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Nigeria: FG Puts Private Sector Investments in Sugar Industry at N500 Billion

NIGERIA has attracted and commenced the implementation of over N500bn private sector investments in the sugar sector under the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan.

Investments in sugar sector hit N500bn FG

Nigeria has commenced the implementation of over N500bn private sector investments in the sugar sector under the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan.

The amount of hidden sugar in processed food is slowly killing us.

This is according to Fed Up, an American documentary film that will premier in South Africa next Friday.

Heaven stepping aside as SIA boss

Western Bureau: After serving as chairman of the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) for 11 years, Ambassador Derrick Heaven is set to demit office on December 31, paving the way for a raft of leadership changes aimed at revolutionising the sector.

China's sweet tooth satisfied by increasing sugar imports

Up until 2013, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of global raw sugar output stood at 5.4%, representing a shift from short supply to over supply in many regions. However, the continuing decline in the output of raw sugar production worldwide, which is set to reach 175.5Mn tonnes by the end of 2014, will continue to fall well into the next calendar year.

Sugar Is Evil and Other Silly Claims in the Obesity Wars

Don't go blaming willpower for the obesity epidemicthat'd be a crime according to the documentary Fed Up, by the producer of An Inconvenient Truth Laurie David and hosted by Katie Couric.

Cuts to coal mining fire up sugar industry

A new report from the Australia Institute indicates the downturn in Queensland's coal sector will provide relief for industries that were hit hard during the mining boom.

Under no circumstances should this Skeldon worker be reinstated

This slapping incident at Skeldon is a serious matter, and I would like to rectify one misconception in the newspaper, where it is written that the estate manager of the Skeldon factory was slapped by a worker.

Roxas Holdings grants UPLB P7.5M for research and development in sugar industry

Listed sugar miller Roxas Holdings Inc. (RHI) granted University of the Philippines-Los Baos (UPLB) a P7.5-million endowment fund for research and development initiatives in the sugar industry.

High Engineering Industries Council Formed

Khartoum - A high Council headed by the First Vice-President Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh has been formed to indigenise industry in the country, the Minister for Industry Al Simaih Al Siddiq Al Nour revealed yesterday.

Sugar industry group launches driver safety campaign

A Thibodaux-based sugar industry group is promoting driver safety as large trucks deliver cane to the mills during harvesting season.

Brazilian mills tinker with sugar to make it less flammable

Brazilian cane mills are adjusting the way they produce and store sugar to make it less flammable, industry executives said, after four major warehouse fires over the past year did millions of dollars of damage at the world's largest exporter.

ABA chief slams US sugar program as over-protectionist

The US sugar progam is frustrating, over-protectionist and counterproductive to business, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA).

Volunteers key to preserving former sugar plantation

Danny Foret navigated through the crowd Sunday at the Laurey Valley Fall Festival in Thibodaux.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?

New York - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand.

Mauritius's sugar cane growers bend but don't break

As we drive around the island of Mauritius, I suddenly realise we've driven a few kilometres and I've seen nothing but sugar cane. Sugar cane is everywhere in Mauritius.

Brazil sugar output to fall as drought devastates crop

SAO PAULO: Drought will drive sugar production in Brazil's cane-rich center-south nearly 8 percent lower than last year, hammering the world's main supplier of sugar, commodities market analysts Datagro said.

Has sugar lost its sweet spot? Paraguayan plant upends market

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The maker of America's top sugar brand Domino Sugar is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand.

Sugar mill defaults on bank loans, others may follow

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Plunging sugar prices have forced at least one sugar mill to default on bank loans and could drive others to do the same, the latest sign of the heavy toll a four-year-old supply glut in the country is taking on producers of the sweetener.

PSMA seeks customs duty on imports

LAHORE: The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has asked the federal government to impose Customs duty on imports so as to stop dumping of the commodity from the international markets.

Sugar industry diversification plans in the pipeline

THE head of the Fiji Sugar Corporation says plans to diversify the industry by investing in cogeneration plants, a sugar refinery and ethanol production were still in the pipeline.

Sugar politics & its bitter underside

Satara, Oct. 13: In western Maharashtra's sugar belt, the BJP is striving to build a base from scratch through defections while the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) are slogging to retain their turfs.

Camagey Marks Sugar Sector Worker's Day

Sibanic, Camaguey, Oct 13. Members of the National Union of Sugar Industry Workers (SNTA) marked today the Sugar Sector Worker's Day at Siboney mill, the first cane processing factory in Cuba that met its production plan last year's milling season.

