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Cereal crops gain UK growing space as oilseed rape struggles

Rape crops struggled to establish themselves in last year’s dry autumn and were then damaged by the cabbage stem flea beetle

Grocer Price Index

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Early start for strawberry season yields 22% boost

Most of the increase is down to the warm Easter period this year

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Kenyan shortfall set to drive up tea prices

In Kenya, 2019 is likely to see a 12% year-on-year decline in output due to droughts in March

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Coffee prices hit by booming Brazilian production

The commodity market has witnessed a steep drop in coffee prices on the Intercontinental Exchange

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UK wheat crop recovery set to drive down prices

UK wheat futures have already fallen “quite considerably” from the highs seen last summer

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US sweet potato imports to the UK suffer amid shortages

Two hurricanes hit North Carolina – which produces 60% of the US’s sweet potatoes – in the second half of 2018

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Wholesale onion prices almost double after 40% harvest drop

Almost half of onion SKUs in the mults are more expensive than they were six months ago

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Rapeseed crop still to recover from 2018 heatwave

Prices are currently at €358.80/Mt for EU rapeseed, which is 5% higher than last year

Olive

Spain to benefit from Italy's olive oil woes as prices soar

Italy’s extra virgin olive oil is now far more expensive than Spain’s, with Spain expecting a bumper crop

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How chocolate makers can help put an end to Ivorian deforestation

Progress has been made, but chocolate manufacturers have work to do, says Rob McWilliam, head of Earthworm Foundation

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Cocoa prices set to rise despite production boom

Worldwide cocoa production looks set to hit a record 4.85 million tonnes in 2019

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Beef supplies could be disrupted by cold weather and Brexit

Supplies of beef will likely tighten towards the end of 2019

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Crisp aisle hit by price hikes after effects of 2018 heatwave

Branded and own-label crisps prices have been affected by potato shortages

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Sugar prices could rise 'more than 100%' in event of no deal

If the UK leaves Europe with no deal, WTO tariffs could be applied to sugar imports

Sake & Sushi

EU-grown sushi rice hit by shortage after 2018 heatwave

Wholesale prices for EU-grown sushi rice are in double-digit growth

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Shoppers feel the crunch as new wine duty hikes kick in

Exclusive research by The Grocer reveals the supers have passed a significant portion of the tax on to customers

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Plant-based diets helping to raise price of almonds

Current almond prices are up 10% year on year as consumers seek plant-based protein

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Vanilla and cardamom prices spiral after poor weather

Suppliers have found themselves at the mercy of a 30% spike in cardamom prices after shortages emerged

Bananas

Global banana glut sees wholesale prices fall

Average prices of imports to the UK are down 11p/kg on the equivalent week to 21 January during the past two years

Commodities

Why food and drink faces a volatile, more expensive 2019

With Brexit, the US-China trade war and El Niño in the mix, grocery should brace for a tough year

Palm Oil

Boost to palm oil prices as Indonesian export levies eased

Prices have been pushed up further by Malaysia announcing a review of duties and taxes on the commodity