Co-ordinated EU-wide action is needed urgently to end food price volatility induced by market speculation, warns the European Flour Milling Association after wheat prices reached a 23-month high yesterday.
The FAO is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of food commodities in the wake of economic upheaval in the past two years, but average prices for wheat and grains, vegetable oils and dairy are likely to be higher over the next decade.
Many American consumers would be receptive to foods containing genetically modified wheat if it is produced sustainably, suggests a new survey examining attitudes to food technologies from the International Food Information Council (IFIC).
Wheat production on a global scale for the 2010-11 global crop has been revised upwards by two million tonnes to 660 million tonnes, according to the May report from the International Grains Council (IGC), which was less upbeat abou the EU harvest.
Cocoa prices have proved resilient in the economic downturn, even as other commodity prices have slumped, and confectionery manufacturers are concerned that tight supply will keep prices high for some time yet.
Bakers will welcome fresh figures from Austrian sugar, starch and fruit preparation supplier Agrana that reports a lift in autumn harvest figures for commodity-derived ingredients, an encouraging sign that supplies for formulators may ease into 2009.