International Sugar Journal

Turkey – Health ministry wants 10% reduction in sugar various products by 2025 [Full subscriber]

Turkish Health Ministry released the Sugar Reduction Guide in mid-July to gradually reduce the amount of sugar in confectionery, sweet sauces, breakfast cereals, and nonalcoholic drinks by at least 10% by 2025.

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UK – British Sugar takes the government to court for allowing tariff-free imports of 260,000 tonnes raw sugar [Full subscriber]

The UK government is facing the first significant legal challenge to its post-Brexit independent trade policy after the High Court agreed that a decision to cut tariffs on some UK sugar imports could be subject to a judicial review.

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India’s export subsidy measures come under scrutiny at WTO [Full subscriber]

At a recent meeting of the Committee on Agriculture of the World Trade Organization (WTO), questions were raised on the reported US$626-million interest subvention grant to help India use its sugar for ethanol production, and a decision to approve sugar export subsidies worth US$475.8 million for the marketing year 2020-21 to export 6 million tonnes of sugar.

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EU – Sugar users group CIUS opposes return to market intervention [Full subscriber]

CIUS, the committee of European Sugar Users placed its support behind the EU Commission and Council in arguing against returning “back to a more regulated sugar market as wished for by the European Parliament” in a recent press release.

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Indian government approves subsidy to export 6 million tonnes sugar [Full subscriber]

India’s cabinet has approved a mega assistance package for sugar mills to export up to 6 million tonnes sugar during in the 2019-20 marketing starting October to aid the cash-strapped millers, reported Reuters.

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Brazil – 2018/19 cane crush falls by 4% in Centre-South [Registered]

Cane milled in the major sugar producing region Center-South (CS) of Brazil during the 2018/19 campaign which ended on March 31, was 573.072 million tonnes compared with 596.330 million tonnes during the 2017/18 season, according to the Brazilian sugar industry association UNICA.

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Russia – Exports struggle as sugar produced is not cost-competitive [Full subscriber]

Russia’s difficulty exporting its sugar could slow the expansion of the industry that’s seen a big transformation in the past two decades, reports Bloomberg.

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Braskem and Haldor Topsoe commissions pilot plant for MEG from sugar [Full subscriber]

Braskem and Haldor Topsoe recently announced commissioning a pioneering demonstration unit for the development of monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar.

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Pakistan – Sugar millers denied export subsidies [Full subscriber]

In a bid to drive the competitiveness of the cane sugar in the country, the government is refusing any subsidies for the sugar industry

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Indonesia – Sugar takes top billing in the presidential race [Registered]

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who’s seeking another five-year term in 2019, has opened up the floodgates to sugar imports to stabilize domestic prices. It worked, but now he’s facing the heat from local farmers, a key voting bloc, reports Bloomberg.

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