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.

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.

Select Harvests seeks investors for new almond orchards

Almonds Australian almond producer Select Harvests is seeking investors for new almond orchards.

Indian spice exports could be boosted by good agricultural practices

Mixed spices Indian spice exports could be improved by using good agricultural practices and cultivating crop varieties based on demand, according to speakers at a national seminar on spices at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural U...

ICE US Review: Coffee down with profit taking

ICE coffee futures ended softer Thursday, as profit-taking on Wednesday’s six per cent gains put downward pressure on values. Further downward pressure came from a continued uptick in producer selling in Brazil...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Follows The Bias Lower

THE ICE Futures Canada canola market finished weaker on Thursday, as futures followed the path of least resistance lower. A rally, earlier in the day, was gradually erased by mounting pressure from the US soy c...

CBOT Review: Soybeans down as SA harvest moves forward

SOYBEAN futures at the Chicago Board of Trade were down by six to nine cents per bushel on Thursday, as the advancing South American harvest and stronger US dollar weighed on values.Yield reports continue to be...

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 ...

Euro weakness could benefit UK importers of vine fruits

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...

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 supplie...

US sees dwindling supply of Oregon 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 globa...

Indian cashew kernels to remain scarce for a while

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.

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...

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...

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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...

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 firm said...

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...

Sultanas

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...