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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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....

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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