While the sugar market was already under pressure since the beginning of 2015 the downtrend even accelerated in the weeks after our previous world sugar balance update on February 17. That is not to say that we had a major hand in this development as our lates...

India - Farmers keep growing sugarcane despite record payment delays

The rise in cane arrears to farmers has slowed but they still have reached a new record in April, latest government data show. Nationwide cane arrears reached INR218,369.5 bln ($1=INR63.63) on April 15 this...

Australia - 2015 sugarcane crush set to start

The Australian sugarcane crush is set to commence in eight days time with the Mossman mill, north of Cairns, announcing May 11 as its start date, the Australian Sugar Milling Council said on May 4. Starting est...

Thailand - Sugar output to stay flat in 2014/15

Despite rising cane production, Thailand can expect sugar production to remain flat in 2014/15 due to lower yields, says the Thai Sugar Millers Corporation (TSMC). Chairman Sirivuth Siamphakdee said the 2014/15...

El Salvador - Sugar production hits record high

The sugar industry of the country produced 789,000 tonnes, tel quel, in 2014/15, up from 720,000 tonnes last year, according to the Asociación Azucarera de El Salvador. This was even up on the previous record o...

India - Sugar production may reach 28 mln tonnes

Sugar production in India reached an estimated 27.37 mln tonnes, white value at the end of April up 14.27% y/y, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said. According to the director general of ISMA, Abinash...

India - CCEA approves sugar import duty increase to 40%

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on April 29 decided to raise the duty on sugar imported under the open general licence (OGL) scheme to 40% from 25% to help mills clear dues to farmers. The gove...

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation announced a 92,650 short ton, raw value increase in the 2014/15 (Oct/Sep) Overa...

China - Guangxi sugar output falls 26% by end-April

South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region produced 6.317 mln tonnes of cane sugar by April 30 during the 2014/15 (Oct/Sep) crushing season, down ...

Russia - Sowing progress - April 30, 2015

Russian farmers had sown 714,000 ha to sugar beet as of April 30, or 72.8% of the planned area of 980,200 ha, the Ministry of Agriculture reported. Th...

Brazil - Raw sugar exports collapse in April 2015

Brazil exported only 623,507 tonnes of raw sugar in April 2015, down sharply from 1,817,016 in the previous month and also below 855,770 tonnes shippe...

Vietnam - Government raises sugar import quota

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the inclusion of 50,000 tonnes of sugar produced by Hoang Anh of Gia Lai in Laos in the list of companies that...

Mexico - Sugar campaign report - April 25, 2015

Sugar production in 2014/15 (Nov/Oct) in the period ended April 25 amounted to 4.895 mln tonnes, tel quel, down fractionally from 4.954 mln produced i...

Ukraine - Beet sowing enters final stages

Ukrainian farmers have planted 226,000 ha with sugar beet by April 29, or 82% of the forecast area the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food has report...

 

Germany - Nordzucker reports one-week delay in sowing

Nordzucker reported that compared to 2014’s record year the 2015 cultivation year started around one week later. First out in 2015 were the beet growers in Germ...

India - Government raises sugar import duty to 40%

To help cash-starved sugar mills the Indian Government on April 29 hiked the import duty on sugar to 40% from 25% and scrapped the excise duty on ethanol made f...

South Africa - SASA sees 2015/16 sugar output down at 1.811 mln t

The South African Sugar Association (SASA) sees 2015/16 sugarcane output down at 15.84 mln tonnes and sugar output of only 1.811 mln tonnes, tel quel, according...

European Union - Preferential EPA/EBA sugar imports - April 24, 2015

The European Union awarded 48,453 tonnes of import licences to countries pursuant the EPA/EBA agreements in the week to April 24, up from 30,654 a week earlier ...

Cuba - Sugar production behind target

Sugar production as of April 23 was 8% up on 2013/14 hitting the highest level in 11 years, according to Dionis Pérez Pérez of AZCUBA. At the same time the harv...

European Union - Out-of-quota exports - April 24, 2015

The European Union granted export licences for 717.948 tonnes of out-of-quota isoglucose in the week to April 24, official data showed.This leaves 50,014.216 to...

United States - Pepsi drops aspartame from diet cola

PepsiCo Inc is dropping artificial sweetener aspartame from Diet Pepsi in an attempt to stop and reverse the slump in sales in the US. The company will switch t...