Interview: Competitive EU wheat prices likely to stay

The 2014/15 marketing year has already seen EU wheat exports reach a record high and the bloc has overtaken the US as the world's leading exporter of the grain.

Weekly Review: Sugar tumbles to six-year low

ICE sugar futures fell to their lowest levels in six years during the week ended May 27, as burdensome supply projections and weakness in Brazil’s currency weighed on values.The softer Brazilian real was encour...

Palm rallies to highest in two weeks

Malaysian palm oil futures rallied to a two-week high on Thursday as traders took advantage of a falling ringgit, supported by gains in competing markets and signs that the El Nino weather phenomenon could alre...

IPA 2015: Chile sees benefits of 'beautiful' prune crop

Chile is expected to achieve a decent increase in prune output this year to 76,945 tonnes from an estimated 65,899 tonnes in 2014, Pedro Pablo Diaz of Sofruco said at the 15 th IPA (International Prune Associat...

IPA 2015: Australia aims for controlled expansion

The Australian prune industry has set its sights on expansion in the years ahead and this growth will be achieved in a controlled, sustainable way, Grant Delves of the Australian Prune Industry Association said...

Analysis: Nigeria moves to boost cocoa processing

Nigeria is quietly moving towards the status of a key global chocolate producer. This may surprise many, especially considering that the West African nation does not have a strong cocoa processing capacity and ...

Serbian prune producers gaining ground on global markets

Serbia is gaining share in global prune exports, Aleksander Tomic of producer and packer Agranela said at the 15th International Prune Association (IPA) Congress in Sirmione, Italy, on Tuesday.

Global Grain North America: Canadian oil sector now key to grains

Since the breakup of the Canadian Wheat Board (formerly known as CWB), the country has seen its grains market been both negatively and positively affected, with its oil sector now set to provide opportunities f...

Brazilian coffee crop pegged to increase

Brazil's 2015/16 coffee harvest now under way is expected to yield 47.28 million 60 kilo bags, unchanged from the previous estimate in February, coffe...

Global Grain North America: Falling feed prices benefits US livestock

Tumbling feed prices have helped generate a mini-revival for the livestock sector in the US, though consumption habits are not expected to return to r...

IPA 2015: South Africa to increase prune acreage

South Africa is keen to introduce new areas of prune production over the coming years and thereby boost its annual volumes, but recognises that the mo...

CBOT Review: Soybeans up slightly after choppy day

Chicago soybean futures were up slightly after a day of choppy activity on Wednesday, with values finishing steady to five cents US per bushel higher....

ICE US Review: Sugar drops to six-year lows

ICE SUGAR futures fell to their lowest levels in six years on Wednesday, as large supplies and the weaker Brazilian currency weighed on prices. Chart-...

ICE Canada Review: Canola firms with soft Canadian dollar

The ICE Futures Canada canola market ended firmer on Wednesday, finding support from a softer Canadian dollar, as it made canola more attractive to cr...

US winter wheat condition better than trade expectations

US winter wheat ratings held steady at 45% good/excellent in USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, while the first ratings of the season for corn put 74...

Ivorian main crop may come early

Steadily improving rainfall across Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions last week is boosting prospects for a strong mid-crop harvest, with some f...

Russia proposes new wheat export tax

Russia’s agriculture ministry is proposing a new export tax on wheat shipments, which it claims is needed to protect domestic livestock farmers from r...

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EU increases wheat yield forecast

The EU has marginally lifted its forecast for the soft wheat yield harvest for the second month in a row, indicating that growth conditions generally remained f...

Uganda ships a fifth less coffee

Uganda's coffee exports fell 21% year-on-year to 264,065 60 kilo bags in April after heavy rains disrupted the drying of beans, industry regulator Uganda Coffee...

Sunflowers off to good start in Canada

Manitoba’s sunflower crop is off to a good start this year, having largely missed out on any damage from adverse weather over the May long weekend.“We had a goo...

Weekly Review: Corn/soybean spread widens

The widening spread between corn and soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade should be supportive for corn but a bearish factor in soybeans as the two cro...

Cumin seed

Analysis: Spice industry looks to regain credibility after product recalls

The issue of food safety has become increasingly challenging for everyone in the supply chain over recent years and 2015 is shaping up to be a particularly tric...

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...

Algeria: Dreams of reducing import bill still a long way off

The Algerian government is keen to boost the country’s agricultural exports and reduce its import bill, but after a disappointing cereals harvest in 2014 this v...

Black pepper

IPC sees pepper prices holding strong over the last week

Global pepper prices continued to be stronger at most origins, except that for black pepper in Sarawak, the International Pepper Community (IPC) observed in its...

Cashews

Guinea-Bissau apprehends cashew nut smugglers

Guinea-Bissau’s fresh campaign against rampant cashew nut smuggling over the country’s land border with neighbouring Senegal has yielded its first results.

Prunes

Russian prune buyers seen as active again

Russia has become an active buyer again in the South American prunes market, QFN Trading & Agency observed in a May 21 report.

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.