International Sugar Journal

Monthly Snapshot August [Full subscriber]

Raw sugar futures on ICE were boosted on 21st July partly by tax changes in Brazil which is expected to increase demand for ethanol, and thereby make it more attractive for millers to divert sugar cane for ethanol production. Raw sugar for October delivery was up 1% at 14.55 cents a pound on the ICE Futures U.S. exchange.

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The Blackboard

Sugarcane: Burnt or green? [Registered]

In 1996 de Beer et al. highlighted the fact that sugarcane is a “whole crop”. Tops (immature portion of the stalk and green leaves attached to it, “To”) and trash […]

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Is the slowdown in sugar demand just heath-led?

As the momentum was building up, commencing late last year in the media-led frenzy by anti-sugar campaigners, analysts in the industry began to assess the impact of these on demand. […]

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The Blackboard

A modified press method [Registered]

This Blackboard follows directly from the previous one. The procedures used by Berding (2010) are given below. To simplify the descriptions the terminology used in the text is given in […]

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Monthly Snapshot July [Registered]

Market Overview The sugar market has been weighed by the prospect of a global surplus in the upcoming 2017/18 season. Various analysts (e.g. FO Licht, Int Sugar Org, Sucden, Platts) […]

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US-Mexico sugar trade pact – sense prevails despite machinations

Three children Anne, Bob and Clara are quarrelling as to who should get the flute. Anne claims the flute because she is the only one amongst the three who can […]

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Monthly Snapshot June [Full subscriber]

Market Overview With global stock levels still at low levels, the sugar price is reasonably vulnerable to price swings should weather and/or crop conditions in Brazil deteriorate during the season. […]

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The Blackboard

The press method for cane analysis [Registered]

In 1968 Hoarau discussed the press method for determining fibre, pol and Brix in cane delivered by growers. This method, in conjunction with core sampling of cane from vehicles, was […]

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Distant thunder – impending demise of the Caribbean sugar industry

Of the two disasters the composer Rossini witnessed in his life, one was that of a voluptuous woman carrying a roasted turkey on a silver tray above her head in […]

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Monthly Snapshot May [Full subscriber]

Market Overview As expectations for a global supply surplus mount, money managers have reduced their bets on a sugar rally for six straight weeks, the longest streak since August 2014. […]

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