International Sugar Journal

Belgium – Suedzucker closing its Antwerp export office [Full subscriber]

Suedzucker, the largest sugar producer in Europe, announced on 18th November the closure of its export sales office in Antwerp, Belgium, as part of its strategy to focus on the EU market rather than sales outside the EU.

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Sweden – Nordzucker invests €100 million to modernise its operations [Full subscriber]

Germany’s second-largest sugar producer Nordzucker will consolidate its sugar production in southern Sweden, closing one factory and investing €100 million in another. The move involves an undisclosed number of job losses, according to the company statement.

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Suedzucker to close its fifth beet sugar factory – in Poland  [Registered]

The top sugar producer Suedzucker plans to close a 50,000 tonne-a-year production plant in Poland as a part of a restructuring programme to address reduced profitability amidst slump in sugar prices from global glut, reported Reuter’s.

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Chile – IANSA closes its beet sugar plant in Linares [Full subscriber]

The board of the Chilean Industria Azucarera Nacional SA (IANSA), confirmed on 26th July that it is shutting down its beet sugar plant in Linares.

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Romania – Pfeifer & Langen to close its beet sugar factory in Oradea [Registered]

The Pfeifer & Langen-owned “Diamant” sugar factory in Oradea, one of the largest in the country, will close this spring, as it has not been profitable, according to local press reports.

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USA – DowDuPont closes its cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa [Registered]

DowDuPont has shut down its 30-million gallon (136.4 million litres) cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

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Israel – Kiryat Gat sugar refinery to be closed down by end of the year [Full subscriber]

Sugat announced on 2nd July that it would close down its sugar refinery in Kiryat Gat in six months, according to local press reports.

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USA – Hawaii’s last sugar mill closes [Registered]

One of US’ oldest sugar industries bowed out of sugar production when Hawaii’s last sugar mill closed on December 12th after processing cane from the final harvest from its 36,000 acres (14,569 ha) plantation.

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Few sugar refineries in the MENA region may buckle against competition from EU producers [Registered]

Overcapacity in sugar refining in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region will probably lead to closure of some refineries post October 2017 as beet sugar producers in the European Union expand production and compete for a share in the market.

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Jamaica – Long Pond sugar factory to close next year [Registered]

Less than eight months after taking over the operations of the Long Pond in Trelawny in north-western Jamaica, Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda say it is closing the sugar factory, according to local press reports.

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