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Actioning environmental pledges: Strategic engagement with suppliers critical, says procurement expert

Strategic partnerships with ingredients suppliers, not simple vendor contracts, will prove critical to the success of environmental programs like carbon emission reductions and sustainable sourcing, says a procurement expert....

COMMODITY REPORTS: USDA

USDA forecasts record global wheat crop

The USDA has said global wheat supplies for 2014/15 will hit record highs, which is good news for stability but quality will be critical for industry, says an analyst.

Unfavorable weather damages wheat quality and volumes in Canada

Excess moisture and cooler weather has reduced protein levels in Canada winter wheat and hit cereal crop volumes, says the executive director of Winter Cereals Canada.

Tate & Lyle miss first-quarter profit target

Ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has said that group operating profit from Q1 fell below expectation after it was hit by poor weather and exchange rates.

Wheat prospects better but still at ‘a very sensitive stage’: Analyst

Wheat yields are looking good and prices are on a downward trend but manufacturers shouldn’t get their hopes up yet, according to one market analyst.

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Ardent Mills claims a ‘new era’ in grain

Ardent Mills – the mega joint venture of ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling – has commenced operations and claimed a new era in the grain industry.

More EU members urged to back sustainable palm oil trading

Sustainable palm oil trader GreenPalm will use this year’s European Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Summit as a platform to urge key players in the EU palm oil industry...

FAO outlook: Climate and politics impact to food markets but 2014 stocks remain adequate

Challenging weather conditions in various countries, coupled with continuing political tensions in the Black Sea region have made food markets more volatile, according to the FAO's first major forecast for 2014.

Climate change and rising CO2 will reduce quality of food

Elevated levels of carbon dioxide can block plants' absorption of nitrates, leading to foods and crops with a reduced nutritional quality, new field trials have found.

COMMODITY REPORTS: FAO

FAO: 2014 wheat production to drop amid record cereal trading

There are large supplies of cereal and record trade levels set for 2014, but world wheat production will drop by 2%, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

Doubling of pistachio harvest will increase nut’s use as an ingredient

Pistachios – most associated with snacking in the consumer’s mind – could be finding their way into many a food product as an ingredient over the next few years, says...

Ukraine crisis: Continued political unrest could hit wheat market

Continued unrest in the Ukraine – the breadbasket of Europe – could cause the country's wheat prices to rise and harm exports, warn analysts.

Animal feed industry gets a new website

A new website has been launched to supply breaking news for the global animal feed industry – a sector that was valued at $500 billion last year.

Two-thirds of EU states reject approval of GM maize – but it’s not over yet

A majority of EU member states voted against approving a genetically modified (GM) maize variety for cultivation in Europe at a Council of Ministers meeting on Tuesday – but the...

Spending spree: Saved grain dollars should go into R&D

Strong global wheat stocks and weaker prices have given bakers breathing space to innovate and manufacturers should continue investing in R&D in 2014 too, a commodities analyst says.

COMMODITY REPORTS: AHDB

Wheat woes over? UK exports and lower prices to return

Two years on from the disastrous UK wheat harvest, wheat processors and bakers should see the market return to healthy yields and prices, according to a cereals analyst.

Special Edition: Minimizing costs through ingredients

Understanding key commodities: Wheat buying tips for European bakers

European bakers should carefully monitor global growing conditions as the trends in major producing and exporting countries are a predominant influence on prices.

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Unilever joins with Solidaridad to tackle sustainable sugar cane challenge

Food manufacturing giant Unilever will work with international non-profit Solidaridad to drive the sustainable development of the sugar cane industry in Central America.

Canadian wheat imports to UK up 50%

Poor UK harvests and a deregulation of Canada’s grain market has meant that Canadian wheat sales to the UK have increased by 50%, but the UK industry says that need...

RAN: Kellogg cannot deflect palm oil heat onto supplier

Kellogg cannot shirk its palm oil responsibility by deflecting attention to its supplier, says RAN following a statement from Kellogg calling for productive talks between its supplier Wilmar and the...

Sustainable sorghum: USAID funds scientific project to develop hybrids

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $4.98m to a project working with new genomics tools to develop drought and heat-tolerant sorghum hybrids and promote sustainable farming in...

British oat prices plunge 40%

The price of British oats has plummeted after the largest crop since the late 1970s; good news for manufacturers, a grains analyst says.

Rust-resistant wheat strain to strengthen Kenya’s market: FAO

Wheat strains resistant to rust damage should improve the quality of Kenyan wheat and also reduce the country’s dependence on imports, the Food and Agriculture Organization says.

COMMODITY REPORTS: AHDB

On the up: Dry harvest means British wheat quality back on track

The latest wheat harvest in Britain is of good quality which should spell less need for manufacturers to import, a cereals analyst says.

US drought fears cause grain price spike

Grain prices have begun to rise sharply as growing fears of a US drought cause concerns over yields.

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