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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. June 17, 2014

    China’s sovereign wealth fund shifts focus to agriculture

    China’s sovereign wealth fund is shifting its focus to invest in agriculture and global food supplies in a significant...

  16. June 17, 2014

    China will profit from feeding the world’s appetite

    To the people, food is the most important issue under the sky.” So says an old Chinese proverb; but if that is so, the...

  17. May 30, 2014

    El Niño concerns spread to gold

    Concerns about the effect of El Niño, which have hit commodities markets since the start of the year, are spreading to gold,...

  18. May 29, 2014

    Dry weather threat to wheat crop in key regions

    Continuing dry weather in the key wheat-growing regions of Russia and Kazakhstan is putting commodities traders on high...

  19. May 27, 2014

    Meat price hikes to hit summer barbecue appetite

    Barbecue aficionados preparing to fire up the charcoal this summer are in for a shock as the price of pork ribs and steak...

  20. May 26, 2014

    Brazil’s woes weigh on sugar market

    As sugar traders and industry executives gathered in New York this month for the industry’s annual jamboree, the mood was as...

  21. May 21, 2014

    Food for thought: Michael Schmidt scoops photography prize

    Michael Schmidt has won the 2014 Prix Pictet, a global award for photography and sustainability, with a series of images on...

  22. May 14, 2014

    Brazil’s ranchers shun chainsaws in renewed effort to boost yields

    Rancher Francisco Militão Matheus Brito shows off a herd of cattle, their brilliantine coats a sign of their health as they...

  23. May 14, 2014

    Report slams US tobacco child labour

    Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves....

  24. May 12, 2014

    Hop prices soar as US craft beer boom takes off

    Brewers battle for hops A cool craft beer has become part of the uniform for self-respecting hipsters from Brooklyn in New...

  25. May 8, 2014

    Meat industry rounds on halal ‘mischief making’

    The British meat industry and religious leaders have expressed surprise at a wave of criticism of halal slaughter, pointing...

  26. May 7, 2014

    Südzucker considers Brazilian sugar move

    Südzucker and Brazil – will they or won’t they? As industry executives and traders make their annual pilgrimage to New York...

  27. May 1, 2014

    Bunge in red after grain trading losses

    Losses in grain trading led to an unexpected first-quarter loss at Bunge, adding another name to a string of weak results...

  28. April 25, 2014

    Coffee price climbs to 26-month high

    Coffee lovers should prepare themselves for their favourite brew to become more costly as arabica beans, used to make...

  29. April 24, 2014

    Bigger food price swings hit consumer goods groups

    Raw material price risk is back on the agenda for the world’s biggest consumer goods companies. After a relatively benign...

  30. April 24, 2014

    English summers rain on Chapel Down profit

    Chapel Down, the English winemaker, has said the miserable summers of 2011 and 2012 made last year’s sales a washout after...

  31. April 16, 2014

    Soyabeans jump on inventory fears

    Soyabeans hit a nine-month high after new data showing higher than expected demand from US processors raised concerns about...

  32. April 7, 2014

    India proves fertile ground for tractor makers

    India’s roads have proved treacherous, with car and truckmakers suffering steep falls in sales amid a wider slowdown in...

  33. March 26, 2014

    Ukraine crisis stokes wheat market fears

    Fear has taken hold of the wheat market. Prices have soared on the back of an investor buying spree spurred by the unfolding...

  34. March 17, 2014

    Rising cost of breakfast leaves bitter taste

    Your breakfast platter looks set to become more expensive. Drought, disease and rising demand have led to prices of eight...

  35. March 14, 2014

    British animal farmers struggle despite rising global demand

    Dairy farmers are not the only ones hoping to cash in on rising global demand. Pig, lamb and beef farmers are also aiming to...

  36. March 14, 2014

    Dairy farmers milk rising prices and falling costs

    “The Farmer will never be happy again; He carries his heart in his boots; For either the rain is destroying his grain Or the...

  37. March 13, 2014

    Organic farming in decline despite rising sales

    Farmers are abandoning the organic market because of unpalatable profit levels, despite signs that UK shoppers are regaining...

  38. February 27, 2014

    Rain could be too late to save Brazil harvest

    Forecast rain may pour cold water on Brazil’s Carnival festivities in the next few days, but the country’s farmers are...

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