Global Food Security

Governments remain alert to the threat of food price volatility as unpredictable weather patterns have led to an increase in droughts, floods and hurricanes

Shoppers find Christmas gift in price war

Good harvests also help as cost of festive dinner is trimmed

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Social shop to sell surplus food to poor

Community Shop works with retailers to redistribute unsold stock

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Supermarkets: Day of the discounters

No-frills grocery stores grab market share from rivals in Europe and prepare to do battle in the US

Commodity drop heralds Christmas table joy

Turkey dinner costs fall for first time in four years on weaker food prices

Food banks are a blight on modern Britain

Politicians must pay heed when the working poor cannot feed themselves

Why we are losing the obesity battle

Health issue is costly and the scientific clarity to fight it is lacking

Food supply: Uncharted waters

Consumption of farmed seafood grows amid sustainability concerns

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Commodities: Cereal excess

Global grain supplies are soaring, which will cause an eventual slowing of food price inflation

Grain stocks set to be highest since 2003

Expected to rise to 25% of annual consumption next year

US thirst for craft beer boosts hop growers

Boom in microbreweries sector spurs demand

Tesco struggles to fend off discounters

Supermarket sales down 4% amid slow growth in spending

Confectioners are having to shell out more for prized hazlenuts

High hazelnut prices hit confectioners

Cadbury and Ferrero already affected by surge in cocoa prices

Retail sales hit by supermarket price war

July like-for-like sales fall 0.3% from same month last year

Unseasonal rains send coffee price higher

Wet August raises Brazilian arabica crop concerns

Drought poses threat to almond supplies

Three-year dry spell hangs over California’s agriculture sector

Costly cocoa no match for a sweet tooth

Sales of chocolates and sweets are set to hit a record this year

Weather experts lower El Niño forecasts

Likelihood of destructive Pacific weather phenomenon scaled down

Tyson to sell Brazil and Mexico business

Proceeds to pay down debt from $8.6bn Hillshire acquisition

Tesco: Clarke, not Superman

Philip Clarke’s replacement has never run a food retailer

Chocoholics prepare for more bad news

Cocoa price rises are about to be passed on to US consumers

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Food outlet boom pressures supermarkets

Convenience drives growth, making sector close to ‘recession proof’

Wheels coming off the supermarket trolley

Shift to discounters and small stores leads to refocusing

China will profit from feeding the world

Farmland investments are outperforming stocks and investors are noticing, says Ding Xuedong

Farmed fish take over from wild at dinner

Shift result of strong seafood demand

Chinese food: slim pickings

Meat is the new coal as China’s calorie intake rises

Coffee drinkers pay Brazil drought price

US roaster JM Smucker to raise retail price

Wm Morrison overcharged suppliers

Supermarket found in breach of groceries code by watchdog

Meat price hikes hit barbecue appetite

Pig virus has hit pork production and drought makes cattle costly

Food for thought: German wins photo prize

Prix Pictet awarded for ‘epic and hugely topical investigation’

Sainsbury to reduce capital expenditure

New CEO to signal slowdown in amount of retail space being added

Coffee price climbs to 26-month high

Brazilian production forecasts revised downwards

Food price swings get bigger this year

Coffee, wheat and sugar prices have been particularly volatile

Drought and floods could affect commodities

Australia particularly exposed to weather phenomenons

Climate change inflates food prices

Chance of El Niño has farmers on high alert

Opinion: Food market is increasingly volatile

Governments need to close ‘sustainability gap’, says Paul McMahon

Banks’ retreat empowers commodity traders

Once-in-a-generation shift catches eye of regulators

Rising cost of breakfast leaves bitter taste

Commodity prices up 25% thanks to drought, disease and rising demand

An aerial view of houses partially submerged in flood waters from the swollen Danube River is pictured near Esztergom

El Niño warning puts farmers on alert

Weather phenomenon could affect food and energy markets

The Dubai-based hub is expected to reach a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of basmati rice this year

Indian-Saudi JV to build Dubai rice hub

Innovo to invest $27m in storage, processing and packaging unit

Grain prices forecast to fall to five-year lows

Crop harvest expected to be close to record, says USDA