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Beverages Explore this Topic

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Jamaican soft drinks company sells up

Rudisa Holdings, a Surinamese company which acquired the old Coca-Cola plant in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2009, has abandoned any idea of making soft drinks there.

Carbonates Beverages

Chinese juice consumers are rapidly upgrading

While sales of low juice content juice drinks are falling, Chinese consumers are eagerly heading for 100% juice products and sales of NFC juices are growing extremely fast.

NFC Juices Beverages

Slight disruption to Indian mango juice industry

Varying supply and demand are causing prices of Indian processed mango to vary, says Vivek Vijayan, sales director of India’s ABC Fruits.

Mango Puree Beverages

Brazilian government ponders sugar tax

The Brazilian health ministry is considering a proposal to hike taxes on sugary beverages in the country. A technical team from the ministry has already conducted a survey of the existing tax system and is now addressing relevant stakeholders in order to finalise a proposal. 

Beverages Brazil

Chinese apple juice supply much more in balance

With European buyers heading to China to buy AJC, after a hiatus of several years, Chinese AJC production will be in much closer balance with world demand.

Apple Juice Asia Pacific

Effects of Hurricane Irma will be long lasting

The damage done by Irma to Florida’s orange groves will have a big impact not only on this year, but also on the years to come, according to a speaker at this week’s China Juice conference.

Orange Juice Beverages
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Canned & Tomato Products Explore this Topic

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Thai pineapple industry restarts for winter crop

The winter pineapple season started in Thailand with the opening of all the eastern facilities of the country in early September after the traditional maintenance break in August. Encouraging estimate prices and volumes have been released this week by the Thai Food Processors Association (TFPA). 

Thailand Canned & Tomato Products

Del Monte sells US canned vegetables operation

The San Francisco based Del Monte Pacific has sold vegetables processor Sager Creek to the canner McCall Farms for USD55 million, the company announced on Thursday. 

US States Canned & Tomato Products

An emergency fund for North Italian tomato growers

Members of the North Italian organisation of tomato processors, OI Pomodoro, have created a fund to assists all growers whose crop has been affected by the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum

Canned & Tomato Products Production

Global processed tomato exports down in H1

Processed tomato exports in the world decreased by 13% in the first half of the year (H1) compared with the same period last year. The four largest suppliers, Italy, China, US and Spain, followed this downtrend. 

Italy Spain

Japan to detect genetically modified salmon imports

The government of Japan will conduct 59 tests to detect possible genetically modified (GM) salmon exported to the country, a USDA report stated. The tests will cover all Atlantic salmon exports to Japan from Canada, Panama and the US. 

Japan Canned & Tomato Products

Mexican tuna processors awarded sustainable status

The Mexican tuna giants Grupomar, Herdez del Fuerte, Pesca Azteca and Procesa have achieved the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certificate of sustainability. 

Mexico Canned & Tomato Products
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Cocoa Explore this Topic

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Weekly Review: Smaller Ivorian cocoa crop on the way?

Cocoa futures received a mid-week fillip from influential player Olam’s analyst viewing a potential 10% drop in the coming Ivorian main crop, citing reduced investment amid weak global prices.
Cocoa Production

Futures Review: Cocoa drifts higher

ICE cocoa futures settled up by USD23 at USD2,021 per tonne.
Futures Cocoa

West Africa`s bumper cocoa crop may further depress global prices

As the 2016/17 cocoa season comes to an end, West Africa’s main players; Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon, have all produced bumper cocoa crops, judging from output figures released so far.

Cocoa Production

Ivorian main crop may fall by 10% in 2017/18

Olam International's top cocoa official said on Wednesday that he expects top producer Ivory Coast's production during the October-to-March main crop to fall by at least 10% from last year's record 1.5 million tonnes.
Côte d'Ivoire Cocoa

Futures Review: Cocoa recovers in technical trading

ICE cocoa futures reversed some previous losses and advanced to USD1,998 per tonne.
Futures Dominican Republic

Futures Review: Cocoa recovered from low closing?

Futures contracts for both London and New York cocoa revitalized during today’s trading, following yesterday’s lows, however with more bearish news on the horizon, how long will it last?

