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South Africa's Illovo Sugar flags lower FY earnings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the sweetener, said on Wednesday its full-year profits would fall due to depressed global prices and drought that has ravaged some of its crops in South Africa.

Bumper sugar production predicted

A bumper sugar production of 5.2 million tons has been forecast for the current year, as opposed to 5.03 million tons last year. "A buffer stock of 3.5 million tons of sugar is available with local sugar mills and Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) which is sufficient till February 2015," an official source of Ministry of National Food Security and Research told Business Recorder on Tuesday.

Sugar workers suffering since closure of Ogle Diagnostic Centre

The O.D.C, commonly known as the Ogle Diagnostic Centre, located in the compound of the Guysuco Head Office in Ogle was a health institution established in 1979 where the sugar workers along with their immediate families were entitled to free medical treatment and hospitalization.

Ramotar lays out sugar plan at Albion

As the ailing sugar industry continues to be a major campaign issue for next month's general elections, President Donald Ramotar yesterday announced several aspects of a revival plan to supporters at a rally in the Berbice sugar community of Albion.

Peasant cane farmers in Demerara want same benefits as those in Berbice

It appears that the Ministry of Agriculture and Guysuco have different sets of policies and systems for Berbice cane farmers/contractors and another for Demerara cane farmers, especially West Bank Demerara cane farmers .

Sugar Research Australia seeks roles for Research Funding Panel

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) is inviting applications from qualified and skilled people for the roles of Chair and Members of the SRA Research Funding Panel (RFP).

Sugar regulator slowly suffocating industry

The former Kenya Sugar Board (KSB), which is now the Sugar Directorate under Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA), is systematically and ruthlessly killing the country's sugar industry that it is mandated to protect and regulate either by default or deliberate design.

Dangote Sugar Refinery to Pay N4.8bn Dividend

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc recorded improved bottom line for the 2014 despite the challenging operating environment. The audited results of the company released last Friday showed a profit after tax of N11.6 billion, up from N10.8 billion. Based on the performance, the directors have recommended dividend of N4.8 billion, which translates into 40 kobo per share.

Sugar factory is releasing effluents into canal

Aland Taluk Sugarcane Growers Sangha has charged NSL Sugars Ltd. with releasing the untreated effluents and excess molasses illegally into the left bank canal of the Amarja project near Bhusnur village in Aland taluk in Kalaburagi district.

Egypt imposes temporary tariff on sugar imports

The Egyptian government with conduct a probe into a recent increase in sugar imports that contributed to pressure already felt in its domestic sugar industry

Egypt's stocks slip as sugar protectionism may hurt food makers

Egypt's main stock index slipped in early trade on Sunday, partly because of Juhayna Food Industries, which may face higher costs. But most stocks rose and El Arabia For Investment & Development surged after saying it might sell a unit.

Suedzucker Says Tough Sugar, Ethanol Markets Hurt Earnings

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Zim, SA Open for Deeper Economic Co-Operation

President Robert Mugabe's visit to South Africa earlier this month (April 7-9) marked the second state visit to the republic in 21 years. His last state visit was in 1994. While a number of issues were on the agenda, it is clear that discussions on bilateral and regional economic co-operation took centre stage.

Sugar mills in a soup

The industry is facing the worst crisis and stakeholders have been demanding revenue-sharing cane price, withdrawal of VAT and measures to encourage ethanol production, but the response from the State government has been tepid.

SRA appoints new Manager Communications

Sugar Research Australia (SRA), the sugar industry's owned company for research, development and extension, has announced the appointment of its new Manager Communications, Mr Brad Pfeffer.

Sugar industry asks for rationalised cane price policy across the country

The sugar industry has called for a rationalised cane price policy across the country, in the wake of cane price arrears crossing Rs 19,000 crore and about 3 million tonnes of surplus stock pulling the prices down in the market.

Surplus sugar to stress mills' profitability: ICRA

Pune, April 15: Surplus sugar in both domestic and international markets will continue to keep prices under pressure in the near term, according to a report by ratings agency ICRA.

Mexico's Arca says looking at government sugar mills tender

Mexican bottle maker Arca Continental is considering taking part in the government's auction of 9 state-held sugar mills, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday.

South Africa's Illovo Sugar flags lower FY earnings

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Illovo Sugar, Africa's biggest producer of the sweetener, said on Wednesday its full-year profits would fall due to depressed global prices and drought that has ravaged some of its crops in South Africa.

Brazil sugar output to rise

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA: Brazil's 2015-16 cane crop, which began crushing this month, is due to churn out 37.35 million tonnes (mt) of sugar, up 5 per cent from a year earlier, with most of the growth coming from the main centre-south harvest, government crop supply agency Conab said late on Monday.

Marginal sugar exporters to eye local markets after EU quotas end

Less efficient sugar exporters are likely to focus on boosting sales to growing domestic markets after EU production quotas are dismantled in 2017, a senior executive of French producer Tereos said on Tuesday.

