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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 5- ICE cocoa futures pared gains after tapping a 33- month high on Thursday, as buying dried up after rallying for the past two weeks, while raw sugar quietly eased to a five-week low after falling below a psychological support level. Coffee futures were also quietly lower.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Famed cocoa trader Anthony Ward's niche commodities fund is up 28 percent through April, after riding the bull run in arabica coffee as a drought in Brazil, the world's No. 1 producer, raised concerns about tightening supplies.

  • *World's biggest chocolate maker says Indonesia must raise cocoa bean output. SINGAPORE, May 21- World No.3 cocoa bean producer Indonesia should push to more than double output to 1 million tonnes a year to meet Asia's growing appetite for chocolate and demand from local grinders, a senior official at Barry Callebaut said on Wednesday.

  • *Ghana's cedi has slipped 23 pct against dollar this year. ABIDJAN/ LONDON, May 12- Ghana's falling currency has fuelled smuggling of as much as 100,000 tonnes of cocoa into neighbouring Ivory Coast since October, reversing a trend, industry sources said.

  • Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.

  • *Contract to rival ICE's London cocoa market. LONDON, May 1- CME Group Inc, the world's largest futures exchange operator, plans to launch a cocoa futures contract this year, challenging rival Intercontinental Exchange's dominance in the market, industry sources said.

  • Chocolate could become like Champagne: Pro     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:50 AM ET

    Edward George, head of soft commodities at Ecobank, says chocolate will become a luxury in Europe as cocoa prices shoot up.

  • Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.

  • SOFTS-Coffee hits fresh two-year high, sugar eases Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Cocoa has technical bounce after subdued grind data. LONDON, April 11- Arabica coffee futures on ICE hit a more than two-year high on Friday, underpinned by fears that a drought will cut top-grower Brazil's output. Cocoa futures rose in a technical correction after sinking on Thursday due to disappointing demand data.

  • *Coffee council pegs Brazil 2014 output down 4.5 pct y/y. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 10- Arabica coffee hit a more than two-year high on Thursday on low crop forecasts amid renewed fears that a drought will severely cut top grower Brazil's output in the coming seasons.

  • Cocoa prices were firm ahead of the latest quarterly grind data, while sugar was higher. Arabica coffee prices hovered near a two-year high of $2.0755 per lb hit on March 11, underpinned by concern that rainfall at the end of top grower Brazil's wet season came too little too late after drought in January and February.

  • ZURICH, April 3- Barry Callebaut, the world's biggest chocolate maker, reported a rise in half-year profits on Thursday, boosted by the turnaround of the Petra Foods' cocoa business it bought over a year ago, and reaffirmed its medium-term sales growth target.

  • ZURICH, April 3- Barry Callebaut, the world's biggest chocolate maker, reported a rise in half-year profits on Thursday, boosted by the turnaround of the Petra cocoa business it bought over a year ago, and reaffirmed its medium-term sales growth target.

  • SOFTS-Arabica coffee firms, cocoa below 2-1/2-year peak Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 9:35 AM ET

    LONDON, March 19- Arabica coffee futures on ICE edged higher on Wednesday having slipped from last week's highs partly due to expectations that the weather in Brazil could improve in the coming weeks, while raw sugar held steady.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 18- ICE cocoa eased from Monday's 2-1/ 2- year high on profit-taking, while arabica coffee edged higher on renewed speculator buying and lingering worry over the extent of drought damage to crops in top grower Brazil.

  • *Cocoa 2013/ 14 consumption growth to exceed long-term trend. LONDON, March 18- Cocoa futures held near a 2-1/ 2 year high on Tuesday, boosted by strong consumption growth that was expected to outstrip supply. Cocoa futures on ICE were little changed with May off $2 or 0.1 percent at $3,028 at 1206 GMT, holding just below the previous session's 2-1/ 2- year high of $3,047.

  • *Sugar back on defensive after Brazil- driven rally. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 17- Arabica coffee futures on ICE dropped for the second straight day on Monday, its biggest two-day tumble in 2-1/ 2 years, as a forecast for widespread rain in top grower Brazil's coffee belt took out some of the market's weather premium.

  • *Sugar back on defensive after Brazil- driven rally. LONDON, March 17- Arabica coffee futures on ICE were lower on Monday, extending a retreat from last week's two-year high with the focus remaining on the extent of damage to Brazil's crop prospects from dry weather earlier this year.

  • *Small delivery seen against London cocoa expiry. Cocoa edged up as traders focused on expiry of the London March contract. "The lower price has forced more people to fix contracts", before prices fall further, one London- based coffee futures broker said.

  • *Arabica crawls toward 2- yr high on Brazil weather worries. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 13- ICE arabica coffee futures rose and traded near a two-year high on weather-related crop concerns in top grower Brazil, while cocoa rallied the most since January and recovered the previous day's sharp losses on bargain-hunting.