Cocoa prices rallied this week due to stronger-than-expected grindings data for Europe, as well as a weaker dollar.Cocoa for July delivery on NYSE Liffe in London rose to as high as GBP1,993 a tonne as The Public Ledger went to press on Thursday, the highest l...

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 price of crude oil - as well as the increasingly impor...

Mistry reveals bearish palm oil forecast

Palm oil, the world’s most used cooking oil, may slump to a six-year low in the second half as supplies expand and reserves accumulate in producing countries, according to Dorab Mistry, director at Godrej Inter...

Canadian canola breaks below major support

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts dropped sharply on Thursday, April 16, breaking below some major support levels in the process as speculative selling built on itself. The 20, 30, 40, and even 50 day moving ...

EU lifts soft wheat export forecast back up

The EU saw its soft wheat exports lifted again by 2.1 million tonnes to a record high due to strong demand for milling and feed grades, according to consultancy Strategie Grains.

Thailand sugar cane crush gathers pace

Peeled sugarcane Thailand’s 2014/15 sugarcane crush reached 103.65 million tonnes as of April 8, considerably above expectations and also up y-o-y from 102.24 mln at the same time last year , when the full-season crop reached 1...

Canadian feed barley price reaches limits

Barley Feed barley prices have shown some strength over the past month, but are likely topping out for now as attention starts to turn to the new crop.Feed barley is currently trading at about CAD217 per tonne (USD193...

ICE US Review: Cocoa up following grind data

COCOA contracts on the ICE Futures US platform were stronger on Thursday, as European grind data was not as soft as most analysts had expected.European grindings were down by 1.6% in the first quarter, as decli...

ICE Canada Review: Canola Plunges On Fund Selling

The ICE Futures Canada canola market finished sharply lower Thursday – due to the strong Canadian dollar and liquidation selling. Large funds started ...

CBOT Review: Corn ends narrowly mixed

CORN was narrowly mixed on both sides of unchanged as seeding began in Illinois and Iowa.Analysts expect the next crop progress report to show that se...

EC proposes more power for Europe on GMOs

A forthcoming European Commission proposal will give member states the ability to restrict or prohibit the import of EU-authorised genetically modifie...

Weekly Review: corn and soy feeling slight technical pressure

Chicago Board of Trade corn and soybean markets trended slightly lower during the week ended April 15, but weather concerns for both grains helped kee...

Frost risk concerns Turkish dried fruit sector

This week has seen continued concern for the forthcoming crops of Turkish apricots, raisins and sultanas as growing regions experience colder than ave...

Bumper EU wheat and barley export licence run continues

EU soft wheat and barley export licences are both now running at more than two million tonnes ahead of the same point last year, according to the Euro...

Egypt may apply tariff on sugar imports

Egypt is considering a 20% tariff on white sugar imports as it bolsters its own sugar industry with a subsidised export push, a ministerial statement ...

Editorial: German scientists may back GM crops, but will the people?

While the German scientific community would like to see the country open up to genetically modified (GM) crops, consumers are more opposed to the tech...

Malaysia cocoa grind slips in Q1

Cocoa processing in Malaysia continued to slump in the first quarter of this year, the Malaysian Cocoa Board said on Wednesday, as grinders slowed out...

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Dryness builds in Western Europe

Rains this past week further improved moisture in south-western Spain and northern UK, but drier weather elsewhere allowed moisture to decline a bit.

Illovo Sugar forecasts full-year profit fall

Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the commodity, said today its full-year profits would fall due to low sugar prices on the global market and a drought...

European Parliament backs 7% biofuels cap

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee today backed a deal to limit the amount of crop-based biofuel that can be used in the transport sector to 7%.

German science academies back GMO cultivation

Three leading German scientific academies have called on the nation’s government to allow the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). At the momen...

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: Sierra Leonean cocoa emerges from Ebola

The cocoa sector in Sierra Leone is getting back on its feet after the Ebola outbreak over the last year nearly brought the industry to a standstill.

Argentina: Building trading ties with Russia?

Major grains, oilseed and beef exporting giant Argentina could be on the cusp of extending its trading relationship with Russia, as well as China.

ASTA 2015

ASTA 2015: ASTA highlights expanded membership base

Over the last year a total of 22 companies have joined the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA), it was revealed at the ASTA 2015 Annual Meeting and Exhibits...

Frost damage to hazelnuts in Turkey seen as limited

Initial assessments suggest that the likely extent of damage to hazelnuts in Turkey from last weekend’s frost will be limited.

Dried pineapple core still in short supply

Despite a good spring pineapple crop in Thailand QFN Trading & Agency said it is seeing higher fresh pineapple prices due to strong demand from the canneries.

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.