Dreyfus backs idea of rising Brazilian sugar output

The debate over prospects for sugar output from Brazil's key Centre South region swung towards a rise in output this season as Louis Dreyfus backed ideas of a crop of at least 33.5m tonnes, although rain concerns kept a prop under futures.

Cabinet increases minimum price of beet sugar by 36.7% for 2015/16 agri-year

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has increased the minimum price of beet sugar for the 2015/16 agricultural year (September August) by 36.7% compared to the current year, to UAH 6,454.73 per tonne (value added tax not included).

Why record sugar production not good for Maharashtra

Maharashtra witnessed record sugar production this year. By the end of this crushing season, it will be producing more than 10 million tonnes of sugar. This will be around 40 per cent of the country's total production, 25 per cent higher than last year's.

Sweet outlook for knowledge export

KNOWLEDGE is shaping up to be the latest export for the Sunshine Coast's sugar industry. Local sugar growing has been in decline since the 2003 closure of the Moreton Sugar Mill in Nambour, but the export of research and development knowledge is providing new hope.

EU sugar exports to rise after quotas dismantled-Tereos

EU white sugar exports are expected to rise and imports to the 28-nation bloc will likely fall after production quotas are dismantled in 2017, a senior official of French producer Tereos said on Tuesday.

Feasibility study on revival of Brahmavar sugar factory soon

Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, said on Monday that the government would order a feasibility study to decide on the revival of Brahmavar Cooperative Sugar Factory in the district.

Maharashtra sugar cooperatives' leader Ghatge passes away

Vikram Ghatge, founder of Shree Chhattrapati Shahu Cooperative Sugar Factory in Kolhapur and known for his work in Maharashtra's cooperative sugar sector, died of heart attack on Monday morning. He was 66.

Labour manifesto has sugar in its sights

The UK Labour Party today (13 April) issued its manifesto for the country's upcoming general election - and has pledged to take aim at sugar.

Malawi: Nine Police Officers Detained in Connection With Missing Equipment At GBI

Salima National Police Public relations officer Rhoda Manjolo has confirmed that nine police officers are in custody at Salima Police after equipment went missing at the Salima Green Belt Initiative (GBI) Sugar Processing Factory, on the nights the officers were providing security to the premises.

GuySuCo needs to invest in modern machinery and technology, not just human resources

As a former HR practitioner in Guyana and now operating in the Caribbean, I always read with keen interest developments in human resource management and labour relations in Guyana, and more particularly in the sugar industry, where I had my earlier groundings as a clerk in the personnel department. I read with interest the missive from Mr Earl John, whom I remembered as a former Personnel Director in GuySuCo, captioned Priority should be given to the humanisation of GuySuCo over mechanisation' carried in SN edition of April 10.

EU support for sugar industry

WITH the European Union channelling about $150million into the country's sugar sector, more support projects are anticipated to start soon with the aim of helping sugar farmers.

Negron proves there is hope state lawmakers will stand up to Big Sugar

They spell out Buy the Land in live bodies along along a Stuart beach. They gather in standing-room-only crowds at South Florida Water Management District meetings, traveling from Miami aboard Tri Rail and car pools from the Treasure Coast.

Sugar price slump canes Queensland growers

Kevin Borg is flat out on his sugar farm an hour south of Mackay ahead of the harvest in May or June. After a dry February he has one eye on the weather, looking for rain before the tall green sugarcane is due to be cut. The other is watching turmoil 11,000 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean.

Major EU processors have all signalled intent to increase production after quotas

CONTINUED increases in production across the EU sugar sector, despite declining prices, mean a 'near-perfect storm' is brewing for the industry.

Troubled Mumias Sugar now accuses ex-managers of sabotage

Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) is now blaming its former managers for sabotaging reforms meant to see the firm get the Sh1 billion bailout from the Government.

Why sugar miller Rai is set to be on many lips

Rai Holdings is emerging as a key player in the East African sugar sector with its business spreading fast in Kenya and Uganda.

Five govt-owned sugar firms in $1b debt

Five government-owned sugar companies are steeped in debt amounting to Ksh100 billion ($1.1 billion) due to mismanagement and dumping of illegal sugar in the Kenyan market.

Local sugar industry can survive ASEAN free trade

The local sugar industry, despite the recent decline in output, is expected to overcome the ASEAN free trade, especially with the newly approved Sugar Industry Development Act that is designed to improve the quality of the country's sugar at the same time lowering its price.

Wilmar warns of potential Australian sugar production shortfall

SYDNEY: Australia's sugar production during the 2014/15 season may miss official estimates as a result of recent dry weather across the northeast coast of the world's third-largest raw sugar exporter, Wilmar International Ltd said on Wednesday.

India might consider white sugar export incentive - minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India might consider giving cash-strapped sugar companies an incentive to export white, or refined, sugar as long as mills agree to pay the dues they owe to millions of cane growers, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Wednesday.

Priority should be given to the humanisation of GuySuCo over mechanisation

It seems time for a splurge of sugary mouthings about the named national industry by all and sundry, political personalities in particular, who feel compelled to make renditions which may sound sweet to the ear. The trouble is that these ill-informed and under-informed persons have actually conveyed the impression that they believe in what they actually do not know.

