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Welsh food and drink exports soar by almost 20% Subscription

13 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Exports from Welsh suppliers hit £337.3m, up 19.8% year on year, according to Welsh government data

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NFU cautions over 'constant boom and bust dairy cycle' Subscription

10 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Farmgate prices have failed to keep up with record prices for cream and butter at wholesale says union

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Tesco ups banana price as import costs soar Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Beth Gault

Tesco’s unit price for bananas is now the highest it has been since April 2015

soy beans

Commodity prices: rising demand for soybean oil pushes up prices Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

Rising demand for soybean oil has pushed prices up month on month

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Banana prices hiked by crop disruption in South America Subscription

22 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

Banana wholesale prices are up almost 20% year on year after poor weather in Central and South America hit production…

Sainsbury's Fish Counter

Sainsbury's increases salmon prices by 14% as supplies tighten Subscription

08 Jun 2017 | By Beth Gault

Fresh salmon prices have risen by 14% on average across 23 SKUs in Sainsbury’s

Natalie Crayton - Hebridean Sea Salt

‘Seeding’ not common practice, say sea salt suppliers in wake of Hebridean case Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Hebridean Sea Salt is currently under investigation by Western Isles Council and Food Standards Scotland over questions about its provenance

cocoa pods chocolate

Mondelez sees commodities costs rise despite falling cocoa prices Subscription

09 May 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Confectionery giant was unable to take advantage of lower prices because of hedging arrangements

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Frost 'will not slow' England's booming wine industry Subscription

05 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Media reports of “any pronounced, long-term impact” have been overstated, says Chris White, chief executive of Denbies

Waitrose empty shelves

First spinach, now courgettes, tomatoes and peppers hit by short supply Subscription

18 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Supermarkets are struggling to source some fresh produce items due to poor weather across Europe

Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate

Freddo bar set for 20% price increase as cocoa prices rise Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Move is a “last resort” to manage costs, insists Mondelez

Spanish rain

Salad shortages set to hit new year health kicks Subscription

22 Dec 2016 | By Beth Gault

Key growing region Murcia, which provides 80% of Europe’s produce in winter months, has been reduced to 30% capacity

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Unhelpful weather shrinks Christmas easy-peelers Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The traditional clementine in our Christmas stocking is likely to be smaller than usual this year

Palm Oil

Major brands accused of using palm oil produced by child labour Subscription

30 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Report by Amnesty International claims palm oil company Wilmar employed children as young as eight on plantations 

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Global food prices up 9.1% on last year Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Global food prices rose again last month and are now almost 10% above last year’s levels, according to new UN figures

Palm Oil

Mondelez International updates its sustainable palm oil plan Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Beth Gault

The chocolate giant announced this week it was extending its Palm Oil Action Plan

steel one use

EU steel market put under pressure by price hikes Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Beth Gault

ArcelorMittal has raised its prices of flat steel products for Q4 in Northern and Southern Europe

oil one use

Crude oil prices up after Opec production cut agreement Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Beth Gault

Crude oil prices have risen after Opec members agreed to cut production for the first time in eight years


Soaring British wheat prices spark Brexit food inflation fears Subscription

14 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Prices are up across all grades of British wheat, with UK feed wheat futures rising 14% to £131.50/tonne since the Brexit

durum wheat

Concerns over lower production drives feed wheat prices Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Overall wheat production in the EU for 2016/17 is forecast down by 9% year on year at 145.3m tonnes

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Milk prices on the rise as production drops Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

In August, UK milk supply fell 7% year on year, to 1.1 billion litres

sugar cubes

Sugar quota abolition could hit availability, suppliers told Subscription

11 Oct 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Regime change will not necessarily mean lower prices on the Continent, says Rabobank


Dry weather causes concerns about onion crop Subscription

07 Oct 2016 | By Beth Gault

Onion prices increased 20% year on year in September due to adverse dry weather in late summer and early autumn


Sugar prices rise as Brazilian production slows Subscription

07 Oct 2016 | By Beth Gault

Sugar future prices reached a five-year high in September, up 89.2% year on year


A good season for almonds sees prices fall 36% Subscription

08 Sep 2016 | By Beth Gault

European almond prices have fallen 36.1% year on year due to higher production forecasts


Record high butter prices 'unlikely to ease' for months Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Manufacturers are unlikely to see butter wholesale prices ease for ’at least a few months’


Planted area declines hike rye prices Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

German rye planted areas are forecast to fall during 2016/17, causing prices to rise by more than 10% on last month…


Limited supply drives up price of skipjack tuna Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Skipjack tuna prices have continued to rise, as limited supply drives prices higher

Rapeseed crop

Growing demand puts pressure on rapeseed oil Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Beth Gault

Declining global production of rapeseed oil has led to a price hike over the past month


Alpro to harvest first soybean in Belgium

13 Jul 2017 | By Beth Gault

Belgian soybeans will be harvested for the first time this year

aluminium canned

Aluminium production boom forces prices down

13 Jul 2017 | By Beth Gault

Global production of aluminium rose by 5% year on year over the past month, to five million tonnes

meat bacon sausages

Sausage, bacon and pork price hikes outpace rest of meat

13 Jul 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarket prices for bangers, bacon and fresh pork products are surging

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Thai rice prices rocket as stocks decline

07 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Thai rice prices have rocketed due to low stocks and high export demand

honey bees

Prices rising for cashews, honey, peanuts Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Kevin White

Cashew prices have continued climbing, driven by strong global demand and reduced production in Vietnam this year…


OC&C Global 50: Commodities provide bottom line solace Subscription

07 Jul 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The headline growth picture for the Global 50 is unremittingly grim, but there was some solace for the world’s biggest fmcg suppliers when it came to the bottom line.


Butter prices pushed up by supply decline Subscription

29 Jun 2017 | By Kevin White

A decline in milk fat supplies, combined with rising consumer demand, pushed EU butter prices to all-time highs in May

Cocoa tree

Cocoa prices lower due to high stocks

29 Jun 2017 | By Kevin White

Cocoa bean prices are lower year on year due to high stocks caused by increased production

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