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Brazilian sugar mills keep focus on ethanol production

Brazilian sugar mills keep focus on ethanol production

October 11, 2017 |

In Brazil, mills shifted 53.5% of the sugarcane crush towards ethanol production during the second half of October, 3.6% higher than during the same period last year. Mills began switching towards ethanol production in mid-July or August and continue to favor it, helping to boost sugar prices in return. The volume crushed during the period […]

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Brazilian mills could boost ethanol production to 53.7% of the crush next season

Brazilian mills could boost ethanol production to 53.7% of the crush next season

September 20, 2017 |

In Brazil, increased ethanol production is expected to cut sugar production to three-year lows next season as ethanol prices become more profitable for mills in the year starting in April 2018. Kingsman expects the smallest crush in four years at 575 million metric tons, due to slow cane renovation rates as a result of poor […]

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Brazilian mills switch over to more ethanol production during H1 August

Brazilian mills switch over to more ethanol production during H1 August

August 29, 2017 |

In Brazil, mills have begun to switch over to ethanol production in light of falling sugar prices and the decision to impose a 20% tariff on imports above a 600 million liter per year quota. UNICA’s bimonthly report shows that just under 50% of cane was used for ethanol production during the first half of […]

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Brazilian mills still riding a sugar high to ethanol’s detriment

Brazilian mills still riding a sugar high to ethanol’s detriment

January 9, 2017 |

In Brazil, mills will continue to produce more sugar than ethanol in 2017 as the industry continues to ride higher sugar prices before the global supply deficit swings towards a surplus later in the year that will weigh on prices again. CEPEA expects hydrous ethanol production to fall in light of recent tax changes that […]

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Brazilian mills sell 3% more hydrous during H1 December

Brazilian mills sell 3% more hydrous during H1 December

January 5, 2017 |

In Brazil, during the first half of December, mills sold 3% more hydrous ethanol than during the previous two-week period at 552.62 million liters. Anhydrous ethanol sales were barely more than flat at 438.80 million liters. Of the more than 1 billion liters sold during the period, about 30.4 million liters were intended for export. […]

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Calls to unleash ethanol production capacity at all Tamil Nadu mills

Calls to unleash ethanol production capacity at all Tamil Nadu mills

October 24, 2016 |

In India, a party leader is calling for all 46 sugar mills in Tamil Nadu to be allowed to produce ethanol, rather than just the eight that currently do so. Over the weekend, Bharath Petroleum Corporation floated a tender to source 2.8 billion liters of ethanol to comply with the country’s E5 blending mandate but […]

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RFA analysis shows improved efficiency gains at dry mill biorefineries

RFA analysis shows improved efficiency gains at dry mill biorefineries

March 8, 2016 |

In Washington, an analysis conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association and released March 7 finds the net energy balance of corn-based ethanol at U.S. dry mill biorefineries averages 2.6–2.8, an improvement over previous estimates, reflecting efficiency gains. The figures build on USDA’s recent findings of a 2.1–2.3 net energy balance. RFA’s own analysis uses more current dry […]

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Low oil prices keep ethanol stocks at the mills despite government push

Low oil prices keep ethanol stocks at the mills despite government push

February 29, 2016 |

In India, despite the government’s push for 5% and soon 10% ethanol blending and a floor price established that oil companies must purchase their mandated ethanol purchases at low oil prices are providing too hard of a temptation for OMCs to miss. As a result, mills have hundreds of millions of liters of ethanol on […]

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Ethanol still the favored half of Brazilian sugarcane crush

Ethanol still the favored half of Brazilian sugarcane crush

November 11, 2015 |

In Brazil, as the crush heads into its final stages for the year, mills are again focusing on ethanol production over sugar with nearly 58% of the crop going towards producing the fuel. The ethanol focus is in turn helping to support sugar prices, which are finally starting to recover for the first time in […]

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India’s competition watchdog finds evidence of mills colluding over ethanol prices

India’s competition watchdog finds evidence of mills colluding over ethanol prices

October 20, 2015 |

In India, the Competition Commission of India has found evidence of sugar mills colluding on price during the ethanol auctions held to supply the national blending policy during 2014. The chemical industry has lobbed allegation of price fixing against the sugar industry but this is the first time the CCI has found evidence of such […]

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