USDA sees lower soy plantings than anticipated

US soy plantings are forecast take up a record 84.635 million acres this spring, according to the US Agriculture Department; below market expectations.

Japan: ‘Sensitive products’ remain key obstacle to TPP

With a history of protectionist agricultural policies, Japanese farmers remain opposed to the abolition of import tariffs on a number of sensitive products, a key point for a potential Trans-Pacific Partnership...

ICE Canada Review: Canola strengthens with soybeans

The ICE Futures Canada canola market moved higher on Wednesday, following the rally seen in Chicago soybean futures.Further spillover support came from the gains seen in Chicago soyoil and Malaysian palm oil fu...

CBOT Review: Corn rises on expectations of demand

Corn futures in Chicago ended higher Wednesday on ideas of good demand after tumbling 4.6 percent in Tuesday’s session.Expectations of reduced acreage in the upcoming season also supported values, a trader said...

ICE US Review: Coffee strengthens with Brazilian real

COFFEE contracts on the ICE Futures US platform were stronger on Wednesday, as a firmer tone in the Brazilian real caused origin selling to back away.Short-covering ahead of the Easter long-weekend contributed ...

Brazil coffee output pegged lower

Brazil's 2015/16 coffee crop will likely produce 48.6 million 60 kilo bags, down from 49.35 mln bags in 2014/15, after drought hurt this season's robusta crop in Espirito Santo state, exporter Comexim said on W...

Barry Callebaut sees faster growth in Q2

Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut reported growth in sales and profit for the first half of 2014/15, with accelerated rates during the second quarter in Europe and North America.

New CME cocoa contract off to a good start

CME group’s new Euro-denominated cocoa contract exceeded expectations in its first day of trading on Monday (March 30), although volumes were still negligible compared to the benchmark contracts in New York and...

EU lowers wheat end stocks estimate for 2015/16

EU soft (common) wheat stocks will be lower than previously expected in 2015/16 due to increased use of the grain as animal feed, the European Commiss...

Nestlé opens decaffeinated coffee factory in Vietnam

Nestlé has opened a factory producing decaffeinated coffee beans in the Dong Nai province of south-east Vietnam, its first in Asia.

Turkish poppyseed exporters wary of hiking prices

Turkish white poppyseed drew an influx of new demand from India of late but Turkish exporters have maintained their prices at recent lower levels as t...

Corn planting well behind schedule in US Delta

Corn planting is well behind schedule across Texas and the US Delta, even lagging behind last year’s slow start to the planting season, due to cool an...

Ukraine early spring grain sowing 55% complete

Ukrainian farmers had sown 1.35 million hectares of early spring grain for 2015 harvest as of March 30, or 55% of the initial sowing area, the agricul...

World almond output seen rising but exports will decline

Global almond production for 2014/15 is expected to decline, according to a recent USDA report.

Brazil coffee harvest pegged at 48.05 mln bags

Brazil is set to harvest 48.05 million 60-kilo bags in its upcoming 2015/16 crop year, up from 47.5 mln bags in 2014/15, Ernesto Alvarez, chief execut...

Dried garlic buyers holding out for China's next crop

Global buyers of Chinese dried garlic are tending to hold out for the country’s next crop, which will be harvested from June.

New research reinforces health claims on prunes

New research has lent further support to health claims on the benefits of eating prunes.

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Canadian wheat bids weaken slightly

Wheat cash bids across Western Canada moved slightly lower in most classes during the week ended March 27, amid softness in US futures and improving basis level...

Sri Lanka’s February tea output up 13%

Sri Lanka's tea output rose by 13% in February compared with the same month a year earlier, the state-run Tea Board said.

Canada drops wheat price projections

The 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 crop ...

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).

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: "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 ...

Thailand: Rice export reign to continue

Thailand is set to keep its crown as the world’s leading rice exporter this year, though deteriorating prices are still likely to hinder their never-ending stoc...

Analysis: Indian spice exports on track to cross USD2 bln mark

India’s spice exports have shown an upward trend in the fiscal 2014/15 year, with the four main money-spinner – chilli, cumin, turmeric and pepper – all doing f...

Peanuts

USDA forecasts strong rise in peanut plantings for 2015

US peanut growers intend to plant 1.48 million acres in 2015, up 9% from the previous year, according to the USDA’s first report on prospective peanut plantings...

Prunes

South American prunes reach stable phase

Prices for South American prunes remained stable over the past 10 days, QFN Trading & Agency noted in a March 27 report.

Cloves

Touton highlights bullish tone in global clove leaf oil market

Clove leaf oil prices look set to remain quite firm as the sector is closely correlated to developments in the clove bud market, French trader Touton noted in a...