World coffee production seen rising 7.2pct in year to record

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World coffee production will rise 7.2 percent to a record, led by higher output in Brazil and Vietnam, the US Department of Agriculture said.

Production in the 12 months starting Oct. 1 in most countries will increase to 148 million bags from 138 million a year earlier, the USDA said Friday in a report. A bag weighs 60 kilograms, or 132 pounds.

Output of arabica beans, favored by specialty roasters including Starbucks Corp., will rise 7.9 percent to 88.1 million bags, while the global robusta crop, used widely for instant- coffee blends, will gain 7 percent to 59.8 million, the data showed.

World exports will rise 6.4 percent to 115.3 million bags and consumption 2ill increase 2 percent to 141.7 million, the agency said.

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