International Sugar Journal

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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Caribbean sugar industry leaders see hope in Brexit for their output [Full subscriber]

With the EU sugar sector becoming market-driven following the abolition of sugar quotas, Caribbean sugar producers are looking to the UK to provide preferential access post-Brexit. Sugar Association of the […]

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Brazil – Ethanol reserves rising, prices falling, increased sugar production likely [Full subscriber]

As ethanol prices tumble amidst rising stockpiles and storage capacity becoming increasingly limited, the prospect of sugar output increasing seems likely, according to Bloomberg.

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New Zealand – Extensive review by a think tank slams sugar taxes [Registered]

A report commissioned under the previous National Government has debunked popular justification for sugar taxes. Its findings show only weak evidence a sugar tax has been effective at improving health outcomes in other countries.

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USA withdrawal from NAFTA would attract tariff of 15ȼ/lb on Mexican sugar [Full subscriber]

If President Donald Trump withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the US tariff on sugar imports from Mexico would revert to the 15 cents per pound level in place before NAFTA went into effect, Jason Hafemeister, trade adviser to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, told the delegates at the International Sweetener Colloquium event in Florida on February 15.

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India – Sugar import duty doubled to 100% [Full subscriber]

The central government doubled the import duty on raw and refined sugar to 100% on 6th February following calls from the industry to prevent alleged dumping of subsidized sugar from Pakistan to protect domestic farmers at a time when Indian production is expected to exceed consumption, according to local press reports.

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Taiwan – Imports of sugar from Nicaragua doubled to 60,000 tonnes [Registered]

Taiwan has increased the quota of sugar imported from Nicaragua to 60,000 tonnes following the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that was concluded in Taipei in November 2017, according to press reports from both Taiwan and Nicaragua.

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A novel method to produce biobased acrylonitrile [Registered]

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields.

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