Palm oil forecast: Deficit not enough to lift prices

Palm oil prices will not necessarily  lead to a recovery in crude palm oil futures over the coming months, as world production lags consumption, according to The Public Ledger’s latest forecast.

Editorial: Can new study help reverse EU neonicotinoid ban?

A study from the University of Maryland has found that one type of the controversial neonicotinoid pesticides currently banned in the EU is not solely responsible for honey bee deaths. These findings are likely...

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 stock releases.

Weekly Review: Corn perks up on US crop worries

CBOT corn futures moved to their highest levels in two months during the week, with concerns over seeding delays in the southern US Corn Belt behind some of the buying interest.The USDA’s weekly crop update sho...

Nigeria expecting smaller cocoa crop

Nigeria's cocoa production will likely fall about 50,000 tonnes this season because dry weather hindered the development of mid-crop beans, the head of the country's private sector cocoa association said.The ag...

Turkish sultana crop relatively unscathed after frost

Sultanas Moderate frost in the sultana and raisin growing areas last weekend, caused some damage to the buds but as it is still relatively early the vines do have the capacity to recover and grow new shoots

Ivory Coast maintains fargamte cocoa price

Ivory Coast will maintain a cocoa farmgate price of XOF850 (USD1.42) per kilo for the mid-crop season beginning next month, a government spokesman said on Tuesday."The government has decided to maintain the pri...

Argentine peanut crop in very good shape after heavy rains

Peanuts Heavy rains have hampered Argentine peanut harvesting operations in recent weeks, agricultural experts have reported.

Hazelnut market shows slight dip as sellers emerge

The Turkish hazelnut market has eased marginally to TRY36.00 (USD14.00) per kilo from TRY36.5/kg earlier as a few more stockholders look to sell, a UK...

Brazil struggles to sell coffee stocks

The Brazilian government failed to attract bidders for coffee on auction from federal stocks on Wednesday, according to Brazil's crop supply agency, C...

CBOT Review: Soybeans move lower

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were down by three to five cents per bushel on Wednesday, after bouncing around both sides of unchanged ...

ICE US Review: Coffee up with short covering

ICE coffee futures finished stronger on Wednesday, seeing a short covering correction following Tuesday’s sharp declines, analysts said.Further suppor...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Ends Mixed

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished mixed on Wednesday, with losses in the nearby old crop contracts while mild gains were recorded in the m...

Kraft Foods to merge with Heinz

US ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. today announced a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, formi...

Kenya shipped marginally more tea in 2014

Kenya's tea output and exports rose by 3% and 1% in 2014, data from the country’s Tea Board showed.

Chinese peanut exporter welcomes chance to meet UK customers at IFE

For Chinese peanut exporter Qingdao Topsen Import and Export Company the IFE afforded a good opportunity to meet key UK customers.

Primex sees further slide in US almond prices

The US almond market has weakened slightly over the last month, Primex International Trading Corporation observed in its latest report on the sector.

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Ukraine spring grain sowing 30% complete

Ukrainian farmers have sown 744,000 hectares of early spring grain for 2015 harvest as of March 24, or 30% of the initial sowing area, the agriculture ministry ...

Brazilian sugar harvest gathers pace

Brazilian centre/south mills have already crushed 1.24 million tonnes of sugar cane which will count towards the 2015/16 harvest, the latest data from Brazilian...

Commission predicts decline in EU crop yields

EU crop yields are expected to decline in most member states this year despite generally favourable conditions across the bloc, according to a new report from t...

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 ...

Switzerland: Currency troubles cause problems for exporters

The Swiss National Bank’s decision on January 15 to lift a three-year cap on the value of the Swiss franc against the Euro is bad news for the country’s exporte...

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

Rushan Jinguo Peanut Products Company presents diverse offer

A diversity of peanut products were presented at the IFE by Rushan Jinguo Peanut Products Company.

Prunes

Chilean prune producers keen to promote export growth

The Chile Prunes Association has seen significant export expansion over the last three years, under its marketing campaign designed to boost international sales...

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...