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  • NEW YORK/ JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA, Jan. 18- Brimming with shade trees and bounded by the Tuma river, the lower climes of Roger Castellon's farm in Nicaragua's mountainous Jinotega department were long ideal for growing coffee. But with temperatures on the rise, the veteran coffee farmer is shifting his lower-lying land to a crop that, although new for him, enjoys a rich...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- Some of the smallest niche agricultural commodities were the biggest winners this year as weather and disease raised concerns about tightening supplies, spurring a buying spree as an exodus of institutional cash punished oil, metals and grains markets. Cocoa, cotton, sugar and frozen concentrated orange juice on ICE Futures U.S. were on track to...

  • Nigerian cocoa grinders say face fight for survival Monday, 7 Dec 2015 | 12:04 PM ET

    *Cocoa part of diversification away from oil. LAGOS, Dec 7- Nigeria, already hit by low oil prices, faces a threat to its cocoa sector with industry officials saying its few remaining grinders could close. Taiwo Ayoade, general manager at Plantation Industries Ltd in Ondo, Nigeria's largest cocoa-producing state, said his 25,000 tonnes processor had scaled down...

  • Cocoa hits a sweet spot among crashing commodities Thursday, 5 Nov 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Hershey's chocolate bars.

    Commodities have been crashing this year but there's one in particular that has hit the sweet spot.

  • *London cocoa futures at 1- month high. *Vietnam robusta harvest gets under way. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 29- ICE arabica coffee futures rose further above a one-month low on Thursday, as a weak U.S. dollar provided support in a lackluster market, while London cocoa rose for a fifth straight session to a one-month high on technical strength.

  • *Heavy spreading buoys New York cocoa volume. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 28- ICE raw sugar futures soared to an eight-month high on Wednesday, on chart-based buying and the firming currency in top grower Brazil, while the spot robusta coffee discount expanded to the biggest in five months. Cocoa futures extended gains above key moving averages to one-month highs, with...

  • ABIDJAN, Oct 5- There will be a global cocoa deficit of around 96,000 tonnes in the 2015/ 16 season despite increased production, International Cocoa Organization Executive Director Jean-Marc Anga said on Monday. Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of an event in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, he predicted that global cocoa output would increase...

  • *Brazil cane crush broadly within expectations. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 21- Arabica coffee slid 5 percent on Friday, extending losses on technical sell signals and pressure from larger commodity markets, while raw sugar neared a seven-year low after ideal weather helped speed up cane crushing in top grower Brazil. Cocoa also fell along with the 19- commodity...

  • Barry Callebaut's recipe for success Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    Barry Callebaut's recipe for success

    Andreas Jacobs, chairman of Barry Callebaut, tells CNBC's Christine Tan how he is continuing the legacy of his father, German-born entrepreneur Klaus Jacobs.

  • China's chocolate sales to grow 60% by 2019: Hershey Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 PM ET

    China's chocolate sales will grow to $4.3 billion by 2019, up nearly 60 percent from 2014, driven by a growing urban population, a Hershey official said.

  • Sweet deal: United Cacao floats on London's AIM Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 3:45 AM ET
    Sweet deal: United Cacao floats on London's AIM

    Dennis Melka, CEO of United Cacao Limited, discusses the company's ambitions to become the "largest cacao supplier" in the world.

  • Chocolate shortage? Hold on a second Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:45 PM ET
    Chocolate shortage? Hold on a second

    Prices of chocolate have soared nearly 20 percent over the last 18 months. CNBC's Sara Eisen explains why some say talks of a potential cocoa shortage are exaggerated.

  • How Godiva is dealing with high cocoa prices Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 PM ET
    How Godiva is dealing with high cocoa prices

    Mohamed Elsarky, CEO of Godiva, discusses the impact of Ebola on cocoa producing nations and the factors behind cocoa's recent price increase.

  • Ebola spread could threaten 50% of cocoa production: Pro

    Tedd George, head of agriculture research at Ecobank, says the spread of Ebola across West Africa could hit production and threaten a large amount of the world's cocoa production.

  • Cocoa companies team up to fight against Ebola Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    M&M store Mars

    The World Cocoa Foundation is set to announce a fundraising initiative to help combat Ebola in West Africa.

  • China's sweet tooth pushing cocoa prices higher: Pro Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    China's sweet tooth pushing cocoa prices higher: Pro

    Erkut Ozer, CEO of Global Trading Enterprises, says China's growing appetite for chocolate is pushing the price of cocoa higher.

  • A risk to cocoa that's not priced into the market Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 2:47 PM ET
    A worker holds up a handful of cocoa beans near Brussels, Belgium.

    "No one wants to talk about it because they don't want to start a panic," one expert tells CNBC.

  • Are cocoa prices running 'too far too fast?' Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:44 AM ET
    Are cocoa prices running

    After seeing a rise of nearly 20 percent year to date, cocoa prices may see a taper soon, says Avtar Sandu, Senior Manager, Commodities at Phillip Futures.

  • Why rising cocoa prices won't dampen demand Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 6:47 PM ET
    Why rising cocoa prices won't dampen demand

    Wayne Gordon, Executive Director, Commodities of UBS Wealth Management, explains why consumers won't be put off by higher cocoa prices and discusses the surge in chocolate demand in emerging markets.

  • Rising cocoa prices no match for Asia's sweet tooth Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 6:42 PM ET
    Rising cocoa prices no match for Asia's sweet tooth

    Cocoa prices have risen almost 20 percent year to date. CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar visits a factory in Singapore to find out whether higher prices have dampened chocolate demand in Asia.