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Transforming the Food & Agri Supply Chain

London, 14 February 2013

Rabobank Report: The operating environment for F&A companies is becoming increasingly complex as new external influences compound traditional pressures like rising agri commodity prices. In this report, Rabobank addresses the flaws in the current F&A supply chain structure that leave the sector ill equipped to respond to this new complexity. It calls for the industry to transform the way supply chains are organized, by adopting longer-term supply agreements and, cooperative relationships with upstream and downstream partners. The report identifies the dedicated supply chain model as the best next step for F&A companies. This structure has the potential to revolutionize the F&A industry by making it more productive, innovative, safe and sustainable; all of which will be vital if the sector is to deliver food security to a future global population of 9 billion.

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Cotton oversupply to continue: Cotlook

London, January 2013

Cotton Outlook figures continue to indicate oversupply, despite recovering consumption. Adjustments to Cotton Outlook’s world supply and demand estimates during the past month imply an addition to world stocks of 3,529,000 tonnes at the end of the 2012/13 season, compared to 3,617,000 indicated a month ago.

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Global Food: Waste Not Want Not

London, 10 January 2013

The tragedy of waste: A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach due to issues as varied as inadequate infrastructure and storage facilities through to overly strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free offers and consumers demanding cosmetically perfect food.

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'Cotton trade' history now online

London, 8 December 2012

From small beginnings to an industrial revolution: You can now access a new and comprehensive 'cotton trade' history timeline via the International Cotton Association’s (ICA) website. A valuable resource for academics and anybody interested in the cotton trade, the site contains the history of the evolution of the ICA and the cotton industry.

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The Czarnikow Biofuels Review

London, 19 November 2012

As sugar prices fall, Brazil’s cane industry will need to re-invigorate its domestic ethanol market: Brazil is a dominant force in the global bio-ethanol. However, in recent years cane has been diverted from ethanol production towards sugar and ethanol output has fallen. This has led to a reversal of the spectacular demand growth experienced in 2007-2009, as demand has had to be rationed on a large scale.

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Sugar Prices at 20¢/lb: What now?

London, 16 October 2012

Czarnikow: Since 2008, high sugar and low corn prices have driven industrial consumers towards corn sweeteners; the average spread between corn and sugar was 3.2¢/lb in 2007 while this average stood at 15¢/lb in 2011. It has since fallen to around 7.6¢/lb currently, and while the spread is still more than double historic levels.

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50 Shades of Grain

London, 10 October 2012

With agricultural commodity prices rising as drought reduces crops in the United States and Eastern Europe, the grain market is eyeing the possibility of Russian export restrictions. Michael Swangard, partner at Clyde & Co, considers the potential implications for grain exporters.

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New global partnership to promote aquaculture in fighting hunger

Rome, 1 October 2012

A major international initiative has been launched to better understand the role of aquaculture in food security in poor countries. Bringing together a global alliance of development agencies, governments and universities, the initiative will help low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to develop sustainable policies for improving the livelihoods of millions of poor people.

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IGC Report, September 2012


London, 28 September 2012

International Grains Council: The IGC Grains and Oilseeds Index (GOI) is down by almost 9% from the high it revisited on 4 September. However, it remains up 17% y/y reflecting the generally tight market conditions. Maize and soyabean markets have retreated amid seasonally rising supplies and suggestions of better than previously expected soyabean yields. Wheat has bucked the trend, with the GOI sub-Index almost unchanged m/m as continued concerns about export availability from the Black Sea region and overly dry growing conditions in Australia have provided support.

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Agflation to drive food prices 15%: Rabobank Report

London, 21 September 2012

Rabobank has published a new report looking at the impact of the drought on the food and agriculture industry, and its ultimate implications for rising food prices. In the report, Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group says that skyrocketing agricultural commodity prices are causing the world to re-enter a period of "agflation" with food prices forecast to reach record highs in 2013, and continuing to rise well into Q3 2013.  Unlike the staple grain shortage in 2008, this year's scarcity will affect feed intensive crops with serious repercussions for the animal protein and dairy industries.

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