Palm Oil Price Outlook 2015: Live Coverage

The POC palm oil conference takes place this week in Kuala Lumpur. Delegates and traders around the world are eagerly awaiting what this year hold for palm oil supply, demand and prices, according to the industry's leading experts.The Public Ledger will bring ...

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.

POC 2015: CPO recovery may be short lived

Crude palm oil futures are unlikely to recover any further for at least the next four months, according to a Malaysian trader.

POC 2015: Why Olam is betting on African palm

Africa is the ‘next frontier’ for palm oil, according to Sunny Verghese, chief executive of Olam International.Speaking at the Palm Oil Price Outlook conference in Kuala Lumpur, he said that as well as an abund...

POC 2015: Volatility hits palm sector

 Forecasting palm oil prices is harder than ever before, due to huge volatility in the market of late, said Chris Lavigne of Frost & Sullivan."These are markets over the past year have been extremely, extre...

ICE US Review: Coffee down sharply with spec selling

Coffee nursery African Arabica ICE coffee futures ended sharply lower on Tuesday, seeing some follow-through speculative selling on recent losses. The market fell to its lowest levels since January 31, 2014, as Brazilian producers sold more ...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Weighed Down By C$

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished weaker on Tuesday, as strength in the Canadian dollar weighed down values. The firmer loonie made canola less attractive to domestic crushers and international buye...

CBOT Review: Soybeans mixed after choppy day

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were narrowly mixed at Tuesday’s close after seeing large price swings throughout the day. The nearby months were down one to two cents per bushel, while the more d...

Ukraine rapeseed harvest could fall by nearly a quarter

Ukraine is likely to harvest up to 23% less rapeseed this year than in 2014, according to market analyst UkrAgroConsult.

Brazil strike still supports soy price rally

Soy futures continue to ride on the back of the ongoing truckers strike in Brazil, which has in turn benefited US farmers.

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 dropp...

Palm oil companies report mixed results

A number of major palm oil companies have reported fourth quarter results over the last week, with a mixed picture emerging in a market still characte...

Rains a mixed blessing for US almond growing areas

Almond growing areas in Central and southern California received rainfall over the weekend of February 28 and March 1, Blue Diamond Growers reported.

Turkish hazelnut sellers stay out of market again

Turkish hazelnut supply has reverted to its usual pattern of limited offers after showing some improvements recently, a UK trader noted in a report to...

Australian wheat set to continue feeling drought impact

Production of wheat, Australia's largest winter crop, will remain constrained hampered by drought next season despite an improvement in climatic condi...

US almond growers pleased with levels of bee activity

US almond growers have said they had plenty of bees to pollinate their trees this year.

Trigon Agri reports loss as currency devaluations hit

Black Sea commodities producer Trigon Agri reported a net loss of EUR13 million (USD15 mln) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, due to EUR12 mln no...

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Canadian wheat futures stay mixed

Wheat cash bids across Western Canada only saw some minor adjustments during the week ended February 27, with some classes seeing small gains and other wheat cl...

Ivorian cocoa arrivals still strong but could be crop delay

Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast reached around 1,204,000 tonnes by March 1 since the start of the season on October 1, up from 1,155,000 tonne...

Brazil truck strike still partly ongoing

Road strikes in key Brazilian highways have now subsided, with most roads now unblocked though some disruption continues.

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...

Black and white pepper corns

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.

Macadamia nuts

Hawaiian Host completes purchase of Mauna Loa

Hawaiian Host, a major chocolate-covered macadamia nut producer, has finalised its acquisition of Mauna Loa, a macadamia nut processor, from The Hershey Company...


Turkish sultana and raisin sales surging ahead

Sales of Turkish sultanas and raisins have continued to forge ahead with 233,429 tonnes of raw material registered between September 1 2014 and the end of Janua...

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...