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Spice maker seeks path to make vanilla milkshakes cheaper

Chicago/Antananarivo, Madagascar | Reuters — A kilo of vanilla beans costs more than a kilo of silver. Cultivated painstakingly over years from an orchid plant, vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron. In less than five years, the wholesale price has risen nearly 500 per cent, partly because of growing […] Read more

World Crop Briefs: Australia reaches trade deal with Indonesia

Australia has agreed to a trade agreement that could see it export as much as 500,000 tonnes of feed grains into Indonesia tariff free in the first year. The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) includes provisions for a five per cent increase in allowable tariff-free feed grains into Indonesia each year. The agreement is […] Read more

ICE weekly outlook: Canola enjoying broad-based support

CNS Canada –– ICE Futures Canada canola contracts are benefiting from developments down south. The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday imposed antidumping duties on biodiesel imported from Argentina and Indonesia. The department claimed the fuel was being sold at prices below market value in the U.S. The move was enough to lift soyoil in the […] Read more

Australia, Indonesia renew push for trade deal

Sydney | Reuters — Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday said they would formally resume long-stalled negotiations aimed at sealing a bilateral trade agreement between the often uneasy neighbours within 18 months. Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong said in a joint statement talks would resume in May after a […] Read more

Indonesia’s president says country intends to join TPP

Washington | Reuters –– Indonesian President Joko Widodo, speaking after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, said his country intends to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the U.S. has forged with Canada and 10 other countries. “We are the largest economy in Southeast Asia,” Widodo said through a translator. “And Indonesia […] Read more