News Update:  With the sugar crushing season fast approaching and the crisis in cane availability becoming a major worry for the industry, all major stakeholders of the sector came on a common platform on Wednesday to prepare ‘UP Sugar Vision 2015’, which envisages Uttar Pradesh to be a significant player in global sugar market by 2015 and also account for two-thirds of the national sugar production. units.
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Raw sugar piles up at ports

Nearly 750,000 tonnes of imported sugar are stuck at the Kandla and Mundra ports even as prices skyrocket in the domestic market. That's because the sugar importing mills in Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] have still not been able to arrive at an agreement on processing imported raw sugar by millers in Maharashtra [ Images ] and Gujarat.

EU sugar trade boost condemned as 'short-sighted'

Brazil's cane industry has condemned as "short-sighted" a European Union plan to raise sugar exports 500,000 tonnes above quota limits in response to a market squeeze which has sent prices soaring.

Brussels to lift sugar exports amid shortfall

The European Commission plans to allow European farmers to export an additional 500,000 tonnes of sugar before the end of July to ease a worldwide supply shortage that has driven prices to their highest levels for almost 30 years.

EU Proposes Raising Sugar Exports by 500,000 Tons

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- European Union regulators proposed to allow exports of an additional 500,000 metric tons of sugar above the 27-nation blocs quota for this year as a temporary measure in response to surging world prices.

Tate & Lyle should 'mull selling out' of sugar

Tate & Lyle should consider a sale of its sugar division if it wants to avoid the risk of a takeover, Icap analysts have said, amid growing conjecture that the sweeteners group will become the next UK bid target.

Domestic sugar output to plunge further

AMID the skyrocketing sugar prices today, the projected extreme bad weather conditions this year is expected to further take a toll on the countrys declining cane output, Victorias Milling Co. Inc. said.

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At a time when everyone is fretting about their "carbon footprint," it's nice to see that Coca-Cola has decided to to reduce the amount of petroleum used to make their bottles by using some plant-based plastic. But not just any plant: the bottles will be made from mono-ethylene glycol derived from sugar cane.

Bunge to sell Brazilian fertilizer business for $3.8 billion to Brazilian mining giant Vale

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Agribusiness company Bunge Ltd. said Wednesday it is selling its fertilizer nutrient assets in Brazil to mining giant Vale SA for $3.8 billion.

Gov't planning auction for sugar imports next week

The government plans to hold a bidding next week for 150,000 metric tons (MT) of sugar to be imported mainly by the private sector, in a bid to contain rising sugar prices, Agriculture officials said on Wednesday.

Liberia: U.S. Ambassador to Sign Grant Agreements

The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will on Wednesday, January 27, sign grant agreements to provide assistance to several community groups from across Liberia. The grants will be provided under the "Ambassador's Self Help Fund" to implement various community development initiatives in the areas of health/sanitation, education (construction & renovation of school buildings) and income generation projects.

Ethiopia: Hibir Sugar to Issue Bid for Consultancy

The joint investment of Hiber Sugar S.C. and the Brazilian company, BDFC, which says it is registering HBC Sugar Factory as its trade name this week, is preparing to hire a consultant to produce a feasibility study which will be acceptable to local and international lenders.

CSR Rebuffs Bright Foods Offer for Sugar Operations

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- CSR Ltd., Australias second-largest building products maker, again rejected Bright Food Group Co.s offer of A$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) for its sugar unit, saying it remains committed to demerge the business.

CSR committed to sugar demerger

CSR Ltd says it remains committed to the demerger of its sugar business despite receiving a restated approach to acquire the business from China's Bright Food Group.

CSR Sugar ignores another bid from Bright Foods

China's Bright Foods has made another attempt to buy CSR's sugar division.

11 sugar mills to be modernised, co-generation plants established

CHENNAI: A Rs.1,015-crore project to modernise 11 sugar mills in the State and establish co-generation plants is all set to take off.

Cambodia's restarts sugar production after 40 years

CAMBODIA'S first sugar processing plant for more than 40 years began operations Monday.

Sugar beet grower: Court ruling could cripple sugar industry

A Powell-area sugar beet grower says a potential ban on planting or processing Roundup Ready sugar beets is a critical event that could cripple the U.S. sugar industry along with local economies.

Gov't to shut down stores of sugar profiteers

The Department of Agriculture (DA) vowed on Tuesday to padlock stores of profiteers caught selling sugar above the suggested retail price of P52 per kilo.

Govt to continue to sell sugar sans retailers

The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies has said that sugar imported from Thailand and Brazil would be released to ease the shortage even before stocks procured from domestic producers run out.

Power hikes the final blow for ailing firms

ELECTRICITY that is too expensive is just as bad for growth as no new electricity, says SAs mining industry. There is a strong possibility that this is a commonly shared sentiment.

Madhvani Seeks Higher Bagasse Tariff

Kampala KAKIRA Sugar Works has requested the Government to review tariffs for co-generation of bagasse (crushed sugar cane residue) in sugar factories in Uganda to harmonise electricity tariffs.

Cargill part of joint venture to build cane sugar refinery in Louisiana

Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. plans to start construction next week on what is expected to become one of the largest sugar refineries in the U.S.

Huge Sugar Refinery To Be Built In Louisiana

GRAMERCY, La. (AP) -- Groundbreaking is scheduled Feb. 3 in Gramercy for a sugar refinery that owners say will be able to produce a million tons of sugar a year.

Injunction could harm U.S. sugar industry

Area sugar beet growers received disturbing news this week when an injunction was filed in federal court to ban Roundup Ready crops from being planted or processed.

No agreement between sugar workers, producers

WAGE negotiations between the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica (SPF) and trade unions representing workers failed to reach an agreement today at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, North Street Office.

FBD: Brazilian sugarcane producers ask European Commission to not allow exports above WTO ceiling

January 25 2010 -- In a letter sent today to Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) called on the European Commission to stick with its commitment, assumed at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and not allow European exports of sugar above the ceiling of 1.374 million tonnes.

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Calls on European Commission Not to Authorize Sugar Exports Above WTO Ceiling

SAO PAULO, Jan 25, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ---- In a letter sent today to Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) called on the European Commission to stick with its commitment, assumed at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and not allow European exports of sugar above the ceiling of 1.374 million tonnes.

Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association Calls on European Commission Not to Authorize Sugar Exports Above WTO Ceiling

SAO PAULO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter sent today to Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) called on the European Commission to stick with its commitment, assumed at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and not allow European exports of sugar above the ceiling of 1.374 million tonnes.

Cosan (CZZ): 'Sweet' Trade on Sugar, Ethanol and Brazil

With sugar prices rising, our latest stock pick is the Brazilian ethanol and sugar producer Cosan Limited (CZZ)," says Brandon Clay. Here's the latest update from Invest with an Edge.

Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol Industry Moves Toward Economic Concentration and Internationalization, an Industrial Info News

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Economic concentration and internationalization are reshaping the Brazilian sugarcane industry, once entirely owned by local residents. An intense process of mergers and acquisitions characterizes the past decade -- especially the last two years, when the economic crisis hit the sector harshly. The Brazilian sugarcane industry is composed of 437 processing plants that produce fuel ethanol and sugar from sugarcane juice, and electric energy out of bagasse burning. The industry is beginning to recover from the effects of the world crisis, and companies plan to invest millions in grassroot projects, plants and powerhouse expansions

New sugar mill for NQ

DURING 2009 the North Queensland Bio-Energy Corporation Limited (NQBE), based in the Herbert River region, developed plans to establish a $400 million sugar, ethanol and power generation facility on a 106ha site near Ingham.

Injunction could harm U.S. sugar industry

Area sugar beet growers received disturbing news this week when an injunction was filed in federal court to ban Roundup Ready crops from being planted or processed.

US Sugar: Some sugarcane crop damaged from cold

CLEWISTON, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Sugar Corp. said that half of its unharvested sugarcane crop was badly damaged by the cold weather in Florida earlier this month.

U.S. Sugar reports freezing temperatures badly damages large amount of crop

U.S. Sugar Corp. announced today that half its sugar cane crop remaining to be harvested was badly damaged by freezing temperatures this month.

DA to recommend reasonable sugar prices

MANILA, PhilippinesFaced with a chain reaction that can affect even the smallest of consumers, the Department of Agriculture will make a recommendation next week on what the reasonable price for sugar should be, given the current supply-and-demand situation.

More about the sugar than politics in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A porter at Lahore's railway station for three decades, Iftikhar Shah worries about suicide bombers and political instability but his biggest concern is the price of sugar.

Sugar earns almost 50% more than hydrous ethanol

Sugar prices in Brazil are earning 48.9% more than that of hydrous ethanol sold in the Centre-South region of the country, according to calculations by Datagro Consultancy.

Australia eyes Cambodian sugar sector

Australia's former treasurer of Australia, Peter Costello, has revealed he is working with an investment fund that planned to inject US$600 mln into Cambodia's agricultural sector focused among other things on sugar.

Early crushing could cost Thai sugar revenue

Earlier crushing in the 2009-10 harvest season could cost Thai sugarcane farmers about THB8.75 bln, (GBP 163 mln) says Kamthorn Kitichotisub, chairman of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters.

Groups want to stop Roundup Ready sugar beets

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Lawyers for organic seed growers and food safety advocates want a judge to stop farmers from planting sugar beet seed this spring that has been genetically altered to resist an herbicide made by Monsanto.

Restart work in sugar factory

Bijapur: The Bhima Nadhi Neeru Rakshana Samiti president, Panchappa Kalburgi, has asked the State Government to take steps to restart operations at the Shri Bhimashankar Cooperative Sugar Factory in Margur village of Indi taluk to help farmers.

Thai Khon Kaen to open first Cambodian sugar mill next week

Thailand's Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Plc, which plans to open its first Cambodian sugar mill next week, saw its stock in Bangkok fall as sugar prices dropped.

BASF and KWS Collaborate in High-Yielding Sugar Beet

BASF Plant Science (Limburgerhof, Germany) and KWS SAAT (Einbeck, Germany) have announced collaboration in plant biotechnology whose aim is to develop sugar beet varieties with higher sugar and energy yields as well as greater drought tolerance. The...

Turkish court suspends sugar refineries privatization

Privatization tender process on four state-owned sugar refineries in Turkey has been shut down after a high court order for stay of execution, the country's privatization authority said Wednesday.

Crushing ended in Lautoka

The Lautoka sugar mill ended its crushing season for 2009 at 10 am this morning

This year's sugar story: More cane, less sugar

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A state agriculture expert says Louisiana's sugar cane growers had a good crop this year, but wet weather means there was less sugar in the cane.

El Nino May Hurt Sugar Production in the Philippines

El Nino, which reduces rainfall in Asia, may curb sugar production in the Philippines, squeezing supply in Southeast Asias second-largest exporter if it lasts for five months, a government official said. Raw sugar rose.

Sugar 'fastest-growing industry': report

A new business forecasting report shows sugar manufacturing is set to be the top growth industry in Australia this year, generating more than $3 billion in revenue.

Arakaki group to revive sugar production at Alcoeste plant Tuesday January 19 2010

After selling its half of the Ouroeste plant (So Paulo) to Bunge, the Arakaki group, based in sugarcane plantations in the region of Fernandpolis (SP), wants to revive an old project for producing sugar.

Camagey-based Sugarcane Processing Plant Begins to Refine Sugar

The refinery of "Argentina" Sugarcane Processing Plant started its operations in the Cuban province of Camagey, a territory which is expected to produce approximately 65 000 tons this year, with the help of another plant of this type.

All taxes on sugar sale to be abolished

ISLAMABAD (January 20 2010): The government has decided to abolish all taxes on imported sugar and sale of sugar in the local market, aimed at ensuring that its procurement cost does not exceed Rs 51 per kg and sale price does not higher than Rs 55 per kg, sources close to Secretary, Industries told Business Recorder.

Nigeria: Chinese Investors to Establish Granite Quarries, Sugar Cane Plantation in Ekiti

Abuja A group of investors from China's Shan Dong Province has said that the Shan Dong Province would establish granite quarries and sugar cane plantation in Ekiti State as soon as necessary formalities were completed.

Kenya: Ensure Privatisation Plan is Transparent

News that the government has finally released a blue print to guide its divestiture from five sugar mills by June may have been met with excitement.

Impression of cartelisation in sugar industry baseless

LAHORE: Pakistan Sugar Mills Association Punjab Zone Chairman Javed Kayani said the impression of cartelisation in the sugar industry is baseless, as we do not possess the ability to determine our own price for acquisition of raw material and the price of our end product.

