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Industry Trend Analysis - Witches' Broom Curse And Low Quality Constrain Outlook - MAR 2017

Americas March 2017 / Brazil / Industry

Brazilian cocoa production will grow at a moderate pace out to 2021 as the sector remains impaired by the consequences of the witches' broom disease which decimated output 25 years ago. We see more opportunities in cocoa grindings with Brazil attracting interest from foreign investors and occupying the midstream segment of the supply-chain. Brazilian cocoa's long-term outlook will diverge from other Latin American producers due to the country's lack of premium varieties.

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Industry Trend Analysis - COFCO's Pursuit Of Profitability To Prove Slow - MAR 2017

Asia Pacific March 2017 / China / Industry

After years of aggressive international and domestic expansion, China's state-owned enterprise COFCO is now aiming to streamline its operations and work on efficiency. This will be positive for the business, in terms of general business integration. However, COFCO will remain an SOE at heart rather than an international agricultural trader, and it will mainly aim at supplying China with agricultural products.

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Market Strategy - Global Commodities Strategy - Monthly Roundup - MAR 2017

Europe March 2017 / Global / Economy

We have turned neutral towards oil and grains prices from spot prices from bullish on a three-to-six month horizon and expect industrial metals to be the bright spot in the commodities complex over the remainder of H117.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Robust Palm Oil Demand In Africa And The Middle East Ahead - MAR 2017

Middle East & Africa March 2017 / Global / Industry

Palm oil consumption in Africa and the Middle East will accelerate in the coming years and expand by a healthy growth rate. We are particularly positive on consumption in East and West African countries and believe Middle Eastern countries will show slightly more modest growth. South Africa will be the underperformer in terms of consumption growth.

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