International Sugar Journal

Policy makers and political masters

To paraphrase Balzac1, when the recommendations of policy makers are in harmony with the agenda of their political masters, then, fruitful progress is likely. The reform of the EU sugar […]

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Monthly Snapshot October [Full subscriber]

Market Overview In its latest quarterly report, Abares, the official Australian commodities bureau has forecast the average price of spot New York raw sugar futures in 2017-18, on an October-to-September […]

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Harvesting: Manual vs. Mechanical – Impact on co-products [Full subscriber]

Lomé Conventions between the European Economic Community and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries were in force from 1975 to 2000. In 2000 the convention was renewed under the name […]

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Deregulation of the EU sugar market

With the ending of sugar quotas in October, the EU sugar industry enters an uncharted territory. For the industry, shielded from the ravages of the market place for over 50 […]

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Harvesting: Manual vs. Mechanical [Registered]

There is confusion in the literature about the meaning of words such as “trash”, “dirt”, “soil”, “extraneous matter” and “cane”. This is regrettable as it affects the value of data when general trends are investigated.

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Monthly Snapshot September [Registered]

Market Overview Sugar prices have lost 33% since the beginning of the year as markets expect a surplus of supply over the 2017-2018 season. Raw sugar futures for October delivery […]

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Inadequate planning for cane supply thwarts new projects

I well remember the first seminar I attended as an undergraduate. The topic in question was marketing cereals. In his opening remarks, the first speaker, a consultant, said, in the […]

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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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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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