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 74% in 2014.

Market Report: Cocoa rallies to 1-month high on grind data

Cocoa prices rallied this week due to stronger-than-expected grindings data for Europe, as well as a weaker dollar.Cocoa for July delivery on NYSE Liffe in London rose to as high as GBP1,993 a tonne as The Publ...

Currency factors deter trading in dried fruit and nuts

Dried fruit The increase in the value of the dollar against the euro by more than 20% compared with a year ago has reduced the volumes traded, Catz International noted in its latest report on dried fruit and nuts.

Ecobank predicts Ghana cocoa output fall

Ghanaian cocoa output for this season will fall to 730,000-750,000 tonnes, due to an outbreak of fungal black pod disease, according to pan-African bank Ecobank.Ghana is the world's second biggest cocoa exporte...

French wheat dominates Egyptian tender

Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) bought 300,000 tonnes of French, Russian and Romanian wheat on April 18.

Hazelnut market holding stable pattern in limited trading

Hazelnuts The Turkish hazelnut market remains unchanged at TRY36.5 (USD13.61) per kilo with minimal activity, a UK trader reported today.

Canada adjusts grain and oilseed estimates slightly

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s latest supply and demand tables included only minor adjustments to the agency’s projections for the major grain and oilseed crops.

US almond shipments still lag behind despite record month

Almonds Californian almond shipments remain significantly behind those of the previous season even though March 2015 shipments set a new record.

Egypt imposes tariff on sugar imports

Egypt will introduce a 20% tariff on white sugar for 200 days, following a filing to the World Trade Organisation last week in which it sought to safe...

US raisin shipments remain slightly behind last year's levels

US total raisin shipments are 6% behind for the 2014/15 season to March 31, figures from the Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) show.

ICE US Review: Cocoa turns lower with spec selling

COCOA contracts on the ICE Futures US platform were weaker on Friday, with speculative selling coming forward late in the day as prices dipped below n...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Corrects Higher

The ICE Futures Canada canola market finished stronger on Friday, correcting after yesterday’s steep losses and enjoying support from the weaker Canad...

CBOT Review: Corn posts gains before weekend

CORN posted gains on investor short-covering as well as planting delays in certain portions of the US.Rains in the Mississippi Delta continue to hampe...

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 fa...

Mistry reveals bearish palm oil forecast

Palm oil, the world’s most used cooking oil, may slump to a six-year low in the second half as supplies expand and reserves accumulate in producing co...

EU lifts soft wheat export forecast back up

The EU saw its soft wheat exports lifted again by 2.1 million tonnes to a record high due to strong demand for milling and feed grades, according to c...

Canadian canola breaks below major support

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts dropped sharply on Thursday, April 16, breaking below some major support levels in the process as speculative sell...

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Canadian feed barley price reaches limits

Feed barley prices have shown some strength over the past month, but are likely topping out for now as attention starts to turn to the new crop.Feed barley is c...

Thailand sugar cane crush gathers pace

Thailand’s 2014/15 sugarcane crush reached 103.65 million tonnes as of April 8, considerably above expectations and also up y-o-y from 102.24 mln at the same ti...

Dryness builds in Western Europe

Rains this past week further improved moisture in south-western Spain and northern UK, but drier weather elsewhere allowed moisture to decline a bit.

German science academies back GMO cultivation

Three leading German scientific academies have called on the nation’s government to allow the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the momen...


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: Sierra Leonean cocoa emerges from Ebola

The cocoa sector in Sierra Leone is getting back on its feet after the Ebola outbreak over the last year nearly brought the industry to a standstill.

Argentina: Building trading ties with Russia?

Major grains, oilseed and beef exporting giant Argentina could be on the cusp of extending its trading relationship with Russia, as well as China.

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ASTA 2015: ASTA highlights expanded membership base

Over the last year a total of 22 companies have joined the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA), it was revealed at the ASTA 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibits...

Frost damage to hazelnuts in Turkey seen as limited

Initial assessments suggest that the likely extent of damage to hazelnuts in Turkey from last weekend’s frost will be limited.

Frost risk concerns Turkish dried fruit sector

This week has seen continued concern for the forthcoming crops of Turkish apricots, raisins and sultanas as growing regions experience colder than average condi...

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.