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Coffee Explore this Topic

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Weekly Review: Jittery coffee awaits clearer Brazilian crop picture

A two-way trade in coffee futures in the past week was mainly at the behest of shifting Brazilian crop news.
Brazil Coffee

Brazil - Conab cuts 2017/18 coffee production estimate

Conab, the federal government's crop supply agency, cut its projections for coffee output in the current Apr/Mar cycle, with a heavier reduction for arabicas.
Coffee Arabica

Uganda - August 2017 coffee exports rose 44% y/y

Coffee exports in August 2017 amounted to 418,340 60 kg bags, up 44% on 291,059 bags one year earlier, boosted by an extra crop from new maturing trees, said the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA).
Coffee Arabica

Futures Review - Arabica coffee prices slip as sellers return

Arabica coffee future prices fell. Market sources pointed to persistent speculative selling against a friendlier weather outlook in Brazil.

Futures Coffee

Futures Review: Concern over Brazil crop lends coffee price support

The December arabica coffee contract settled up 1.20 cent at 136.55 cents per lb, trading a wider range of 132.90-137.45 cents.
Futures Coffee

Brazil's expected 2018 coffee crop upturn slashed 20%

The potential for increased production in coffee plantations in the main producing regions of Brazil next season is already partially compromised because of difficult weather conditions that the crop was exposed to, according to local analysts.

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Dairy Explore this Topic

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Daily Price Update 22/09/2017: tighter global cheese market in prospect

Strong Asian demand and seasonally tight supplies are supporting more increases in Oceania Cheddar prices, report IEG Vu’s US colleagues.
United States Cheese

Baltic dairy powerhouse conquers new markets

The Russian embargo changed everything for Lithuania. But the loss of its major trading partner in 2014 has proved the making of the Baltic’s leading dairy state.
Lithuania SMP

Daily Price Update 21/09/2017: falling EU butter prices, but not just yet

Higher milk output in Ireland, Poland and Italy has failed to significantly boost overall EU milk volumes. And butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) production are both down.
Milk Butter

Dairy companies update: Fonterra keeps us guessing

Fonterra is announcing its annual financial results on Monday (Sept 25) … but “don’t expect fireworks” says one New Zealand economist.
WMP IMF

Daily Price Update 20/09/2017: powder pressure as demand slows

The global market for skimmed milk powder (SMP) is weakening according to early reports from the European dairy trade. It follows a run of quite spectacular exports, as IEG Vu reported this week.
SMP WMP

UK dairies open doors to a post-Brexit future

As the UK moves surely, if unsteadily, towards the EU exit door, dairy producers and buyers are already planning for a post-Brexit future.

Dairy Products SMP
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Dried Fruit & Nuts Explore this Topic

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Peru records increase in Brazil nut exports

Peruvian exports of Brazil nuts amounted to USD23.49 mln in the first half of this year, an increase of 58% from the same period last year, announced the Peruvian Association of Exporters (ADEX). 

Brazil Dried Fruit & Nuts

California Raisins supports UK’s NDTFA Autumn Conference

This week sees the prestigious bi-annual UK Dried Fruit Conference, hosted jointly by the UK’s National Dried Fruit Trade Association and California Raisins. 

Dried Vine Fruit Figs

US harvest of black walnuts is approaching

The annual US harvest of black walnuts is imminent with hulling stations scheduled to open up across the Midwest on Monday, October 2. 
Walnuts Production

Spain pushes ahead with pistachio nut production scheme

Spain’s Borges Agricultural & Industrial Nuts (BAIN), Spanish financial services company CaixaBank and the rural development and cooperation association ACORD have signed an agreement to back an investment project that will help to realise the farming component of a pistachio nut production scheme in Segarra-Garrigues. 

Pistachios Spain

Bolivian Brazil nut exporter makes moves to focus more on domestic market

Bolivian-based Brazil nut exporter Empresa Boliviana de Almendras y Derivados (EBA) has suspended Brazil nut exports to Europe and the US in order to prioritise the domestic market, due to low availability of Brazil nuts following a drought that harmed the 2016/17 crop, said Patricia Ballivián, general manager at Bolivia’s Service for the Development of Productive Public Companies (SEDEM).

Brazil Nuts Bolivia

California set for major boost in prune output

The 2017 California Prune harvest is projected to reach 105,000 short tons (95,254 tonnes), according to forecasts by the USDA and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). 

Prunes United States
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Fresh Fruit & Veg Explore this Topic

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Higher potato harvest expected in Europe

This season, the continent may harvest 27.9 million tonnes of potatoes for consumption, about 11.5% higher than the five-year average but still below the 2014’s record-high of 28.5 mln tonnes, according to North-Western European Potato Growers’ early estimates.

Frozen Potatoes Production

Chilean organic planted area down for berries

The certified organic cultivated area in the country grew by 30% between 2015 and 2016, but the organic area for berries earmarked for processing showed substantial contraction, a report from the Chilean Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA) stated.