Buy sugar maker's hybrid, recommends Unicredit

Unicredit analysts say yesterdays results from Germany triple B borrower Sdzucker were better than expected, based on improvements in companys core sugar market and despite problems in its bioethanol division. Unicredit says the company continues to delever, with debt-to-ebitda set to fall to 3.2 times by the end of the companys financial year.


The Peoples United Party says it stands in solidarity with the cane farmers and empathizes with them as they undergo hardships and inconveniences. The PUP says the Barrow Administration has seriously neglected the Sugar Industry of Belize and as a result has placed the industry, one of the nations largest foreign currency earners and the livelihood of over 8,000 farmers and their 30,000 plus dependents in crisis.

CSR Rejects Bright Food Sugar Offer, Prefers Demerger

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- CSR Ltd. Australias biggest raw sugar miller, will proceed with a spin off of the business from its building material and aluminum units after rejecting a A$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) offer from Chinas Bright Food Group Co.

CSR rejects $1.5bn sugar bid

Bright Food's $1.5bn (NZ$1.88bn) move to buy CSR's sugar and renewable energy unit - including a majority stake in the operation that owns the Chelsea brand and Auckland refinery - has been knocked back by the iconic Australian company.

CCP notice to sugar mills body suspend

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday suspended the operation of a show-cause notice issued to the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) by the Competition Commission of Pakistan on a prima facie case of cartelisation.

Govts waiver of 8% GST on sugar unlikely to help consumers

KARACHI: The recently announced decision of the federal government to waive off 8 percent GST on sugar production in order to bring down its high rates is unlikely to create any significant impact on large number of consumers, this was asserted by majority of traders and wholesalers of the commodity.

Thai millers rush to refine raw sugar into white

SINGAPORE: Thai millers are rushing to refine raw sugar into white and exploit a 30 percent price premium amid strong demand in Asia, dealers said on Thursday. Londons March sugar futures fetched a premium of $118 a tonne over New Yorks March contract, up from $114 in November and $88 in October, which was also driven by worries about tight global supply, they said.

Sugar cane farmers want bigger stake in factories

Sugar cane farmers in western Kenya have accused Agriculture Minister William Ruto of ignoring the law in the intended sale of five factories.

Ensure Privatisation Plan is Transparent

News that the government has finally released a blue print to guide its divestiture from five sugar mills by June may have been met with excitement.

Zetes rolls out RFID for sugar refinery

Zetes has rolled out the pilot phase of a project based on RFID technology at the Azucarera Ebro Guadelete sugar refinery, in Spain, which is part of the British Sugar group.

Wilmar to invest in Indonesian sugar sector

Eleven firms, including a unit of palm oil giant Wilmar International, plan to invest a total of 27.5 trillion rupiah (US$3 bln) in Indonesia's sugar industry, a senior industry ministry official said on Wednesday.

Wilmar says mulls sugar investment in Indonesia

SINGAPORE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The world's largest listed palm oil firm Wilmar International (WLIL.SI) said on Thursday it was in talks with various parties to invest in sugar cane plantations in Indonesia.

Bunge completes acquisition of Moema sugar-ethanol plants

Bunge Limited has finalized the acquisition of five sugar-ethanol units from the Moema Group, which it negotiated since the purchase of Moema Participation (Moema Par), main partner, on December 24, 2009.

Farmers Reap Sweet Harvest in Sugar Mills Sale to Private Investors

Farmers have emerged as the big winners under the government's sale plan for divesting from five sugar mills in a bid to enhance competitiveness in the sector and meet free trade requirements stipulated under regional integration platforms.

State sets privatisation deadline for sugar firms

The Government will sell 51 per cent of its stake in each of the five struggling sugar millers to strategic investors by June this year.

Kenya Says to Sell 51 pct Stake in Sugar Mills

Nairobi, Jan 13 - The government will sell a 51 percent stake in five sugar companies to strategic investors and reserve another 30 percent for farmers, Agriculture Minister William Ruto said on Wednesday.

Sweet Tidings Beckon for Sugar Farmers

Nairobi The long-awaited divestiture by the government from the debt-ridden sugar millers entered a crucial phase on Wednesday with the release of a privatisation report that gives farmers more say in the management of the industry.

Cosan, Bunge, Cargill May Bid for CSR Sugar Unit, RBS Says

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Cosan, Bunge Ltd. and Cargill Inc. may seek to buy CSR Ltd.s sugar unit after Chinas Bright Food Group Co.s A$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) offer underlined global demand for sugar assets, RBS Equities (Australia) Ltd. said.

11 firms to invest $3 bln in Indonesia sugar industry

JAKARTA, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Eleven firms plan to invest a total of 27.5 trillion rupiah ($3 billion) in Indonesia's sugar industry, a senior industry ministry official said on Wednesday.

Jamaica - The sugar industry

Financial analyst Karen Fitz-Ritson is urging Government to place priority on ethanol production as one pillar that could boost the productive sector and earn foreign exchange as traditional sources dry up.

Sugar mills profits up 452pc

ISLAMABAD: Sugar companies posted profits of 452 per cent in the fourth quarter of last fiscal year. Geo News quoting a research report reported that local sugar mills recorded 126 per cent gains during the financial year from October 2008 to September 2009. It is important to note that during the financial year 2008-09, Colony Sugar Mills registered highest profit of 638 per cent while Mirza Sugar Mills recorded 411 per cent gains. Others include Abbas Sugar Mills with 276 per cent; Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills 236 per cent and Mehran Sugar Mills 207 per cent. Over 100 per cent hike in sugar prices is said to be the main reason behind this massive increase. The report further said the governments decision about importing one million ton of sugar would scale up the gains of local sugar mills.

Jagdeo tells Berbicians he remains optimistic about sugar

President Bharrat Jagdeo told residents in Region Six yesterday during his cabinet outreach that he is optimistic about the future of sugar in Guyana despite persons saying otherwise

State Bets on Local Sugar Supply as Imports Dry Up

The government is banking on improved local production to satisfy consumer demand as sugar supplies from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) comes under increased pressure, nearly five months after traders were handed rights to import the commodity from the market.

Florida Sugar-Cane May Have Significant Cold Damage

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The freeze that iced Floridas oranges may have done significant damage to the sugar-cane crop, said producers including United States Sugar Corp., which accounted for 10 percent of the nations 2009 output.

CSR Bond Risk Drops After Bright Food Offers to Buy Sugar Unit

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The cost of protecting debt sold by CSR Ltd. dropped after Bright Food Group Co., Shanghais biggest food company, offered as much as A$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) cash for its sugar division.

Bright Food eyes Australian sugar deal

Bright Food Group Co, the biggest food company in Shanghai, offered as much as A$1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) cash for Australia-based CSR Ltd's sugar unit to gain raw materials after global prices more than doubled in the past year.


The Ministry of Agriculture is sending in technical assistance for sugar cane farmers in the north. During a recent visit with senior staff of the agriculture department in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts, Minister of Agriculture Rene Montero announced that two extension officers are being assigned to directly offer technical field support to cane farmers. It is a new avenue for the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Chief

Bio-fuel body urges safer energy sources

THE Bio-fuels Association of Zambia (BAZ) has said there is need to come up with good alternatives for renewable energy sources which are environmentally safe in Zambia.

Chinese group Bright Food moves on CSR assets

CHINESE food producer Bright Food Group said today it has approached CSR about acquiring its sugar and renewable energy business for up to $1.5 billion, a sign China's investment interests in Australia are diversifying beyond the energy and mining sectors.

Bright Food Offers $1.4 Billion to Buy CSR Sugar Unit

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Bright Food Group Co., the Chinese food producer and distributor, offered cash to buy the sugar and renewable energy unit of CSR Ltd. to add to its dairy and juice interests, driving up the stock of the Sydney-based company.

CSR gets Chinese approach for sugar unit

Update Bright Food Group, a Chinese company, has offered to buy the sugar and renewable energy unit of CSR for cash, sending shares of the Australian firm sharply higher.

Not sweet enough

Bright Food Groups unusual eleventh-hour attempt at a bear hug will annoy CSR directors, but also give them a sense of vindication.

Sugars Advance May Cause Demand Destruction, Al Khaleej Says

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- A global sugar deficit for a second year and the biggest annual gain in prices in more than three decades will lead to forced demand destruction, according to an executive at Al Khaleej Sugar Co., the biggest refiner

Consumers bitter at sugar shortage

KATHMANDU: The deficit in sugar supply coupled with the all pervasive hoarding has caused an artificial shortage of the commodity, while traders make a killing at the local market.

Latch comes unhinged, hauler leaves trail of sugar beets along Huron County highway

BAD AXE Michigan Sugar Company boosted its safety measures after a rig driver left a swath of sugar beets from Verona to Bad Axe, Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said.

Egyptian Railway Entry Signals Wave of New Investment in EA

Nairobi The controversy surrounding the entry into Rift Valley Railways by a group of wealthy Egyptian investors marks the arrival in a big way of the men from the North in East Africa as they smell the opportunities opening up in the EAC Common Market.

Soaring sugar prices could boost costs to satisfy Canadas sweet tooth

MONTREAL Canadians may soon have to dig a little deeper to satisfy their sweet tooth as soaring sugar prices are forcing bakeries to consider raising the cost of their delectable delights.

Millers: Importation not the solution

MANILA, Philippines--The Philippine Sugar Millers Association Inc. (PSMA) said importing sugar would not pull down local retail prices of the sweetener for as long as world prices remain high.

Replenishing sugar supply to meet demand

SIBU: Another bulk shipment of 615 metric tonnes of sugar will be unloaded and transported to four wholesalers here early next week.

RP to import sugar to stave off price hikes

The government would import sugar to be sold to the public and stave off any more increases in the price of the commodity.

Sugar prices soar, Attorney General called upon to find out why

The Ministry of Industry and Trade referred seven sugar traders to the public prosecutor last Tuesday, in response to their alleged manipulation of sugar prices.

Sugar prices to remain firm in coming months

Sugar prices are expected to remain high in the coming months as lower sugarcane acreage and poor rains will keep sweetener's output at 15.3 million tonnes (MT), falling severely short of domestic consumption of about 23 MT in the 2009-10 season, industry officials have said.

Rising cost of sugar affecting Saudi food industry

The rising cost of sugar has adversely affected some in the food industry, but so far no one in the business has raised prices except for Coca-Cola and Pepsi

Walmart Wont Buy Cosan Sugar Amid Slavery Blacklist

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the worlds biggest retailer, suspended a supply contract with Cosan SA Industria & Comercio after the Brazilian sugar maker was added to a government slavery blacklist. Cosan said it won an injunction ordering it be removed from the list.

Perspective: Sudan Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace

As we approach the January 2011 date for the referendum on the south, and as we see Darfur seemingly in an eerily, but uncertain, peaceful period, we need to look at the water situation in Sudan. Water will be a make or break issue for the peace process in Sudan and in deciding whether the Sudan will move forward in peace and prosperity or more poverty and war. It is a country that went through one of the most brutal civil wars in history. Millions were killed and displaced. Sudan is the country of Darfur, The lost boys, and lost generations. One of the driving forces behind the start of the last civil war between the south and the north was the Jonglei Canal. This is an idea that has been around for a very long time. It was to be a canal to bring the water through one of the largest wetlands in the world, The Sudd, more quickly to the north and to Egypt. But those earlier plans did not include much improvement in the lives of the people of the South and along the proposed canal. Dr. John Garang, one of the leaders of the southern rebels wrote his Ph.D. on the Jonglei Canal. The horrors of Darfur can be partly traced back to climate change, rain pattern changes, and water stress. Water is a very big issue in Sudan.

If sugar harvest had a name, it might be mud'

THIBODAUX Record rain in December left many sugar-cane farmers out in the mud, their machines straining through flooded fields as they harvested as much as they could.

New law hits biomass production

Thai sugar mills that produce electricity from waste products may face barriers to selling their surplus power to the national grid unless the government sets a clear policy for regulating the matter, says Thai Sugar Millers Corporation.

Sugar beet pectin edges closer to wider use in foods

A non-chemical and food acceptable process for sugar beet pectin may enhance its emulsifying performance, according to new research from Japan and the UK.

Labuan faces sugar shortage

LABUAN: Labuan, the international offshore financial centre with a population of almost 90,000, has been facing a sugar shortage since last week. Almost all major supermarkets are out of stock for the essential item.

Pakistan Invites Millers to Discuss Sugar Imports

an. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistans government invited the trade group representing sugar mills to a meeting tomorrow to discuss a plan to import the commodity as a shortage pushes retail prices to near-record levels.

