International Sugar Journal

Subsidies, policies and productivity

What fun gods are currently having with the global sugar industry. The frustration of the Indian sugar millers, sighing relief after being bailed out by export subsidies of some US$64/tonne […]

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Sugar industry’s powerful lobbies

One of the abiding features of the global sugar industry is that it is not informed by a level playing field. Various industries, through policy instruments from their governments are […]

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Will the target of sugar production of 200m tonnes by 2020 be reached?

Against the backdrop of rising consumption, doubts begin to appear as to whether the global industry can supply the additional 20 million tonnes sugar by 2020. What is clear at […]

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Smuggling, contraband or illegal trade – take your pick – it damages [Registered]

One issue that has simply not been addressed with any perforce at international fora is that of smuggling of sugar. At regional conferences, yes there have been discussions of this […]

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Is irreproducible research stifling growth of the industrial biotech sector? [Registered]

According to the latest Lux Research report1, many of the high profile biotech start-ups that went public through stock market launch or IPO (Initial Public Offering) have performed rather poorly. Of the nine companies it examined, for seven, the stock price change has been between 51.3 and 96.9% lower since IPO launch. So what is the underlying reason for this?

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Unjust cane payment system is strangling India’s sugar industry [Registered]

It would not be amiss to say that top two sugar producers in the world are totally let down by ineffectual policies. In Brazil it is the combination of laid […]

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US-Mexico sugar trade dispute – sense of fair play lacking [Registered]

In 1981, I was in Australia, studying for a master’s degree. I well remember watching the one day international between Australia and New Zealand which has become cause célèbre in […]

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Global sugar trade will continue to be informed by unlevelled playing field [Registered]

At the recent American Sugar Alliance (ASA) symposium in Vermont, Jack Roney, ASA’s director of economics asked Patrick Chatenay to discuss “Global free trade in sugar: Within free reach or […]

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Automation systems are hackable – how good are the safeguards in the industry? [Registered]

With consolidation in the industry, with many companies breaching the one million tonnes mark and owning more than few factories in geographically dispersed locations any weak links in the system can spread malware through local networks. It is apparent that cybersecurity measures will have to embrace unwitting introduction of malware from inexperienced and careless operators. Can any sugar plant raise its hand and say it has robust measures in place that are constantly tested and audited?

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Managing knowledge workers in sugar factories [Registered]

Ad hoc collaborations that require improvisation, are, at their core, about interdependence. And the data show that it’s in interdependent situations that givers thrive. [A] person who enjoys helping others, when working in a team, has the ability to make the team better and really multiply the team’s success in a way that, ideally, reverberates to benefit everyone in the team.”

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