Frozen Foods Chile

Chinese apple prices rise, but still cheaper than Polish

The Chinese province of Shaanxi, one of the most important apple growing regions in the country, has started reporting processing apple prices.

Fresh Apples Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Drought cuts raspberry yields in Bulgaria

A long drought that characterised the raspberry growing season this year in Bulgaria caused raspberry yields in the country to drop up to 50% compared with the previous year, said Bozidar Petkov, chairman of Bulgaria's raspberry growers’ association. 

Fresh Berries Frozen Raspberries

Taiwan’s organic market expands

The US exported last year 74% more organic fruits and vegetables to Taiwan than in 2015, a USDA report stated. 

Taiwan US States

Anti-cartel enquiry hits new snags

São Paulo’s official parliamentary inquiry commission (CPI) that investigated formation of cartels in the state’s citrus juice industry has published its final report in which the commission proposed the creation of a new CPI to continue the work and conclude the investigation.

Lemon Juice Fresh Lemons
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Frozen Foods Explore this Topic

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Higher potato harvest expected in Europe

This season, the continent may harvest 27.9 million tonnes of potatoes for consumption, about 11.5% higher than the five-year average but still below the 2014’s record-high of 28.5 mln tonnes, according to North-Western European Potato Growers’ early estimates.

Frozen Potatoes Production

Chilean organic planted area down for berries

The certified organic cultivated area in the country grew by 30% between 2015 and 2016, but the organic area for berries earmarked for processing showed substantial contraction, a report from the Chilean Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA) stated.

Frozen Foods Chile

Drought cuts raspberry yields in Bulgaria

A long drought that characterised the raspberry growing season this year in Bulgaria caused raspberry yields in the country to drop up to 50% compared with the previous year, said Bozidar Petkov, chairman of Bulgaria's raspberry growers’ association. 

Fresh Berries Frozen Raspberries

Taiwan’s organic market expands

The US exported last year 74% more organic fruits and vegetables to Taiwan than in 2015, a USDA report stated. 

Taiwan US States

Argentinean blueberry exporters look to diversify markets

Argentinean blueberry exporters are seeking new export markets for their fruit in a bid to diversify export destinations and reduce the country’s dependency on the US that received seven out of 10 kilos of exported Peruvian blueberries last year. 

Argentina Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Lutosa to present new products at Anuga

The Belgian potato processors Lutosa has announced the launch of five new frozen products at the Cologne-based food show to be held on October 7-11. 

Frozen Potatoes Belgium
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Grains & Feed Explore this Topic

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Weekly Review: Corn focus turning to demand

Whichever way they’re cut, the current USDA predictions for corn supply come up adequate – for currently foreseen US and global demand. Even a predicted decline in world stocks is mainly down to China deliberately trying to reduce its vast, budget-sapping surpluses, taking this factor more or less ‘off-market.'
Corn Futures

US Futures Review: Chicago wheat ends lower

Chicago wheat futures ended lower with December down 3¢ at USD4.49 1/2 while Kansas City and Minneapolis futures closed higher.

Wheat Futures

Weekly Review: Global supply issues impact wheat

Ideas that the usually high quality Australian wheat crop might end up well under market expectations, tonnage-wise, helped revive bullish sentiment in the broader market this week.

Wheat Futures

Overnight Futures Review: Corn gained on spillover from soybeans

Overnight, corn futures traded higher with the December contract up 2¢ at USD3.52 1/4, following the lead of soybeans which also moved higher overnight.

Corn Futures

Overnight Futures Review: Wheat continued Thursday gains

Futures were higher this morning, continuing Thursday’s gains.

Wheat Futures

What traders are talking about: September 22, 2017

Following are key topics, developments and market actions traders are focusing on ahead of the US trading day:

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Meat & Livestock Explore this Topic

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Brazil breeding cow slaughter up in H1 2017

Seven percent more breeding cows were slaughtered in Brazil in the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2016, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. The number of male cattle slaughtered fell by 6% in the same period. The overall fall in cattle slaughter was 0.8%.

Brazil Cattle & Beef

Placements well above expectations in USDA cattle update

The level of cattle on feed in the US was 10.5 million head on September 1, up four percent from year-ago, according to USDA's Cattle on Feed report.

Cattle & Beef Production

EU egg prices rally as fipronil scandal hits key suppliers

Egg prices in the EU have risen dramatically in recent weeks with the biggest rises seen in countries directly affected by the fipronil scandal.

Poultry Eggs

Brazilian pork exports hit record for August

Brazil exported 66,855 tonnes of pigmeat last month – the highest total ever recorded in August.

