International Sugar Journal

Brazil – 2016/17 sugar output in Centre-South record at 35.96 mln t says UNICA [Registered]

The sugar industry group UNICA recently announced that the 2016/17 (April-March) sugar output in the Centre-South region was a record 35.628 million tonnes, up 14.1% from 31.22 mln t in the previous year.

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Brazil – Unica seeking 16% tax on imported ethanol [Registered]

The Brazilian sugar industry group, Unica wants an introduction of an ethanol import tariff of 16%.

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USA – As the biofuels mandate bill for oil refiners soars, Trump’s advisor calls for change [Registered]

Oil refiners shelled out a record over US$2 billion to meet US biofuels requirements in 2016, a 70% increase that is fuelling a growing debate over who should shoulder the costs for meeting environmental regulations, reported Reuters.

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USA – California-based company produces ethanol from brewery and winery wastes [Registered]

California-based sustainable energy production company Greenbelt Resources has unveiled a new waste-to-energy interconnected system designed to produce half a million gallons of bioethanol from a variety of locally available feedstocks.

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Bangladesh – Government to invest over US$103 mln to diversify sugar industry [Registered]

Bangladeshi government is set to spend BDT8.09 billion (US$103,059,189) to diversify couple of sugar mills, according to local press reports citing officials of state-run Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC).

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Novozymes launches an enzyme to control foam during cane ethanol production [Registered]

The global biotech company Novozymes recently launched the Fermax enzyme protease that prevents foam development during sugarcane ethanol fermentation.
For an average size plant, trialling partners also experienced a cost reduction of up to 20% when using Fermax, as compared with use of chemicals, Novozymes reports.

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Brazil – Ethanol imports from US surge [Registered]

Brazil imported 18.1 million gallons (82.3 mln litres) ethanol from US in September. This export volume represents the fourth highest to Brazil in the past 12 months.

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Brazil – Lending to competitive ethanol producers by BNDES increases in H2 [Registered]

Lending by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) to ethanol producers in the second half of 2016 have gained traction again, suggests some recovery and confidence in the sector, reports Valor Economico.

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Nano catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol [Registered]

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous.

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Brazil – Tax break for ethanol to expire in December [Registered]

The Brazilian government will not be extending a tax exemption for ethanol sales that expires in December according to two government officials speaking to Reuters.

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