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  • PAKCHONG SUB-DISTRICT, Ratchaburi, Thailand, April 1- P rasert Jitkham stoops down and pulls a yellowed sugar cane shoot from baked soil. The worst drought in more than twenty years in Thailand has killed the plant he should harvest next year. A drop in exports from Thailand and India has contributed to forecasts for a widening global supply deficit this year,...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 29- Mexico's government said on Tuesday it had set its sugar export quota to the United States during the current cycle at 1.178 million tonnes.

  • Chocolate lovers, brace yourselves this Easter. The cost of the confectionery has jumped over the past year and may rise more. The Financial Times reports.

  • BEIJING, March 21- China's sugar imports fell in February for the second month in a row after posting a record year in 2015, customs data showed on Monday. Demand for imports has dropped as global sugar prices have risen more than domestic prices, said Zhan Xiao, an analyst at Shanghai Buyun Investment Management, adding that imported sugar now costs roughly 1,000...

  • BEIJING, March 21- China, the world's top sugar buyer, imported 110,000 tonnes of sugar in February, down 13.5 percent compared to the same month a year earlier, customs data showed on Monday.

  • LONDON, March 10- The European Commission appears unlikely to move rapidly to alleviate tight sugar supplies in the EU, with any action expected to be delayed until the summer, trade sources said. Trade sources said, however, the Commission might wait until evidence emerged of vessels loading sugar in Brazil under an existing preferential quota for the EU, and...

  • The Mars empire

    Tracey Massey, Mars Chocolate North America president, discusses the company's strategy, the M&M's brand, and the state of the confectionery industry amid the "war on sugar."

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 24- Raw sugar futures turned down a shade after rising to a four-week high on Wednesday, having failed to breach resistance after the prior session's historic one-day surge, while a run-up to a one-month peak in the nearby spread also failed to hold. Most-active May settled down 0.02 cent, or 0.1 percent, at 13.88 cents per lb, after rising to the...

  • March raw sugar was up 0.12 cent or 0.9 percent at 14.12 cents a lb at 1511 GMT after earlier peaking at 14.14 cents, its highest level since Jan. 27. The front-month's premium to May also edged up to 0.16 cents, up from around 0.13 cents at the close on Tuesday. Raw sugar futures soared by more than 9 percent on Tuesday when investors rushed to cover bearish bets amid...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Arabica coffee and raw sugar futures fell on Wednesday, driven down by a broad-based retreat in crude oil and other commodity markets. Cocoa futures were mixed as a weak pound boosted the London contract while dollar-denominated New York futures fell. May arabica coffee futures fell 2.00 cents or 1.7 percent to $1.1725 per lb by 1306 GMT while May...

  • El Nino propels sugar to biggest 1-day gain since 1993

    Forecasts suggest a lower supply in the current year due to weather disruptions.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 23- Sugar futures vaulted by more than 9 percent for an historic one-day gain on Tuesday, as investors rushed to cover bearish bets amid growing concerns that heavy rains and drought from Thailand to Central America will tighten supplies. Bullish options activity, which saw heavy short-covering in May calls ranging from 13.50- 15 cent strike...

  • *ISO scales back India, Thai output projections. The International Sugar Organization raised its global deficit forecast on Tuesday, while scaling back expectations for output in India and Thailand, where the El Nino weather pattern has damaged yields. The ISO downgraded its output projection for Thailand by 650,000 tonnes and India by 500,000 tonnes.

  • The International Sugar Organization earlier revised its 2015/ 16 global deficit forecast, following a similar move by analysts F.O. Licht on Friday. White, or refined, sugar futures sparked the rally, with dealers citing concern focused on tight availability from the European Union after refining premiums rose sharply overnight. May raw sugar was up 0.77 cent,...

  • The London- based intergovernmental organization raised its global deficit forecast for 2015/ 16 to 5.0 million tonnes, on expectations of lower output in India, Thailand, Brazil and the European Union. Sergey Gudoshnikov, a senior economist at the ISO, said it had scaled back its estimates for output in number 2 producer India by 500,000 tonnes and in Thailand,...

  • May white sugar futures surged over 5 percent to a session peak of $392.20 per tonne, before easing back to trade at $388.30, up $15.10 or 4.05 percent, at 1157 GMT. May raw sugar was up 0.49 cent, or 3.8 percent, at 13.25 cents per lb, having touched 12.61 cents on Friday, its lowest since late September. Traders are waiting for news on applications for a second tranche of...

  • LONDON, Feb 22- Sugar futures on ICE edged up on Monday from 4-1/ 2- month lows, while arabica coffee firmed on technically driven buying and London cocoa benefited from a sharply weaker pound. Speculators cut their bullish raw sugar position on ICE Futures U.S., for the fourth straight week, to a 4-1/ 2- month low in the week ended Feb. 16, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading...

  • ROME, Feb 4- World food prices fell to near a seven-year low in January, weighed down by declines for agricultural commodities, particularly sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday. The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 1- Cocoa futures soared 4 percent in heavy volume on Monday, in a corrective rally spurred by crop weather concerns in top grower Ivory Coast and oversold market conditions, causing the New York market to make its biggest jump in 3-1/ 2 years. March New York cocoa settled up $107, or 3.9 percent, at $2,868 per tonne after trading in a wide $131 range,...

  • *Exporting little to Iraq, previously its biggest market. DUBAI, Jan 30- Dubai's Al Khaleej Sugar Refinery, the world's biggest port-based refinery, said on Saturday it was operating at only 70 percent of its capacity due to slow physical demand for white sugar despite high white premiums. "There is no real physical off-take, the physical off-take is very slow," Jamal...