Sugar industry unwilling to commence crushing on time

The country's sugar industry is unwilling to commence sugarcane crushing on time if the federal government continues to interfere in fixation of sugar prices far below sugarcane prices being fixed by the provincial governments, well informed sources in Ministry of Industries and Production told Business Recorder. Sugarcane crushing starts in November each year and provincial governments, in consultation with the federal government, notify and determine the minimum purchase price for sugarcane pursuant to Section 16 of the 1950 Act.

Farmers Will Not Delay Start of Crop

B.S.I. has stated that because the farmers are fixated on bagasse, an agreement seems unlikely. The 2014-2015 sugar cane crop season is set to start in the next six to seven weeks, and BSI has stated that any delay like last year would be destructive to the industry. In that opinion, at least, both parties are in full agreement. The BSCFA is not contemplating any scenario which would delay the delivery of cane.

Sugar Cane Impasse Stands

On Thursday the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association met with representative of Belize Sugar Industry/American Sugar Refinery to finalize the new sugar-cane purchase agreement. That agreement has been delayed because the parties have been unable to agree to core facets of it. Of course, perhaps the most glaring issue of contention is the quantum of payment for bagasse, and it was hoped that on Thursday there would be some silver lining in the dark clouds which have hovered over the industry since last year. But it didn't happen. There was no agreement. According to Ortega, almost all their counter-proposals were rejected, and Thursday was not a good day.

Mexico sees win-win solution for U.S. sugar dispute

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday a win-win solution to a dispute with the United States over sugar is within reach and could avoid a damaging trade war.

Sugar mill defaults on bank loans, others may follow

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Plunging sugar prices have forced at least one sugar mill to default on bank loans and could drive others to do the same, the latest sign of the heavy toll a four-year-old supply glut in the country is taking on producers of the sweetener.

Rabobank Report: Global Sugar Industry Q3 2014

Rabobank has issued a new report on the global sugar industry, forecasting a tighter market than expected based on recent supply and demand conditions.

Kenya: Cane Growers to Get Paid On Sucrose Content

THE government will change sugarcane payment mode from the usual weight-based to quality-based in terms of sucrose content, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has said.

PM Douglas tours SIDF-funded renovation of OTI

The Federation's Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is of the view that the ongoing renovation of the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) with financing from the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), will improve the tourism product.

Rabobank Report: Global Sugar Industry Q3 2014

NEW YORK Rabobank has issued a new report on the global sugar industry, forecasting a tighter market than expected based on recent supply and demand conditions. Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/10/08/6402145/rabobank-report-global-sugar-industry.html?sp=/100/773/385/#storylink=cpy

Mawana Sugars, Modi Sugar may not be able to clear cane dues

NEW DELHI: The financial situation of UP- based Mawana Sugars and Modi Sugar Mills, which together owe Rs 837 crore dues to sugarcane farmers, is bad and they may not be able to clear the arrears by even selling their assets, industry body ISMA said today.

Triple whammy sends Brazil sugar output tumbling

Sugar futures touched a two-month high after data revealed a sharp slowdown in Brazil's cane harvest, further underlining ideas of a "sudden death" to crushing season thanks to a hangover from early-2014 drought.

Chinese sugar plant participates to Madagascar's development

ANTANANARIVO, Oct. 9 -- A Chinese sugar plant in Madagascar has participated to the country's development, the Malagasy minister of Agriculture Rolland Ravatomanga said.

Suedzucker Profit Dips On Weak Sugar Results; Backs Cautious Forecast - Update

German sugar producer Suedzucker AG (SUEZF.PK) reported Thursday a sharp decline in second-quarter profit as revenues were hurt by weak performances in most its segments, mainly sugar. Looking ahead, the company projects lower results in its third quarter and fiscal 2015, citing that the business situation in the European sugar and ethanol markets has worsened.

Bitter days for China's sugar industry

China's embattled sugar industry, facing pressure from foreign competitors and technological shortcomings, is caught in the middle of a year-long sales crisis.

State officials object to Big Sugar building plans

Sugar industry building plans threaten to get in the way of Everglades restoration and could create flooding hazards, according to state regulators.

Sugar mill workers want revival of closed factory

Employees of the Bijayananda Sugar Mill at Sagarpali here are banking heavily on Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra to raise the issue of the closed mill and ensure its revival.

Sugar cane delivery down

STANDOVER cane will not be an issue when the crushing season at the Labasa mill ends on Sunday.

