An unmanned submarine trolling for the missing Malaysian Air plane completed its first full mission, as investigators sought to narrow the underwater search area after aircraft and ships failed to find any debris.
Cocoa processing in Asia climbed 3.7 percent in the first quarter as consumption of chocolate- based confectionery and beverages increased in the region, spurring grinding capacity expansion in Indonesia.
Cocoa purchases by Indonesia, the third-biggest grower, will probably increase fourfold to a record this year as the government plans to scrap an import tax, according to the country’s grinders association.
Palm oil production in Southeast Asia, the largest growing region, is at increasing risk from the probable onset of an El Nino later this year after estates were already hurt by dryness in the first quarter. Prices advanced.