International Sugar Journal

Monthly Snapshot – September 2014 [Full subscriber]

Market Overview Continued bearishness on global sugar price is informed by net short position in white sugar futures on NYSE LIFFE. Large sugar stocks built up over the past three […]

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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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The Blackboard

Analysis of sugar mixtures (part II) [Registered]

For the analysis of sugar mixtures Browne & Zerban (1948) use total solids by drying, which is an accurate but lengthy procedure; reading a refractometer Brix is simpler but requires […]

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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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With sugar companies going out of business in Brazil – is this a good time for rich pickings? [Registered]

For the past three years, there has been a contraction in the Brazilian sugar industry, as the number of sugar mills operating has dropped from the peak of 441 to […]

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The Blackboard

“True” Sucrose [Registered]

The use of pol as an estimate of sucrose has been, and still is, one of the most useful practices in the sugar industry. Its limitations were however well known; […]

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Monthly Snapshot – June 2014 [Full subscriber]

ISJ’s editor talks through the June 2014 sugar market movements.

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The Blackboard

Leuconostoc mesenteroides [Registered]

“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperilled in a hundred battles “said Sun Tzu, a Chinese military strategist of the 6th century BC (Anon, […]

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ASEAN Economic Community 2015 – Opportunity for Thailand, challenges for Indonesia and Philippines [Registered]

But it is equally apparent, that for sugar producers like Philippines, the competitive threat is forcing it to modernise and restructure its industry to raise productivity both in field and factory. The sugar industry, working together with the Sugar Regulatory Administration realizing that about 90% of the country’s cane farms are small farms of 10 hectares

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