*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.» Read More
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.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 13- ICE raw sugar futures fell to a six-month low on Wednesday as investors stayed focused on strong Brazilian yields, while Liffe cocoa rose to a three-year high on support from the sharply lower British pound.
*Cocoa remains near Monday's three-year high. Cocoa on ICE Futures U.S. and Liffe were steady as the markets consolidated after touching a three-year high in the prior session. The rally was a knee-jerk reaction to a fire at a Rumo sugar warehouse operated by producer Cosan SA at top grower Brazil's Santos port.
NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Aug 5- Agribusiness company Archer Daniels Midland Co expects to sell its global chocolate business by the end of the third quarter, its president said on Tuesday, after opting to hold onto its larger cocoa press business.
*Ghana facing serious currency, inflation problems. ENCHI, Ghana, July 28- Three years ago, when James joined Ghana's anti-smuggling task force, his job was to intercept illicit cocoa shipments from neighbouring Ivory Coast to preserve the superior quality of his country's beans.
LAGOS, July 18- Exporters have resumed loading of cocoa shipments in Nigeria's second-largest producing area, Cross Rivers state, after the state government suspended on Friday a levy on bean exports, a trade body said.
July 15- Hershey Co, the No. 1 candy producer in the United States, on Tuesday hiked its chocolate prices for the first time in three years, a sign that a year-long soaring cocoa market is eating into confectioners' profits.
*Brazil cane harvest speeds up- Unica. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 10- Speculators triggered a fall in arabica coffee futures by liquidating positions on Thursday, taking one of this year's best performing commodities to a near five-month low and knocking off the seasonal frost premium on moderate weather forecasts.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 27- ICE cocoa futures hit a near three-year peak on Friday on strong chart signals and falling exchange stocks, and raw sugar saw the biggest one-day rout since February on weak demand for physical delivery ahead of the July contract's expiry on Monday.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 27- ICE cocoa futures rallied to a near three-year peak on Friday on strong chart signals and falling exchange inventories, and raw sugar plunged, on track for the biggest one-day rout since February on weak demand ahead of the July contract's expiry.
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NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE, June 16- Chocolate makers including Barry Callebaut are racing to buy cocoa butter from their competitors this summer, pushing price premiums to their highest in months.
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.