Mumias Sugar can bail itself out

KENYA: The crippling problems strangling the very survival of the country's leader in sugar production, the giant Mumias Sugar Company (MSC) is a classic example on how bad corporate governance, corruption, bad politics and outright looting by top corporate individuals have ruined the lives and a promising economy supporting more than 10 million people.

Paswan to meet cane growers, CMs next week

With the sugar industry struggling to pay cane arrears to farmers, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has convened two separate meetings next week with the farmers and Chief Ministers of sugar producing states to help resolve the crisis.

Another presidential defender

The head of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), Maria Regina Bautista-Martin, sought to clarify certain provisions of Republic Act 10659, one of two laws discussed in my column last Wednesday. The SRA administrator took strong exception to commentaries made on RA 10659 signed into law last March 27 by President Benigno Noy Aquino III.

What plans do the political parties have to improve the state of sugar in Guyana?

The oft repeated adage that government must not involve itself in commercial ventures appears to be vindicated when one considers the parlous financial straits in which GuySuCo presently finds itself.

Queensland Farmers' Federation chief executive quits to take top job at Canegrowers

A leadership shuffle is underway in Queensland agri-politics, with the chief executive of the Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF) to take the top job at Canegrowers.

The other presidential lapses'

Forgoing anew the traditional ceremonies at Malacaang Palace, President Benigno Noy Aquino III quietly signed into law the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015. The new law under Republic Act 10659 lays down the legal groundwork to supposedly maximize production of the country's sugarcane industry.

Domestic sugar refineries oppose sugar imports from Laos

The Vietnamese-owned Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group has received approval from the government to import 50,000 tons of sugar made in Laos, creating concern among domestic sugar companies.

Sugar experts to visit Bundaberg this April

SUGAR industry researchers, millers and growers from Australia and overseas will soon gather in Bundaberg to discover the latest developments in sugar technology.

Indonesian government prevents supply of doubled refined sugar to open market

The Indonesia trade ministry said it is seeking to prevent illegal supply of double refined sugar to the open market for household consumption.

Labor group Sugarcane Act

A labor group said it doubts that the Sugarcane Industry Development Act will answer the problems of Negros Occidental's major industry.

Sugarbeet industry executive outlines challenges for 2015

FARGO, N.D. Trade issues, politics, labeling and bio-tech concerns are just a few of the topics touched upon during remarks by Luther Markwart, American Sugarbeet Growers Association executive vice president, at the 53rd annual International Sugarbeet Institute. But he started his presentation talking about a subject that has had a big impact recently on the declining price of sugar-imports of Mexican sugar.

IndoAgri eyes Indonesian expansion, may build sugar mill-CEO

Singapore-listed plantation firm Indofood Agri Resources Ltd's ambitions to expand in Indonesia could involve a new sugar mill but finding suitable land is a challenge standing in the way, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Wilmar warns of potential Australian sugar production shortfall

Australia's sugar production during the 2014/15 season may miss official estimates as a result of recent dry weather across the northeast coast of the world's third-largest raw sugar exporter, Wilmar International Ltd said on Wednesday.

New sugar mill planned

Singapore-listed plantation firm Indofood Agri Resources Ltd could invest at least $150 million to build a new sugar mill in Indonesia to meet rising demand there, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Ethiopia: Sugar Production to Begin At Former Pakistani-Owned Plant

A sugar factory which the government took over from its Pakistani owners will commence trial production this month with an initial crushing capacity of 5,000tns of sugar a day.

Small sugar firms up on sustained demand

Mumbai, Apr 6 (PTI) Small sugar firmed up further at the Vashi wholesale market here today following sustained demand from bulk consumers and upcountry buyers.

Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Coffee and tea both landed in the British isles in the 1600s. In fact, java even got a head start of about a decade. And yet, a century later, tea was well on its way to becoming a daily habit for millions of Britons which it remains to this day.

BIOTONE Introduces Sugar Body Polishes

BIOTONE introduces new Sugar Body Polishes in three delightful fragrances of Berry Buff, Caf Brule and Coconut Crush. Created from a blend of rich moisturizers and natural gentle buffers, the invigorating new scrubs for professional and at-home use gently polish the skin to reveal its beautiful, radiant and youthful glow while treating clients to an enticing aromatic experience.

Sugar substitutes not so sweet for health

CANCER Council is warning Ipswich residents against health claims on products sweetened with sugar substitutes, many of which still contain higher than recommended levels of sugar.

'Healthy' fruit juice firms under fire over high sugar levels

'Healthy' fruit juices often contain more sugar than fizzy cola drinks - while some canned soft drinks contain twice the recommended daily amount of sugar, according to new research.

South Africa - a Fat, Hungry Nation

Food is a big issue in South Africa - we're the fattest country in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the 20 fattest countries in the world. At the same time, one in every four South Africans regularly goes hungry

Sudan: 'Contaminated Sugar' Sold At Markets in Nyala, South Darfur

Nyala The Sudanese Standards and Metrology Organisation has warned the residents of the South Darfur capital of Nyala, for contaminated sugar sold at the markets.