ED&F Man urges caution over sugar price rally

ED&F Man urged caution on sugar price rises despite the dent to supplies from "the worst drought in 100 years" in Brazil's cane belt, foreseeing a further world production surplus nonetheless.

Nigeria: Authority to Cultivate 10,000 Hectares of Rice, Sugar Cane in Kwara, Kogi

The Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA) is to irrigate 10,000 hectares in Kwara and Kogi states for the cultivation of rice and sugar cane.

Farmers surveil supply chain via mapping tech

THE heartland of Australia's sugar industry is on the cutting-edge of a new way of farming, but surprisingly growing crops is not the sole focus.

Sugar industry housing ploy?

Many of you may not know of how the sugar industry plans to build housing all along the south of Lake Okeechobee. Housing which will no doubt provide shelter for workers of the sugar industry. Most would say what's the big deal?

Can the spirit of Blairmont be rekindled?

By some quirk of memory I related to Carl Greenidge's excellent commentary (The composition of the new GuySuCo Board is highly unsatisfactory,' SN, August 24) on the wilderness through which the sugar industry is headed (by pedestrians), again recalling the inspiration Blairmont Estate of the 1950-60s has been to my later professional life. I too slowly recognise that there were several other experiences that nurtured what I embrace as the spirit of Blairmont.

Sugar beet industry ready for harvest

Despite tight labor markets in the Upper Midwest, leaders of the sugar beet industry say there should be enough crews Wednesday when this year's harvest begins in earnest.

West Kenya Sugar now demands closure of Butali Sugar Mill

The controversy surrounding the setting up of Butali Sugar Mill has deepened with a rival miller challenging the legality of the government's decision to issue the miller with a licence, and demanded that it be shut down.

Battle lines drawn as Butali, West Sugar wars turn political Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000137102/battle-lines-drawn-as-butali-west-sugar-wars-turn-political

Kenya: Tomorrow at 10am, the country is likely or unlikely to know the fate of a multi-billion shilling case pitting two sugar factories that has also sucked in politicians from western Kenya. Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000137102/battle-lines-drawn-as-butali-west-sugar-wars-turn-political

Sugar's journey from the cane field to the sugar bowl

Eliza Rogers takes a ride in the cane planter with Isaac Schmidt, planting operations supervisor with MSF Sugar, jumps in the cane harvester with driver Ross Steven, and walks through the sugar mill with production superintendent with MSF Sugar Bob Payne

Western Sugar employee falls at plant

TORRINGTON - The Torrington Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) responded to the Western Sugar Plant Thursday evening, Oct. 2, to assist Torrington Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with the extrication of a female employee who had fallen from the upper machinery level of the storage silos.

Kenya's Mumias Sugar warns of wider annual loss

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Mumias Sugar warned on Wednesday that projected losses for the year to June 2014 would be bigger than the previous year's pretax loss of 2.24 billion shillings ($25.3 million).

QSL celebrates 50 years of operation in Cairns

THE Far North Queensland sugar industry marked a significant milestone on Friday, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cairns Bulk Sugar Terminal (BST).

Zimbabwe: Star Struggles to Find Tongaat Bots Buyers

LISTED sugar refinery Star Africa Corporation (Star Africa) is struggling to find buyers for its Tongaat Hulett Botswana and Bluestar Logistics, delaying part payment to its creditors, informed sources have said.

Alternative Energy In South Louisiana | New NFR BioEnergy Biorefineries

NFR BioEnergy Chief Operating Officer Frank Randazzo has announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in South Louisiana, subject to completing lease and biomass agreements with sugar mills. NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants. NFR BioEnergy has begun development of the first biorefinery in White Castle, LA, where it is co-locating the facility with the Cora Texas Sugar Mill.

Activists turn out to protest Big Sugar

Twelve environmentalists rallied Wednesday at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection office in Fort Myers to ask the agency to reject the sugar industry's plan for a massive development in eastern Hendry County.

Dry spell affecting sugar industry

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is already feeling the effects of the prolonged dry spell with the sugar industry now likely to process less than its target of 2 million tonnes of sugarcane this year.

Sugar Cane Festival organizer: All invited to participate

A spokeswoman for the Sugar Cane Festival and Fair Association took sharp issue with a New Iberia councilman's contention this week that blacks have been excluded from festival planning.

Bacardi eyes use of 'green sugar' in their products

BACARDI, a world-renowned spirits company, is closely working with WWF South Pacific in improving sugarcane farming practices and operations through model sugarcane farms in the North.

