European rapeseed futures continued to be supported over the last month by expectations of lower production and stocks in the bloc next season, while Canadian canola futures found some strength from the weak Canadian dollar.

Analysis: Corn output fall to lift South African prices

South African corn production is expected to fall by a third this season, potentially contributing to grain shortages and prices increases for staple foods across the Southern African subregion this year, the U...

US coffee buyers favouring Brazil over Vietnam

US coffee roasters have begun replacing beans from top robusta producer Vietnam with so-called conilons from Brazil after they shifted to a rare discount in price to their Asian counterparts.The switch in recen...

Weather spoilt bloom for 2015 crop apricots in Turkey

Dried apricots The bloom for 2015 crop apricots in Turkey was unsatisfactory, due to continuous frosts and heavy rains during March and April, Turkish supplier Sunrose observed in a report today.

Ivorian cocoa arrivals hit 1.333 mln tonnes

Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast reached around 1,333,000 tonnes by April 26 since the start of the season on October 1, exporters estimated on Monday, up from 1,312,000 tonnes in the same peri...

ASTA 2015: Strong Asian demand looks set to help underpin Indian chilli market this year

Red chillies China and other Asian countries are becoming major consuming markets for Indian chillies, Ram Ramkumar, director of spices, flavours and seasonings at AB Mauri in India, said at the ASTA (Amercian Spice Trade A...

ABC looks to clarify issue of water use and almonds

Almonds The Almond Board of California (ABC) has made moves to try and set the record straight over the ongoing issue of water use in the state and in particular the role of almond farms in this.

Europe approves cap on biofuel use

Biodiesel plant and rapeseed field The European Parliament has officially rubber-stamped a controversial revision of EU biofuels legislation.

Market Report: Lacklustre corn market may see volatility ahead

Corn showed few signs of movement this week despite some weather worries, advancing US plantings and headline grabbing bird flu threat; however, curre...

US peanut plantings start close to year-ago pace

Peanut planting is under way in most US states and has started at a similar level to that of the same time last year.

US corn planting set for progress this week

Dry weather across most of the US corn belt yesterday (April 26) marked the start of a planting window that should allow farmers to make huge progress...

Touton sees underlying strength in cinnamon prices

Madagascar cinnamon prices will be prone to upward pressure this year after continued rain in recent months and reduced plantings as farmers have move...

EU wheat, barley, rapeseed yields pegged higher

The EU's crop monitoring service (MARS) on Monday lifted its yield forecasts for this year's soft wheat, barley and rapeseed harvests with growing con...

Chinese slowdown weighs on Hershey’s results

Chocolate giant Hershey said results in its US business were slightly ahead of expectations in the first quarter of 2015, but softness in China meant ...

Indonesian palm oil, cocoa tax unchanged

Indonesia is keeping its export tax for crude palm oil and cocoa beans unchanged in May, the trade ministry said on Monday.The export tax for crude pa...

Sultana growers try to assess extent of frost damage

The news coming from Turkey’s sultana growing areas is not favourable, Yasin Durmus, managing director of Turkish supplier Sunrose, reports.

Guinea-Bissau takes steps to combat cashew smuggling

Cashew nut farmgate prices in Guinea-Bissau this upcoming season will be set at XOF300 (USD0.50) per kilo, government officials in the country have sa...

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French corn sowing over 50% complete

Corn sowing in France continued to advance swiftly last week, with more than half of the planned area now sown, as growers benefited from dry, warm weather, dat...

Asia cocoa grind drops more than expected

Cocoa grinding in Asia slid in the first quarter from a year ago, but rose marginally as compared with the October-December period, industry data showed on Frid...

Canola down, wheat up in Canadian acreage estimates

Canadian farmers intend to plant a bit more wheat and a bit less canola this spring compared to a year ago, according to the first survey estimates from Statist...

Europe proposes new rules on GM imports for food and feed

The European Commission has proposed giving EU member states the ability to restrict or prohibit the import of EU-authorised genetically modified (GM) crops for...

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: 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 pric...

Sri Lanka: Philippines' demise boosts coconut exports

Sri Lankan coconut exporters have benefited from the demise of Filipino producers who were hit by Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013, with Sri Lankan exports rising by...

Pepper

ASTA 2015: China a key driver of world pepper consumption

China will be a major factor to watch in terms of growing global consumption of pepper over the coming years, according to Tom Overby, president of Nedspice USA...

Hazelnuts

Frosts seen as having little impact on Turkish hazelnut crop

Last week’s frosts in Turkish hazelnut growing areas are expected to have had little effect on the new crop but it will not be possible to know anything for def...

Dried papaya

Tropical dried fruits still prone to upward pricing pressure

Raw material prices on natural red papaya are rising quickly and the low season just started, QFN Trading & Agency has reported.

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.