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 London.

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 and wet weather over the past few weeks.

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 Commission has predicted in its latest balance sheet for the cereal...

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

White poppyseed 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 they fear a return of the sluggish pace of buying seen over m...

Ukraine early spring grain sowing 55% complete

Grain harvester combine 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 agriculture ministry revealed on Monday.The acreage includes 1.0 ml...

World almond output seen rising but exports will decline

Almonds 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 executive officer of Coex Coffee Group, said on Tuesday.Colombia, ...

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.

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 b...

ICE US Review: Coffee sinks with weather and currency issues

ICE coffee futures plummeted Monday, as the weakening real and improving growing conditions in Brazil weighed on values.Over an inch of rain was forec...

ICE Canada Review: Canola strengthens with weak Canadian dollar

The ICE Futures Canada canola market managed to finish stronger on Monday, shrugging off a late day sell-off seen in the Chicago soybean complex.The d...

CBOT Review: Soybeans flat ahead of USDA report

Chicago soybean futures ended flat on Monday, as traders squared positions ahead of Tuesday’s USDA prospective plantings and stocks report. Values fin...

Analysis: Russia considers duties on other grains?

The Russian government may be considering imposing duties on the exports of rye, barley and corn, due to a significant increase of their exports in re...

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.

Iran remains in strong stocks position on pistachios

Iran should have enough pistachio stocks to reach its 2015 crop despite achieving record export volumes over the season so far.

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Canada cutting mandatory rail shipment requirements

The Canadian government’s requirements for Canadian railways to ship minimum volumes of grain each week expired on March 28, 2015, and won’t be renewed, a relea...

Vietnam sees coffee exports slip in March

Vietnam, the world's top producer of robusta beans, will ship an estimated 130,000 tonnes, or 2.17 million bags, of the commodity in March, down 52.6% from a ye...

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).


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...


Blue Diamond expands capacity at Salida plant

Blue Diamond Growers is boosting the warehouse capacity at its main almond receiving plant by 33%.


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.


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...