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Ghana's cocoa output to drop sharply, says Ecobank

The West African bank is more significantly downbeat than regulator Cocobod on Ghana's cocoa production prospects

Cocoa futures rise on better-than-expected European demand
Europe's cocoa grind fell less sharply was expected in the first three months of the year. But is this representative of the global picture?
ABN slashes forecasts for coffee, sugar prices
The bank says that, with processors' warehouses "full", coffee futures may fall further. But wheat prices could see a revival
'Irrational' cocoa market poised for volatility
Analyst Judith Ganes-Chase warns that cocoa futures may be in for "another buying rout", even as prices hit a one-month high
Soft vs grains gap emerges as hedge funds cut bearish ag bets
Hedge funds reduce their bearish positioning in major ag contracts overall. But the shift hides a gap in thinking on softs compared with grains
Cocoa, coffee better placed than grains for price revival
Macquarie is downbeat on grain price prospects, feed grains such as corn especially. But it offers hope for softs - even as sugar extends its recovery
Hedge funds lift bearish ag bets - against seasonal trend
Hedge funds raise their net short on US-traded ags to the second highest ever. Are they vulnerable to being caught out by a spring scare?
Callabaut shares soar, as it beats melting chocolate markets
The chocolate giant unveils rising sales - defying a weaker world market - and forecasts further growth. It sees falling cocoa prices too
Ag prices 'may rebound', after hedge funds turn most bearish ever
Hedge funds sell heavily in ags, opening up the biggest net short position on record. But will this herald a recovery in prices?
Crops the worst bet among commodities, says Goldman
Crop futures will extend their decline, the bank says, downgrading coffee and sugar price forecasts. But livestock values will hold firm
Cocoa demand won't pick up 'until late 2015'
Elevated cocoa prices will curtail consumption of the beans for now, veteran soft commodities analyst Judith Ganes-Chase says
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
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"
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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