Nigeria: Price of Sugar Slumps as FAO Food Price Index Declines

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index continued to decline in March, dropping 1.5 per cent from February and 18.7 per cent (40 points) below its level a year earlier.

Aquino signs law promoting development of sugarcane industry

The law aims to aid the development of the sugarcane industry especially as import duty will be 5% this year

Swaziland sugar revenue to drop further

AS sugar prices in the country's markets continue to drop, the Swaziland Sugar Association (SSA) has revealed that its revenue in 2015/16 will also decline.

Ex-sugar workers welcome EC$16M payout, but

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts JUST six weeks into governance and the tri-party alliance Team Unity has fulfilled two of its pre-election promises of economic relief to nationals, citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis, with the first being the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) from all food, medicine and funeral expenses.

Agriculture: Ethiopia's sweet and sour harvests

The sugar plant at Wonji-Shoa is chugging along, but the government's 10 other projects estimated to cost more than $5.5bn face problems of their own.

Grafton, N.D., woman is female voice for sugar beet farms

FARGO, N.D. As U.S. sugar beet growers face increasing political fights about things such as genetically modified organisms in beet seed, they're raising the profile of their staunchest allies farm women.

Rabobank Sugar Quarterly Q1: Overwhelming Stocks Keep Prices in Decline

NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the latest Rabobank Sugar Quarterly report, abundant global sugar supplies have been steadily accumulating after four years of a production surplus, leading to the decline in global prices. Main import destinations like China and Indonesia have abundant stocks and are wary about importing more sugar in 2015, after seeing domestic prices collapse. Rabobank forecasts a global sugar production deficit of 0.7 million tonnes raw sugar for the season.

Sugar output could rise nearly 2 percent from previous forecast

PUNE, India (Reuters) - India's sugar output could rise nearly 2 percent this year from a previous forecast, as production in top-producing Maharashtra is expected to hit a record high, trade and government officials said on Thursday.

Kenya: Koyoo Wants Sugar Factories in Muhoroni Sold to Local Investors

State-owned sugar factories in Muhoroni constituency should be sold to local investors after privatization.

Mpulungu Habour Rehab Key to Great Lakes Trade

INFRASTRUCTURE development is a cardinal undertaking that helps spur growth of an economy and avails the citizen's efficient service delivery particularly in the social sector.

South Africa: Agro-Processing to Drive Economic Transformation

The reviving of agriculture and the agro-processing value chain is key for radical economic transformation, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Zambia: Plantation Welcome

THE move by Mansa Sugar to invest about US$54 million in the sugar plantation in Chembe District of Luapula province is commendable.

Canegrowers Queensland chair Paul Schembri, Greenpool Commodities analyst Tom McNeil and Herbert district cane grower Michael Waring discuss the impact of the falling global price of sugar

Canegrowers Queensland chair Paul Schembri, Greenpool Commodities analyst Tom McNeil and Herbert district cane grower Michael Waring discuss the impact of the falling global price of sugar, which is now below 12 US cents per pound

Petrocaribe Assists Former Sugar Workers in St. Kitts and Nevis

The country's leader says this is another example of the Venezuelan government's ongoing support for former sugar workers.

PNoy, solons thanked for sugarcane act

Sugar leaders yesterday thanked President Benigno Aquino for approving the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, and the lawmakers who authored the measure.

Sugarcane Bill signed into law

THE Sugarcane Bill is now a law after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed it on March 27. Negros Occidental Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, author of the bill's House version, said that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa confirmed to him yesterday that President Aquino already signed the Sugarcane Law.

Michigan Sugar Co. wraps up annual beet slicing campaign, growers ready to plant new crop

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, MI -- Michigan Sugar Co. wrapped up its annual beet processing campaign on Monday and Mike Schmidt says he's ready to get a new season started.

Sugar beet processing plants wrap up work after big harvest

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. Sugar beet processing plants have wrapped up their annual work after a big Michigan harvest.

EID Parry sells Alagawadi Bireshwar Sugars for Rs 1.7 crore

Murugappa Group firm EID Parry (India) Ltd said that it has divested its entire shareholding of 1,02,222 equity shares of Rs 100 each in Alagawadi Bireshwar Sugars Pvt Ltd for Rs 1.70 crore.

Who is going to revamp the sugar industry?

In the Stabroek News of March 29, there is an article entitled Sugar Industry's problems bigger then Skeldon.' It's the only thing in this entire report on what Mr Jagdeo said at Freedom House on March 28, with which I agree.

Sugar industry in crisis': Govt mulls levying entry tax on outside sugar

The Punjab government is planning to impose entry tax on sugar coming from other states. A bill was to be moved on the last day of the budget session on Wednesday, but it was deferred so that the issue could be discussed threadbare and the interests of all stakeholders sugar manufacturers, sugarcane farmers and consumers are protected.

Malawi: Illovo to Continue Supporting Tree Planting Support in the Lower Shire

Chikwawa Illovo Sugar Company Limited has reiterated its commitment and support towards tree planting activities in the Lower Shire so that the environment is protected and that effects of climate are mitigated.