Sugar beet industry ready for harvest

Despite tight labor markets in the Upper Midwest, leaders of the sugar beet industry say there should be enough crews Wednesday when this year's harvest begins in earnest.

Bunge scoops up 528,600 tonnes of sugar in October ICE delivery

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Bunge Ltd has bought 10,405 lots, or about 528,600 tonnes, of raw sugar against the October contract on ICE Futures U.S. that expired on Tuesday, in line with expectations, according to exchange data and trade sources.

Kenya: Reinstate Former Chemelil Sugar Boss, Youth Tell State

A youth group in Uasin Gishu county has urged the government to reinstate the Chemelil Sugar Company former director.

Kenya: No Licence for Butali Sugar Mills

THE Court of Appeal has reversed a a decision by a High Court to license operations at the Butali Sugar Mills in Malava subcounty, Kakamega.

Zimbabwe: Starafrica to Reduce Process Losses

Starafrica corporation expects to reduce process losses to below 4 percent from an average of 13 percent after completion of its sugar refinery plant. The plant is in the final phase of commissioning after a $7 million upgrade funded by major shareholder, the National Social Security Authority. Deputy general manager Mr Rod Nazare said during a media and analyst tour of the plant that the upgrade would cut process losses below 4 percent.

Kenya Seizes Tonnes of Contraband Sugar From Somalia

The security forces of Kenya in Wajir County seized a lot contraband sugar from Somalia. The sugar was imported via the long and porous border between the two countries.

Kenya: Jubilee Killing Sugar Industry, Says Savula

LUGARI MP Ayub Savula has accused the Jubilee government of being behind problems facing the sugar industry.

Mumias Sugar in Sh5bn debt talks with seven banks

Mumias Sugar Company acting CEO Coutts Otolo speaks during a media briefing on the company's financial performance for the year ended June 30, 2014 in Nairobi on September 11. The results showed a total loss of Sh2.7 billion

Australian sugar industry participants encouraged to apply for new travel and learning awards

Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA) is inviting applications for its new Sugar Industry Travel and Learning Awards valued at up to $5,000 for an individual award or up to $10,000 for a group award or workshop event.

Chance to learn about sugar beet industry

Young growers are being sought to learn about the sugar beet industry.

Industry communicator to blaze a trail in driving change on the farm

Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA) is investing in the Australian sugarcane industry's future, and contributing to rural Australia through funding Ms Suzi Moore to attend the Training Rural Australians in Leadership TRAILblazers progam.

Platts Increases Frequency of its EU Sugar Price Assessments and Data Offering

LONDON, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to industry requests, Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information provider, this month increased the frequency of its sugar price, news, analysis and data offering to the markets of the European Union

Sugar Power

PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: In northern New South Wales, the country's sole remaining 100 per cent Australian-owned sugar mill and refinery is hoping its green credentials will keep it that way

Sugar faces long spell in sin-bin

For years, we were told to make sure our intake of sugar did not provide more than 10 per cent of the energy (calories) in our diet.

Powerful SRA

A friend who is just going into sugarcane farming asked me whether there are protective measures that sugar producers can expect when the tariff barrier on imports of agricultural products come down by January 1, 2015. I said there is no tariff barrier since the government has entered into an agreement with other nations on the lifting of this protective wall for local products.

Cuba's Sugar Industry to Use Bagasse for Bioenergy

HAVANA, Sep 26 (IPS) - Cuba's sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part of a programme to develop renewable sources aimed at reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels and protecting the environment.

OSHA continues investigation into Aug. 25 Western Sugar injury

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing its investigation into an Aug. 25 injury at the Western Sugar Cooperative's Billings plant.

Making ethanol from cane juice to trim sugar surplus

This season, the Brazilian sugarcane crop is nine per cent lower than the government estimate, provoking an observer to say "you are looking at reduced crop at reduced prices. That's a recipe for disaster".

Iberia sheriff investigating shooting at Sugar Cane Festival

NEW IBERIA An argument between two males at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival on Saturday resulted in one of them pulling a gun, firing and hitting a woman whose leg was grazed by the bullet, officials said.

Threats of violence rampant on social media

NEW IBERIA Attendance at this year's Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival suffered a 40 percent decline from past years, a drop organizers blame on threats of violence permeating social media.

