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    1. March 26, 2015

      Global grain trade hits all-time high

      The global grain trade rose to an all-time high last year thanks to international buying of barley and sorghum, according to...

    2. March 24, 2015

      Belaruskali shakes up potash sector

      The potash industry, which has attracted investments from leading miners such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, is being shaken...

    1. March 23, 2015

      CME and ICE to go head to head with new cocoa contracts

      Let the cocoa wars begin. On March 30, rival exchanges — the CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange — will go head to head...

    2. March 19, 2015

      Greek woes trigger meat consumption slump

      Greece saw the largest fall in meat consumption globally in 2014 as the recession hit disposable incomes amid rising prices...

    3. March 17, 2015

      Young Americans turn to tea

      If the US television sitcom Friends were to be remade today, the characters sitting in the Central Perk café would be...

    4. March 6, 2015

      Chocolate lovers face a stark choice

      Bad news for chocolate lovers. Pay more for your chocolate or risk watching your favourite product disappear from the...

    5. March 4, 2015

      Time in the sun for Glencore’s agribusiness

      It was agriculture’s time in the sun at Glencore on Tuesday after the trading house revealed earnings at its grain and...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. January 27, 2015

      CME to launch two cocoa contracts in challenge to ICE

      The battle over cocoa intensified on Tuesday when the CME Group announced it would launch two new contracts, challenging the...

    13. 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...

    14. January 18, 2015

      Irish beef farmers eye stake in lucrative US market

      Standing inside one of the sheds that are the winter homes for his 550-strong herd of Limousins and Belgian Blues, Robin...

    15. 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....

    16. January 13, 2015

      EU gives member states power to block GM crops

      The EU has sought to resolve years of acrimony over the status of genetically modified crops by giving each of its 28 member...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. December 22, 2014

      Russia to introduce export tariff on grain

      Russia, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of wheat, is preparing to introduce export duties on grain in an effort to keep...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. November 6, 2014

      Juan Luciano named new chief of Archer Daniels Midland

      Archer Daniels Midland has named Juan Luciano as its new chief executive, effective January next year, succeeding Patricia...

    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 28, 2014

      Cofco unveils IPO plans to compete with US agribusinesses

      Cofco, the Chinese state-owned grain trader, on Tuesday sought to ensure that it can compete with leading US agribusinesses...

    35. 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...

    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 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...

    38. 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...

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