International Sugar Journal

Reflections on the year

As per last year, this year recalled the truism that sugar operates in a bear market and is occasionally bullish when inclement weather significantly impacts output in key producing regions. […]

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There is hope for Beet after Brexit

Sugar beet remains one of the most valuable and consistent break crops in the arable rotation on many farms in Eastern England. However, there may be challenges just around the […]

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Time to overhaul the organization and management of ISSCT and its flagship congress

Founded in 1924, the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists is the single most important institution in the sugar industry advancing as it does the competitiveness of the global cane […]

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The futility of China’s interactions across the global sugar sector

Many years ago, I asked a British diplomat at an embassy reception in Swaziland who was the best colonizer – British, French or the Dutch. He, of course, didn’t reply. […]

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Cane productivity and diversification take top billing at the 2019 ISSCT congress

In early September, key players in the sugarcane industry, particularly those in the R&D sector and those supplying a range of equipment, products and services to the sector will be […]

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The lure of Australian sugar companies to foreign investors

In his posthumous collection of travel writing the Unfinished Journey, the engaging and acerbic novelist Shiva Naipaul posed the question, why, with Australia surrounded by its Asian neighbours was discovered […]

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Are the EU sugar policy makers on extended leave?

One of the great achievements of the EU sugar policy makers was to make the EU sugar industry globally competitive before letting it loose on the global market place. During […]

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Exemplary treatment of cane cutters in Guatemala

“When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, but when I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a communist. Dom Helder Camara Since the birth […]

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Brazil and Australia’s complaint to WTO against India is a mere distraction

Not many years ago, India was a wildcard in the sugar market. Periodic swings in output would tip the global sugar price one way or the other. At the time, […]

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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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