International Sugar Journal

Pakistan – Government will shoulder costs for installing video surveillance technology at sugar mills to monitor production [Full subscriber]

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved on 8th February PKR350 million (US$2.2 million) for the installation of Video Analytics Surveillance (VAS) systems at sugar mills to monitor their operations and prevent tax evasion, according to local press reports.

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Brazil – 2020/21 corn ethanol production to increase by over 80% [Full subscriber]

In the last five years, corn ethanol production in Brazil has increased more than tenfold. The 2020/21 corn ethanol production is expected to increase by 80.3% to 3.021 billion litres according to the national agricultural agency, Companhia Nacional de Abastecimento (Conab).

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USA – 2020 ethanol production expected to decline by 13% [Full subscriber]

The data on September 25 by the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate a drop in ethanol production by 13% in 2020 fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring.

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France – 2020/21 campaign – Early indications show disastrous fall in sugar beet production from yellow virus infection [Full subscriber]

With the 2020/21 campaign underway, the French sugar beet research institute ITB says that nationally, beet yields will be down by 17% compared to the five-year average, dropping to 72 t/ha with the sugar content of 16%. This may be a conservative figure, according to local press reports.

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Ukraine – 2020/21 campaign – sugar beet acreage down by 5%, sugar output forecast to fall by 15% [Full subscriber]

For the 2020/21 campaign, sugar beet was sown on 209,000 hectares, some 5% less than in 2019, according to the National Association of Sugar Producers Ukrtsukor.

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China – Drought in Yunnan Province reduced cane output by over 2 million tonnes [Full subscriber]

Persistent drought in southwest China’s Yunnan Province has resulted in decreasing sugarcane output this year by 2.23 million tonnes, according to the provincial department of industry and information technology, reported the local news agency Xinhua.

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Russia – 2018/19 beet acreage drops by 4% as sugar price falls [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet acreage for the 2018/19 season is 3.9% lower than the previous year at 1.13 million hectares due to low sugar prices, according to local press reports.

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Novel biofilm reactor accelerating algae growth could advance biofuels [Registered]

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a novel biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less water and lower light than typical reactors. The new reactor grows algae more […]

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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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New catalysts produce sugar alcohols cheaply [Registered]

Polyalcohols are widely used in the food industry, especially in candy and gum because they bring the sweet without the risk of cavities. Researchers at ICIQ (Tarragona, Spain) and ETH (Zurich, Switzerland) designed a process using metallic catalysts to produce sweeteners like mannitol or ribitol from widely available glucose or arabinose.

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