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Coffee sector faces consolidation wave, industry bosses say

Giuseppe Lavazza and Andrea Illy, the heads of two of Europe's top coffee groups, forecast further tie-ups in a quest to boost growth prospects

Guatemalan coffee sector needs 'revolution' in face of low prices
The Central American country's coffee industry has already undergone one transformation this century. Now it may need another, an industry leader says
Coffee groups paying rich premium to sidestep market volatility
The head of Nestle's Nespresso arm says it is paying 30-40% above market for coffee in a drive to help growers and secure supplies of quality beans
Coffee growing to suffer 'significant loss' to climate change
Climatologist Jeffrey Sachs, advisor to the UN secretary general, says the finding coffee land to replace that lost to climate change may not be easy
Coffee yields require 'step change' to match growing demand
World coffee demand is growing at a time when climate change may render some countries "totally unsuitable for production", Andrea Illy warns
Robusta coffee poised to overtake arabica, industry veteran says
The world will grow, and drink, more robusta coffee than arabica beans within 15 years, says Michael Neumann, former head of Neumann Kaffee Gruppe
Coffee market 'has 'problem' in reliance on New York futures
The world benchmark arabica futures contract covers a type becoming increasingly irrelevant to world trade, industry leader Ric Rhinehart says
Hedge funds wrong-footed by soyoil, sugar, wheat price rebounds
Hedge funds return to extending bearish positioning on ags - just ahead of price recoveries in many markets. Will coffee be next to catch them out?
Rabo ups sugar price hopes - but downgrades coffee, wheat
The bank flags "increasingly supportive" sugar dynamics, but sees drops in cocoa, wheat values. Soy hopes are cut, but remain above the futures curve
'Concerted action' needed for Africa's wilting coffee sector
Africa's coffee sector needs to become more "entrepreneurial", after a showing "negative growth over the last 49 years", an ICO briefing says
China to join big leagues in both coffee growing and drinking
China may be poised to double both coffee output and consumption in seven years, and still offer scope for more, an ICO report says
Hedge funds end bearish ag spree, after US corn downgrade
Lowered hopes for the US corn crop spur funds to return to a net long in grains. But in coffee, they take their most bearish stance in two years
El Nino drought threatens 18% of Colombian coffee crops
Drought and infestation threaten Colombia's rebounding coffee production, Fedecafe warns
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