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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. Modern Brazil

      As the country prepares to host the World Cup, the possibility of a resurgence of last...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. November 9, 2014

      United Cacao Aim listing to answer rising demand

      The first listing of a cocoa plantation-owner on Aim, London’s junior market, is set to happen next month, underlining how...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. October 13, 2014

      Beef: sitting bulls

      In the late 1860s, US President Lyndon Johnson’s grandfather, Sam, set up a cattle ranching business in South Texas. It...

    18. October 12, 2014

      US health worker tests positive for Ebola

      Oct 12 – A Texas health worker who provided care for the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US has tested positive for...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. September 28, 2014

      Sirius Minerals faces further hurdles to exploit Yorkshire potash

      A Yorkshire miner handing out gardening tips to cabbage growers doesn’t sound like a business strategy.  But last week...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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....

    30. 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...

    31. August 4, 2014

      Wellcome Trust buys Co-op farms in £249m deal

      The Co-operative Group has raised £249m by selling its farms business to the Wellcome Trust, the charitable foundation, as...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. July 2, 2014

      Total cull ‘necessary’ to prevent spread of bovine TB in UK

      The only sure way to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis would be to kill all cattle in infected herds, according to a...

    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 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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