India, the biggest sugar user, may produce less than it consumes as early as October 2012, possibly spurring the first net imports in three years, said ITC Ltd. That would push up global prices, said Standard Chartered Plc.
Palm oil probably will drop this year after Asian producers boosted acreage and global oilseed supplies rose, said Dorab Mistry, a Godrej International Ltd. director who’s traded the commodity for more than 30 years. Prices fell, erasing this year’s gain.
Across the road from Zhao Yuanyi’s wheat field in China’s Shandong province, Chonche Group is expanding a rail-car factory on what used to be 227 hectares of farms. Nearby, Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. makes sedans on an 87 hectare site that four years ago was covered by crops.
The biggest rally in coffee in five years may be ending as the prospect of larger harvests spurs hedge funds to pare bets on higher prices, potentially cutting costs for J.M. Smucker Co., Kraft Foods Inc. and Starbucks Corp.