International Sugar Journal
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Mechanical cleaning of evaporators [Registered]

Although mechanical cleaning of evaporators must have been used in many cane sugar industries, the topic is not well covered in the literature. There are a number of reasons for […]

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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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Evaporator scale [Registered]

Spencer & Meade (1948) state that “The greatest limiting factor to all evaporators is the fouling of heating surfaces”; they also include the results (on the right) obtained by analysing […]

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Monthly Snapshot – October 2014 [Full subscriber]

Market Overview Global sugar prices fell below the 15 cents/lb in early September – hitting four-year lows. Ample supplies continue to weigh on prices with the fast pace of Brazil’s […]

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Cane cleaning [Registered]

The cleaning of harvested sugar cane to remove tops, trash, rocks and soil is not a new concept: Spencer & Meade (1948) describe a dry cane cleaning plant used in […]

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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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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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