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    1. May 26, 2015

      Japanese youth turns its back on fish

      Japan may have brought sushi and sashimi to the world’s dining tables, but its younger consumers are turning their backs on...

    2. May 21, 2015

      Ghana cocoa delays spark fears over country’s reliability

      Chocolate lovers beware. Delays of shipments from Ghana, the world’s second-largest cocoa grower, have stoked concerns among...

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      Brazil’s economy is sinking into recession, inflation is too high and senior figures i...
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    1. May 20, 2015

      Chinese companies accused of west Africa fish pillage

      Chinese fishing companies are engaged in systematic pillaging of west African fisheries on a huge scale, according to a new...

    2. May 19, 2015

      Cocoa hits 7-month high on Ghana worries

      Cocoa hit a seven-month high backed by continuing worries about production in Ghana and the potential weather effects of El...

    3. May 12, 2015

      Meat production could be the answer for Brazil

      Brazil’s abundant natural resources are a blessing or a curse, depending on whom you ask. The share of raw materials in...

    4. May 7, 2015

      Global food bill set for five-year low

      The world’s food import bill is forecast to reach a five-year low in 2015 as plentiful supplies, lower freight rates and...

    5. May 6, 2015

      Wheat heavyweights battle for global market share

      An Australian agricultural official asked a pointed question at a recent conference: “Are we at risk of becoming the poor...

    6. May 5, 2015

      Bears feast on strong coffee crop forecasts

      A leading coffee trader upgraded its Brazilian crop figures for this year, adding to the increasing bearishness over supply...

    7. April 30, 2015

      Bunge rules out transformational deals

      Bunge, the international agricultural trader, said it was looking for smaller acquisitions rather than a transformational...

    8. April 29, 2015

      Abe vows to tackle Japan’s farmers over trade pact

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe made an impassioned pitch for a Pacific Rim trade deal before the US Congress, calling...

    9. April 29, 2015

      Race begins for dominance in EU sugar market

      The starter’s gun for consolidation of the European sugar industry has been fired — ahead of the introduction of reforms —...

    10. April 29, 2015

      Artisan drinkers provide perk for coffee

      North America’s artisan coffee boom is spreading far beyond its hipster-den roots in Brooklyn and Vancouver, boosting...

    11. April 23, 2015

      The EU makes a mess of bioengineered food

      Never watch laws or sausages being made: a maxim often attributed to Otto von Bismarck, one of Europe’s greatest statesmen....

    12. April 22, 2015

      Studies strengthen insecticide link to bee population decline

      Two studies have added powerful scientific evidence to the view that agricultural pesticides are contributing to a decline...

    13. April 22, 2015

      Olam chief calls for carbon pricing in order to control emissions

      The chief executive of Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of agricultural commodities, has called for carbon pricing...

    14. April 8, 2015

      Argentine soyabean ‘stocks bubble’ set to burst

      Argentina’s soyabean “stocks bubble” is about to burst as the country’s farmers are set to sell their crops to support their...

    15. April 7, 2015

      Sorghum and barley become grain crops du jour

      Sorghum and barley have become the crops du jour for US grains farmers thanks to surging demand from China. Those who had...

    16. April 5, 2015

      FAO makes 15% upward revision of China corn stocks

      Concerns that China’s import needs for corn may have been vastly overestimated have been reinforced after the country’s...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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....

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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