Britain's Energy Security Questioned As National Power Grid Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Factories

Vauxhall's car plant at Ellesmere Port on Merseyside and British Sugar's refineries at Bury St. Edmunds and Newark are among nearly 100 factories that have had their gas cut as Britain's energy infrastructure creaks under the strain of the great freeze.

Cornyation: Good Days for Ethanol, Bad for Biodiesel

Uncle Sam has always been much kinder to corn ethanol than its poorer cousins, sugar-based ethanol and biodiesel. But these days, the doted-on child of biofuels seems to be getting all the breaks.

20 Top Jinja Polluters Named

Kampala THE National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has named the top 20 polluting factories in Jinja.

Fire Engulfs Cassava Research Project at CARI

BONG A project designed to promote the cassava industry at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) Compound in Suakoko, Bong County, has been destroyed by fire.

April date for mill upgrade completion

UPGRADE works at three sugar mills are expected to be completed in a few months.

PTPN X seeks Rp 2t to revitalize sugar factory

State plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) X has said it is seeking up to Rp 2 trillion (US$216 million) to revitalize its sugar factory so it can meet national demand.

CAP: End sugar subsidy

GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has urged the government to withdraw the "sinful" subsidy on sugar, describing the recent 20 sen a kg increase in sugar price as small.

Tough task to keep prices under check

The easing of vegetable prices over the past fortnight may not help keep inflation under check as the sudden spurt in sugar prices could be a dampener considering its high weightage in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI).

Sugar suspended

FROME, Westmoreland - THE Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Ltd will as of today suspend the production of sugar for roughly two weeks at the Frome sugar factory here due to unfavourable weather conditions in the sugar cane-growing areas.

FSC to reduce workforce

The Fiji Sugar Corporation will lay off some of its mill workforce once the mill upgrade works at all its sugar mills around the country are completed.

Australia - Surge in sugar prices

The sugar industry looks set to further benefit from surging sugar prices, which are at near 30-year highs as demand continues to outstrip supply. But it's not all upside for cane farmers, who are grappling with a stronger currency and are likely to see input costs increase in 2010. The Australian Financial Review reports tight export availability and continued demand in the first quarter of 2010 are keeping pressure on the sugar price. In 2009, there was a global sugar deficit of about 11 million tonnes. The expectation is that global demand will continue to outstrip supply, and the sugar deficit for 2010 will be between 3 million and 5 million tonnes.

Sweet and sour times for sugar growers

AUSTRALIA'S sugar industry looks set to further benefit from surging sugar prices, which are at near 30-year highs as demand continues to outstrip supply.

Ottawa orders study into environmental, health effects of making renewable fuels

OTTAWA - The Harper government is taking a harder look at an industry that has been a political and policy darling amid soaring fuel prices and fretting about greenhouse gases.

Egypt to import 1 mln tonnes H2 raw sugar

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt will import 1 million tonnes of raw sugar to meet demand in the second half of 2010, the trade ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

New Look for Plantation Reserve Sugar

West Indies Sugar and Trading Company have introduced a new look for their Plantaion Reserve sugar, that will make it more noticeable next to it's rival products. It is square in shape, and has a window so that customers can actually see the sugar inside.

Major sugar factory to be set up in Bahrain

MANAMA: A major factory producing 585,000 tonnes of sugar a year is to be set up in Bahrain, it was revealed yesterday.

$150m sugar factory planned in Bahrain

The Arabian Sugar Company (ASC), promoted by Tanmiyat Aloula Holdings - a Bahrain firm focusing on investments in the industrial sector, will build a BD56.7 million ($150m) sugar plant to produce 585,000 tonnes of sugar a year.

Sugar May Reach 30 Cents in Six Months, Verghese Says

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar futures may rise to more than 30 cents a pound within the next six to 12 months, said Sunny Verghese, chief executive of Olam International Ltd., a food ingredients supplier.

Sugar price hike poses minimal impact: Analysts

KUCHING: The recent hike in sugar prices should not result in any significant impact on large food-and-beverage (F&B) players in the country, although it would potentially hurt smaller producers and retailers who may face higher raw material costs.

Pakistan sugar crisis likely to deepen

The sugar crisis is feared to deepen further in the next few months, as price of the commodity is expected to shoot up to Rs 90 per kg at the end of present crushing season, TheNation learnt reliably on Tuesday.

Brazil Sugar Cane Output Increased on Rains, Datagro Says

Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar cane output in Brazils Center South, the worlds largest sugar-producing region, will be on the high-end of an October estimated range of 565 million metric tons to 590 million tons for 2010-2011, Plinio Nastari, president of research company Datagro said.

Cabinet Decides to Open School in Belama

In other news, Cabinet has tasked the Minister of Agriculture to meet with the members of the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. The associations leadership has been calling out for a meeting to adre4ss the multiple ills currently befalling the industry.

Florida undercut suit against U.S. Sugar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Florida undermined a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sugar Corp. by offering $1.75 billion to buy 180,000 acres from the company, an attorney in the case said.

Wyoming Sugar will conclude processing soon

WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Sugar in Worland is nearly done processing its 2009 crop of sugar beets.

Sinai Sugar plans new beet sugar factory

Egypt's Sinai Sugar is looking to set up a new LE 400 million beet sugar factory in the province of Ismailia, Al-Mal newspaper reported on Monday.

Bunge expands Brazilian sugar presence

Food and agribusiness firm Bunge has said it has entered an agreement to acquire a Brazilian sugar company with an annual crushing capacity of 15.4 million metric tons

White Sugar Advances to Two-Decade High on Brazilian Flooding

White sugar rose to the highest price in at least two decades in London as flooding in Brazil, the worlds biggest grower, increased concern about the crop.

Sugar prices to soar 30%-40% in coming weeks

Consumers who have become accustomed to falling food and beverage prices over the past few months are going to be in for a some sugar shock: the price of sugar is set to rise 30%-40%, and chocolate, soft drinks and cocoa beverages will increase as well.

Bacaoco: Will sugar be sweeter in 2010?

2009 was a very encouraging year for the sugar industry. Domestic sugar prices reached levels which most producers did not even dream of. Take, for instance, the comparative composite prices of sugar in Negros for November and December of CY '08-'09 and CY '09-'10.

Rain brings shine to sugar cane

Recent rain has given a boost to cane growers wanting to cash in on high sugar prices.

Sugar mills get a bitter taste over power tariff

The government, which had bought 300 Mw of power from sugar mills at a special tariff of Rs 6.50 per unit during January to May last year, has rejected the mills demand for the continuation of the same price this year, according to official sources.

Judge approves settlement in US Sugar lawsuit

A federal judge in South Florida has approved a settlement in a lawsuit filed against U.S. Sugar Corp. by its employee shareholders.

Former Crystal chairman marks first year at CoBank

FELTON, Minn. As a Red River Valley sugar beet grower, David Kragnes has spent the past year working to become a leader in the wider world of rural finance.

Rain makes sugar cane harvest slow as molasses

Reed St. Pierre has watched as mud from heavy rains worked his trucks so hard that they broke down. He has seen water flood his LaPlace sugar cane fields and a typical day's work now leaves his boots caked with mud.

Imperial Sugar Co.

The maker of Dixie Crystals brand sugar said it will receive $345 million from insurance to cover damage from a February 2008 explosion at its refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga. Imperial Sugars shares shot up after the company, based in Sugar Land, Texas, said it expects a pretax gain of about $278 million from the settlement. The blast killed 14 people. Production resumed at the plant in 2009

The politics of sugar

What was an open secret in the sugar industry is now coming to pass: the sugarcane crop has shrunk this year, driving up the price of the primary input of refined sugar and leading to a fresh spike in the price of sugar across the country.

Egypt extends exemption on sugar import duties

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has extended the exemption of raw and white sugar imports from duties until June 30, the trade minister said on Sunday, confirming a newspaper report which appeared last week.

Distributor Charged With Misappropriation

A distributor, who claimed to be with Dangote Sugar Company, was yesterday arraigned before an Abuja Upper Area Court for allegedly betraying his partner, and collecting money from the partner's customers without remitting the said money to the owner.

Insurance settlement lifts sugar producer

For Imperial Sugar Co.s stakeholders the day was, well, sweet. Shares of the maker of Dixie Crystals - its based in Sugar Land, Texas - rose the most in seven months. The company said it will receive a total of $345 million from insurance that covered damage from a deadly 2008 explosion at its refinery in Port Wentworth, Ga. Production resumed at the plant earlier this year

Brazils Cosan Rises as Sugar, Ethanol Prices Climb

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Cosan SA Industria & Comercio, the worlds biggest sugar-cane processor, gained to a 15-month high as the price of the sweetener rose in New York and demand for fuel pushed up ethanol prices in Chicago.

Imperial Sugar to Record Gain From Insurance Claim

Dec. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Imperial Sugar Co., the third- largest U.S. sugar processor, said it will have a first-quarter gain after settling a property-insurance claim for the 2008 accident at its Port Wentworth, Georgia, refinery for $345 million.

Imperial Sugar settles insurance claim for $345M

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Imperial Sugar Co. says it has settled a property insurance claim related to a major refinery explosion for $345 million.

Bunge Ltd. to expand sugar, bioenergy business in Brazil

Bunge Ltd. has entered into an agreement to become the 100-percent owner of Usina Moema Participacoes S.A. Moema Par is a holding company that wholly owns one sugarcane mill in Brazil and has ownership interests in five others.

Number of Carbon Projects Set to Increase

All indications are that the number of climate change investment projects in Kenya will multiply in 2010.

Shareholders Welcome Demise of Procana

Maputo Mozambican shareholders in the company Procana have welcomed the government's decision to cancel the investment contract with Procana under which the company would have produced ethanol from a 30,000 hectare sugar plantation in Massingir, in the southern province of Gaza.

Ethanol at Rs 27 a litre cheers sugar mills

Ethanol producers are cheering the governments decision to raise the price of ethanol to Rs 27 a litre, as the decision may fetch long-term profits. Sugar companies, the main producers of ethanol, a by-product, have been selling it at Rs 21.50a litre

Rain leaves bitter harvest for sugar farmers

KRAEMER On Christmas Day the machines and men were out on La. 307, harvesting as much cane as they could snatch from the soggy earth.

Repairs for cane roads

THE Sugar Ministry has assured cane growers that it will repair all damaged cane access roads before the new crushing season

Reports on state of sugar industry disquieting EU Ambassador

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Guyana Geert Heikens says a regular and in-depth analysis of the sugar industry is needed as a necessary step forward, and he has also referred to reports in the local press about the state of the sector as disquieting.

Mozambique:Investors Decided to Pull Out of Procana Months Ago

Maputo The British based company Bioenergy Africa decided to pull the plug on its massive biofuel investment in southern Mozambique in early October, but apparently did not bother to inform the Mozambican government.

Kenya:We Can Produce More From Less, Says Nzoia Sugar

Nairobi Nzoia Sugar Company is now operating efficiently and producing more, the miller's chairman has said.

Sugar Processing an Added Advantage

The issue of job creation has become a heavy burden on the government and on those with the potential to undertake capital investment in an economy such as ours that is struggling to rebuild after more than a decade of civil strife.

Rainy Conditions Hurt Sugar Crop Returns

Sugar farmers are having a down season in Vermilion Parish.

Sugar cane farmers throw mud on the streets

ABBEVILLE (AP) With nearly 16 inches of rain over the past two months, farmers say their sugar yields are down. And some area residents have been griping about roads left muddy and slick by harvesting equipment.

Author describes Christmas on sugar plantations

Christmas as celebrated in the sugar lands of south Louisiana in the late 1800s was described in detail by Grace Elizabeth King, a novelist, short story writer and historian who was born in New Orleans before the Civil War.

Massingir Ethanol Contract Cancelled

Maputo The Mozambican government on Tuesday announced that it has cancelled the contract signed in 2007 with the company Procana to produce ethanol from a proposed 30,000 hectare sugar plantation at Massingir, in the southern province of Gaza.

Shipload of sugar keeps refinery going at top speed

Chelsea Sugar Refinery is welcoming huge shiploads of raw materials to its Birkenhead wharf at a time when a resurgence in home baking has boosted demand for its products.

Al Khaleej to boost sugar exports to India in 2010

(MEANFN) Dubai-based Al Khaleej Sugar Co said that it plans to boost its activities in India and raise its exports to the country where it cites significant rising demand for white sugar, Reuters reported. Al Khaleej's Chairman, Jamal Al Ghurair, said that India consumes around 23-24 million tons of sugar a year, or about 2 million tons a month on average, and the company believes that higher demand next year would keep prices in a $650-700 per ton range.

