IGC flags double whammy to 2015 rapeseed prospects

The 2015 European Union rapeseed harvest is likely to fall "significantly" below this year's record result, with Ukraine facing a big output drop too

Starbucks sees 'no fundamental shortage' in coffee market
Starbucks says it has "largely stayed out" of the coffee market as prices have soared. But it is relaxed about its slower pace of forward buying
US officials, IGC downgrade Aussie wheat harvest
USDA staff follow the International Grains Council in cutting their estimate for Australian wheat output. But investors foresee further downgrades
Aspen, Danone unveil China infant milk deals
Danone pays $550m for a stake in one of China's top infant milk groups, while Aspen Holdings buys 50% of a New Zealand supplier to the market
Bunge upbeat on Brazil, US soy crush margins
The trading house's CEO foresees "very favourable economics in soy" into 2015, flagging too a "nice profit" for Bunge from this month's soymeal rally
CNH sees 'challenging' ag conditions through 2015
The maker of Case and New Holland machinery echoes rival Agco in signalling accelerating production cuts in the face of waning demand
Mosaic flags phosphates retreat after summer surge
The fertilizer giant reports a jump in quarterly phosphates margins, thanks to soaring sales volumes. But current dynamics are less upbeat
Bunge fans fears of Brazil farmers hoarding crops
Bunge, unveiling lower-than-expected earnings, cites a hit from unusually slow crop selling in Brazil - a trend beginning to worry crop traders too
Sugar a better bet than coffee or cocoa, says ABN
The bank recommends buying sugar on weakness, foreseeing higher values. But fears over cocoa and coffee supplies have already been well priced in
Heavy rains drive Intrepid Potash to surprise loss
The US potash group unveils its third loss in four quarters, after rains force a capacity shutdown. But it flags "positive" market conditions
Hershey cuts profit hopes, citing high dairy costs
The chocolate giant underlines the gap between resilient US milk prices and weak values abroad, as it highlights a dent from dairy and cocoa costs
DuPont has appetite for ag deals, despite downturn
The owner of the Pioneer seeds business foresees "challenging" times for farmers and itself. But ag acquisitions remain on the agenda
Farmland Partners buys back shares, 3 months after selling them
The land investment group, revealing results ahead of forecasts, says its financial prospects are "not reflected by our current stock price"
Features and market reports
China to gain a taste for coffee exports
... at least, so Volcafe hopes, setting up a joint venture to source and ship beans from a country which produces arabica coffee, but drinks robusta
Featured market report AM markets: soymeal revives. But grains reluctant to follow
Soymeal, the toast of ag bulls, looks to end a strong month on a strong note. But its power to lift grains too appears to be waning at high altitude
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