International Sugar Journal

Various strategies of top sugar companies facing reduced profitability

As the Chinese proverb goes “When the wind of change blows, some build walls, while others build windmills.” To wit, the metaphorical turbulence that is the hallmark of the global […]

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Sugar production expansion in Thailand has come to a halt

In September 2016, the Thai government approved building of 25 new sugar factories, which, if built, by the scheduled 2021, would increase the number of factories in the country to […]

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Brazil’s constant recourse to WTO

Well remember sharing a rickshaw with a couple of executives from Sudzucker several years ago in Mumbai while heading back from the conference venue to our hotel. I asked them […]

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Reflections on the year

In the last quarter of this year, the market got excited over the prospect of a global deficit in 2018/19, driving the sugar price from the low of 9.91 cents/lb […]

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Global surplus, low prices and diversification

In the recent past, right across the global sugar sector, many sugar companies, big and small have been hit by low prices amidst global surplus. For many of these companies, […]

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Cross-subsidies, export subsidies, cant!

The sugar sector is one of the important agro-industries, particularly in emerging and developing economies where its support for rural development is fairly important. Globally, the industry is not informed […]

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WHO’s mistaken about sugar and salt

Lest we forget, the ongoing demonization of sugar by health advocates, who arguably have misused science to advance their cause, was preceded by another group of health advocates who said […]

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Not insurmountable challenge of driving smallholders cane productivity

According to a recently published study by Gudoshnikov1 at the ISO, productivity gains across the cane sugar sector in the recent past have generally been flat, whereas in the top […]

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EU sugar industry under threat from neonicotinoids ban

Policy makers with the support of politicians navigated the EU sugar industry from one that was simply not globally competitive to one that is now. Even though the process was […]

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Low sugar prices rationalising the Brazilian sugar sector

Amidst the global surplus, which some analysts1 puts it at some 18 mln to 20 mln tonnes, and tumbling sugar prices which have fallen below 12 cents/lb, the Brazilian sugar […]

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