Investors to Set Up More Sugar Firms

Nairobi Private investors are set to build two new sugar factories in Nyanza and Rift Valley provinces, Sugar Board of Kenya chairman has said.

Controversial Energy Project in Full Swing

THE smell is overpowering. It knocks you back almost half a km before reaching its source, a clearing in the bush seething with prehistoric life. It is a combination of decay, faecal matter and ammonia.

Poll vs poll: Floridians love-hate Crists Everglades land deal with U.S. Sugar

Floridians are apparently bipolar, judging from the last two polls concerning Gov. Charlie Crists proposed Everglades restoration land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp.

Strong sugar season forecast

Industry group Canegrowers anticipates 2010 will be one of the best seasons on record for Australia's sugar industry

DOLE to release P1.7M for sugar workers training

More than P1.7 million worth of checks will be turned over on Friday by Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary, Lourdes Trasmonte, to sugar farm workers in the Universal Robina Corp. mill district.

Worker Hurt in Sugar Mill Accident

A horrific accident at a sugar mill in Saint Mary Parish has left one employee hurt in the hospital.

Molasses imports on the cards

SUGAR companies and major molasses suppliers have agreed to release their contracted molasses supplies to the State's drought-hit cattle producers battling to keep stock alive, but only if an imported replacement shipment can be organised.

Hurry to order your pressed sugar beet pulp

Farmers should place orders for pressed sugar beet pulp as soon as possible to guarantee supplies, says Trident's Alistair Jackson.

Australias Sugar Output Valued at Record in 2009, Group Says

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar production in Australia in 2009 was estimated to be valued at a record A$2.2 billion, industry group Canegrowers said today in an e-mailed statement.

Australian Sugar Exports May Be Less Than Expected (Update2)

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar exports from Australia, the worlds third-largest shipper, may be less than expected next year as dry weather restricts output, Queensland Sugar Ltd. said.

Complete grains industry organisation needed

Mr Winney plays a key role in the Australian sugar industry, as chairman of Queensland Sugar Ltd, which exports 95 per cent of Australia's raw sugar.

Govt still subsidising sugar cost

BERA: The government will not completely withdraw the sugar subsidy to avoid burdening the people, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said yesterday.

Buy stakes in sugar firms, cane growers told

Sugarcane farmers in Nyanza and Western provinces should start saving to buy shares in local sugar factories set to be privatised next year, Agriculture assistant minister, Gideon Ndambuki, has urged.

Savola 'not to bid' Turkish sugar plants

The Middle East's largest sugar refinery, Savola Group has said that it will not bid for six sugar mills being sold by the Turkish government as previously planned, Reuters has reported. The company said lack of time to study the offered assets is the reason behind its decision. "Savola Group will continue to study other investment opportunities offered by the Turkish government in this area in the future," Savola said in a statement.

Savola drops plan to buy Turkey sugar mills

RIYADH: Saudi-based Savola Group, the Middle East's largest sugar refinery, yesterday said it would not bid for six sugar mills being sold by the Turkish government as previously planned.

Current stakeholders in the sugar industry should look at the earlier model for the cane-farming industry

I was pleased to read John Traceys most instructive response in SN December 17, 2009 to Kenrick Huntes of December 14, on the matter of the viability of agricultural development banks.

Divestment chief says sugar can be profitable

Head of the Sugar Divestment Process Aubyn Hill, is insisting that sugar production can once again be a viable endeavour for the country once the conditions are right.

Sugar companies lose millions to scrap metal thieves

MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Agriculture Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the state-run Sugar Company of Jamaica Holdings Ltd has lost $24 million over the last five months at its three sugar cane estates, due to the theft of scrap metals.

Australian sugar exports may be lower than expected

Sugar exports from Australia, the world's third-largest shipper, may be less than expected next year as dry weather restricts output, Queensland Sugar Ltd. said.

Ukraine aims to boost sugar beet production

Ukraine is to attempt to reverse a long-running fall in sugar beet production which has turned the country into a sugar importer at a time of soaring prices.

G4s Security Guards Rob Trainload of Sugar

Maputo Security guards who should have defended a trainload of sugar are among those detained by the Mozambican police for stealing it, according to a report in the latest issue of the weekly paper "Magazine Independente" (MI).

Mumias Looking to Buy Sugar Factories in Country, Tanzania

Nairobi Mumias Sugar Company plans to go regional and has already identified factories to acquire in Uganda and Tanzania.

Sugar extends record-breaking run

Sugar prices enjoyed a record-breaking run this week as wet weather affected output in Brazil, the worlds largest producer.

Sugar refinery worker injured in fall

An employee at the Western Sugar Cooperative refinery was injured in a fall Thursday morning, authorities said.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Eyes Stake in Regional Millers

Nairobi Mumias Sugar Company is considering acquiring stakes in other sugar firms within and outside the country.

Mumias Sugar profit increases by 33 per cent

Mumias Sugar Company Ltd registered an impressive Sh1.6 billion net profit for the 2009 financial year. This represents an increase of 33 per cent over the previous year's profit, up from Sh 1.2 billion.

Collaborating on Sustainable Solutions

NAIROBI, Dec 5 (IPS) - Mauritian experts are helping set up cogeneration systems to feed the hunger for electricity in Tanzania, Zambia and elsewhere. An example of how appropriate technology can be applied to problems common to countries in the global South.

Sugar cane harvest drop 2008-09: Report

The amount of sugar cane crushed and sugar produced continued to decline in 2008-09 due to years of poor prices, high input costs and lucrative offers for land for other uses, a report has found.

Cuba opens first sugar mill of season

HAVANA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The first of 44 Cuban sugar mills scheduled to grind during the 2009-2010 harvest opened on Thursday, official media reported, with final output by May forecast at 1.3 million to 1.4 million tonnes of raw sugar

Amyris to buy 40 pct stake in Brazil sugar mill

SAO PAULO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Sao Martinho (SMTO3.SA), one of Brazil's main sugar and ethanol companies, will sell a 40 percent stake in its Boa Vista mill for 140 million reais ($81.9 million) to U.S-based Amyris, it said on Thursday.

BNDES, Cosan agree to US$219mn financing deal for railway logistics

Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) has approved a 373mn-real (US$219mn) financing agreement with national development bank BNDES

Amyris Pledges $82M to Go Commercial in Brazil

Amyris wants to bring its sugar-eating, diesel-excreting designer microbes to commercial scale in a Brazilian sugarcane-fed ethanol plant.

Lorry spills sugar beet load on A12

MARTLESHAM: Traffic chaos was caused this morning after a truck spilled its load.Emergency services attended the scene at 6.25 just near the roundabout of the A12 at Brightwell to find a lorry had spilled its load of sugar beet across the carriageway. It's not known how the load had come off the truck which had left the scene

Uganda: Sugar in the Gas Tank

Kampala There have been two major developments following the accident and untimely death of Budiope MP Henry Balikoowa on November 30th. The Ministry of Works went ahead and sealed the potholes in Mabira Forest where the accident occurred and the Kamuli District Council demanded that the Mehta Group (the owners of the Sugar Cooperation of Uganda whose truck fatally collided with Balikoowa's Land Cruiser) compensate the family of Henry Balikoowa.

Uganda: Budiope MP's Death Turns Heat On Mehta

Kamuli District Council yesterday demanded that Mehta Group that owns the Lugazi-based Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited should compensate the family of the late Henry Balikoowa, the former Budiope County legislator.

Sugar workers fight privatization with newspaper ads

eker-, the union representing workers in the sugar production business, placed full-page ads in the Wednesday editions of a number of national newspapers to present their case in their rejection of the privatization of the states sugar refineries.

Struggle to choose varieties to keep sugar cane smut out of NSW

Cane growers in northern NSW say it's a juggling act to plant the right variety to safeguard the industry from 'smut' disease.

Brazil earns record amount from November sugar exports

In November, total sales from Brazilian exports reached US$ 1.022 billion, a hike of 18.93% over the US$ 859.3 million for October and of 76.14% in relation to the US$ 580.2 million registered in the same period in 2008. The data comes from the Foreign Trade Agency (Secex).

Northern Wyo. sugar beet dig off again

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Western Sugar Cooperative officials have again halted growers from digging beets in the Lovell district of northern Wyoming.

Sweden set for highest sugar beet yield ever

SWEDEN expects this year's sugar beet harvest to have the highest tonnes-per- hectare yield of any on record as a result of good weather, earlier sowing dates than normal, and good underlying crops.

Storms cut supplies to sugar mills

VietNamNet Bridge Sugar factories along the south-central coast are facing hard times after half of the sugarcane fields in the central region were destroyed by Ketsana and Mirinae typhoons in November.

British Sugar manifiesta su apuesta por el desarrollo del negocio azucarero espaol

El presidente de Azucarera Ebro y consejero delegado de British Sugar, Mark Carr, manifest hoy su inters por continuar apostando por el sector con vistas al desarrollo del negocio azucarero y de la industria remolachera.

Government planning to end sugar subsidy to promote healthy living

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government may remove its subsidy on sugar as a way to get Malaysians to become more healthy.

Sugar exports to surge $65m

FIJI'S sugar exports are expected to decrease by $65.5million this year in comparison to last year.

Norfolk sugar transport study to be completed early next year

An initial feasibility study into whether imported sugar cane can be transported between Great Yarmouth and the British Sugar factory at Cantley by train or by boat should be completed by February.

Kenya: Erratic Supply Hits Green Power Uptake

Erratic electricity supply in western Kenya is to blame for the limited uptake of green, cheaper power from bagasse-generated power by Mumias Sugar miller, a power utility firm has said.

East Africa: Comesa Piles Pressure for Speedy Sale of Sugar Firms

Kenya's trading partners in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa trading bloc are pushing for quick privatisation of State-owned sugar firms ahead of the full liberalisation of the domestic sugar market in 2012.

Southern Africa: Sweet Taste of Success Down South

Nairobi The sugar industry in Southern Africa is a success story.

Mozambique may miss sugar output target for 2009

Mozambique might not achieve its targeted sugar output of 419,208 tonnes for 2009 despite recording a significant increase in production for the third quarter to end-September, a government agency said on Friday.

Sugar output surges in Minas Gerais state

Production of sugar in the state of Minas Gerais increased by 19.2% in the first half of November in relation to the same period in the previous harvest, totalling 2.48 million tonnes.

Odebrecht to produce sugar and ethanol in Angola

Brazilian group Odebrecht will start to produce sugar and ethanol in Angola, with a 40% share of the US$ 200 million estimated to be invested in the Biocom (Angola Bioenergy Company) project.

Colo. Sugar Beet Farmers Celebrating Sweet Harvest

WELLINGTON, Colo. (AP) Sugar beet farmers in northern Colorado say they're celebrating the sweetest harvest in memory.

Controlling weeds with sugar

A researcher from Charles Sturt University is taking a novel approach to weed control.

Sugar mills soften their stand over SAP

Both the sugar mills and the politicians, on Sunday appeared to be buckling under pressure mounted by the agitating cane farmers demanding high prices for their produce. While a sugar mill in Moradabad offered Rs 205 per quintal to farmers, which was Rs 10 extra than what others have offered, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Mahendra Singh Tikait threatened to sell his produce in Uttarakhand if sugar mills in UP did not give better return for the produce.

Nicaragua Sugar - Ingenio San Antonio abren nuevas fuentes de trabajo

El Ingenio San Antonio, una de las fuentes de trabajo ms importantes del occidente de Nicaragua, ha decidido ampliar su contribucin a la economa de Chichigalpa, generando ms fuentes de empleo para la poblacin mediante el impulso de una pequea cooperativa de costura que ser manejada por esposas, hijas y hermanas de colaboradores del Ingenio, as como por personal recomendado por la Alcalda de esa localidad.

Sugar risks price fall despite bullish view

LONDON (Reuters) - Sugar futures, which doubled in price this year, could fall early in 2010 when the market wakes up to a big cane overhang from Brazil's current harvest, despite a popular view that prices should remain buoyant.

Namibia: CSI Gives Diamonds to Loyal Customers

CONSOLIDATED Sugar Industries (CSI) last week awarded five one-carat diamonds collectively valued at N$300 000 to five of its most valued customers for their loyalty and support.

Comesa demands more reforms in sugar sector

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has called on Kenya to abolish sugar import licences.

A stirring tale of the miserable sugar slavery that helped sweeten ordinary lives

FERGUS MULLIGAN reviews Sugar: a Bittersweet History By Elizabeth Abbott Duckworth Overlook 463pp, 20

Brazil Sugar Sector Likely to Consolidate - Rabobank

London, Nov 25 - Capital costs in Brazil's sugar industry are higher because of the credit crunch, signalling stronger prospects for the well-financed players as well as auguring for further consolidation, analysts said on Wednesday.

