Black Sea sunflower oil prices have taken a sharp tumble during the last six weeks, unable to withstand the pressures weighing on the wider vegetable oils market any longer.

Editorial: How evil really is palm oil?

I spent most of this week at the POC palm oil conference in Kuala Lumpur, my fifth visit to the event, which has evolved into the most highly anticipated of the year. And it got me thinking.

Cocoa over-production could be a problem

Ivory Coast must avoid over-production that risks causing a drop in world prices after output hit a record 1.74 million tonnes last season, the International Cocoa Organization's executive director said.Jean Ma...

Coffee price fall detached from fundamentals

A slide in arabica coffee prices to a 13-month low this week resulted more from financial flows than market fundamentals, the chief executive of Italian coffee business illycaffe said.“The price decline has bee...

World macadamia supply looking reasonable for 2015

Macadamias The world macadamia market should have a reasonable level of supply this year, although it would be advisable to cover 50% of needs as there might be limited availability of good quality product, Global Trading...

Thailand continues to release rice stocks

Top exporter Thailand received bids for around 780,000 tonnes of rice out of the 1 million tonnes offered in its latest tender, the Commerce Ministry said on Friday, as the government continues to sell grain to...

Russia grain exports plunge in February

Russia's grain exports in February fell to 1 million tonnes from 2.2 mln in January following the introduction of a tax on wheat exports, SovEcon agriculture analysts said in a note.

South African macadamia industry shows strong growth

Macadamias The South African macadamia industry continues to show strong growth, with a crop of 46,950 tonnes of nut-in-shell (1.5% kernel moisture) forecast for 2015, which is 4.6% up on the 2014 crop of 44,890 tonnes.

Brazil sugar exports slump in February

Brazil exported only 811,000 tonnes of sugar in February 2015, down from 1,747,900 tonnes in the previous month and also sharply below 1.470 mln shipp...

Cashew kernel market is looking steady

The market for cashew nut kernels is moving steadily at the moment, Global Trading & Agency noted in a March 5 report.

Select Harvests seeks investors for new almond orchards

Australian almond producer Select Harvests is seeking investors for new almond orchards.

Indian spice exports could be boosted by good agricultural practices

Indian spice exports could be improved by using good agricultural practices and cultivating crop varieties based on demand, according to speakers at a...

Weekly Review: Coffee dwindles on Brazilian weather and currency weakness

ICE US coffee futures moved sharply lower during the week ended March 4, undermined by forecasts calling for beneficial weather in Brazil.

ICE Canada Review: Canola Follows The Bias Lower

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished weaker on Thursday, as futures followed the path of least resistance lower. A rally, earlier in the day,...

ICE US Review: Coffee down with profit taking

ICE coffee futures ended softer Thursday, as profit-taking on Wednesday’s six per cent gains put downward pressure on values. Further downward pressur...

CBOT Review: Soybeans down as SA harvest moves forward

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were down by six to nine cents per bushel on Thursday, as the advancing South American harvest and stron...

Euro weakness could benefit UK importers of vine fruits

The continuing weakness of the euro has had an effect on global sales of dried fruits to European markets, particularly Germany and Holland, and, to a...

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Wheat dips to five-month low on dollar and supply pressures

Chicago wheat futures fell to their lowest nearby price in five months on Thursday (March 5), pressured by the stronger dollar and huge global supplies.

Vietnam coffee exports set to slow

Slow sales of Vietnamese coffee because of low prices may keep March exports as low as 90,000-110,00 tonnes, similar to February, when shipments dropped to a th...

Soybeans to see continued growth in Canada

Soybeans are a relatively new crop in Saskatchewan, Canada, but they are generating more traction and are expected to increase their footprint in 2015.

EU compound feed production down last year

Compound feed production in the EU fell to its lowest level since 2011 last year, according to the European Compound Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (Fefac).

Mixed spices

Global spice prices still prone to upward pressure in 2015

A comprehensive report from Rotterdam trader Catz International indicates that a number of key spices look set for continued firm prices this year.

Interview: "Managing risk and reputation are key, now more than ever"

Commodities trading companies have increasingly moved to become vertically integrated in recent years, with many of them also having plantations and production ...

Ukraine: Still eyeing China to boost corn exports

As Ukraine’s position of corn exporter has strengthened over the last year, the Black Sea country continues to set its eyes on boosting trade with China and loo...

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US imports less pepper in 2014

US imports of pepper decreased by 4% last year, the International Pepper Community (IPC) noted in its Weekly Prices Bulletin for the week to February 27.


US sees dwindling supply of Oregon hazelnuts

US hazelnut producers have reported that US supply on the nut is becoming tight as the season progresses and this is exacerbating the underlying global shortage...


South African raisin exporters adjust prices lower again

South African raisin prices have shown further downward pressure of late due to more competitive levels from Chile and because demand has not been strong from E...

Gum Arabic

Gum Arabic faces upward pressure on lower than expected new crop yields

Global gum Arabic prices have been subjected to unexpected upward pressure after it was realised that the new crop in Kordofan, Sudan, was not as good as previo...