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Ivory Coast to overtake Netherlands as top cocoa processor

The biggest cocoa producer is to become the biggest bean processor too, the ICCO says, as it forecasts a return to a world output deficit in 2014-15

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Hedge funds raise bullish bets on ags for first time in 2015
Soybeans, cotton and sugar are favoured as hedge funds end a bearish spree on positioning in ags. In sugar, improved optimism leaves a sour taste
Commerz upbeat on cocoa, coffee, sugar price outlook
"One thing in common to these markets is that supply may no longer be able to keep up with demand," the bank says, foreseeing "higher prices"
Supply squeezes to lift cocoa, coffee futures, says Olam boss
Sunny Verghese says coffee supplies will fall to levels last seen when arabica futures hit \$3, while cocoa supplies will become "fairly precarious"
ABN cuts corn, soy, sugar price hopes. But upbeat on coffee
The bank flags the slump in oil as it lowers price forecasts for crops used largely in making biofuels. But dryness is "back on the radar" for coffee
Hedge funds flip to net shorts in cotton, soybeans, wheat
Hedge funds extend their selldown of ag commodities, as the dollar strengthens and supply fears ease. Still, positioning on sugar bucks the trend
Currency caution sends Barry Callebaut shares to 16-month low
The Zurich-based chocolate giant unveils sales ahead of market expectations. However, its shares lose further ground to currency worries
Corn, soy, hogs hit in hedge funds' bearish swing on ags
Hedge funds turn less upbeat in their exposure to ag commodity prices, notably on corn, soybeans. Their net long in lean hogs hits a 20-month low
Cocoa prices ease as European grind volumes tumble
Europe's cocoa grind ended 2014 with a bigger-than-expected decline - the fastest, for the period in at least 15 years
Hedge funds look for price falls as they raise bets on ags
Hedge funds begin 2015 by taking out extra positions in ag commodities - mainly to bet on price falls. Grains and lean hogs are main targets
Hedge funds curtail bullish bets on grains, sugar into year-end
Hedge funds cut bets on rising corn and wheat prices, and turn even more bearish on sugar. But they end 2014 more positive on ags than they began it
SocGen ups warning over fund sales in cattle and coffee
Index fund reweighting, which starts later this week, may prove a bigger pressure on cattle and coffee futures than thought, but help cotton
Hedge funds at their most bullish on ags in nearly six months
Hedge funds cut bets on rising cattle price at the fastest pace in 15 months. Still, the selldown is more than offset by upbeat corn, wheat positions
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Shares in first listed cocoa-growing specialist jump on debut

Dennis Melka, one of the world's few serial plantations entrepreneurs, talks on "extortionate" export taxes, and the "Porsche of cocoa"

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