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US grain volatility will knock industry by September: Analyst

Price spikes in the US grains market fuelled by a lengthy drought will be felt by bakery and snack manufacturers around September, according to an industry analyst.

Global sugar prices down due to expected surplus

Worldwide sugar prices have fallen in the second quarter (Q2) of 2012 as the market is projected to record a surplus for the next two seasons, according to Rabobank International.

Global sugar prices to fall 19% by 2013 – Rabobank

Sugar prices worldwide are forecast to fall around 19% by 2013 as supply remains above demand, according to financial services group Rabobank.

Cocoa deficit to bring prices higher, predicts Rabobank

A consecutive deficit in 2012/13 is set to move cocoa prices higher as supply struggles to meet rising demand for chocolate products in Asia, according to financial services group Rabobank.

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Commission gives green light for major sugar industry takeover

The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of the world’s largest sugar trader ED&F MAN by Europe’s largest sugar producer Südzucker and said it would raise no competition concerns on...

Blommer predicts looming cocoa supply crisis

Demand for cocoa is expected to climb 30% in the next 10 years creating a 25% shortage of current supply, according to North American cocoa processor and chocolate ingredients supplier Blommer Chocolate Company.

Additional EU sugar imports expected as industry squeezed by quotas

The European Union is expected to allow additional sugar imports to the market in the coming weeks in a move welcomed by the confectionery industry.

Wheat supply still ‘comfortable’ after USDA lowers forecast, says analyst

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has lowered its forecast for global wheat end stocks for 2011/12, but supply overall remains comfortable, according to an analyst.

Wheat prices rise although FAO reports near record crop for 2012

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has reported a rise in cereal prices from January to February with wheat prices raising the most. However the second highest wheat crop is...

Euromonitor commodity talk: The highs, the lows and demands

Low coffee demands, surplus cocoa stocks, rising sugar prices and a geographical shift in the wheat market, are just a few points raised by Euromonitor’s senior food analyst in its...

Mexican sugar shortage could lead to price hike unless USDA acts – analyst

Global sugar prices could rise following a shortage in Mexican production unless the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows additional imports, according to the Jenkins Sugar Group.

Bakery firms can seize on Scandinavian low-carb trend, says analyst

Bakery manufacturers can capitalise on an emerging Scandinavian dietary trend with new low-carb offerings, according to an analyst from Euromonitor International.

Uncertainty ahead as maize market to dictate wheat prices in 2012 – analyst

Wheat prices in 2012 are likely to be volatile and will be dictated by the global maize market and weather conditions, according to an analyst at the UK’s Agriculture &...

External influences likely to keep sugar prices high, says USDA

World sugar prices are likely to stay high in 2012 due to external factors such as government policies, oil prices and instability in the Eurozone, according to the US Department...

Sugar prices to fall for 2012 amid volatility - Rabobank

Sugar prices for the coming year are forecast to fall by 12% as the market records a surplus for the first time in three years, according to financial service provider Rabobank.

Cocoa crop boom to push prices lower in 2012 – Rabobank

A larger than expected supply of cocoa beans from West Africa will add to high buffer stocks and push cocoa prices down by 4%, according to financial service provider Rabobank.

Bakers hail CFTC vote as ‘step in right direction’ to stop index funds sending commodity markets into a spin

Moves to impose position limits on non-commercial hedgers in commodity markets mark an important step in the right direction to tackle volatility in wheat futures, says the American Bakers Association...

‘Critical’ EU sugar supplies demand urgent action: CIUS

EU sugar supplies are at their most critical levels since the 2005 sugar reform and are causing ‘extreme volatility, instability and disruption’ to the European food and drink industry.

Gloomy maize forecast adds to pressure on cereal prices

Upward pressure on cereal prices looks set to continue, following yesterday’s announcement that the US Department of Agriculture has downgraded its yield projections for maize. The 2011 crop is now...

UK bread wheat quality impresses, concern ongoing for German harvest

There is no major concern over UK bread wheat quality with over 65 per cent of the UK’s wheat harvested, claims the HGCA in its latest report; however analysts remain...

World sugar stocks on track for recovery

Sugar stocks should rise significantly from their current low levels, with analysts forecasting a global sugar surplus of around 9.5m tonnes in the 2011/12 (October-September) crop year, on the back...

Analyst: Sugar should level off and don't expect dramatic drop in cocoa prices

There will be no dramatic drop in cocoa prices in the coming months as forecast by numerous speculators hoping to cash in on a downward trend, reports a cocoa market...

Rabobank’s commodity outlook puts weather centre stage

Elevated agricultural commodity prices will remain this season as unfavourable weather impacts production, offering little chance to replenish stocks, according to Rabobank.

Sugar prices go higher; but no EU intervention needed, says Rabobank

Global sugar prices have reacted strongly to the news of lower Brazilian output but the upward movement does not trigger the need for any additional EU intervention on the commodity...

Global sugar stocks to “return to surplus”

A turn-around in the global sugar market is forecast following three years of declining stocks, according to analysts at the sugar broker Czarnikow.

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