International Sugar Journal

Cane processors advance in world ranking of ethanol producers [Full subscriber]

While the international alcohol industry continues to be highly fragmented geographically, the sector is much more concentrated than other agricultural processing businesses. By our calculations, the top ten group of companies were responsible for around 26% of 2012 global output which was down by about 1 percentage point on 2011 (figure 1). This was mainly due to the on-going crisis on the US market where some bigger players cut their production disproportionally compared with the rest of the industry. However, the situation in Brazil also contributed to the process of de-concentration. While the country as a whole saw its output…

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