International Sugar Journal

Thailand – Cane growers defy the ban on burning crop prior to harvesting [Registered]

Sugarcane growers in eastern and central Thailand have been burning their fields at night despite authorities’ ban on the practice to curb air pollution.

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Thailand – 2019/20 sugar output to fall to 10.5 million tonnes – 9-year low [Full subscriber]

Sugar production in Thailand is expected to fall 28% to a nine-year low of 10.5 million tonnes in the current crop season as drought curtails cane supplies, according to Rangsit Hiangrat, director-general of Thai Sugar Millers Corp.

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China’s crackdown on sugar smuggling inflicts storage headache for the Thai industry [Full subscriber]

A crackdown on sugar smuggling into China is creating a major storage problem for exporters/producers in Asia in particular, reported Reuters.

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Thailand – Sugar industry expected to lose US$196 million due to strong Baht [Full subscriber]

The Office of the Cane and Sugar Board (OCSB) projects the sugar industry will lose THB10 billion (US$326 million) in the upcoming sugar-crushing season because of the baht’s appreciation and the global oversupply, according to the Bangkok Post.

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Thailand – Total Corbion PLA inaugurates 75,000 tonnes bioplastics plant [Full subscriber]

Total Corbion PLA inaugurated the world’s second-largest polylactic acid (PLA) plant in Rayong, Thailand. This increases global production capacity for the biopolymer by almost 50%.

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Thailand – Sugar tax hike to take effect from 1st October [Full subscriber]

The Excise Department is to levy a tax increase on sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) from the beginning of 1st October 1, according to local press reports. This the second round of taxes that the Thai government is levying on sugary drinks.

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Thailand – Lenzing to invest €400 million in new biobased fibre plant [Full subscriber]

The Austria-based Lenzing Group has announced plans to invest more than €1billion in new biobased fibre production facilities, according to the company’s press release.

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Thailand – GGC and KTIS partner in US$1.3 billion sugar factory-biorefinery complex [Full subscriber]

The locally listed Global Green Chemicals Plc (GGC) is partnering with Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Plc (KTIS) in a new build project involving building a new cane sugar factory and a biorefinery complex costed at THB40 billion (US$1.298 billion), according to local press reports. 

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Thailand – Court rejects land grab case against Mitr Phol by Cambodian villagers [Full subscriber]

A Thai court rejected on 4th July land grab case brought by Cambodian villagers against Mitr Phol on a technicality that it cannot be treated as a class action lawsuit, according to the plaintiff’s lawyer and a land rights organisation, reported Al Jazeera.

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Papua New Guinea – New build sugar mill project receives an investment of US$1 billion [Full subscriber]

An agreement by Papua New Guinea (PNG), China and Thailand was signed in Port Moresby on 22nd November to build a new sugar mill and a cogen unit supported by cane plantation along with logistics infrastructure worth PGK3.4 billion (US$1 billion) in the Abau district of Central, according to local press reports.

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