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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. August 15, 2014

    Chiquita/Fyffes: banana republic

    Chiquita Who is going to be the king of the banana republic? The hopes of the Fyffes clan in Dublin must be high. Chiquita’s...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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,...

  29. 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...

  30. 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,...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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....

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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’...

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