Sugar industry's problems bigger than Skeldon factory

Although willing to accept that he should have done more to address problems plaguing the Skeldon sugar factory, former President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said while critics focus on the plant, the entire industry needs overhauling.

Sugar sector project too large'

TWO FORMER Cabinet ministers have urged the Freundel Stuart Administration to consider scaling down its multimillion dollar sugar industry restructuring programme, saying conditions had changed too drastically.

State sugar industry bleeds amid falling sugar prices, rising costs

In what is emerging to be a major political challenge for the BJP-led government, a dozen private mills in India's top sugar producing state of Maharashtra have shut operations mid-way through the crushing season, weighed down the steep slide in sugar prices and rising input costs, leading to cumulative arrears of Rs 2500 crore to be paid to farmers.

Colombian sugar industry to add 21 MW to grid in 2015 - report

Colombia's sugar refineries expect to increase their power capacity to 269 MW and have a surplus of 89 MW for the grid at year-end, compared to 68 MW until now, according to local sugarcane industry association Asocana, quoted by daily Portafolio.

SRIF to revitalize strategic plan

The Sugar Research Institute of Fiji will revitalize its strategic plan as it takes steps to underpin the future success of the sugar industry.

Sugar hits fresh six-year low

London - Raw sugar futures touched a fresh six-year low on Friday, weighed by a strengthening dollar and abundant supplies, while arabica coffee and cocoa dipped in light volumes.

Farmers' cane arrears mount to 600 crore

MUZAFFARPUR: A piquant situation has cropped up in sugar industry in the state where a sudden fall in wholesale sugar price from Rs 3,400 to Rs 2,500 per quintal has forced the sugar mill owners to hold up payment of sugarcane farmers on the ground that they are unable to sustain the loss of Rs 750 in production of every quintal of sugar. As a result, about Rs 600 crore belonging to farmers of the state has been held up by factories this season so far.

Kenya: Mumias Farmers Want Say in Sugar Firm

Two leaders have said cane farmers from the Mumias sugar zone want the government to retain Coutts Otolo as managing director and Dan Ameyo as board chairman at the embattled Mumias Sugar Company.

Who are these untouchable sugar barons in Kenya?

So powerful are sugar barons that it is said the police, Parliament and intelligence fear unmasking the real faces behind the crippling woes in the sugar industry. Police claim the barons are untouchable,' while Parliament maintains that the intelligence has refused to disclose the names of those implicated in illegal importation and smuggling of sugar.

Fiji donates five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu

Fiji's sugar industry is donating five tonnes of sugar to Vanuatu for cyclone relief, with the Fiji Sugar Corporation and the Ministry of Sugar handing over the first tonne to the National Disaster Management Office in Lautoka on Wednesday.

Sugar industry cries foul over VAT issue

Stakeholders from the sugar industry in Tamil Nadu feel that the State did not do justice to them. Removing VAT would have given a boost to this sector, they think. The South Indian Sugar Mills Association, Tamil Nadu (SISMA-TN), which met in Chennai on Thursday, said they hoped that Tamil Nadu Sugar Industry which is passing through the most traumatic period would be given some succour.

Punjab zone: Sugar association wants interest-free loans

LAHORE: The Punjab zone of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) is demanding the government to provide interest-free loans at a three- or five-year term to safeguard sugarcane growers in the province.

Kenya sugar farming takes sour turn

There's growing calls to overhaul Kenya's struggling sugar industry - as it suffers further blows from falling prices and escalating competition. As Katie Gregory reports, it seems a government scheme designed to protect the industry by limiting imports - could infact be having the opposite effect.

COMESA grants Kenya one year sugar safeguard extension

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, COMESA has granted Kenya a one year extension of the existing safeguard.

Borough denies plan to build new homes on 130-acre sugar beet site

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere has denied the authority has a secret plan to build thousands of new homes on the sugar beet site on the edge of the town.

Zambia: Mansa Sugar to Invest $54m

MANSA Sugar, is set to invest a total of US$54 million in the plantation and production of sugar in Chembe District of Luapula Province.

Zimbabwe: Tongaat Prefers Empowerment Credits Over Equity Disposals

TONGAAT Hulett's Managing Director, Sydney Mutsambiwa has called for the review of the country's indigenisation and economic empowerment law saying it should focus on empowerment credits for sustainability compared to disposing of shareholding.

SRA asks BIR to postpone 12 pct VAT on sugar

MANILA, Philippines - The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to postpone the implementation of the recently imposed 12 percent advance value-added tax on raw and refined sugar until the start of the next crop year.

Kenya: Kisumu Bishop Tells Residents to Buy Stake in Sugar Factories

KISUMU Catholic Archdiocese Bishop Zacchaeus Okoth has urged local communities to work together to buy a stake in the sugar factories during privatisation.

Sugar mills can be future power houses: Industry official

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) The country's 550 odd sugar mills can produce at least 2,500 MW of electricity if they install high-power boilers which will involve an investment of Rs.150 crore for each mill, an industry official said here on Monday.

