Corn showed few signs of movement this week despite some weather worries, advancing US plantings and headline grabbing bird flu threat; however, current uncertainties could potentially lead to some price instability over the coming weeks.

ASTA 2015: Strong Asian demand looks set to help underpin Indian chilli market this year

Red chillies China and other Asian countries are becoming major consuming markets for Indian chillies, Ram Ramkumar, director of spices, flavours and seasonings at AB Mauri in India, said at the ASTA (Amercian Spice Trade A...

Ivorian cocoa arrivals hit 1.333 mln tonnes

Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast reached around 1,333,000 tonnes by April 26 since the start of the season on October 1, exporters estimated on Monday, up from 1,312,000 tonnes in the same peri...

US corn planting set for progress this week

Dry weather across most of the US corn belt yesterday (April 26) marked the start of a planting window that should allow farmers to make huge progress.

Touton sees underlying strength in cinnamon prices

Cinnamon sticks Madagascar cinnamon prices will be prone to upward pressure this year after continued rain in recent months and reduced plantings as farmers have moved into other crops, according to a recent market report from...

EU wheat, barley, rapeseed yields pegged higher

The EU's crop monitoring service (MARS) on Monday lifted its yield forecasts for this year's soft wheat, barley and rapeseed harvests with growing conditions remaining mostly favourable despite a recent dry spe...

Chinese slowdown weighs on Hershey’s results

Chocolate giant Hershey said results in its US business were slightly ahead of expectations in the first quarter of 2015, but softness in China meant overall consolidated results fell short of targets.

Indonesian palm oil, cocoa tax unchanged

Indonesia is keeping its export tax for crude palm oil and cocoa beans unchanged in May, the trade ministry said on Monday.The export tax for crude palm oil stays at zero and that for cocoa beans at 10%.

Sultana growers try to assess extent of frost damage

The news coming from Turkey’s sultana growing areas is not favourable, Yasin Durmus, managing director of Turkish supplier Sunrose, reports.

Guinea-Bissau takes steps to combat cashew smuggling

Cashew nut farmgate prices in Guinea-Bissau this upcoming season will be set at XOF300 (USD0.50) per kilo, government officials in the country have sa...

AAK starts 2015 on a positive note

Swedish ingredients firm AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) reported a positive start to the new fiscal year, with a 12% increase in first-quarter operating profit...

Frosts seen as having little impact on Turkish hazelnut crop

Last week’s frosts in Turkish hazelnut growing areas are expected to have had little effect on the new crop but it will not be possible to know anythi...

Asia cocoa grind drops more than expected

Cocoa grinding in Asia slid in the first quarter from a year ago, but rose marginally as compared with the October-December period, industry data show...

Canola down, wheat up in Canadian acreage estimates

Canadian farmers intend to plant a bit more wheat and a bit less canola this spring compared to a year ago, according to the first survey estimates fr...

Cashew sales less than expected from Nampula, Mozambique

Growers in Mozambique’s Nampula province sold 38,100 tonnes of cashew nuts in the past 2014/15 season, 4.75% below the 40,000 tonnes originally expect...

Canada lowers old crop wheat price projections

CWB, formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board, has lowered its price projections for Winter Pool wheat and durum marketed during the current 2014/15...

Turkish hazelnut areas hit by further frost

Hazelnut traders are again keeping a close watch on weather developments in Turkey following reports of frosts at elevations above 800 metres in both ...

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French corn sowing over 50% complete

Corn sowing in France continued to advance swiftly last week, with more than half of the planned area now sown, as growers benefited from dry, warm weather, dat...

Ugandan coffee shipments down more than 10%

Uganda's March coffee exports fell 10.5% year on year after dry weather conditions curbed output, the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said....

Chinese soy purchases poised for huge rise

China, the world's top buyer of soybeans, is projected to import 82.66 million tonnes of the oilseed in 2024, a rise of 15.8% from 2014, but it will remain a sm...

Europe proposes new rules on GM imports for food and feed

The European Commission has proposed giving EU member states the ability to restrict or prohibit the import of EU-authorised genetically modified (GM) crops for...

Walnuts

Analysis: Walnut market shows no signs of declining soon

The world walnut market looks set for favourable supply this year but that does not mean that prices will come crashing down any time soon.

Interview: Chinese demand remains key to global oilseed trade

Global trade and production in oilseeds hit record highs in the 2014/15 marketing year but factors such as political unrest in major producers, the falling pric...

Sri Lanka: Philippines' demise boosts coconut exports

Sri Lankan coconut exporters have benefited from the demise of Filipino producers who were hit by Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013, with Sri Lankan exports rising by...

Pepper

ASTA 2015: China a key driver of world pepper consumption

China will be a major factor to watch in terms of growing global consumption of pepper over the coming years, according to Tom Overby, president of Nedspice USA...

Cashews

Brazilian cashew prices show further strong gains

Brazil’s market for cashew nuts remains heated at the end of the first quarter, with year-on-year farmgate prices up by 37% in Ceará, 16.5% in Piauí and 49.1% i...

Dried papaya

Tropical dried fruits still prone to upward pricing pressure

Raw material prices on natural red papaya are rising quickly and the low season just started, QFN Trading & Agency has reported.

Gum Arabic

Gum Arabic shows further price gains

Upturns in the price of Talha grades of gum Arabic are helping in turn to push up the price of the Hashab and Kordofan grade one products.