Further consolidation likely in Brazilian sugar-ethanol sector

Capital costs in Brazil's sugar industry are higher because of the credit crunch, signalling stronger prospects for the well-financed players as well as auguring for further consolidation, analysts said on Wednesday.

Indonesian sugar output seen rising next year

Indonesia's sugar output is seen rising 8.6% to 2.9 mln tonnes in 2010, from 2.67 mln tonnes in 2009, as a larger area will be planted with sugar cane, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.

Govt aims to fill supply gap in sugar

MANILA - The Department of Agriculture (DA) assured Thursday that it has a program in place to address the country's sugar supply problems.

Magyar Cukor processes 50% more sugar beet at refinery

Magyar Cukor expects to process 730,000 tons of sugar beet at its refinery in Kaposvr this season, one and a half times more than last season, CEO Bla Fischer said at a press conference in Budapest on Thursday.

Poor sugar season for NSW

The NSW sugar industry has produced the smallest crop since the nineteen nineties.

ABF completes sale of it Polish sugar business

ASSOCIATED British Foods has completed the sale of its Polish sugar business, British Sugar (Overseas) Polska.

Associated British Foods Completes Sale of Polish Sugar Operations

Associated British Foods plc, the international food, ingredients and retail group, has today announced that it has completed the sale of its Polish sugar business, British Sugar (Overseas) Polska SP. z.o.o. to Pfeifer & Langen Polska S.A. following clearance from the Polish National Competition Authority.

Hiriyur sugar factorys closure brings a flood of woes to people

Chitradurga: Corruption, administrative failure and lackadaisical attitude of elected representatives have been cited as the main reasons for the state of the nearly four-decade-old Vani Vilas Cooperative Sugar Factory at Hiriyur. It was once the lifeline for the people of Hiriyur, Challakere and Hosadurga taluks of the district.

Guarani Sugar reveals loan agreement with Nataxis

Guarani Sugar has released data on a pre-financing export loan in the value of US$ 20 million with French investment bank Natixis. According to news agency Agncia Estado, the resources should arrive in the coming days.

The Informed Drinker: In the Beginning, There Was Rum

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Ventilation systems keep sugar beets sweet

Sugar beets are losing sugar due to the warm temperatures this month, but it is not a big problem.

An Inside View of the Brazilian Ethanol Industry

Oi from Brasil! I have spent the last three days learning about the ethanol industry in Brazil. I have been traveling with a group of 20 international journalists in the State of Sao Paulo, where 60 percent of the countrys sugarcane is grown and consequently where the majority of the ethanol is produced.

Negative perception of country abroad

LAHORE: Pakistans economy is paying a heavy price for the negative perception of the country abroad, losing many opportunities to make a mark in global markets and is currently dependent on old established contacts which too demand heavy discounts.

India seen as major white sugar importer

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - India is set to emerge as a major white sugar importer in calendar 2010, and is expected to buy some 3 million tonnes, Jonathan Kingsman, head of the Lausanne-based Kingsman SA consultancy, said on Tuesday

India could import 3 mln t white sugar '10-Kingsman

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) - India is expected to import around 3 million tonnes of white sugar in calendar 2010, Jonathan Kingsman, head of the Lausanne-based Kingsman SA consultancy, said on Tuesday.

British Sugar tight-lipped on record beet yields

Some sugar-beet growers have produced adjusted yields in excess of 100t/ha for individual fields, but British Sugar is remaining tight-lipped about whether the crop is on course for record yields.

DJ Maryborough Sugar Factory Could Sweeten Offer For Tully - Report

Maryborough Sugar Factory Ltd. (MSF.AU) will probably sweeten its offer for unlisted Australian miller Tully Sugar Ltd. with cash following a share placement this month, The Australian Financial Review reported on its Web site Wednesday, citing unnamed industry sources.

DJ UPDATE: ISO Sees Small World Sugar Surplus In 2010-11

LONDON (Dow Jones)--World sugar production should exceed consumption in 2010-11 as high sugar prices encourage plantings, Sergey Gudoshnikov, economist at the International Sugar Organization, said Tuesday.

Sugar farmers find life sweet

CUU LONG DELTA Sugar cane farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are counting their profits as prices have soared to a record high after the area under the crop shrank dramatically this year.

Tanzania, SA Firm in U.S.$20 Million Mining Gear Venture

Nairobi South Africa-based Elgin Engineering and the state-owned Tanzania State Mining Corporation (Stamico) are jointly constructing a $20 million mining equipment manufacturing facility.

Economic Challenges Hamper Starafrica's Performance

Harare CHALLENGING economic conditions have continued to exert pressure on Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Starafrica Corporation's margins and volumes, leading to a net loss of US$1,1 million, in the six months ended 30 September 2009.

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Farmers stage dharna in front of sugar factory

SANGAREDDY: Scores of farmers staged a dharna in front of Ganapati Sugars near Sangareddy on Monday demanding that they be paid Rs. 2,300 per tonne for the sugar supplied in addition to harvesting and transport charges. The agitation was organised by Bharatiya Kisan Sangh. Legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy also participated in the programme and held discussions with factory manager Nagaraju. No farmer supplied sugarcane to the factory, claimed BKS leader Ch. Dayanand Reddy. He also said that they were ready to supply sugarcane to factories in other States if the management failed to meet their demand.

Sugar Cane Waste to Replace Coal in Coal-Fired Power Plants?

Here's a promising project: Brazilian and Italian entrepreneurs are investing $114 million in a plan to convert bagasse, a waste product from sugar cane, into pellets that can be burned as fuel at your average, run-of-the-mill coal plant. By next year, utilities around the world will likely be getting thousands of megawatts of power from sugar cane waste.

Sugar Cane Waste as Pellet Fuel

A trio of Italian and British entrepreneurs are advancing a $114 million plan to turn the waste from Brazilian sugar cane production into pellets that can be burned in coal-fired and thermal plants.

Indonesia's Bulog may resume sugar distribution monopoly

Indonesia's state procurement agency Bulog may start to distribute sugar again, regaining its previous monopoly on sugar imports, a minister said on Monday, a move aimed at preventing big swings in domestic sugar prices.

Egypt might extend exemption on sugar import duties

EGYPT is considering extending an exemption on import duties for raw and refined sugar beyond the end of December, Egypt's al Shorouk newspaper reported on Monday.

Sugar prices set to remain firm, says Queensland Sugar

Prices for sugar, the second-best performing commodity in the past year, will remain firm as global production lags behind demand, said Queensland Sugar Ltd., Australia's biggest exporter

DJ Bunge In Billion-Dollar Deal To Buy Brazil Sugarcane Co -Estado

SAO PAULO, Nov 23, 2009 (Dow Jones Commodities News via Comtex) -- BG | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating -- Bunge Limited (BG) has signed an agreement to buy Brazilian privately held sugarcane company Moema, the local Estado newswire reported after market hours on Monday.

Agriculture: Sugar output forecast drops

South Africa lowered its forecast for this season's sugarcane output based on information from farmers, the SA Sugar Association said on Friday. Saleable sugar production is now forecast at 2.26 million tons, down from 2.28 million tons in the last forecast. Total sugarcane output of 19.2 million tons is expected. - Reuters

Tanzania to import 50,000 tonnes of sugar

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA - Tanzania needs to import 50,000 tonnes of non-industrial sugar to fill a national deficit during the first half of 2010.

Kenya: Court Grants Re-Verification to Sugar Firm

Nairobi The process of re-verifying 25 containers of sugar which has been detained at the port of Mombasa for the last two years has begun.

South Africa: Illovo Grows Revenue But Earnings Flat

Johannesburg ILLOVO Sugar capitalised on a soaring world sugar price to post a 13% year-on-year rise in revenue to R4,25bn for the six months to September. Operating profit was up 35% to R1,24bn, helped by a major expansion of Illovo's Zambian operations as well as increased production and strong sales in Tanzania.

Mozambique: Biofuels Targeted by Oil Companies

Maputo The claim that biofuels are a threat to food security comes from multinational oil companies, who fear that biofuels are a threat to their business, alleged Jose Bellini, coordinator for agrobusiness of the Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock Research company, EMBRAPA, in Maputo on Thursday.

Last sugar harvest set for Kauai

Gay & Robinson will process its last sugar crops in October, ending 117 years in the sugar business on Kauai.

Imperial Sugar teams up with Cargill for new refinery

Imperial Sugar Co., a Breaux Bridge-based growers cooperative, and Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc. have secured financing for a previously announced $120 million sugar refinery that will lead to 145 jobs in Gramercy.

Imperial Sugar, 2 others to build cane sugar plant

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) -- Imperial Sugar Co. said Friday it has entered a three-way joint venture to build a cane sugar refinery next to its existing factory in Gramercy, La.

Squads formed to check faulty weighbridges in sugar factories

Belgaum: With a view to check malpractices, if any, in sugar factories, the Controller of Legal Metrology (Weights and Measures) Standards, R. Ramappa, has ordered assistant controllers and inspectors in the department to inspect weighbridges in all factories in Belgaum division till the end of January 2010.

We are also open to more acquisitions in the region

Renuka recently acquired Brazilian grower and producer Vale Do Ivai SA. For how long had it been exploring overseas acquisitions?

Plan to import raw sugar scrapped

ISLAMABAD (November 23 2009): The government has scrapped its plan to import raw sugar approved by the federal cabinet on November 4, 2009, after detailed deliberations with the Finance Minister, Shaukat Tarin, reliable sources in Industries Ministry revealed to Business Recorder.

Molasses supply slows to a trickle

An early finish to the crush in Queensland means there is less product from sugar mills and, as a result, a huge shortage of molasses.

New body to replace Fijis Sugar Cane Gowers Council by year end

Fijis Ministry of Sugar says a new body, to replace the abolished Sugar Cane Growers Council, will be formed before year end with fewer members.

Joint venture formed for sugar factories

A Glsan Holding and Torunlar Group joint venture, located in the Gaziantep Industrial Zone, applied to bid for the sale of sugar factories in Kastamonu, Krehir, Turhal, Yozgat, orum and aramba.

Mozambique: Country and Brazil Seek Partnerships in Biofuels

Maputo Mozambican Brazilian, and Southern African business people are meeting for two days in Maputo to look into investment opportunities for producing biofuels, particularly ethanol, from sugar cane in Mozambique.

Nigeria: Sacked Sugar COY Workers Demand Benefits From BPE

Abuja Retrenched Workers Association of Savannah Sugar Company (RWASSC) Limited, Numan in Adamawa State has asked the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) to pay the terminal benefits of its members, who were retrenched by the company since 20th March, 2003.

Sugar to Remain Firm, Australias Top Exporter Says

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Prices for sugar, the second-best performing commodity in the past year, will remain firm as global production lags behind demand, said Queensland Sugar Ltd., Australias biggest exporter.

Gulf capital head-to-head with co-ops in sugar refineries bid

Yesterday was the last day to submit bids on state-owned Turkish Sugar Refineries Corporation (TRKEKER) facilities in Kastamonu, Krehir, Turhal, Yozgat, orum and aramba, in a privatization auction that attracted interest from both Gulf interests and local cooperatives.

Imperial Sugar set for La. joint venture

Imperial Sugar Co. on Thursday said it had formed a joint venture to construct and operate a new cane sugar refinery in Gramercy, La.

Construction on Louisiana Sugar Refinery Set to Begin

Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU) of Sugar Land, TX, Sugar Growers and Refiners Inc. (SUGAR) of Breaux Bridge, LA., and Minneapolis-based Cargill announced the completion of a joint venture agreement that will lead to the construction of a new sugar refinery in Gramercy, LA.

Imperial Sugar Company Closes Three-Way Joint Venture to Build New Cane Sugar Refinery in Louisiana

SUGAR LAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU - News) announced the formation and funding of a three-way joint venture with Sugar Growers and Refiners, Inc (SUGAR) and Cargill, Incorporated (Cargill) to construct and operate a new state-of-the-art cane sugar refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana adjacent to Imperials existing sugar refinery.

Financing Completed, Construction on Louisiana Sugar Refinery Set to Begin; Brings 500 Construction Jobs and 145 Permanent Jobs to New Orleans-Baton Rouge

GRAMERCY, La., Nov 19, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) ----Imperial Sugar Company ("Imperial"; NASDAQ: IPSU), the Sugar Growers & Refiners ("SUGAR") of Breaux Ridge, La., and Minneapolis-based Cargill today announced the successful closing of a $100 million tax-exempt bond offering to finance the new construction of the largest sugar refinery in the United States, creating about 500 construction jobs and 145 permanent jobs in the New Orleans-Baton Rouge area.

