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 one condition.
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.
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 forecast for 2012, which could bring prices down.
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 & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
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 of Agriculture (USDA).
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 (ABA).
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 forecast at 12.5bn bushels, which is 50m larger than...
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 anxious about the final stages of Germany’s wheat harvest.
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 of increased production in Europe and Asia.
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 'just yet', claims Rabobank.
Mark Fairweather, chief executive of Allied Bakeries, has called on retailers to accept inevitable bread price rises due to rising input costs, and specifically pressure arising from global speculation on wheat.
Rising commodity costs are the main reason behind Solae’s decision to lift its global soy prices by between six to 10 per cent from April 1, 2011, according Reinhart Schmitt, vice president, Solae Europe.
When Tunisian street vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi chose to end his life in fiery suicide, no one could have foreseen the firestorm his death would unleash across the Arab world. But, two months later, as the Arab Revolt shows no sign of fading, the...
Current uncertainty suggests further price gains are likely in wheat over the coming months with EU prices expected to set record highs prior to the new crop harvest, predicts agri commodity specialists Rabobank, who foresee a downward movement on sugar...
The CIUS is calling for the European Commission to act now to keep sugar supplies within the EU market rather than export the sweetener, with it claiming that EU based confectioners and other food and drink manufacturers are facing sugar supply difficulties.
The leading traders of physical raw sugar claim that the commodity is likely to surge to a 30-year high in the coming months, with all eyes on the pending Indian sugar crop output which is hoped will ease supply pressures.
Concern around stock levels of commodities such as sugar, wheat and corn, is claimed by ingredients group Jungbunzlauer as the rationale behind its 10 per cent hike in the price of its xanthan gum, erythritol and citric acid products.
The FAO has revised downward its forecast for 2010 world wheat production levels and reports that wheat market dynamics drove international food prices up in August by 5 per cent - the biggest month-on-month increase since November 2009.
There’s nothing like a shortage of wheat to send some news media searching for superlatives. Talk of “soaring” wheat prices and “rocketing” bread prices were common, in the British press, after Russia decided to temporarily ban grain exports earlier this...
German flour improvers specialist Muhlenchemie has many years' experience in the fast-growing bakery markets of Africa and the Middle East - but each country and bread-eating culture requires a slightly different approach.
A leading economist says that industry sources and analysts predicting the Russian wheat export ban will have little impact on EU food prices are “naïve”, and overlook the fact that major futures contracts for Russian wheat are now worthless.
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.