When we published our third estimate of the world sugar balance 2014/15 on May 4 we cautioned in the concluding remarks that "the future course of the Brazilian real will also determine the lower floor for global sugar prices", adding that "it is still too ear...

France - Cristal Union to build beet-based PHA bioplastics facility

Italy-based Bio-on, a biotechnology company specialised in the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), and French sugar producer Cristal Union have announced plans to establish France's first facility for t...

El Salvador - Drought could reduce sugar output across Central America

Drought could cause losses of 10% in sugar output across Central America during 2015/16, or 500,000 tonnes, said Mario Salaverría, president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador (AESA). Producers estimate th...

Brazil - CTC sees stronger flowering in CS

Brazil's Centre/South cane fields are witnessing this year conditions that favour the occurrence of flowering, an unwelcome crop development that reduces the plant's weight and its sugar content, said a report ...

India - Prime Minister Modi to chair meeting on sugar crisis on August 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to chair a high-level meeting on August 1 to discuss the ongoing crisis in the sugar sector, local press reports said. According to officials in the know, the meeting, w...

Thailand - Sugar output heads for all-time high after rain

Sugar production in Thailand could reach a new record in 2015/16 after recent rain offset the effects of a strengthening El Niño to boost crop growth, according to the Office of the Cane and Sugar Board (OCSB)....

India - ISMA says 2015/16 sugar output may fall only marginally to 28.0 mln tonnes

India's sugar output in 2015/16 (Oct/Sep) may reach about 28.0 mln tonnes, only marginally lower than the 28.3 mln projected for this season, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said. This means that prod...

Kenya's Privatisation Commission will invite investors to submit bids for a controlling stake in each of five state-owned sugar companies the governme...

Spain - Southern beet campaign 62% complete

About 410,000 tonnes, or 62% of the expected 2014/15 beet crop in the south had been delivered to Azucarera's sugar factory in Guadalete since it open...

Spain - Five new solar irrigation units enter into operation

Five new solar irrigation units have recently entered into operation in Castilla y León. Solar irrigation is emerging as a major advancement for farme...

Spain - North heads toward bumper 2015/16 beet crop

Spain's 2015/16 beet crop in the northern growing region is developing excellent as rains during June have been very beneficial for beet growth, accor...

India - Triveni board approves demerger

The Board of Directors of Triveni Engineering & Industries Limited (TEIL) at its meeting held on July 28 approved a demerger plan involving TEIL, Triv...

United States - Bunge projects better results from sugar operations for H2

US agribusiness major Bunge reported a lower loss from its Sugar&Bioenergy operations, including its business in Brazil, for Apr/Jun 2015 when com...

Australia - Mackay Sugar cuts cane crush estimate

As mills reach the 25% mark of the 2015 crush, Mackay Sugar has downgraded its expected cane crush from 5.12 mln tonnes to 4.86 mln, according to loca...

 

France - Bioplastic production from sugar beets

Bio-on from Italy and French sugar producer Cristal Union signed an agreement to build a facility for the production of bioplastic from sugar beet in France. Th...

India - Only 60 Maharashtra sugar mills apply for Central government soft loan

Nearly 60 sugar mills in Maharashtra have obtained a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Sugar Commissionerate to be eligible for the INR18.5 bln ($1=INR64....

Belarus - Sugar production drops 12% in 2014

Belarus produced 743,900 tonnes of sugar in calendar 2014, down 12% from 853,100 a year ago, the National Statistics Committee said. It did not provide a breakd...

European Union - Quota sugar exports reach 107,756 t as of July 28

EU sugar producers exported 107,756.3 tonnes of quota sugar in the 2014/15 (Oct/Sep) season as of July 28, up from 102,101.2 tonnes as of June 23, the Commissio...

Australia - Queensland solar farm faces legal challenge from sugarcane proponents

The Queensland government is considering stepping in to head off a legal challenge to one of Australia's largest planned solar farms in the state's northern sug...

Russia - Rusagro sugar sales revenue surges in Q2 on high prices

Farming conglomerate Rusagro Group said its revenue rose by 16% to RUB18.78 bln ($1=RUB59.35) in the second quarter ended June 30 from RUB16.19 bln a year ago. ...

China - Sunwin Stevia raises manufacturing capacity

Sunwin Stevia International, Inc., one of the top global suppliers of high-quality stevia extracts including Rebaudioside A 98 and Rebaudioside A99, reported in...