ZURICH, Jan 21- Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut warned on Wednesday the strong Swiss franc could hit its results, after sales revenue rose 15.1 percent in the quarter to November helped by higher cocoa bean prices. Barry Callebaut said it conducted 99 percent of its business outside of Switzerland so had limited operational exposure to the surging franc,...» Read More
PAINE, CHILE, Dec 2- The world's biggest maker of industrial chocolate Barry Callebaut said on Tuesday there will be a global cocoa surplus this year and possibly the next, taking a more bearish perspective than some other forecasters so far. "This year we will have more beans than we need, so we will have a surplus," Juergen Steinemann, chief executive of the Swiss...
Dennis Melka, CEO of United Cacao Limited, discusses the company's ambitions to become the "largest cacao supplier" in the world.
Cocoa production is expected to be at a deficit of 30,000 tons prompting higher prices for both bean and bar, the Fiscal Times reports.
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.
*Nigeria seeking to cut dependence on oil through farming. ABUJA, Oct 28- Nigeria expects to earn $1.3 billion from cocoa exports this year, an increase of 45 percent on two years ago, after a steady rise in output that could help shift Africa's top economy away from its reliance on oil, its agriculture minister told Reuters. Akinwumi Adesina, speaking on the...
LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico, Oct 22- Nestle has no plans to close any of its eight factories or curb output in cocoa and coffee-rich West and Central Africa because of Ebola, but is ready to adapt if it spreads, the Chief Executive of the world's largest food company said on Wednesday. Nestle's factories in the region including both Ghana and Ivory Coast produce...
Mohamed Elsarky, CEO of Godiva, discusses the impact of Ebola on cocoa producing nations and the factors behind cocoa's recent price increase.
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.
LONDON, Oct 15- African dollar bonds were sucked into a global rout of riskier markets on Wednesday, falling to multi-month lows as slumping oil prices and worries about the spread of Ebola fanned broader fears about world growth. Many of Africa's big economies depend on commodity exports, whether it be oil in Nigeria, copper in Zambia or coffee and cocoa in Ivory...
The World Cocoa Foundation is set to announce a fundraising initiative to help combat Ebola in West Africa.
Erkut Ozer, CEO of Global Trading Enterprises, says China's growing appetite for chocolate is pushing the price of cocoa higher.
"No one wants to talk about it because they don't want to start a panic," one expert tells CNBC.
*Nigeria used to be world's number two cocoa producer. AKURE, Nigeria, Sept 4- College graduate Omatayo Adeniyi stands in a humid tropical forest of southwest Nigeria and explains why he chose cocoa farming over a white collar job in the city.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 27- Arabica coffee futures on ICE briefly rose above $2 a lb on Wednesday, extending the prior session's rally on concerns about output in top grower Brazil, while cocoa fell after vaulting to the highest since May 2011 in a one-minute rally.
Asia's newly minted chocoholics are tempting sweets-makers, but challenges range from different cultural tastes to the region driving up cocoa prices.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 18- Cocoa futures in New York and London touched their highest levels in more than three years on Monday on a mix of speculator and trade buying despite an expected surplus, while raw sugar on ICE tumbled to a six-month low due to hefty nearby supplies and technical weakness.
*Sugar traders shrug off Brazil harvest slowdown. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 14- ICE raw sugar futures dropped to a six-month low on Thursday as global oversupply and heavy stocks offset a slowdown in the pace of harvesting in top producer Brazil. "Supplies are good, and physical demand is very slack," said Sterling Smith, a futures specialist with Citigroup in Chicago.