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Did You Know...? 17 August 2021

By Donna Ahern
Did You Know...? 17 August 2021

Did you know...? Coffee leader Brazil is turning to stronger and more bitter robusta beans, which are hardier in the heat than the delicate arabica, in a sign of how climate change is affecting global markets - and shaping our favourite flavours.

Did you know...? Meat production in Germany declined by 1.7% year-on-year, or 64,500 tonnes, in the first half of 2021, according to the latest data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). In this period, 28.3 million pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses were slaughtered in commercial slaughterhouses in Germany. Meat production from slaughtered animals, including poultry, amounted to 3.8 million tonnes.

Did you know...? U.S. wheat futures climbed to eight-year highs on Friday and European wheat futures extended gains, led by fresh contract highs in Paris, after steep cuts to world supply in a U.S. government report fuelled concern about dwindling availability in major export zones, analysts said. Soybean futures rose on fears of tightening global vegetable oil supplies, but corn futures turned mixed, paring gains after early advances.

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