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    1. February 26, 2015

      USDA slashes China corn import forecast

      The perils of forecasting the Chinese agricultural market came to the fore earlier this month when the US Department of...

    2. February 25, 2015

      US port gridlock adds to almond pressures

      Almond shipments in California fell by almost a third in January, as a prolonged labour dispute at the ports in the US west...

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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. February 24, 2015

      ‘Disturbing’ decline in food production

      Britain’s agricultural sector is in a “disturbing” decline with farmers unable to produce enough food to keep up with the...

    2. February 23, 2015

      South Africa: Staking a claim

      On the surface, Alfred Mahlangu and his brothers look like a success story of post-apartheid South Africa. One year after...

    3. February 20, 2015

      Coffee prices slide as Brazilian rainfall worries recede

      Coffee prices fell more than 8 per cent on the week as worries about a large shortfall in high-quality arabica beans receded...

    4. February 11, 2015

      Mixed fortunes for cocoa create uncertainty

      Reports of plentiful rains in Ghana, which is favourable for cocoa production, following a sharp fall in the country’s...

    5. February 11, 2015

      Developing economies: Taking a load off

      Morocco’s leaders held their breath as the moment approached. Would riots erupt? Would inflation jump? But the day came and...

    6. February 4, 2015

      Colombia’s coffee production returns to pre-crisis levels

      Good news for lovers of Colombian coffee. There are plenty of beans coming out of the Latin American country after a strong...

    7. February 3, 2015

      Sugar overcapacity dominates bitter sweet debate in Dubai

      As sugar manufacturing, refining and trading executives gathered for this year’s Platts Kingsman Dubai Sugar Conference, the...

    8. January 29, 2015

      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:...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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....

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    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 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...

    38. 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...

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