World ethanol production growth is likely to take a breather in 2015 after a stellar performance last year. The total is currently forecast to reach 113.4 bln litres against 112.2 bln the prior year and 106.2 bln in 2013.The slow-down in production growth is m...

Brazil - CS cane crush stays below 40 mln t in H1 June 2015

Sugarcane on truck Sugar mills in Brazil's Centre/South sugarcane region crushed 39.38 mln tonnes of cane in the first 15 days of June, 5.2% lower than the 41.53 mln processed in the same period last year and also 2.4% below 40.3...

Brazil - H1 June hydrous ethanol sales up more than 50% y/y

Ethanol sales by mills in the first two weeks of June were up 30% on the year, cane industry group Unica reported for the Centre/South (CS). The increase was driven by a 53% growth for sales of hydrous grades t...

Brazil - US ethanol imports face tariff increase

Brazil's federal government increased the tariff on imported ethanol to 11.75% from an effective nil on July 22, 2015, in a move expected to benefit local cane mills and put further pressure on shipments of US ...

Brazil - Press reports say Tereos' offer for Petrobras' share in Guarani too low

Reuters quoted informed sources saying that Petrobras' plans to sell its stake in sugar and ethanol producer Guarani have hit a snag as the state-run oil company has not been offered enough money for the asset....

United States - Driving season, CBOT spreads boost RIN data for ethanol

Biofuel consumption in May 2015 benefited from the start of the driving season, higher prices for biodiesel and advanced biofuel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as well as rising discounts for fuel etha...

Brazil - Petrobras mulls sale of ethanol plants

Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras is looking to sell some of its biofuel assets as it tries to raise cash to cover investment for new offshore oilfields and service its debt, two sources told Reuters. T...

Fuel ethanol production in the week to June 19, 2015 reached an average 994,000 barrels per day (bpd), a new record level, up 14,000 on the week and a...

Brazil - Copersucar reports losses for transition year 2014/15

Sugar and ethanol trader Copersucar SA reported a sharp decline in its financial performance. For fiscal 2014/15 (Apr/Mar), the company recorded a net...

Belgium - LanzaTech, ArcelorMittal join forces on ethanol production

Local press reports said that steel producer ArcelorMittal will produce ethanol from gases at its steel mill in Ghent in cooperation with US-based Lan...

Czech Republic - Decision on 2015/20 biofuels regulation postponed

Local press reports said that law makers have not yet found a consensus over the controversially discussed biofuels law including new tax incentives f...

Brazil - São Martinho projects new record sugar output for 2015/16

Sugar and ethanol producer São Martinho said that it plans to increase its sugar production by more than 5% on the year in the current Apr/Mar season ...

International - Ethanol, biodiesel fixtures on EU market

Freight sources told F.O. Licht a couple of ethanol and biodiesel cargoes was fixed on the EU market. Brokers noted that market activity did not decli...

Argentina - Government cuts export taxes

The export tax rate on biodiesel has been reduced. The new rate for May is an effective 9.8% , down from 13.2% in April but far above the 5% level ear...

 

Brazil - Green light for Cargill's expansion of MS oil mill

Cargill Agrícola, a local unit of the US agribusiness major, has now received official approval to expand its Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul (MS) soybean compl...

European Union - Commission gives green light for EUR120 mln investments in bioeconomy

The European Commission releases EUR50 mln of public money via the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), leveraging EUR70 mln of investments from ind...

United States - Fuel ethanol stocks at six-week high, despite record demand

Fuel ethanol production in the week to June 12, 2015 remained strong after the all-time high reached in the preceding week, the US Energy Information Administra...

Thailand - Tapioca chip exports remained strong in April

Thai tapioca chip exports in April 2015 amounted to 665,123 tonnes. The April total is down from 721,694 tonnes in the preceding month on seasonal reasons but h...

United States - Ethanol makes a return to rails

Sinking lease rates, weak crude prices and tough new safety measures for transporting oil by rail have spurred a resurgence in hauling ethanol on the US rail ne...

United Kingdom - Biodiesel consumption almost halves on the year

Biodiesel consumption is suffering from the y/y increases in the biofuel's premium over fossil fuel. The May 2015 total was around 45,000 tonnes, HM Custom data...

United States - Aveda launches plant-based packaging

Natural cosmetics producer Aveda Corp. said it has started new packaging for some of its tubes. This combines post-consumer recycled (PCR) material with bioplas...