South Africa's Illovo Sugar expects stronger perfomance

Sugar producer Illovo Sugar expects the group's sugar production for the current season to amount to about 1.7 mln tonnes, 200,000 tonnes higher than the year before, if normal growth and operations continued for the remainder of the season.

Illovo Sugar First-Half Net Rises to 647 Million Rand

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Illovo Sugar Ltd. said fiscal first- half net income climed to 647 million rand from 508 million rand a year earlier.

Maryland will use sugar beet molasses to fight storms

Maryland roads will be sprinkled with sugar beet molasses this winter as part of a pilot program to pre-treat highways for ice and snow.

Sugarcane CRC research delivers outstanding results

The Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology (CRC SIIB) based at UQ St Lucia has announced another year of strong progress in providing new and diverse opportunities for the Australian sugarcane industry.

Mackay losing redneck reputation

As the community has become more open minded and accommodating, its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) population has grown

Consumer group wants sugar subsidy to go

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 The Malaysian Consumers Association (Maconas) has urged the government to scrap the subsidy on sugar which costs about RM720 million annually.

Brazil airline company to test sugar-based aviation fuel

Brazil's Azul Airlines will conduct a demo flight by 2012 to test a sugar-based aviation fuel manufactured by a US firm, the company has announced.

Sugar beet is sweet investment

A RAPID uptake of sugar beet contracts and a buoyant market for leased tonnage among growers has proved beet to be a sweet investment for 2010/11.

Uganda: Cane Farmers Cry Foul Over Raw Deal From Sugar Factories

Kampala From a distance, the sugar fields in Budongo, Masindi district, look as beautiful, but a close encounter tells a different story.

Chep provides the best platform for the sugar industry

Azucareras Reunidas de Jan (ARJ), a leading sugar producer in Spain has resoundingly endorsed the use of CHEP pooled pallets as the optimum logistics solution for the sugar production and packing industry throughout Europe.

Philippines sugar producer Roxas to open ethanol plant next year

Philippines sugar producer Roxas & Co., Inc. will open its ethanol distillery in Negros Occidental by February next year, significantly boosting the country's ethanol production.

SRA says high sugar prices temporary

THE PHILIPPINES IS HOPING THE United States will import more raw sugar, citing indications of rising demand through high prices that are seen to persist for two years.

State sugar refineries GM sees benefit in privatization

Speaking to the Anatolia news agency on Wednesday, Aksu said privatization will benefit the public to a great extent, with less expensive sugar and more stable prices

Sugar prices poised for explosive move: analysis

Sugar traders should watch out for an "explosive" price change in the next two weeks, according to a technical analysis by LaSalle Futures Group in Chicago.

Sugar Falls as Equities Slump, Dollar Gains; Orange Juice Drops

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar futures fell for the first time in five sessions as equities retreated in Europe and Asia and the dollar rose. Orange-juice declined to a two-week low.

A $1.9 million federal contract will help Nicholls develop sugar cane as fuel

THIBODAUX -- The federal government has awarded Nicholls State University a $1.9 million federal contract to research clean energy over the next three years.

Farmers: sugar harvest looks promising

THIBODAUX For a couple of weeks, sugar-cane farmers were concerned that persistent rain would slow the harvest and leave their equipment stuck in the mud.

Imperial Sugar back in business

PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) - It's been more than 20 months since the explosion at Imperial Sugar and Friday, the Port Wentworth plant celebrated the completion of its final milestone.

Wyoming sugar beet crop damage worse than first thought

Many sugar beet fields in northern Wyoming sustained more severe damage from an early frost than first thought.

Despite weather challenges, area sugar beet growers complete harvest

Although area sugar beet growers faced their own challenges with the weather this harvest, the region apparently fared better that in the Billings area.

French sweet tooth holds sugar opportunities

Opportunities for low-sugar formulations could potentially reside in France with a new study showing eight out of ten French people consume a reduced sugar product at least once a week.

Germany's seventh factory beet test shows sugar content up on year

THE seventh test on sugar beet delivered to refineries in Germany this season showed beet sugar content of 18.30% against 17.94% in the same test last year, the association of German sugar producers WVZ said on Tuesday.

Sugar factories against foreign investors

The government announced it will auction off and privatize six sugar production factories owned by Trkiye eker Fabrikalar, or

Nigeria: Dangote Pumps N25 Billion Into Sugar COY

Abuja Dangote Group of Companies says it has invested additional N25 billion into the Savannah Sugar Company in Numan, Adamawa State.

Nigeria: BUA Group, Voda Paints Bag Mancap Awards

Lagos BUA Sugar Refinery, a subsidiary of BUA Group of Companies over the weekend bagged the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) award of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) for quality products.

Kenya: Report Reveals Rot in Sugar Sub-Sector

Nairobi Bribery and manipulation of weighing scales at weighbridges have been cited as major issues affecting the sugar industry.

ECC raises sugar supply to Utility Stores Corp.

At a meeting presided over by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on Tuesday, the ECC decided to augment supply to the Utility Stores Corporation from imported sugar and stocks held by the Trading Corporation in view of its shortage across the country.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 E-Mail this article to a friend Printer Friendly Version Share this story! digg Reddit Furl Fark TailRank Ma.gnolia NewsVine Simpy Spurl Another sugar crisis looming : Farmers refuse to sell sugarcane on credit or CPR

LAHORE: Another sugar crisis is looming around the corner for the next season, as the farmers are not ready to sell sugarcane to the mills on credit and are demanding cash payments, the stakeholders of the industry told Daily Times on Tuesday.

Mitr Phol Sugar investing big in bioplastics

Mitr Phol Sugar Corp will next year invest billions of baht in heat-resistant bioplastics, as part of the its strategy to maximise the value of its core business - sugar.

Sugar cane harvest almost over

CSR Plane Creek, a sugar mill just south of Mackay in North Queensland, is the last mill in Australia still crushing sugar.

FSC Board meeting begins

After a dismal financial performance in the last two years, the Fiji Sugar Corporation, the incoming board chairman will have a lot on his plate.

Cane Sugar Cola Diet Theory is Investigated

Coca-Cola is coming up with new products based on old recipes. Pepsi Throwback and some Coca-Colas bottled in Mexico are made with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Some say they can taste the difference. And some of these soda drinkers even say that they have lost weight switching to the cane sugar formula. So why isn't soda made with cane sugar like it was a long time ago? U of U nutritionist, Wayne Askew gives a simple answer: "High fructose corn syrup is cheaper to use as a sweetener than sugar." Askew says corn syrup's reaction to the taste buds, rather than the calorie content, is why some people have found they lose weight.

Politicians-cum-millowners spared

LAHORE - The Punjab government bowed down before heavy weight political figures running sugar business in the province while the provincial machinery took to task the owners of sugar mills, operated by non-politicians during the recent crackdown to ensure sugar sale at Rs 40 per-kg in the open market, it has been reliably learnt.

Producer uses constructed wetlands to help treat farm run-off

Canegrowers are replicating the urban stormwater management book by using the latest computer models to design on-farm wetlands.

Council hopes for energy plan jobs boost

The Hinchinbrook Shire Council in north Queensland has welcomed the purchase of land in Ingham, north of Townsville, for a proposed energy plant.

Editorial: Sugar cartel

The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has implicitly conceded a number of charges levelled against it by the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP). The CCP had issued a show-cause notice to the PSMA for a prima facie case of cartelisation after the completion of an enquiry report. The CCP would issue a show-cause notice to other sugar mills after the initial hearing of the PSMA case

Mahama cuts sod for a 10-million-dollar Sheabutter Plant

Buipe (NR), Nov 15, GNA - Vice President John Dramani Mahama, at the weekend, broke the ground for the construction of a 10 million-dollar sheanut processing plant in Buipe with a call on Northerners to put a complete stop to chieftaincy conflicts to pave way for total development.

Australia to trial genetically modified sugar cane

A research body on Friday backed plans to trial genetically modified sugar cane in Australia.

Australia signs deal to help develop GM sugar cane

SUGAR cane is poised to become Australia's next approved genetically modified crop after the sugar industry's key research body signed a multimillion-dollar alliance agreement with international biotech conglomerate DuPont, according to The Australian Financial Review.

Tully Sugar says no to takeover bid

Tully Sugar's board has rejected a $90 million takeover bid from rival milling company Maryborough Sugar Factory.

Tully Sugar rejects Maryborough takeover off

The directors of unlisted public company Tully Sugar have unanimously recommended that shareholders reject a takeover offer from Maryborough Sugar Factory.

Mauritian sugar producers focus on land in merger

PORT LOUIS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Two leading Mauritian sugar producers listed on the Indian Ocean nation's benchmark SEMDEX index .MDEX said on Thursday that their planned merger would help the firms optimise land development.

Sparkle returning to Mauritius, thanks to holiday special offers

Mauritius, a long-time favourite holiday and conference destination for South Africans, priced itself out of the market for many local families in recent years as it attracted more European tourists and charged euro-related prices.

Treasury is Right to Be Fussy About Land Reform

EVERY time director-general of land reform Thozi Gwanya gets up in Parliament these days he complains his department doesn't have enough money to meet the government's land-redistribution targets. Last week, he blamed the recession. This is a red herring.

Russia May Cut Raw-Sugar Duty by 70% in Warmer Months

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Russia may cut a duty on raw sugar by 70 percent to as low as $50 a metric ton during warmer months, when refineries rely on imports, according to the Economy Ministry.

New sustainable sugar standards produce first batch of ethanol

The adoption of a protocol for healthy agricultural and environmental practices in the sugarcane production chain has started to deliver its first results.

Utility Stores to sell sugar at Rs38 from 15th

ISLAMABAD: The government would provide 69,272 tons of sugar at Rs38 per kg through Utility Stores Corporation (USC) network for 30-40 days to meet sugar consumption across the country.

Sugar millers playing with SC decision

ISLAMABAD - Despite Supreme Courts (SC) ruling to ensure availability of sugar to the domestic consumers at Rs. 40 per kilogram in the open market, the commodity is being sold above Rs. 60 per kg in the market.

Sugar Beet Outlook

BILLINGS - Despite a setback in early October, there's still a chance Montana sugar beet farmers could see a record crop this year.

Sugar should sell for P3 more a kilo

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) head Rafael Coscolluela said on Tuesday he has been pushing for a P3-adjustment in the price ceiling for refined sugar in typhoon-hit areas.


Cane Farmers today received their final payment for the 2009 crop. The payment which was to be received on November ninth was delayed by the Belize Sugar Industries Limited. According to BSI their new financing facility with ING and FCIB Banks was not fully in place and negotiations with their bankers have been increasingly difficult given the poor crop result for the past three crops. Today those payments were received. According to Financial Director at BSI Belizario Carballo, the final average cane price for the 2009 crop which is $67.14 per ton is record payment for the crop year.

Australia to help develop GM sugar cane

Australia's sugar industry has just struck a deal to develop the world's first fully commercialised genetically modified sugar cane varieties.

Idaho officials look at creating electricity from sugar beets

BOISE -- State energy officials are teaming with Idaho Power and Amalgamated Sugar Co. to study the viability of a facility capable of generating electricity and the steam required to process sugar beets.

Farmers Say No to Sugar Firms Merger

Nairobi A section of sugarcane farmers have threatened to move to court to block a planned merger of three sugar factories in the Nyando sugar belt.

Nigeria's Dangote Sugar profit drops

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's Dangote Sugar said on Wednesday its pretax profit dropped 36 percent to 15.86 billion naira in the nine months to September 30.

Russian beet sugar refining up 2.1% from year-ago

RUSSIA refined 2.38m tonnes of white sugar from beet by November 9, 2.1% more than a year ago, in spite of a lower volume of processed beet, the Russian Sugar Producers' Union said on Tuesday.

Petrobras Eyes Angola Deep Water Oil

Brazilian state-owned Petrobras is interested in developing Angola's ultra-deepwater oil exploration, known as pre-salt, Brazil's Trade and Development Minister Miguel Jorge said on Tuesday.

Sugar beet farmers harvested 80% of their crops

Sugar beet farmers in the area have harvested about 80% of their crop and the remaining 20% can still be processed. That's according to Governor Brian Schweitzer who met with the Western Sugar Co-op Wednesday afternoon.

