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Brazilian ag minister frustrated by delays in support for sugar and ethanol industry

Brazilian ag minister frustrated by delays in support for sugar and ethanol industry

May 4, 2020 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the country’s agriculture minister is “frustrated” with the slow pace of supports for the sugar and ethanol industry suffering from COVID-19. A range of support measures were meant to be published last week but they were stuck within the economy ministry and further delayed by the May 1 holiday. The […]

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USDA announces no need to buy and sell sugar for ethanol this season

USDA announces no need to buy and sell sugar for ethanol this season

December 23, 2019 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for crop year 2019, which runs from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020. The CCC is required by law to quarterly announce estimates of sugar to […]

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Major Indian sugar producers push back against sugar as ethanol feedstock despite calling for permission

Major Indian sugar producers push back against sugar as ethanol feedstock despite calling for permission

December 3, 2019 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that despite more than 14 million metric tons of sugar stocks that are weighing down the national sugar industry, mills in Uttar Pradesh are not interested in converting excess sugar into ethanol despite the government deregulating feedstock rules to allow it. Even Maharashtra is on the fence about […]

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India looking to promote ethanol production from sugar to reduce glut

India looking to promote ethanol production from sugar to reduce glut

August 28, 2019 |

In India, Cogencis news agency reports that the government is looking to not only ask oil marketing companies to specifically buy ethanol produced from sugar rather than molasses or sugarcane juice in an effort to eat down huge sugar stocks weighing on the market, but a separate floor price for the sugar-based ethanol will likely […]

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Maharashtra seeks permission to use sugar as ethanol feedstock in wake of drought

Maharashtra seeks permission to use sugar as ethanol feedstock in wake of drought

July 9, 2019 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that with the drought’s negative impact on sugarcane and therefore molasses availability for ethanol production, the state’s sugar industry is seeking permission to use sugar as feedstock for ethanol. The state, country and global market are drowning in excess sugar supplies, weighing on producers that in turn weighs […]

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Avantium awarded nearly $1.5M for providing sugar streams from nonfood feedstock

Avantium awarded nearly $1.5M for providing sugar streams from nonfood feedstock

June 30, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium N.V. has been awarded €1.3 million (almost $1.5 million) for its Dawn and Mekong Technologies from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The consortium, coordinated by Avantium, works on developing 100% plant-based chemicals produced from renewable raw materials. The […]

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Brazilian mills look back to ethanol as sugar rush fizzles

Brazilian mills look back to ethanol as sugar rush fizzles

May 8, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that hopes for a recovery in sugar prices sufficient to drive a shift in production away from ethanol have withered and mills are reworking plans in order to focus again on ethanol production. Sopex expects ethanol to account for around 65% of this season’s cane crush rather than 60% or less […]

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Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

February 19, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Louis Dreyfus believes flexible sugar mills that can easily switch between sugar and ethanol will likely make the shift faster this next season than in previous seasons, leading to “dramatic” shifts in production of either product as mills become more pragmatic in their decision making. Alvean believes that sugar prices […]

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Indian sugar industry seeking license waiver to ramp up ethanol production quicker

Indian sugar industry seeking license waiver to ramp up ethanol production quicker

November 15, 2018 |

In India, the Financial Express newspaper reports that the domestic sugar industry is pleading with the central government to have regulations established by the National Green Tribunal requiring certain licenses for ethanol producers be eased in order to facilitate to a quick ramp up in production. The national government is pushing for sugar mills to […]

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India’s plans to divert sugar to ethanol thwarted by short-term policy

India’s plans to divert sugar to ethanol thwarted by short-term policy

October 29, 2018 |

In India, rather than divert 2 million metric tons of sugar towards ethanol in response to the government’s deregulation of feedstocks allowing production from ‘B’ heavy molasses and sugarcane juice, mills are only likely to divert a quarter of that volume towards ethanol production. Mills say the reason is because the government only announced prices […]

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