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  • HAVANA, June 9- The Cuban sugar industry has shut its last mill and tallied lower output at 1.6 million tonnes of raw sugar, sources close to the industry said this week, compared with 1.9 million tonnes in the previous harvest. AZCUBA, the state-run sugar monopoly, has remained mum on the harvest since April when it reported output was well behind schedule due...

  • SAO PAULO, June 9- Brazil's troubled poultry and pork producers are resorting to feeding their animals wheat as an emergency substitute, a rare step for the industry as it struggles with the worst-ever shortage and record prices of corn, experts say. It's just that there isn't any unsold corn around, "one trader said at a cooperative in Parana state.

  • SAO PAULO, June 9- Brazil's troubled poultry and pork producers are resorting to feeding their animals wheat as an emergency substitute, a rare step for the industry as it struggles with the worst-ever shortage and record prices of corn, experts say. It's just that there isn't any unsold corn around, "one trader said at a cooperative in Parana state.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, June 7- In 2004, Malaysian palm oil producer IOI Group became a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and later an executive board member in what seemed like a cosy arrangement. Twelve years later, IOI attempted to take legal action against RSPO over an environmental ruling that has cost the company sales in the United States and...

  • Activists take part in a march against agrochemical giant Monsanto and GMO food products, May 23, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    The German pharmaceutical and chemicals firm Bayer has outlined a mammoth bid for a U.S. firm beset by reputational issues.

  • Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation. "Sugar suppliers in Venezuela have informed us that they will temporarily cease operations due to a lack of raw materials," Tressler added.

  • Monsanto deal stands on its own merits: Bayer CEO

    Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO, weighs in on the tax ramification of the combined companies.

  • Haven't heard from Monsanto yet: Bayer CEO

    Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO, explain why he went public with the $62 billion bid for Monsanto.

  • Bayer and Monsanto 'compliment' each other: CEO

    Werner Baumann, Bayer CEO, explains why he thinks the company's offer for Monsanto would likely pass regulatory scrutiny and doesn't see risk in the deal.

  • TOKYO, May 13- Japanese stocks fell in choppy trade on Friday, dragged down by profit-taking and persistent concerns over a stronger yen's impact on corporate profits. Food processing company Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd plunged 13.3 percent after forecasting flat net profit and declining operating profit for the year ending March 2017. Retailer Marui Group...

  • Monsanto stock up on takeover chatter

    Shares of Monsanto are surging in Thursday's trading session after reports of a possible takeover.

  • Traders have attributed the tighter availability to changes to import flows from Mexico after a controversial trade pact with the top supplier into the United States set quotas and minimum prices. "The sugar going to liquefiers and small-scale refiners is a bigger portion now because Mexico has a smaller quota," said Kevin Combs, global sweetener specialist...

  • May 9- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported a 39 percent rise in quarterly profit as the company benefited from lower feed and livestock costs. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $432 million, or $1.10 per share, in the second quarter ended April 2, from $310 million, or 75 cents per share, a year earlier. Tyson, whose brands include Jimmy Dean,...

  • *Data due on May 1 at 0100 GMT. BEIJING, April 27- Activity in China's manufacturing sector likely expanded modestly in April for the second month in a row, a Reuters poll showed, adding to hopes that a prolonged downturn in the world's second-largest economy is easing. China's property investment growth quickened to 6.2 percent in the first three months of 2016 as...

  • BEIJING, April 27- Profits earned by Chinese industrial companies rose 11.1 percent in March from a year earlier, adding to signs that the country's economic slowdown may be bottoming out. Industrial profits rose to 561.24 billion yuan in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on its website on Wednesday. That brought total first-quarter profits to 1.34...

  • April 25- Costco Wholesale Corp plans to expand business with chicken supplier Pilgrim's Pride Corp even after building its own poultry processing plant in Nebraska, a senior executive at the retailer told Reuters. Shares of Pilgrim's Pride have fallen more than 5 percent since April 14 when a development council in Nebraska unveiled plans for the Costco...

  • *Poses risk to coffee crops in Vietnam, Indonesia. LONDON/ HANOI, April 22- The growing likelihood of La Nina could be good news for coffee producers in drought-hit Colombia where the weather pattern is associated with heavy rains and the sugar sector in India where it may trigger a stronger-than-normal monsoon. Traders and analysts said, however, much would...

  • JAKARTA, April 22- Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia's move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo's latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world's top producer of the commodity. While green groups welcomed the moratorium, palm firms have questioned its effectiveness and...

  • April 18- Costco Wholesale Corp is considering building a poultry-processing plant in Nebraska, according to a local development council, a move that would give the retailer tighter control over its chicken supplies. The facility, if built in Nebraska's Dodge County, would create 1,100 jobs, work with local chicken farmers and invest $180 million in the region,...

  • April 18- Costco Wholesale Corp is considering building a poultry-processing plant in Nebraska in a move that would lead to the retailer buying area corn and soybean meal, according to an announcement by a local development council. The facility, if built in Nebraska's Dodge County, would create 1,100 jobs and work with local farmers to provide locally raised...