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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. April 25, 2014

    Dreyfus begins search for new chief

    Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the world’s largest agricultural trading houses, has launched the search for a new chief...

  12. 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...

  13. April 23, 2014

    China to become top corn importer in 2020

    China becoming the world’s largest corn importer has always been a question of when, not if – a point underlined by the...

  14. 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...

  15. March 31, 2014

    Banks’ retreat empowers commodity trading houses

    Over the past decade, the world’s largest banks have with little fanfare become immersed in a business far removed from...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. February 26, 2014

    Australia offers aid to farmers as drought bites into beef trade

    Rick Britton is a fifth generation beef farmer who is no stranger to dry periods on his sprawling 200,000 hectare farm in...

  19. February 26, 2014

    Thailand’s rice mountain offers grain of hope to neighbours

    “The store of rice in your attic is your enemy,” goes the Thai proverb. “It makes them who have none very jealous.” The...

  20. February 20, 2014

    Grain prices forecast to fall to five-year lows

    Grain prices will sink to the lowest levels in half a decade as farmers plant aggressively to replenish low global stocks,...

  21. February 18, 2014

    Coffee jumps 10% on fund buying

    Coffee prices jumped as much as 10 per cent on Tuesday to a 13-month high as continued worries about hot and dry weather...

  22. February 17, 2014

    Slow supply growth raises ‘peak salmon’ fears

    Could the world be facing “peak salmon”? Strong demand and slowing production growth have sent prices to record highs,...

  23. February 11, 2014

    Peso plunge forces Argentine soya hoarding

    “Pesos are no use – the worst thing you can do is hold pesos.” Alfredo Rodes, executive president of farm association Carbap...

  24. February 6, 2014

    Demand from China and Russia fuels dairy price surge

    Global dairy prices have jumped by almost a third in the past year on the back of growing demand from China, north Africa...

  25. February 5, 2014

    Brazil’s heatwave sparks barista anxiety

    Visits to the barista are increasingly yielding discussions about the terroir of coffee and the aroma of grand cru beans....

  26. February 5, 2014

    Coffee connoisseurs boost high-end market

    After three consecutive years of declines, 2014 has brought some much needed relief to coffee growers in Latin America and...

  27. February 3, 2014

    Coffee jumps on hot weather worries

    Coffee prices jumped more than 7 per cent to an eight-month high as worries about poor weather conditions in Brazil, the...

  28. January 28, 2014

    Cocoa bulls in the ascendant as supply tightens

    As emerging markets join the worldwide chocoholics club, supplies of cocoa appear to be running short. Cocoa prices have...

  29. December 29, 2013

    US farmers face difficult 2014 after reaping record year

    US farmers are becoming gripped by anxiety even as they close the books on their best financial year. A twin threat of...

  30. December 23, 2013

    Demand for healthy lifestyles boosts nuts

    (To the tune of “Jingle Bells”) Almonds rule, almonds rule Almonds rule the day Oh what fun it is to cash our growers’...

  31. December 11, 2013

    Tight markets make beef a luxury

    The Sunday roast is off the menu for an increasing number of British consumers as UK beef prices have soared to record...

  32. December 4, 2013

    UK pig trade deal with China could net £45m for British farmers

    British farmers will soon begin exporting pig semen to their Chinese counterparts as the UK looks to capitalise on the...

  33. November 26, 2013

    Japan approves plans to overhaul rice subsidies

    Japan’s government has approved plans to overhaul a decades-old system of handouts to rice farmers, signalling progress on a...

  34. November 20, 2013

    Tea traders see price recovery brewing

    When Williamson Tea Kenya, one of the biggest growers of the leaf in Africa, released its quarterly results earlier this...

  35. November 14, 2013

    Sino-US stand-off threatens trade talks

    A stand-off between China and the US over agricultural quotas is threatening to scupper efforts to secure a deal the World...

  36. November 12, 2013

    Ecom enters cocoa and coffee top league

    Even within the publicity shy commodities industry, Ecom Agroindustrial is considered one of the least known of the trading...

  37. November 11, 2013

    Armajaro to sell cocoa, coffee and sugar trading arm to Ecom

    Armajaro, the commodity and hedge fund group co-founded by Anthony Ward, the cocoa trader nicknamed “Chocfinger”, is to sell...

  38. November 7, 2013

    Rice mountain set to grow even higher

    The world’s rice mountain is set to rise to a record for the 10th consecutive year as government support schemes for rice...

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