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      UK micro dairies milk it as price drop hits big producers

      The happy dairy farmer The small Oxfordshire village of North Aston is home to a rarity in contemporary British agriculture:...

    2. January 27, 2015

      Chocolate trade seeks boost as prices fall

      Can the Easter bunny turn the chocolate tide? Compared with the bullish tone of the past two years, supported by strong...

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    1. 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...

    2. January 20, 2015

      UK dairy prices fall 25% to 7-year low

      The cows on Michael Oakes’ 350-acre farm on the Cadbury estate in the West Midlands were milked three times a day. That...

    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 20, 2015

      Westminster urges fines for retailers selling cut-price milk

      The UK’s dairy farmers need greater protection against rapid cuts to milk prices, which have resulted in some supermarkets...

    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 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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