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.

POC 2015: Palm oil price set to tumble to 6-year low

Palm oil prices will in the second half of 2015 fall to their lowest level since the start of 2009, but may climb higher in the short term, delegates at the POC palm oil conference heard this week.

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.

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.

Euro weakness could benefit UK importers of vine fruits

Mixed dried fruit 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 lesser extent, France. 

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.

Indian cashew kernels to remain scarce for a while

Cashews The availability of cashew kernels from India is expected to continue to be limited over the near term, Aldebaran Commodities noted in a report today.

US sees dwindling supply of Oregon hazelnuts

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.

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...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Plummets On Technicals, Soy Weakness

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished sharply weaker on Wednesday, as losses in the US soy complex and a bearish technical position triggered ...

CBOT Review: Soybeans drop sharply

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade posted large losses on Wednesday, moving 14 to 19 cents per bushel lower as declining concerns over Sout...

ICE US Review: Coffee up sharply with short covering

ICE coffee futures ended sharply higher on Wednesday, seeing a short covering correction after Tuesday’s sell-off, analysts said. Bargain hunting foll...

Black Sea grain update: Ukraine grain exports continue, Russian crop improves

Ukraine has exported 24.7 million tonnes of grain since July 1, the same amount which traders sold abroad in the same period a year earlier, the agric...

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 str...

Pecan halves still proving to be prone to increases

US pecan nut prices have shown renewed upward pressure of late, particularly on halves, due to the lower than anticipated crop last October/November a...

Argentina grains forecast raised, Brazil lowered

Informa Economics increased its estimates of corn and soybean production in Argentina and lowered its crop estimates for Brazil, the private analytics...

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."Thes...

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Brazil road protest wanes, Argentina strike imminent

Truckers appear to have eased protests on key soy state highways in Brazil, following a two-week disruption, though Argentina may start a strike of its own.

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...

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 characterized by p...

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...