Between January and November 2018, the industry milled 23 million tonnes of cane, that is, 3% percent more than in 2017, with sugar production expected to reach 2.44 million tonnes with an increase of 9% compared to a year ago, according to the Sugar Cane Growers Association of Colombia (Asocaña).
The paper and paper products company Carvajal Pulpa y Papel annually converts around 1,100,000 tonnes of cane bagasse into paper, according to local press reports. This represents less than 30% of the bagasse produced at the country’s mills.
Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy raised blending of ethanol in the gasoline mixture from 8% to 10% on 1st March.
Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Trade is to introduce a tariff of 15% for Colombian sugar beyond the preferential access of 30, 000 tonnes, according to local press reports.
So far this year 70,000 tons of sugar from Colombia have been illegally imported into Ecuador said the National Union of Sugarcane Growers of Ecuador (UNCE), according to local press reports.
The British supermarket Sainsbury’s will be selling across its 284 stores the organically produced non-centrifuged sugar from Colombia in 200 g pouches for £2.20 (US$14/kg).
The Colombian government reduced the tariff on imported sugar by 5%, from 15 to 10%.
The regulator fined 14 companies for conspiring to block sugar imports from Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Fourteen company executives were also fined, the regulator said in an e-mailed statement, reports Bloomberg.
A five-year investigation revealed that Colombian sugar producers not only dictated consumer prices but also implemented strategies to distribute clients among themselves, and thus prevent new investment and competitors from entering the market.