trade with China could face a clampdown from authorities in Beijing, who are trying to reduce...

    25. May 13, 2015

      Commodity markets wary of false alarm as El Niño blows back

      After a five-year absence, El Niño is back. The last time the weather event emerged in 2009-10, droughts damaged crops in...

    26. May 12, 2015

      El Niño confirmation puts farmers and climate specialists on alert

      Farmers, commodity investors and climate specialists are braced for extreme weather this year after Australia’s meteorology...

    27. May 12, 2015

      Meat production could be the answer for Brazil

      Brazil’s abundant natural resources are a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. The share of raw materials in...

    28. May 10, 2015

      Global supply chains face heightened risks

      The risk of disruption to corporate supply chains is running at an almost record high, according to an index created by the...

    29. May 7, 2015

      Global food bill set for five-year low

      The world’s food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015 as plentiful supplies, lower freight rates and...

    30. May 6, 2015

      Wheat heavyweights battle for global market share

      An Australian agricultural official asked a pointed question at a recent conference: “Are we at risk of becoming the poor...

    31. May 5, 2015

      Bears feast on strong coffee crop forecasts

      A leading coffee trader upgraded its Brazilian crop figures for this year, adding to the increasing bearishness over supply...

    32. May 3, 2015

      Life looks sweeter for RGF as it offloads sugar business

      Real Good Food group’s name is a nightmare for lovers of the English language. As a sugar merchant and maker of cake...

    33. April 30, 2015

      Bunge rules out transformational deals

      Bunge, the international agricultural trader, said it was looking for smaller acquisitions rather than a transformational...

    34. April 29, 2015

      Race begins for dominance in EU sugar market

      The starter’s gun for consolidation of the European sugar industry has been fired — ahead of the introduction of reforms —...

    35. April 29, 2015

      Artisan drinkers provide perk for coffee

      North America’s artisan coffee boom is spreading far beyond its hipster-den roots in Brooklyn and Vancouver, boosting...

    36. April 26, 2015

      Commodity trading chiefs upbeat at FT conference

      After a period of weakness in commodity markets, some of the world’s biggest traders gathered on the shores of Lake Geneva...

    37. April 23, 2015

      Olam hit at almond ‘villain’ claim over water use

      Disagreement has broken out between leading agribusiness chiefs over the cultivation of almonds in drought-stricken...

    38. April 22, 2015

      Studies strengthen insecticide link to bee population decline

      Two studies have added powerful scientific evidence to the view that agricultural pesticides are contributing to a decline...

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