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  • *Indonesia, Malaysia plan to use more palm oil to make biofuel. SINGAPORE, Jan 14- The world's top palm oil producers Indonesia and Malaysia may have to curb plans to channel more of the commodity into biodiesel as tumbling crude oil prices render the edible oil twice as expensive as its fossil fuel alternative. Indonesia expects to raise the minimum bio content of...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 11- Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, is dealing with a technology issue at the company's data center that has affected hog production at a number of facilities, a company spokeswoman told Reuters in an email on Monday. Once the issue has been resolved, we hope to mitigate production losses through running...

  • RPT-Home for the Holidays? Hold the sugar, please Thursday, 24 Dec 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • Home for the Holidays? Hold the sugar, please Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 23- Bagged or boxed, brown or powdered, Americans are buying markedly less sugar this year, a trend nowhere more noticeable than during the holidays when home-baking picks up. In the biggest decline in sugar sales in at least four years, purchases have fallen 4.4 percent in the year through October, according to Nielsen data, a drop grocers attribute to...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 14- At least eight companies have contacted Brazil's state-run utility Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA to express interest in the planned sale of its Celg-D power distribution unit, a source with direct knowledge of negotiations told Reuters on Monday. The companies include China's State Grid Corp, Italy's Enel SpA and Brazilian...

  • Dec 10- PepsiCo Inc and German dairy company Theo Muller Group said on Thursday they had stopped production at their Batavia yogurt plant in upstate New York, without providing a reason. Dairy Farmers of America have agreed to purchase the facility and have also expressed interest in hiring several of the plant's employees, PepsiCo said in an e-mailed...

  • BALI, Indonesia, Nov 26- Biodiesel producers in Indonesia are planning to ramp up output capacity next year by almost a fifth to 8 million kilolitres to meet higher mandates, a senior industry official said. Indonesia has been pushing for greater local use of edible oil-based biodiesel to cut its fossil fuel import bill and create more demand for palm oil, of which...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26- Malaysia should work towards a common palm oil export duty plan with Indonesia to support its refining sector, which risks losing market share following the introduction of more competitive Indonesian levies, a Malaysian industry body said. Refiners in top palm producer Indonesia enjoy an advantage as the country's levy on refined palm...

  • Short supply of Christmas trees Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Short supply of Christmas trees

    There's a shorter supply of trees this holiday season than in recent years.

  • Nov 23- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales on Monday, sending its shares up by over 10 percent as strong demand for chicken products and a boost from its purchase of sausage seller Hillshire Brands buoyed results. The company bought Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands Co last year for $8.5...

  • Nov 23- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, helped by strong demand for chicken products and as the Hillshire Brands acquisition boosted sales of prepared foods. The company bought Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands Co last year for $8.5 billion. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $258...

  • Tyson Foods quarterly sales rise 4 pct Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    Nov 23- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly sales, helped by higher demand for chicken and as the Hillshire Brands acquisition boosted sales of prepared foods. Net income attributable to Tyson rose to $258 million, or 63 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 3, from $137 million, or 35 cents per share, a year...

  • Nov 20- Major sugar companies and corn refiners including Archer Daniels Midland Co have settled litigation over an ad campaign about high fructose corn syrup, the parties said in a joint statement on Friday. Several sugar refiners including global leader ASR Group alleged in a 2011 lawsuit that a Corn Refiners Association advertising campaign describing...

  • Tyson Foods to close 2 plants, cut 880 jobs Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    Nov 19- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, said it would stop operations at two of its plants in the United States, affecting about 880 employees. The company said it expects to cease operations at a pepperoni plant in Jefferson, Wisconsin and a prepared foods facility in Chicago, Illinois during the second half of the year ending Oct. 1.

  • DuPont holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    DuPont holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical

    DuPont is holding talks with Syngenta and Dow Chemical for a potential deal, as the agriculture world struggles with lower crop prices and profits.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 4- Corn refiners cannot "make stuff up" and claim that high fructose corn syrup is the equivalent of sugar, an attorney for big sugar processors said in court on Wednesday. Opening statements began in a lawsuit pitting sugar processors against major corn refiners including Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc. The billion-dollar lawsuit...

  • SAFM recalling contaminated chicken Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    SAFM recalling contaminated chicken

    Sanderson Farms is recalling more than a half million pounds of chicken products that may have been contaminated with metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday upheld its earlier finding that sugar from Mexico has been subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market, in a long-awaited decision that moves forward the trade investigation to a final stage. The department's finding that sugar imports from Mexico have been dumped into the U.S. market is in line with its...

  • *ICE declines comment on possible containerised contract. LONDON, Sept 16- A small white sugar delivery tonnage against an ICE futures expiry this week has highlighted a need for new derivatives contracts to better reflect market conditions, brokers and traders said on Wednesday. The delivery was the smallest against the white sugar contract since March and...

  • *Yonekyu jumps after report of a merger with Itoham. *Toshiba stumbles after reporting a quarterly loss, put under watch list. The gains were sparked by second-largest meat processor Itoham Foods Inc jumping 4.6 percent after the Nikkei reported that it and seventh-ranked Yonekyu Corp are planning a merger in what would be the biggest vendor of ham and sausage...