Nigeria: Sugar Sector to Contribute 411 MW of Electricity, More Jobs

Lagos The Executive Secretary of the National Sugar Development Council, NSDC, Dr. Lateef Busari, has said that the sugar sector could contribute 411 megawatts of electricity to the national grid in line with the Federal Government's quest to boost energy supply in the country.

Kenya: Wajir Cops Seize Sugar Worth Sh2 Million

Security officers in Wajir county on Tuesday seized contraband sugar worth Sh2 million believed to have been smuggled from Somalia.

The Rise and Fall of Sugar in Hawai'i

There's one sugar plantation left in Hawai'i, just a few square miles left of an industry that once dominated the island chain. Sugar's profits and high-paying jobs are long gone, as are the native forests and sustainable farms it devoured, thanks to a "voracious need for land and water." In her new book, "Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai'i," Carol MacLennan describes the rise and eventual fall of the sugar planter elite and its consequences, both for the people of Hawai'i and the land itself. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-09-fall-sugar-hawaii.html#jCp

Master plan to prepare sugar workers for Afta

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) has taken significant steps to prepare sugar industry workers for the implementation of the Asean Free Trade Agreement (Afta) in 2015 by crafting a Human Resource Development (HRD) Master Plan.

Fire and Drought Scar Brazilian Sugar Crop

SO PAULOSugar cane growers in Brazil's state of So Paulo are facing considerable losses, in terms of production and money, because of wildfires that are being exacerbated by a drought, sugar industry group Unica said on Tuesday

Talks to resume today towards ending sugar industry strike

The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will continue talks today towards finalising the terms of resumption that will see sugar workers back on the job as soon as possible.

Sugar industry programme

NFU Sugar, in conjunction with British Sugar, is launching its 2015 Sugar Industry Programme (SIP); an initiative designed to engage younger growers through a dedicated training and development programme.

Sugar cane festival long steeped in local tradition

The official start of fall was last night at 9:29, locally the September equinox, one of two times a year when the length of a day and the night are nearly equal. The other time is the March equinox.

Cawaki has plans for the sugar industry

COMMANDER JOELI Cawaki wants the Sugar Ministry if given frontbench consideration. Known as a man of his word who can turn a rival into an ally, the personable former Commissioner Western says his true interest lies in the sugar industry.

Ethanol-blended petrol to cost more

MUMBAI: The government's emphasis on blending ethanol with petrol is going to pinch consumers in the coming months as ethanol prices have zoomed ahead of petrol.

Sugar turns bitter for mills as losses increase

New Delhi: Refinery manager Karan Singh has a stark outlook for the sugar industry in Uttar Pradesh state, the epicentre of cane farming in India: collapse.

Sugar-cane crop hit by long drought

Sugar-cane output from the Northeast this season is likely to fail to reach the projected 100 tonnes due to climate change, says the North Eastern Cane Planters' Association.

Update: Crews called to pulp dryer fire at Cantley sugar factory

Crews from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Martham, Carrow and Earlham along with an aerial ladder platform and support unit were scrambled to the factory at 8.30am.

Huwei sugar refinery dorm wins historic status

A century-old wooden dormitory complex at Huwei Sugar Refinery in central Taiwan was recently listed as a historic monument by Yunlin County Government's Cultural Affairs Department.

Ethanol-blended petrol to cost more

MUMBAI: The government's emphasis on blending ethanol with petrol is going to pinch consumers in the coming months as ethanol prices have zoomed ahead of petrol. The government's 'Green Initiative' has apparently turned into a 'Save Sugar Industry' drive as the oil marketing companies have been asked to procure the sugar industry's byproduct at more than 10% of the prevailing petrol price. But this hasn't improved the ethanol supplies to the industry.

Hippo Valley welcomes sugar duty review

GOVERNMENT'S decision to review duty upwards on sugar imports will enable local sugar industry players to regain lost market share, a sugar concern has said.

Sugar industry stronger to deal with challenges

THE local sugar industry has become stronger to deal with all sorts of challenges.

Cane crush to be largest since 2006

WITH just over half of the 2014 sugarcane crop now crushed, the Australian sugar industry looks to be heading for its highest crush since 2006 with current forecasts putting the crop at about 32 million tonnes.