Sugar maker considers gas power plant

Amalgamated Sugar Co. hopes a proposed a naturalgas-fired combined heat-and-power plant can help its business and reduce air pollution as well as produce electricity for 58,000 homes.

Final load of sugar from Kauai sails into the sunset

LIHUE The end of Kauai processed sugar officially came around 4 p.m. yesterday, when the transport ship Moku Pahu left Nawiliwili Harbor with the sugar from Gay & Robinson's final harvest.

Investors Who Do More Harm Than Good

In developing countries, investment is a word often bandied about, and investors are the geese that lay the golden eggs, or so the masses have been led to believe.

Cane harvest setback for 'green' sugar

The smoky haze of North Coast cane fires has returned and NSWs much-vaunted green cane harvesting has been abandoned until technology can be developed to process the tough-fibred cane plant with better sugar recovery.

Sugar maker considers gas power plant

Amalgamated Sugar Co. hopes a proposed a naturalgas-fired combined heat-and-power plant can help its business and reduce air pollution as well as produce electricity for 58,000 homes.

Sugar beet crops worse than first thought

POWELL -- Many sugar beet fields in northern Wyoming sustained more severe damage from an early frost than previously thought.

Sugar Output in Brazil Center South Falls on Rain

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sugar output in Brazils Center South, the worlds largest producing region, fell in the second half of October after rain hampered harvesting, industry association Unica said.

Louisiana farmers keep eye on Tropical Storm Ida

NEW ORLEANS -- Gusty winds, high tides and heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Ida could affect southeast Louisiana's citrus and sugar cane crops.

Colombia Sep 2009 Sugar Production Up 65% At 244,234 Tons

BOGOTA (Dow Jones)--Colombian sugar production in September 2009 was up 65% and reached 244,234 metric tons raw value, the Colombian Cane Sugar Producers Association, or Asocana, said Monday.

Sugar financial advance endorsed

The Sugar Industry Trade, Thai Sugar Manufacturing Association and Thai Sugar Millers Corp will take responsibility for advancing Bt30 per tonne to sugarcane growers to facilitate harvesting the new crop.

PDFs tidy sugar research data

WITH nearly 60 years worth of reports documenting technology in the sugar industry, researchers could spend hours trying to locate relevant information.

Rawalpindi division runs out of sugar

RAWALPINDI: Districts of Rawalpindi, Attock and Chakwal are facing acute sugar shortage as their quotas are inadequate to meet requirements of large populations.

Worlds first all-natural low GI cane sugar

Chelsea Sugar will today bring LoGiCane, the worlds first all-natural low glycemic index (GI) cane sugar to New Zealand. Low GI foods are slower to digest, metabolise and absorb, providing longer lasting energy and increasing satiety.

Private Investor - Illovo Sugar Remains a Sweet Investment

Johannesburg BACK in July, ahead of the details of the rights issue of Illovo Sugar and after the report made by chairman Robbie Williams at the company's annual general meeting, I wrote: "If I held Illovo's shares, I'd stick to them and, dependent on the discount, follow the rights."

Dr. Tufton Points to Positives for Sugar Industry

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton is forecasting a brighter outlook for the sugar industry, given the slew of changes that are taking place in the sector.

Sugar cane touted as fuel for electric cars

SAO PAULO Who could resent the attention being showered on electric cars? Stylish and clean, theyre the darling of the renewable-energy crowd, which is hailing the scheduled rollout of several e-powered models next year as a major blow against global warming.

Recovery of dues: PF office has first right on sugar mills' assets

AURANGABAD: In a landmark judgment recently, a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court ruled that PF authorities have the first right on assets of sugar mills while settling matters pertaining to dues and liabilities. The ruling was given in a case filed by the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) against the Aurangabad provident fund (PF) commissioner, in connection with the recovery of PF dues from co-operative sugar factories,

Employees of Imperial Sugar give back

On Friday the plant celebrated the end of construction, making the refinery fully operational.

Savannah Imperial Sugar plant marks reopening this weekend

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. -- Events this weekend celebrate the grand opening of the rebuilt Imperial Sugar refinery nearly two years after an explosion and fire killed more than a dozen.

Sugar firm to shut pension scheme

Sugar firm Tate & Lyle will become the latest firm to close its final-salary pension scheme.

Sunshine State's sugar is the sweetest for years

It has been a sweet harvest for Queensland cane growers, with sugar content soaring to the highest levels in years.

Stalemate ends at sugar factory

BELGAUM: The rift between sugarcane growers and the management of Renuka Sugars Ltd at Kokatnur in Athani taluk ended on Wednesday. Some farmers were upset with the factory management for using "a weighing machine which measured three ton less than the actual weight".

Country Needs Sustainable Biofuel Projects

Last month, Unep issued an enlightening report titled: Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels ( The report gives guidance mainly to policy-makers on wider and interrelated factors needed to be considered when deciding on relative merits of pursuing one biofuel over another.

Sweet era of cheap sugar may end with Kuok's exit

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 The government has always been able to count on billionaire Robert Kuok to keep domestic sugar prices steady even in times of great volatility in world markets.

Hypothecation of stocks: sugar mills fail to retire Rs 10 billion financing

KARACHI (November 06 2009): Sugar mills have yet to retire Rs 10 billion of financing from banks and DFIs against their stocks during the last season despite the State Bank of Pakistan's clear-cut instructions to adjust loans by the end of October 2009. Sources in the banking industry on Thursday told Business Recorder that sugar mills have failed to comply with the central bank directives regarding adjustment of sugar financing obtained during last crushing season.

Genomes Of Biofuel Yeasts Reveal Clues That Could Boost Fuel Ethanol Production Worldwide

As global temperatures and energy costs continue to soar, renewable sources of energy will be key to a sustainable future. An attractive replacement for gasoline is biofuel, and in two studies published online in Genome Research, scientists have analyzed the genome structures of bioethanol-producing microorganisms, uncovering genetic clues that will be critical in developing new technologies needed to implement production on a global scale.

Simplot, Amalgamated benefit from $350K grant

BOISE, Idaho Industrial sites in Idaho are due to benefit from a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help them boost efficiency.

Sugar shortage paralyses confectionery industry

KARACHI: Biscuit and confectionery manufactures have called an emergency meeting to discuss prevalent sugar shortage and its effects on the industry.

Govt to revitalize sugar mills, fertilizer plants

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Industry Minister MS Hidayat on Thursday unveiled a plan to revitalize fertilizer plants and sugar mills as part of his program in the first 100 days in office.

China National Wins $178 Million Engineering Contract

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- China National Complete Plant Import & Export Corp. said it won a contract valued at $177.8 million to supply engineering services and agricultural equipment to an Ethiopian sugar factory, according to a Nov. 4 statement to the Shenzhen stock exchange.

Sugar a sweetener again for farmers caned by low prices

A FORECAST lift in sugar production could trigger a shopping spree for cane farms in the coming months, according to some industry experts.

Labor solar scheme burns sugar industry

HUNDREDS of jobs in the sugar industry are at risk because of a dramatic slump in the price of renewable energy credits, caused by a generous Rudd government scheme to encourage investment in solar energy.

Pakistan to import 1mn tonnes of sugar

The finance ministry has not permitted millers to import raw sugar and instead tasked the Trading Corporation of Pakistan to purchase .5mn tonnes from abroad as well as half 1mn tonnes of white sugar to build reserves, official sources said yesterday.

'Pleasing' Interims Put Cargo Carriers on Buyout Trail

Johannesburg CARGO Carriers said yesterday its re-entry into Zimbabwe had paid off after sugar operations there lifted the group's interim results to August .

The mystery of Sugar King's exit from Msia's sugar business

It is and probably will remain a mystery why Robert Kuok has exited the sugar business in Malaysia. It is likely though that the following reasons played a part: First, the Malaysian sugar business is small compared with Kuoks vast businesses overseas, especially in China.

PPB may use sugar proceeds to invest in Wilmar China

KUALA LUMPUR: PPB GROUP BHD [] may utilise the RM1.29 billion proceeds from the sale of its sugar refining and trading business in Malaysia, to subscribe for shares in Wilmar China, according to OSK Research.

Prompt finish to good sugar harvest

Queensland sugar mills are wrapping up the crush earlier than normal this year.

Brazil raises cane over U.S. ethanol tariff

Brazilian sugar producers say sugar-based fuel is more environmentally sound than electricity or corn ethanol as an alternative for powering cars. But the odds are long for a change.

Statistical Institute confirms economys decline

The Statistical Institute of Belize has just released the Second Quarter 2009 Gross Domestic Product results. The results were poor. The Prime Minister in his quarterly press conference last week indicated that the country was in an economic recession. The blame is being placed on the global financial crisis which started on Wall Street in the United States and trickled its way to markets and economies around the world. the news is that during the first six months of 2009, the Belizean economy contracted one point seven percent, compared to a three percent expansion over the same period in 2008. In terms of declines per quarters, it was down two percent in the first quarter and one point three percent in the second quarter.

Imperial Sugar Georgia plant continues to ramp up production

Imperial Sugar Co. said Tuesday that its Port Wentworth, Ga. refinery, which was extensively damaged in February 2008, operated at about 55 percent of normal capacity in October.

Imperial Sugar Updates Port Wentworth Refinery Rebuild Project

SUGAR LAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imperial Sugar Company (NASDAQ:IPSU - News) updated the status of its project to rebuild its Port Wentworth, Georgia refinery, which was extensively damaged in an industrial accident in February 2008. The Company reported that all granulated refined sugar packaging lines were now installed and operating. The Company also confirmed that brown and powdered sugar lines are expected to complete installation and commissioning in November. The refinery, which began shipping bulk sugar in late July, operated at about 55 percent of normal capacity in October as it continues to ramp up production with the installation of new lines. John Sheptor, Imperials President and CEO, said, We continue to make good progress toward restoring the Port Wentworth refinery to its full capacities this fall. Im proud of the manner in which our team has worked through the start-up challenges which are inevitable in a project of this size and complexity. To complete the construction project in just over a years time is a testament to the skill and dedication of our associates and contractors.

Judge Will Decide: Will Beets Be Roundup Ready?

Beet farmers around Oregon, and the nation, say they feel like they are in limbo right now.

Germany heads for big sugar crop, more exports

HAMBURG - Germany is heading for a large sugar crop this season following favourable weather and more exports are likely as it is again set to exceed its European Union production quota, the head German sugar industry association WVZ said on Tuesday.

Associated British Foods sees benefit of sugar investments

ASSOCIATED British Foods (ABF) surpassed forecasts with a 5% rise in full-year earnings on Tuesday driven by growth in its sugar businesses in the EU and Africa and at discount clothing chain Primark.

British Sugars owner reports hike in profits

The owner of British Sugar, Associated British Foods, has today (3 November) announced it increased pre-tax profits to 655 million in the last financial year.

Illovo Sugar Says Headline Earnings to Rise as Much as 30%

Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Illovo Sugar Ltd. said headline earnings for the first half of the year will rise between 25 percent and 30 percent compared with a year earlier.

Strong rand a bitter pill for Illovo Sugar

MARKETS punished Illovo Sugar yesterday after it predicted flat earnings growth for this financial year, despite high sugar prices.

Ugandan Sugar Producers Expect to Reach Output Target

Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Ugandas three main sugar factories expect to reach their production forecasts this year after achieving 73 percent of targeted output in the first nine months, the Uganda Sugar Cane Technologists Association said.

Invest in Ghana's Sugar Industry

Ghana is seeking private investment in agri-business as part of it's national priority to achieve food security, minimise spending on imports and also to earn more from value added agricultural products.

CI Capital upgrades Egypt's Delta Sugar

CI Capital upgraded Egypt's Delta Sugar by three notches to "strong buy", saying high sugar prices and the removal of incentive fee paid to farmers should improve the firm's net income and EBITDA margin by 2010.

Sugarcane crushing begins next week

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani sugar mills will start crushing cane from the new crop by next week, a top industry official said on Tuesday, but the country will still need imports to meet domestic needs.

Another sugar crisis raising head: Punjab mills not to start crushing before December

ISLAMABAD (November 04 2009): The country is heading towards another sugar crisis as most of the mills in Punjab are likely to delay the crushing, not before Eid-ul-Azha, because of working capital problem. But the delay would increase the sucrose content of the crop, sugar industry sources told Business Recorder.

Sugar shortens life span in worms

New research suggests that added sugar in their diet robs the creatures of 20 percent of their life span.

Kuok group to sell sugar units for RM1.25b

SINGAPORE, Nov 3 Given that Robert Kuok is synonymous with the sugar trade, few would have envisaged the tycoon leaving the business that earned him the moniker Sugar King.

