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Soft Commodities Market Insights and Forecasting

There are hardly any food product manufactured globally that do not involve the use of soft commodities, defined as sugar, coffee, coffee and molasses. The geographical distribution of surplus and deficit regions means that the value of international trade in softs accounts for a considerable share of the overall value of agriculture despite the comparably moderate tonnage this sector represents.

Facts about the global softs commodities market
  • Coffee is the most valuable agricultural commodity as far as the international trade is concerned
  • Brazil is the world’s largest grower and exporter of coffee by far with a market share of 33%.
  • India replaced Brazil as the world’s largest producer of sugar in 2018/19.
  • With the rise of ethanol demand as a clean fuel around the world, sugar prices have increasingly become a function of energy values as they a major feedstock to its production.
  • While Ivory Coast and Ghana produce two thirds of the world’s cocoa, the Netherlands is the world’s biggest processing country of cocoa beans.

Soft Food Commodities sectors

Cocoa

Cocoa beans are used to produce butter and powder. These products are widely used in confectionery and cosmetics. Cocoa butter is the only butter that melts at human body temperature.

Coffee

Coffee is commercially produced in more than 50 countries and the world drinks over 3 billion cups a day. Coffee producing countries export the bulk of their produce, earning around $20 billion in exports a year.

Molasses & Feed Ingredients

Molasses and other co-product streams from the food producing industry are used in the production of animal feed or food for humans as well as high value fermentation products.

Sugar

Sugar is the main sweetener in food and beverage applications across the world. Apart from its sweet taste, sugar has many other functions in food technology, acting as a natural preservative, texture modifier, fermentation substrate, flavouring and colouring agent, and a bulking agent.

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