Brazil Hogs & Pork

Gene mapping insights to aid sheep health

UK-based researchers have said insights derived from mapping the genetic code of sheep could have the potential to improve the animals' health and aid breeding programs.

Sheep & Goats United Kingdom

No plain sailing for UK meat exports after Brexit, report warns

Faced with the possibility of less favourable access to the EU market after Brexit, UK meat and livestock producers are increasingly looking outside of Europe for potential sources of growth.

Brexit Sheep & Goats
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Oils & Oilseeds Explore this Topic

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Weekly Review: More Canadian and EU rapeseed

Canada has more rapeseed to dispose of than many in the markets expected a month ago – though hints of that adjustment coming were already offered by better than expected yields from the early harvests.
Rapeseed Futures

Weekly Review: Palm oil poised on production, export news

Some better news on the export front has helped bolster palm oil prices in a still choppy market under pressure from seasonally rising supplies.
Palm Oil Palm Kernel Oil

Weekly Review: Imports and Latin-America weather pull soybean market

A surprisingly active burst of importer buying has combined with recent lower forecasts for the next Latin American crop to pull soya futures off their recent lows. 
Soy Futures

US Futures Review: Soybeans post sharp gains on demand

Soybean futures closed with double-digit gains as November was up 13 1/2¢ at USD9.84 1/2.

Soy Futures

US Futures Review: Corn gains with help from soybeans

Corn futures ended higher Friday (September 22) with December gaining 3 1/4¢ at USD3.53 1/2, its highest mark since September.

Soy Futures

Overnight Futures Review: Soybeans gain on Brazil concerns

November soybean futures gained 7 1/2¢ in overnight trading on concerns about dryness in Brazil and technically driven buying close to the 200-day moving average.

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Spices & Exotics Explore this Topic

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Cassia prices edging up gradually at origin

The cost of raw material cassia continues to go up slowly but surely in Kerinci, a report from Cassia Co-op noted. 

Cinnamon Indonesia

Brazilian garlic output forecast to be marginally lower this year

Brazilian garlic growers are expected to harvest 132,074 tonnes of the product this year, down almost 1% from 133,217 tonnes harvested last season, according to Brazil’s statistics agency IBGE. 

Garlic Brazil

Greek honey gains PDO status

A Greek honey is among the latest EU agri-food products to be given protection on the EU’s internal market.

Honey Greece

Syrian cumin seed likely to be sold out by end of year

Cumin seed supplies out of Syria are diminishing as the country sells out of stocks from its 2017 crop, due to steady demand for the new crop.

India Syria

Guatemala records lower cardamom exports

Guatemala’s exports of cardamom declined 17.6% in the first six months of this year to 19,158 tonnes. This is perhaps unsurprising in view of the origin’s smaller crop in 2016/17. 

Cardamom Guatemala

Limited trading in Vietnamese pepper

The global market showed a mixed response during the week to September 8, the International Pepper Community (IPC) observed in its weekly Prices Bulletin released today.

Pepper Indonesia
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Sugar Explore this Topic

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Weekly Review: Sugar supplies not so loose after all?

Sugar traders were offered some widely diverging views this week on the supply/demand and price outlook, contributing to a volatile price trend for both London and New York futures already absorbing surprise forecasts for needed rains in dry Brazil.
Sugar Beet Sugar

Futures Review: Sugar futures remain almost unchanged

Raw sugar futures in New York remained almost unchanged on Thursday amid lack of fresh fundamental news. Traders said that the market has found a short-term equilibrium.

Futures Sugar

Futures Review: Sugar futures recover from previous losses

Raw sugar futures in New York ended significantly higher and closed above the psychologically important level of 14 cents/lb for the nearby October contract.
Futures Sugar

Brazil's CS may cut sugar production by 1 mln t

Luiz Carlos Correa Carvalho, head of Canaplan consultancy, said that Center/South (CS) mills might cut sugar production between 500,000 and 1 mln tonnes this crop compared with the previously projected 34 mln as a result of higher ethanol output.
Brazil Sugar

Malawi enjoys increased allocation in TRQ for the US sugar market

Malawi’s country-specific allocation of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for raw cane sugar imports to the US has increased by 45% in the fiscal year 2017, according to local press reports.

Sugar Malawi

Vietnam sugar producers merge to compete with Thai sugar

Vietnamese sugar company Thanh Thanh Cong Tay Ninh (SBT) is acquiring Bien Hoa (BHS) in the hope being competitive in both the domestic and regional market, according to local press reports.

Vietnam Sugar
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