International Sugar Journal

USA – DOE to award US$118 million to 17 projects to drive biofuel production [Full subscriber]

The US Department of Energy (DOE) on January 26 announced that it would award US$118 million in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels for America’s transportation and manufacturing needs.

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USA – USDA funds US$9.5 million for three biobased products projects [Full subscriber]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on December 20 an investment of $9.5 million to support the scale-up of three biobased product projects. The three successful projects are funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Bioproduct Pilot Program, which funds research and development of value-added products from agricultural commodities.

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USA – Food and drinks manufacturers seek additional sugar imports [Full subscriber]

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) on December 14 requested the Office of the US Trade Representative to immediately reallocate the raw sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) and the US Department of Agriculture to significantly increase the TRQ for refined sugar to help US food and beverage manufacturers meet demand at a time of historically tight sugar supplies.

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USA – EPA increases biofuels mandates by some 2 billion gallons over the next three years [Full subscriber]

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled on December 1 a three-year proposal to expand the U.S. biofuels policy with more extensive volume mandates and – for the first time – include a pathway for electric vehicle manufacturers to generate lucrative credits.

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USA – US Sugar finalises the acquisition of Imperial Sugar [Registered]

United States Sugar Corp.’s wholly owned subsidiary United States Sugar Savannah Refinery LLC (US Sugar Savannah Refinery), said it told the Third Circuit court on November 29 that it has closed its contentious US$315 million acquisition of Imperial Sugar Co. from the Louis Dreyfus Co.

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US blocks sugar imports from Dominican Republic over forced labour concerns [Full subscriber]

The US government announced on November 24th that it would block sugar imports from Central Romana Corporation, a Dominican Republic company, on suspicion of forced labour at its facilities.

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USA – Beet sugar production forecast to decrease by 150,000 tonnes in 2022/23 [Full subscriber]

The US Department of Agriculture, in its Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, forecasts 2022/23 beet sugar output at 4.994 million short tons, raw value (STRV) (4.530 million tonnes) compared with 5.155 million STRV (4.676 million tonnes) in 2021/22.

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USA – Gevo to build US$1 billion SAF plant in South Dakota [Full subscriber]

The renewable fuels company Gevo is to build a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility estimated at more than US$1 billion on 245 acres (99 ha) just outside Lake Preston, South Dakota.

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USA – Domestic sugar marketing allotment set at 10,646,250 short tons for 2022-23 [Full subscriber]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Sept. 29, set the overall sugar marketing allotment (OAQ) for the fiscal year 2023 (from Oct. 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2023) at 10,646,250 short tons, raw value (STRV) (9,658,116 tonnes).

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US condemns working conditions of Haitians working in the Dominican Republic’s sugar industry [Full subscriber]

In the report published on September 13th, The US Department of Labor described as “scandalous” the working conditions and the challenges in applying the labour law in the sugar industry of the Dominican Republic.

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