Illovo Sugar appoints Munday chairperson

SE-listed Illovo Sugar has appointed Trevor Munday its new chairperson, effective on the close of the sugar producer's annual general meeting (AGM) on July 15.

Bundaberg Sugar and farmer rep discuss new contract

Eliza Rogers speaks with Guy Basile from Bundaberg Sugar, and Allan Dingle from Bundaberg Canegrowers about a new deal with Coles

U.S. questions Bajan move to restructure sugar

The United States has questioned why Barbados is moving to devote a large amount of scarce resources to restructure the sugar industry.

Weather, politics topics at Sugarbeet Institute

FARGO, N.D. The 53rd International Sugarbeet Institute comes to the Fargodome on March 25 and 26 in Fargo.

U.S. questions move to restructure sector

THE UNITED STATES (US) HAS QUESTIONED why Barbados is moving to devote a large amount of scarce resources to restructure the sugar industry.

Increased cane production critical to the survival of Belize s sugar industry, says BSI

Cane farms in Belize need to produce more cane per acre to be able to cope with tbhe projected falling earnings of 2017, the Belize Sugar Industries explained in its latest publication.

Program to upskill workers

SEVENTY workers employed in the sugar industry will be able to acquire better management skills under a new training program by the EU and the Australian Government designed to upskill workers in targeted sectors in the Pacific.

Easing EAC sugar sales

The decision by the Kenya government to allow more imports of Uganda sugar was very welcome.

Price woes for sugar units

Kolkata: Sugar industry is heading towards a major crisis which if not looked into might lead to shutting down of many factories.

Future of sugar industry tricky', says analyst

As sugar has become one of the most maligned ingredients within food, Euromonitor International research analyst Jack Skelly says the future may prove trickyfor manufacturers.

Sugar mills under stress due to low ex-factory price

Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) Even as sugar production in India rose by 28 lakh tonnes by March 15 this year touching 221.8 lakh tonnes, the ex-factory price of sugar remains low compared to the procured cost of cane resulting in losses to the sugar industry, an industry official said here on Monday.

Changes to Cane and Sugar Act sought for opening of new plants

INDUSTRY Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich said yesterday the ministry would ask the Cabinet to amend the Cane and Sugar Act to facilitate the opening of about 50 sugar processing plants this year.

Bundaberg Sugar signs two-year contract with Coles

BUNDABERG Sugar has signed a two-year contract with Coles to supply about 20,000 tonnes of sugar a year.

Sugar output exceeds demand

Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins. And crops that were hurt by drought last year have been revived by rain. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.

South Africa: Commission of Enquiry Into Dududu Mass Graves

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu says an official request will be sent to President Jacob Zuma to set up a commission of enquiry following the discovery of mass graves on Glenroy farm in Dududu.

Nigeria: Dangote to Increase Refinery Capacity to 650,000bpd

In a move that will see Nigeria having the largest petroleum refinery in the world, Africa's richest man and President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has announced that he will increase his refinery's capacity to process 650,000 barrels per day, thus making it the single largest stream in the world.

Cane conference a sweet success

A DEMOGRAPHICALLY diverse group of 164 sugar cane industry professionals ranging from those just beginning their careers to others starting to think about succession plans convened at Palm Cove on March 16-18 for the 2015 Case IH Step Up! Conference.

SIFI holds pre-job orientation

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. recently held a two-day Pre-Job Orientation at the SIFI Training Center, Talisay City, participated in by 17 SIFI scholars who will graduate this year.

Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail

In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.

Nothing Can Sweeten This Bad News for the Sugar Industry

For decades, big business has been at odds with the government over regulation of certain industries. The desire to clamp down, from the government or public's perspective, is the result of undue harm being caused by industry as a result of use of specific products, or simply externalities caused by product creation. Businesses, on the other hand, are simply trying to maximize profits at any cost.

Sugar shares hit 52-week low

Shares of most of the sugar companies are trading at their 52-week lows after the sweetener prices fallen to five year low following ample stocks on persistent supplies from mills amidst weak demand.

Sugar trade deal strikes big blow to U.S. refiners, candymakers

U.S. regulators' decision to approve a controversial trade deal with Mexico has struck a major blow to sugarcane refiners, who will struggle to source supplies, and confectioners, who will pay higher sugar prices.

Sugar Glut, Sliding Real, Hurt Asian Producers

HONG KONGLife is far from sweet for some top sugar-producing nations, as a global glut combined with a collapse...

The 4 Most Confusing Things About Sugar

Nowadays, when people meet me and hear that I'm a dietitian, the first thing they want to know is: What's the deal with sugar? No doubt, sugar is the diet villain du jour. You've probably seen some scary headlines calling sugar toxic and pointing to it as the source of all our health woes. But the real story is far more complex.

BBC documentary The Truth About Sugar asks tough questions

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Cosan says weak currency to help Brazil regain sugar market share

SAO PAULO, March 19 (Reuters) - The sharp depreciation of the Brazilian currency will help Brazil win back a larger share of the international sugar market, Marcos Lutz, the chief executive of sugar and ethanol producer Cosan said on Thursday. (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Western Sugar to pay $6K fine for OSHA safety citations that led to worker injury

An informal settlement agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Western Sugar Cooperative's Billings plant calls for a $6,000 fine for two serious safety violations that injured a worker in August.

