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Colombian Arabica Output Down 41 Percent In January

Columbian coffee output down in JanuaryCoffee production in the world’s second largest arabica supplier, Colombia, fell 41 percent in January from the previous year, according to sources in a Bloomberg report today.

Storms and disease-damaged plants were largely responsible for the decreased output, which fell from 908,000 bags in January 2011 to 535,000 bags in January 2012, according to data published by Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers.

According to the Bloomberg report, coffee growers in Colombia are stuggling after persistent rainfall last year caused the lowest annual arabica output since 1976. Growers are also planting disease-resistant plants.

The full story: Bloomberg Businessweek