In our fall issue of the Commodity Markets Update, the feature article looks at the coffee industry’s approach to sustainability. Alden Dowds explores some of the challenges faced when balancing the vital importance of developing a long-lasting and socially responsible supply chain with growing demand and changing consumer preferences.

In addition, Max Schlubach provides an update on the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. He discusses the issues surrounding the bigger neo-Panamax ships designed for the widened passageway as well as the challenges the new vessels present for U.S. ports of calling. In another article, Schlubach examines the U.S. maritime transportation sector and looks at the current state of affairs in the market.

Finally, we sit down with Matt Smith, the director of commodity research at ClipperData, to discuss data around crude oil stored in oceangoing vessels and tankers and the signals it sends about supply and demand.