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The latest developments in biofuel policies on key markets like the United States, Brazil and the European Union and the prevailing crude oil price depression are also affecting world market prices for soft commodities. It comes as no surprise that the expecte...

Germany - Cheaper ARA ethanol prices boosted demand for E-5

Fuel ethanol use in May 2015 was comparably strong when compared with the preceding months but remained down on the year. Prices for fuel ethanol in ARA fell in May, while gasoline became stronger, cutting blen...

Pakistan - Stronger demand from China lifts June ethanol exports to all-time high

Ethanol exports in June 2015 amounted to a record 101.1 mln litres, local sources told F.O. Licht, up sharply on 48.9 mln in the preceding month and 52.9 mln one year earlier. The June total included 58.4 mln...

International - EU, Indonesia clash on biodiesel to go to WTO panel

Policy Indonesia's government has called at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for a Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) to decide whether EU anti-dumping duties on its biodiesel exports to the bloc breach WTO rules – with ...

International - Ethanol fixture on LatAm/EU route

Industry sources told F.O. Licht that freight rates on the EU shipping market have softened. This can be attributed to seasonal reasons. Meanwhile, the stronger ARA ethanol market and the slight rebound in the ...

Germany - Beet ethanol keeps 2015 output at record high

Sugar beets The large availability of surplus sugar beet syrup following the bumper 2014/15 harvest has boosted ethanol output in Jan/May to a record high for this period.All in all output reached 466.5 mln litres during t...

Brazil - Rains slow cane crushing in H1 July

6-month old sugarcane Sugar mills in Brazil's Centre/South sugarcane region crushed much less cane in the first half of July compared with a year earlier and the previous fortnight because of heavy rains, Unica's latest crop update ...

Independent oil refiners and a former White House official have urged US regulators to tweak the biofuels program to shift responsibility for complyin...

United States - Lower corn cost, good demand bring Green Plains' ethanol business back in the black

US agribusiness company Green Plains Inc. reported a sharp rebound in results from its ethanol operations for Apr/Jun 2015 after the $-13.1 mln loss i...

United States - DuPont's cellulosic ethanol plant completed

US chemicals major Du Pont said its cellulosic ethanol project in Nevada, Iowa is now mechanically complete. The company in late 2012 had started to b...

Indonesia - Government alters export tax system for palm oil

The government has issued a regulation that changes the way export taxes are calculated for crude palm oil (CPO) and other palm products, the Finance ...

European Union - Official corn, wheat yield estimates cut

The European Union's crop monitoring service cut its forecast for the average corn yield in this year's harvest to 6.71 tonnes per ha from 7.22 tonnes...

Brazil - CS hydrous ethanol sales remain strong

Ethanol sales in the Centre/south (CS) in the first fortnight of July were 1.207 bln litres, data from industry group Unica show, up 22% y/y mainly du...

United States - Decline in fuel ethanol output continues

Fuel ethanol production in the week to July 17, 2015 amounted to 973,000 barrels per day (bpd), said the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). T...

 

New Zealand - LanzaTech unit cuts losses

LanzaTech New Zealand narrowed its annual loss as the company shifts into commercialisation from its previous development phase, said local press reports. The c...

Indonesia - B-15 blending to start August 15

Local press reports cited official sources saying that state-owned fuel supplier Pertamina will start B-15 blending on August 15, 2015, after the financing of t...

Argentina - Strong exports to the US push biodiesel output to five-month high

FAME production in May 2015 reached 142,544 tonnes, industry data show, a five-month high, boosted by improved exports prospects to the US market and speculatio...

Indonesia - Stronger US demand boosts biodiesel exports

FAME exports in April 2015 hit a three-month high of 24,401 tonnes, against 13,610 in March and 28,890 one year earlier, trade data show. The bulk of the April ...

Brazil - BP reports rising output from mills

Oil major BP Plc reported a sharp y/y increase from its sugar mills in Brazil. The ethanol equivalent production, including ethanol and sugar, in Apr/Jun 2014 w...

Poland - Bunge and Lotos units agree on rapeseed supply contract

Local press reports said that ZT Kruszwica SA and Lotos Biopaliwa Sp.z.o.o have agreed on a three-year supply contract on crude rapeseed oil. The contract, valu...

France - Global Bioenergies expands feedstock base for isobutene production

Advanced biofuels startup Global Bioenergies said its joint venture with sugar producer Cristal Union, IBN One, has produced bio-isobutene from sucrose, found i...