LONDON/ NEW YORK, Feb 4- Candy bars have shrunk and economic growth in Asia has slowed, meaning people are eating less chocolate and its key ingredient cocoa, which has seen its price fall this year after defying commodities trends to soar in 2015.. High prices for ingredients last year- including nuts and milk as well as cocoa- helped make chocolate a less affordable...» Read More
Edward George, head of soft commodities at Ecobank, says chocolate will become a luxury in Europe as cocoa prices shoot up.
CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports cocoa prices are up more than 35 percent over the past 12 months.
"Chocolate is more popular than ever," explains Godiva CEO Jim Goldman, in discussing just how popular Valentine's Day is for his stores. He discusses high cocoa prices right now.
Jonathan Parkman, head of agriculture at Marex Spectron, says the strong performance of Mondelez and Nestle in the cocoa sector underpinned the commodity's price rally last year.
Cocoa is up about 30 percent in the last 12 months, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan. Stronger demand, and fewer supplies are contributing.
Jonathan Parkman, head of agriculture at Marex Spectron, discusses the outlook for the cocoa market in 2014 and the role emerging markets will play in the price movement of the commodity.
Abah Ofon, Director, Agricultural Commodities Research at Standard Chartered explains what's behind the sharp divergence between coffee and cocoa prices this year.
Cocoa is rose over 2.5 percent in 1 week, and hit a 4-week high on Friday. Alan Knuckman, Trading Advantage, explains how he is using options to profit from the commodity's move.
Cocoa — the main ingredient for Kit Kats, Hershey’s bars and Snickers — may rally into the second-half of this year as low rainfall and drier weather forecast for Ivory Coast, the world’s leading cocoa supplier, threaten to reduce yields and deplete global stockpiles.
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Cocoa prices have fallen about 30 percent in the past twelve months, but Keith Flury, Senior Commodity Analyst at Rabobank says they will continue to edge lower in the short-term.
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Premium Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli on Thursday warned that commodity markets remain volatile and that consumer sentiment is hit by the prospects of a worsening employment market.
Here's what moving in commodities Thursday morning:
Markets have overreacted to recent concerns on oversupply in soft commodities, and the fundamentals do not support the recent sell-off, Sudakshina Unnikrishnan, analyst at Barclays Capital, told CNBC on Tuesday.
The Commodities Futures Trading Commission will be looking at the role of speculators in recent volatile commodities pricing, Commissioner Bart Chilton told CNBC Friday.
International shipping companies have resumed deliveries of cocoa from the world’s largest supplier but analysts say the commodity will remain volatile for the foreseeable future.
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