Lessons for food marketers as sugar consumption in UK tumbles

As the health debate surrounding sugar continues, food marketers are reviewing their product formulation and marketing strategies.

Say Goodbye to Refined Sugar and Try Flavorful, Natural Alternatives

Ask any health expert and they'll tell you sugar is the devil. While it's in your best interest to practice moderation when it comes to any treats, you might as well do so without worrying about what other mystery ingredients may be in processed goodies. Shauna Sever of The Next Door Baker is here to help you satisfy your cravings guilt-free with a just-launched dessert recipe cook book, Real Sweet ($21). Her latest recipes use only natural, unrefined and alternative sweeteners (think coconut sugar, agave nectar, orange blossom honey, pure maple syrup and more you maybe never heard ofjaggery, anyone?)

Here's How Much Sugar Consumption Is Hurting the Global Economy

Sugar may not be so sweet when it comes to its effects on the world economy. That's the conclusion of Morgan Stanley analysts in a new research report. They say that because health is a key driver of economic growth, rising diabetes and obesity rates cloud the outlook in both emerging markets and developed economies. Sugar consumption is one major culprit behind such health problems making it a liability for global output.

Ethiopia: Unverified Allegations About Ethiopia's 'Highly Successful' Development Programmes

The UK's Department of International Development (DfID) issued a statement last week on its development relationship with Ethiopia pointing out that Ethiopia was delivering impressive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

Kenya: Kabras Sugar to Build New Sports Facility

Kabras Sugar are in the process of putting up a sports academy. Brand manager Joe Koech said the sugar millers have acquired 8 acres of land in Kabras to put up the facility which will cater for both rugby and football.

Kenya: Firm Fines Farmers for Narok Fires

SUGARCANE farmers in Trans Mara, Narok county, have lost more than 1,500 hectares of mature crop to fires in one month.

Kenya: Kakamega Lobby Puts Lawmakers On Notice Over Mumias Sugar

A lobby group has put on notice elected leaders from Western region who are reluctant to fight for the revival of Mumias Sugar Company.

Unprecedented Sugar Glut Sweeps Across the Globe

Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins.

Ethiopia: PM Slams Construction Industry Players

In front of a crowd of 4,000 members of the construction sector in Ethiopia, who attended a three-day meeting to talk about the new policy direction that the government has set for the construction sector for the coming decade,

Tanzania: Bagamoyo Land Grabbing Denied

TANZANIA has strongly disputed a recent report by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that claimed Bagamoyo EcoEnergy in partnership with the government is grabbing land from the people.

Kenya: Mumias Board Calls Shareholders for an EGM in April

Nairobi Mumias Sugar Company has now called for an Extraordinary General Meeting for its shareholders to be held on April 10.

Nigeria: Dangote Group Hopeful U.S.$9 Billion Refinery Kicks Off By 2017

A new $9 billion oil refinery producing 500,000 barrels per day being developed by Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is expected to come on stream in Nigeria by 2017, a senior Dangote Group official said yesterday. The refinery, to be located in Lagos, will cut Nigeria reliance on international markets for refined petroleum products, which constitute imports of more than 80 percent of the nation's fuel needs. The lack of sufficient refining capacity is a major handicap in Nigeria.

Sugar producers facing issues

Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins. And crops that were hurt by drought last year have been revived by rain. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.

Mills seek government incentives to export white sugar

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's money-losing sugar mills are looking for another round of government incentives to export refined products as a supply glut hammers global and local prices, with no end in sight.

Sugar planters told: Bring sugar tax issues before SC

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Maraon Jr. advised sugar planters to bring their tax issues before the Supreme Court.

Sugar output seen to fall short of target

MANILA, PhilippinesDomestic production of raw sugar is expected to fall short of the 2.5 million-ton goal for the current crop year that ends in July, prompting regulators to scrap export allocations for countries other than the United States.

Brazil's Cosan says to sell slightly more sugar in 2015/16

SAO PAULO, March 18 (Reuters) - Brazil's largest sugar and ethanol group Cosan SA said on Wednesday it would likely sell 4.2 million to 4.4 million tonnes of sugar in the 2015/16 crop year, slightly above the 4.1-4.3 million sold in 2014/15.

Tick programme re-introducing sugar criteria

The Heart Foundation is embracing the latest World Health Organisation recommendations and re-introducing a sugar criterion into relevant categories of its Tick programme.

Sh3bn sugar exports fake: report

Top managers at Mumias Sugar Company colluded with Kenya Revenue Authority officials and made fictitious sugar exports of Sh3 billion between 2006 and 2012, says a parliamentary report.

Kenya sugar farming turns sour as import curbs fail

MUMIAS, Kenya, March 18 (Reuters) - In the sugar cane fields of western Kenya, farmers complain that falling prices mean they can barely make ends meet. Yet rival African producers can still offer cheaper supplies.

