Corn acreage expected to rise, soybeans to fall in 2019

Looking ahead to 2019/20 corn, the consensus is U.S. acreage will increase, but the extent of the increase is a hot topic right now. A recent survey of growers conducted by Farm Futures puts new-crop corn acreage at 90.3 million acres, up just over [...]

Muted quarterly growth for cocoa bean grind in Europe, Asia, & North America

ECA reported cocoa grind for Q4 2018 at 359,103 MT, up 1.6 percent from grind in Q4 2017, marking the eighth straight quarter of YOY growth. From 2015 through 2018, in fact, only three quarters showed YOY declines: Q1 2015, Q1 2016, and Q4 [...]

European cocoa grind shows robust 2018/19 growth

European cocoa grind from July through September reached 363,122 MT, reported ECA this week. This volume is up 2.7 percent from grind volume of 353,455 MT for the same quarter last year. While this gain is significant—particularly compared to the grind declines reported for [...]