PPB in focus on sweet offer for Malayan Sugar Manufacturing

KUALA LUMPUR: PPB Group will be in focus today following its plans to exit its sugar refining business by selling it to the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), netting a gain of more than RM1 billion at the company level.

Zambia Sugar cuts output forecast to 350,000 tonnes

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Zambia Sugar, the country's biggest sugar producer, said on Monday it had cut its output forecast for the year to March 2010 to 350,000 tonnes from 420,000 tonnes due to excessive rains.

Illovo Sugar Malawi First-Half Profit Rises 18 Percent

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Illovo Sugar Malawi Ltd. said net income in the six months through September climbed to 3.6 billion kwacha from 3.04 billion kwacha a year earlier.

Brazil - Sugar farming makes a comeback

Central America and the Caribbean, historical sugar-producing economies where the sugar-ethanol infrastructure already has a foundation, labor costs are low, and the political conditions are more or less stable offers the best near-term potential for large-scale sugarcane ethanol production. This is a market opportunity which Cuba, with the longest experience of sugarethanol and sugarcane derivates production in the region, is positioned to take advantage of.Sugarcane Energy Use: The Cuban Case, Alonso-Pippo Walfrido, University of Havana, 2008

Marambaia group seeks sugar-ethanol partnerships

The Marambaia Renewable Energy group (Rio de Janeiro), which belongs to banker Luiz Csar Fernandes (former Pactual and Garantia executive), said on Thursday to CVM (Brazil's Securities Commission) that it is "starting preliminary conversations on possible partnerships with sugar-ethanol groups", in the country.

Farmer Focus: Jim Alston on British Sugar bosses

When Karl Carter waved his British Sugar accounts in front of the audience of 250 or more farmers at Peterborough in September, he intended, I suppose, to demonstrate how BS is willing to discuss accounts with its growers.

Farmers denounce Central ordinance on sugar cane price

CUDDALORE: The Federation of Cuddalore District Farmers Association has denounced the recent Central ordinance on sugar cane price as a black legislation intended to harm sugar cane growers and to rob the powers of the State.

Two sugar cooperative officials suspended

MADURAI: Two officials of the National Cooperative Sugar Mills at Alanganallur near here were placed under suspension recently for failure to collect Rs.18 lakh from a trader who had bought sugar from the mills last October.

Get out of the sugar industry

The Kenya government has been playing musical chairs with the privatisation of the sugar industry in Western Kenya for close to two decades.

Sugar workers in Guyana strike for pay hikes

GEORGETOWN, Guyana - Sugar workers in Guyana are on strike for the fifth time this year to press for higher wages.

Sugar workers in Guyana strike for pay hikes

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- Sugar workers in Guyana are on strike for the fifth time this year to press for higher wages.

$413m EU grant for sugar industry

PLANNING and Housing and Minister Dr Emily Gaynor Dick-Forde says the grant funding from the European Union (EU) for the restructuring of the sugar industry, approximately TT$413 million, is in the form of budget support and is not to be directly paid to any person or group.

PPB to sell sugar unit to Felda for RM1.2m

PPB GROUP BHD has proposed to dispose its 100 per cent equity interest in Malayan Sugar Manufacturing Company Bhd to Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd (FGVH) for RM1.2 million.

Agreement aids Wyo. sugar beet growers

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - An agreement between two companies will help northern Wyoming sugar beet growers desperately trying to salvage their weather damaged crops.

Agreement aids Wyo. sugar beet growers

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - An agreement between two companies will help northern Wyoming sugar beet growers desperately trying to salvage their weather damaged crops.

Sugar Beets

ILLINGS - Montana sugar beet farmers, said harvest is looking a lot better than it did a couple weeks ago. The early, cold temperatures in October left growers concerned, but they said they have made significant progress over the last four days.

So Martinho steps up sugar mill investment

So Martinho S.A. has announced investments of R$ 18 million to expand its sugar production flexibility at the So Martinho and Iracema plants, located in the interior of Sao Paulo state.

Bulk sugar exporter ready to crystallise its profits

Queensland's bulk sugar exporter says after a year of change, it's now in a better position to capitalise on strong world sugar prices.

The story of sugar in Peterborough and British Sugar

In last week's episode of Jimmy's Food Factory, farmer Jimmy Doherty looked at how sugar was made.

LuSE records 6% decline in market capitalization

LUSAKA Stock Exchange (LuSE) has recorded a six per cent decline in its market capitalisation in the third quarter of this year to K22 trillion from the record K24 trillion noted during the same quarter last year.

Kenya: Sweet Opportunities for Sugar Millers in Green Economy

Sugar millers in Kenya have, for a long time, relied on white sugar as the only source of revenue, leading to challenges that have pushed once known factories into oblivion while others stand on weak foundation.

SC orders govt to evolve unified formula for sugar prices

ISLAMABAD: A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the government to evolve a unified formula on sugar prices and also submit a report today (Friday). The bench, consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad Khawaja and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, was hearing the sugar price hike case. Acting attorney general Shah Khawar told the court the Sugar Advisory Board had held a meeting with the stakeholders, in compliance with the court orders. Justice Khawaja inquired whether a consumers representative was invited to the meeting. Khawar, however, could not give a satisfactory answer. The court observed that consumers were the main party in the case. Justice Khawaja said that since October 1, the court had repeatedly issued orders to evolve a formula on sugar prices, adding that the orders were not yet seriously implemented in letter and spirit. Finance Secretary Salman Siddique assured the court that all stakeholders, including consumers, would be taken on board in developing the formula. masood rehman

Nigeria: Flour Mills Set to Diversify Into Sugar Production

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has concluded arrangements to further diversify its operations into other key sectors of the economy, announcing its plans to set up a sugar refinery in the near future.

Angola to Start Producing Sugar, Ethanol in 2010

In an attempt to revive Angola's once-prosperous farming sector, Brazilian industrial giant Odebrecht will begin producing sugar and ethanol there next year, according to Flex News. Odebrecht is partnering with Angolan state-owned oil firm Sonangol and a private company to invest in a $220 million project to help reduce Angola's dependence on oil, which provides almost 90 percent of its income. Angola, devastated by three decades of civil war, relies almost entirely on imported food to satisfy its needs. The venture will involve a sugar farm on 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of land in the Malange province and a processing plant that will produce 260,000 metric tons of sugar and 30 million liters (7.9 million gallons) of ethanol per year. The fibrous portion of the sugarcane and the heat from the machinery will also be used to produce electricity.

Angola to Start Producing Sugar, Ethanol in 2010

Luanda, Oct 27 - Brazilian industrial giant Odebrecht will start producing sugar and ethanol in Angola next year in a bid to revive the African nation's once-prosperous farming sector, devastated by three decades of civil war.

Kenya: Huge Debts, Legal Tussles Threaten Sale of Sugar Firms

Huge debts and a raft of legal tussles threaten to delay efforts to privatise sugar factories in western Kenya.

SC to take up sugar price case today

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) will take up identical appeals against a Lahore High Court verdict, fixing the price of sugar at Rs 40 per kilogramme, today (Thursday). The appeals were filed by the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association and the Punjab Sugar Dealers Association. The three-member bench consists of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. On the last hearing, the court had expressed reservations over the report of the one-man commission consisting of Competition Commission of Pakistan Chairman Khalid Mirza. staff report

German group buys up Irish sugar brands

German-based Nordzucker, Europe's second-largest sugar producer has bought the 50pc of Greencore Sugar Ltd. (Ireland) it did not already own along with well-established brands of Siucra, McKinney and Castle from Irish Sugar Ltd.

Fiji sugar industry suffers more financial losses

SUVA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Sugar Corporation that supports 200,000 people's life in Fiji has recorded an operating loss of 40.1 million Fiji dollars (21 million U.S. dollars) before income tax for the year ending on May 31, 2009.

Huge Fraud Afoot in E.U. Sugar Market

It began when Belgian customs officials examined shipping records for dozens of giant tanker trucks that outlined an odd, circuitous itinerary across Europe. The trucks, each carrying 22 tons of liquid sugar, were rumbling on a journey that swung through eight nations and covered roughly 4,000 kilometers, or 2,500 miles, from a Belgian sugar refinery to Croatia and back instead of taking the most direct, 1,500-kilometer route.

NFU hosts major international sugar conference in 2010

The NFU is to be the official host of the 2010 World Association of Beet and Cane Growers Conference.

Government, sugar millers fail to reach consensus

ISLAMABAD (October 27 2009): The government and sugar mill owners on Monday failed to reach any consensus over much needed practical mechanism to provide sugar to the poor at Rs 40 kg per kilogram, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. The sources said, initial draft is the outcome of two consecutive meetings held in the Ministries of Industries and Finance.

Sugar buyers fret as prices rise, but investors lovin' it

MUMBAI: Bajaj Hindusthan, the nations biggest sugar producer led a rally in the sectors stocks as investors lapped up the shares in anticipation of higher prices for the commodity due to lower supplies and a government rule that may free the companies from states clutches in terms of prices paid to cane producers.

Illicit liquor consumes sugar industry hopes

BHUBANESWAR: While the sugar production of the State is only 4.4 per cent of its requirement, more than half of the sugarcane produced is diverted to illicit liquor making.

DSWD gives out P4.9M tiempos muertos' help

The Department of Social Welfare and Development yesterday began releasing P4,999,455 in cash for work assistance to 5,347 workers affected by the tiempos muertos (dead season) in the sugar industry.

Mackay Sugar gets a slice of CSR

Mackay Sugar has sold its 25 per cent stake in a refining business to rival miller CSR.

Growers 'surprised' by Mackay Sugar sell-off

Mackay Sugar in north Queensland says a decision to sell its interest in a joint venture refining business will provide greater flexibility into the future.

Sugar a sweet deal for investors

Last year, traders for several of the big funds helped push crude oil prices up as high as $147 a barrel before the global recession brought them crashing down to around $30. While some funds are moving back into oil, others are betting on the possibility of an international shortage of the worlds favourite natural sweetener sugar.

Santander Says Its Bullish on Sugar Prices Into 2010

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Banco Santander SA analysts said they are bullish on sugar prices into 2010 because of a globally supportive supply picture especially in Brazil and India.

Datagro expects faster Brazilian sugar consolidation

CONSOLIDATION in Brazil's sugar and ethanol sector is expected to continue - and even speed up.

SAUDI ARABIA/EGYPT: Tate & Lyle agrees sale of sugar units

Tate & Lyle has agreed to sell minority stakes in two sugar refineries in Saudi Arabia and Egypt to Savola Group.

Perfetti to Establish U.S. $25 Million Sugar Coy in Nigeria

Abuja A Dubai-based sugar confectionary company, Perfetti, has concluded arrangements to set- up a factory worth $25 million in Nigeria.

Nuanetsi Bio-Diesel Project - 25 Families to Be Evicted

Bulawayo Government wants to evict 25 families from Nuanetsi Ranch to make way for Zanu PF-aligned businessman Billy Rautenbach's biodiesel project. Rautenbach, who is a close associate of President Robert Mugabe and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, has effectively taken over the ranch in the Lowveld through his Zimbabwe Bio-Energy (Pvt) Ltd.

Chiredzi Cane Farmers Clinch Deal

Masvingo The Commercial Sugar-cane Farmers' Association of Zimbabwe in Chiredzi has secured 200 tractors from a local firm in a multi-million-dollar farm mechanisation deal that will cushion some 600 indigenous cane producers in the low veld.

We Cannot Afford the Total Loss of Forests

Uganda has lost nearly a third of its forest cover since 1990 mainly due to expanding farmlands, a rapidly growing human population and increased urbanisation that is placing ever growing demands for forest resources in terms of wood fuel and timber. Urgent intervention is required if we are to mitigate the consequences of unchecked deforestation.

Dr. Tufton Pleased with Preparations for 2009/10 Sugar Cane Crop

With the 2009/10 sugar cane crop set to begin in the first week of December, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton, says that he is very pleased with the repair work being done at the Frome Sugar Factory in Westmoreland.

Kenya: Nzoia Farmers Bid for More Time

Nairobi Sugarcane farmers from Nzoia sugar belt want to be given more time to raise money to buy shares of Nzoia Sugar Company when it is privatised.

Nigeria: Flour Mills PLC to Invest N75 Billion in Sugar Refining

Lagos Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has concluded arrangements to invest about $500 million (N75 billion) in a new sugar facility that will lower the prices of sugar.

Investors to hold main stake in sugar mills

Sugar cane farmers will retain only 49 per cent stake in the sugar millers instead of the 51 per cent they are demanding for, the Privatisation Commission has revealed.