Ambassador Derrick Heaven the new JCPS boss takes up office on April 1

Ambassador Derrick Heaven, the former executive chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA), has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of directors of the Jamaica Cane Product Sales (JCPS), effective April 1, 2015.

$5m Government Cane Development Grant

A $5m Government Cane Development Grant will soon be released to the Ministry of Sugar Industry and the Fiji Sugar Corporation to help in the expansion of sugarcane production in the country

Sugar industry needs drastic reforms

Experts and officials have pointed out that Viet Nam is poised to reduce import tariffs sharply under WTO and ASEAN commitments.

Hellenic Sugar names Dimitrios Giannakidis new CEO and Chairman of the board

Names Dimitrios Giannakidis Chairman of the board and CEO * Says Lambros Charalambous resigned earlier from both of his roles of CEO and Chairman of the board

The untold story of how the sugar industry shaped key government research about your teeth

Decades-old documents have surfaced showing that the powerful U.S. sugar industry skewed the government's medical research on dental careand ultimately what officials recommended for American diets.

Lessons for food marketers as sugar consumption in UK tumbles

As the health debate surrounding sugar continues, food marketers are reviewing their product formulation and marketing strategies.

Cristal Union spurns Tereos approach despite sugar price turmoil

PARIS, March 16 (Reuters) - French sugar and ethanol maker Cristal Union on Monday firmly declined a merger offer from competitor Tereos even if, as it expects, the slump in world sugar prices will hit its profits for the next two years.

The World Is Awash in Sugar

Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins. And crops that were hurt by drought last year have been revived by rain. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.

MPs vow to oppose report on sugar crisis

Kenya: A major division has emerged in the National Assembly's Agriculture Committee over the long awaited report on the crisis in the sugar industry amid claims of a conspiracy to water down the findings and shield prominent figures.

Nanning Sugar Industry gets regulatory approval for private placement

Says gets securities regulator's approval to issue shares in private placement

Help for local sugar industry

Government is expected to add several million more dollars during this week's Estimates to help the island's sugar industry.

Unprecedented sugar glut sweeps world

The world has never been so awash in sugar. Just as cane harvests expand in India and Thailand, farmers in Brazil, the world's largest producer, are ramping up exports to take advantage of a tumble in the exchange rate that has swelled their profit margins. And crops that were hurt by drought last year have been revived by rain. Global output is set to exceed demand for a fifth straight year, leaving the biggest stockpiles on record, the International Sugar Organization said.

Birla Sugar goes for business restructuring

The idea behind the process is to house the businesses of the company, mainly tea and sugar, under different heads

Study claims sugar industry influenced anti-caries program

Citing internal cane and beet sugar documents dating back to 1959, an article published in PLOS Medicine claims that the sugar industry made a concerted effort to alter the priorities of the National Institute of Dental Research's (NIDR's) 1971 National Caries Program (NCP). Cristin Kearns, Stanton A. Glantz, et al., Sugar Industry Influence on the Scientific Agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research's 1971 National Caries Program: A Historical Analysis of Internal Documents, PLOS Medicine, March 2015.

Sugar mills facing closure due to disparity in prices

The price of sugar, both in the domestic market and the international market even with the export incentive, does not make the whole business viable. No wonder, several large sugar mills are seriously considering closure as an option due to this disparity in prices

Kenya: House Team Told to Table Mumias Sugar Findings

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi yesterday warned the Agriculture Committee that it risks disbandment for not tabling a report on the rot at Mumias Sugar Company.

Anxiety in House as Comesa sugar safeguards expire

Members of Parliament are in a hurry to see five sugar millers privatised. They said the Government-owned millers need to be sold to enable them survive the influx of cheap sugar imports expected after expiry of tariff safeguards under the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa ( Comesa).

Sucden, ED&F Man expected to scoop up 1 mln T of sugar ICE delivery

Feb 27 (Reuters) - ED&F Man and Sucres & Denrees (Sucden) are expected to buy just over 1 million tonnes of raw sugar against the March ICE contract that expired on Friday, raising questions about whether the larger-than expected purchase has homes as prices tumble.

Sunshine Sugar plans to sell 50% of company to Manildra

THE Sunshine Sugars Co-operative hopes a plan to sell 50% of its milling operation to Australian wheat, sugar and ethanol company Manildra will help protect the Australian sugar industry.

Union: Involve farmers

CANEFARMERS no longer see the sugar industry as a profitable one, says National Farmers Union general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry.

No provision for MSMEs, sugar industry in Union Budget

Meerut: Small and medium scale industry leaders in Meerut have received Saturday's Union Budget in a lukewarm manner - they say provisions are mostly pro-big business. Also, the sugar industry, reeling under a crisis and unable to pay dues to sugarcane farmers, is disappointed with the Union Budget.

Hellenic Sugar EBITDA loss widens to 25.52 mln euros

H2 net loss figures to 39.76 million euros versus loss of 14.36 million euros year ago. A Hellenic Sugar Industry spokesman corrected a statement earlier issued by the company