Sugar beet roots

The international sugar sector continues to go through a period of turmoil. Following four years of surpluses, it could have been expected that the leading sugar companies around the world may start to cut production in order to protect margins. However, data ...

Brazil - Sugar exports in containers rise in Q1

Brazil exported 431,913 tonnes of sugar in containers in the first quarter of this year, 9.8% more than the 393,190 tonnes in the same period of 2014, shipping agency Williams Brazil reported. The port of Santo...

Brazil - May rains disrupt cane harvest - Unica

Sugar mills in Brazil's Centre/South crushed only 28.689 mln tonnes of cane in the first half of May, down sharply from 38.935 mln in the same period last year due to crushing stoppages caused by wet weather, U...

China - Sugar imports rise to 550,000 t in April 2015

China imported 550,510 tonnes of sugar in April 2015, up 102% from a year before, customs data showed. Brazil was again the main origin of China's raw sugar imports in the month under review with a 35.7% share,...

Iraq - New refinery ramps up production faster than expected

The new Etihad sugar refinery in Babylon is increasing production earlier than expected, shifting much of the country's import needs to raw rather than white sugar, Reuters reported. Two trade sources estimated...

Kenya - Government writes off $611 mln debt to attract investors

Kenya will offer five state-owned sugar companies for sale to private investors over the next year after writing off KES59 bln ($611 mln) of debt, the Privatization Commission said. The government plans to sell...

Germany - Südzucker expects losses in sugar division

Südzucker said the dramatic decrease in quota sugar sales revenues during fiscal 2014/15 (Mar/Feb) was the main reason for the sugar segment's 17% revenue decline to EUR3.228 bln from EUR 3.901 bln in 2013/14. ...

Farmers in Russia had sown 983,100 ha to sugar beet as of May 20, or 98.1% of the plan, the Russian Sugar Producers Union (Soyuzrossakhar) reported. T...

Indonesia - President confirms drive for sugar self-sufficiency

President Joko Widodo has emphasised that the government encourages efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in sugar, according to local press reports."Ba...

Cuba - Villa Clara sugar output reaches 10-year high

With a production of 236,000 tonnes, Villa Clara province met its sugar production plan for the 2014/15 harvest, said Andrés Durán Fundora, director o...

Vietnam - Sugar industry seen in need of cost cutting

Vietnam needs to improve the competitiveness of its sugar industry so it does not lose out in the South East Asian regional market, especially when th...

United Kingdom - Tesco to cut sugar content in soft drinks

Supermarket giant Tesco will cut the sugar content in all its own label soft drinks by 5% amid health concerns, according to local press reports. Tesc...

Germany - Proposal for sugar foods tax faces opposition

Germany’s confectionery industry has sided with the federal government in a clash between the ruling parties in the country’s grand coalition, over wh...

European Union - Preferential EPA/EBA sugar imports - May 15, 2015

The European Union awarded 9,663 tonnes of import licences to countries pursuant the EPA/EBA agreements in the week to May 15, down from 30,437 a week...

 

India - Private sugar mills in state register loss for first time

For the first time since their inception, the private sugar mills in Maharashtra will be registering losses in their operations, according to local press report...

Pakistan - ECC approves subsidy increase on sugar

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet approved a proposal of the Ministry of Industries and Production to raise the subsidy on sugar by PKR2 ...

Brazil - May rains disrupt cane harvest - Unica

Sugar mills in Brazil's Centre/South crushed only 28.689 mln tonnes of cane in the first half of May, down sharply from 38.935 mln in the same period last year ...

European Union - CXL import licences dry up again in May 2015

The European Union awarded only 13,450 tonnes of sugar import licences under its seasonal TRQ facilities for May 2015, up fractionally from 13,394 in the previo...

Saudi Arabia - Savola to raise Jeddah refinery capacity

United Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Savola Group, commenced its plan to increase the production capacity of its refinery in Jeddah from 1.2 mln tonnes per yea...

Kyrgyzstan - Farmers to sow less beet in 2015

Farmers plan to sow sugar beet on only 415 ha of land in Chui oblast this year of which only 188 ha have been sown so far, according to local press reports. Far...

European Union - Out-of-quota exports - May 1, 2015

The European Union granted export licences for 957.264 tonnes of out-of-quota isoglucose in the week to May 1, official data showed. This leaves 49,056.952 tonn...