International Sugar Journal

Cameroon – Sosucam assures the local market that it can sugar for domestic needs [Full subscriber]

The Société sucrière du Cameroun (Sosucam), a subsidiary of French Somdiaa, has assured the local market that sugar will be available in sufficient supply for the holiday period, the upcoming African Cup of Nations, and even till the end of 2022, according to a press release.

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The Blackboard

Industry 4.0: Simulation [Full subscriber]

Simulation in the process industry and specifically in sugar factories is not breathtakingly new. Most processes are designed in a lab model first, and then scaled up to the industrial […]

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Monthly snapshot December [Full subscriber]

March raw sugar closed down at 20.18 cents per lb on 18th November, after peaking at 20.69 cents, the highest level for the front month since February 2017. White sugar, […]

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Joyn Bio opens new facility to engineer microbes for crop protection applications [Full subscriber]

The ag-biotech start-up Joyn Bio recently announced the opening of a new greenhouse facility that will enable the company’s expansion into pest and disease management. The newly constructed greenhouse will support the screening and discovery of breakthrough engineered microbial strains for a broad set of crop protection applications.

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Reflections on the current sugar market dynamics

Undoubtedly, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change have impacted the fortunes not only in the sugar industry. The frequency of extreme hot weather and record temperatures and rainfall has increased […]

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Postponement of WTO’s ministerial conference deprives India of pushing proposal of giving unlimited subsidies [Full subscriber]

A group of developing countries led by India wants the right at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to give unlimited subsidies for sugar and other products on the grounds of food security, a concern that has grown with the pandemic, reports Valor Economico.

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Kenya – In 2020, smuggled sugar represented 48% of the contraband goods in the country [Full subscriber]

Drop in sugar output from high production costs and mismanagement of factories over the past two decades have led to illicit trade in sugar. According to the National Crime Research Centre, in 2020, sugar made up 48% of the goods smuggled into the country.

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Novel two-step process to convert glucose into hydrocarbons [Full subscriber]

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota have developed a technology combining fermentation and chemical refining that converts glucose into hydrocarbons found in gasoline.

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Cuba – Sugar industry restructured amidst falling output [Full subscriber]

Cuba has carried out a root and branch restructure of its sugar industry in a last-ditch attempt to keep mills from folding in the face of collapsing output, reported Reuters.

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Machine learning exploited to engineer yeast to produce itaconic acid [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have engineered the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica to produce the platform chemical itaconic acid using data integration and supercomputing power as a guide.

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