International Sugar Journal

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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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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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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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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Brexit and sugar

  It’s no longer ‘the economy, stupid’, it’s ‘identity, stupid’… Identity and cultural politics are even bigger determinants of people’s politics than we thought possible.”1   On 29th March, the […]

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‘America first’, Australia sighs, Mexico waits

The US President Donald Trump signed an executive order cancelling the country’s involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal soon after taking office. The pact between US, Japan and […]

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Empowering workers with knowledge and driving competitiveness

The Industrial Revolution in good part was driven by reformers heralding state funded universal schooling that helped supply educated workforce to man innovations and drive prosperity. There is no disputing, […]

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Addressing productivity challenges through data analytics

During the early ‘80s, I worked as a volunteer at an agricultural development project in Malkerns, Swaziland training and rehabilitating young adults with physical handicaps and minor mental disability. A […]

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Transformative technologies on the horizon – crystal gazing

During the cocktail reception hosted by Mitr Phol at the recent ISSCT congress in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to speak with the company’s CEO Krisda Monthienvichienchai. Some ten […]

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Thailand to reform its sugar regime

Lord Palmerston, who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century said, that amongst nation states, there is no such thing as permanent friends only permanent interests. Brazil, Thailand […]

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