International Sugar Journal

Brazil – FS invests US$420 million for new corn-ethanol plant in Matto Grosso [Full subscriber]

FS, a market leader in low carbon biofuel and animal nutrition production, recently announced plans to construct its third biofuels facility in Primavera do Leste, Mato Grosso.

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India loses dispute at WTO over sugar subsidies brought by Brazil, Australia and Guatemala [Full subscriber]

India has lost the dispute over its subsidies on sugar exports at the World Trade Organization (WTO), brought by Brazil, Australia and Guatemala, Valor Economic reported.

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Brazil – Raizen to invest over US$27 million for a new cogen unit [Full subscriber]

Raízen, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and Cosan with a presence in the sugar and ethanol production, fuel distribution and energy generation sectors, recently announced that it will invest approximately BRL150 million (US$27.4 million) to build a new cane bagasse-based cogeneration unit.

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Brazil – Robots replaces welders at São Martinho’s mills [Full subscriber]

The São Martinho Group has deployed Duo Automation’s robotic technology at its sugar mills in the country. Duo’s patented technology maintains abrasive surface on the mill rollers through welding. This helps to maximize cane juice extraction.

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Brazil – Some 1 million hectares of sugarcane hit by frost says Unica [Full subscriber]

The first two frosts that hit the top sugar-producing region South-Central region this winter affected about 1 million hectares cane or 11.9% of the harvested acreage and 26.9% of what remains to be harvested by the end of the current season (2021/22), according to data released Tuesday by the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (Unica). The survey did not consider the impact of the third frost, which happened in August.

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Brazil – Cerradinho Bioenergia engages ICM to build 500 million litres corn ethanol plant in Mato Grosso [Full subscriber]

The proprietary process technologies provider ICM has signed an agreement with Neomille, a subsidiary of the sugar-ethanol producer Cerradinho Bioenergia, to design a corn-ethanol plant in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Construction will take place in Maracaju, 160 km southwest of the state capital, according to a press release.

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Raízen raises US$1.32 billion in the biggest IPO of the year in Brazil [Full subscriber]

Raízen, a joint venture between Shell and Cosan, priced its initial share offering at BRL7.40 (US$1.41) per share on 3rd August, raising roughly BRL6.9 billion (US$1.32 billion), in the largest IPO (initial public offering) of the year in Brazil.

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Brazil – São Martinho invests in 5G “smart farming” technology [Full subscriber]

Vivo Empresas, the corporate segment of Telefônica Brasil (VIVT3) and Ericsson will be the connectivity and technology suppliers for the 5G Smart Farming project conceived by the sugar-ethanol group São Martinho for the development of technologies to support both agricultural and factory operations.

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Brazil – Jalles Machado invests over US$100 million to expand cane crushing capacity at its two plants [Full subscriber]

The board of directors of sugar and ethanol producer Jalles Machado approved, at a meeting held on 20th July, investments of BRL517.4 million (US$100.4 million) for the company to expand cane crushing capacity by 1 million tonnes at its two factories to 6.3 million tonnes by 2024/25.

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Brazil – Cane yields in Centre-South drop by 14% [Full subscriber]

Preliminary data compiled by the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) for the first half of July indicate that cane yield in the current season has dropped by 14% to 68.2 t/ha compared to 79 t in 2021.

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