Khon Kaen Sugar Industry

The key messages at the analyst meeting were in-sync with our view of the outlooks for global sugar prices and for KSL. An earnings recovery in 4Q14 and better performances by the ethanol and power units next year in tandem with improved sugar demand-supply dynamics and a sugar price recovery in 2H15 will lend support to the stock. Thus, share price downside risk from here appears limited. Our BUY rating stands, premised on a strong FY15 earnings growth profile and a cheap valuationKSL currently trades at an FY15 PER of 10.3x, far below its long-term mean of 15.8x and the regional peer average of 14.6x.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Reviewing Electricity Deal With Kenya Power

NSE-listed sugar miller Mumias is renegotiating its co-generation electricity purchase agreement with Kenya Power, citing capacity and pricing issues that have skewed the deal against it.

Kenya: Mumias Sugar Plunges Into Sh2.71 Billion After-Tax Loss

Mumias Sugar's net loss for the period ended June 30 has widened further compared to the previous year despite lower finance costs and higher revenues.

Canada - Rogers Sugar to lay off 59 employees at Lantic Sugar

Rogers Sugar recently announced that it will trim its staff force at Lantic Sugar's Montreal refinery by 59 employees through a combination of layoffs, early retirements and voluntary departures. This represents 15% reduction in the current workforce.

Zambia - U$500 million investment for a new build sugar-ethanol plant

Greenfuels is investing U$500 million for a sugar-ethanol plant in Zambia, according reports from local press. Some 30,000 hectares for a sugar cane plantation Luapula province has already been acquired. .

UK - Low EU sugar prices impacts AB Sugar's profitability

In its latest trading update, AB Sugar acknowledges that operating profit will be down by some 20 million "driven by declining European sugar prices". This hit the Associated Brition Foods (the parent company) share price, which fell by 56 pence to 26.21.

Sugar border battle heats up

The long simmering issue of whether the Mexican government is subsidizing sugar exports to the U.S. market reached a boil on Aug. 26 when the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an affirmative preliminary determination in connection with its countervailing duty investigation of imports of sugar from Mexico. The D.O.C. preliminarily determined the financial assistance the Mexican government extends to producers and the Mexican sugar industry constituted subsidies allowing the Mexican sugar industry to compete unfairly in the United States market with U.S. sugar producers.

Cuba for New Investment Program in Sugar Industry

Havana, Sep 10.- Cuba is going for a new investment in the national sugar industry, for the increase and sustainability of the production of sugar and by-products, among them alcohol, energy and food for animals.

NFR BioEnergy to develop bagasse pellet projects in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank Randazzo, chief operating officer of NFR BioEnergy, have announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in south Louisiana, subject to completing lease and biomass agreements with sugar mills. NFR BioEnergy will convert sugar cane waste, known as bagasse, into hardened energy pellets for use as fuel at global power plants. NFR BioEnergy has begun development of the first biorefinery in White Castle, Louisiana, where it is collocating the facility with the Cora Texas Sugar Mill.

Profits hope for owner of Peterborough firm British Sugar

The owner of Peterborough-based British Sugar and Primark has announced it is expecting to see profits rise this year.

Editorial: Don't rush decision on U.S. Sugar-Hendry County sector plan

For a brief moment in 2008, it appeared Florida was ready to do right by the Everglades, after over a century of dedicated destruction.

Sugar Consumption Adds Up

Medford, Ore. Our country is dealing with an expanding waistline and one reason may be because of our sugar-heavy diets.

Kenya's Mumias Sugar warns of wider annual loss

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Mumias Sugar warned on Wednesday that projected losses for the year to June 2014 would be bigger than the previous year's pretax loss of 2.24 billion shillings ($25.3 million).

Rogers Sugar Inc. Announces Productivity Improvement Through Workforce Reduction at Lantic Inc.'s Montreal Refinery

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2014) - Rogers Sugar Inc. (the "Corporation") (RSI.TO) announces today it will reduce the hourly workforce at its Montreal refinery by 59 employees through a combination of layoffs, early retirements and voluntary departures. The Montreal refinery is operated by Lantic Inc. ("Lantic"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation.

Sugar farmers seek subsidy

The sugar industry is asking for a P400-million annual subsidy from taxes and duties collected from sugar to help small sugar farmers get farm machineries and improve their capabilities.

Kenya: Sugarcane Farmers Smile All the Way to the Bank

Nairobi Arrears owed to sugarcane farmers are now being paid off after a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta for Sh1.1 billion to be released to sugar factories for settling debts owed between July 2013 and June 2014.

Kenya: Uhuru Settles Cane Arrears

THE government has spent Sh1.1 billion to pay cane farmers' arrears in the sugar belt up to June this year.

Sugar cane waste means 450 new jobs, $312M capital investment

PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - Governor Bobby Jindal and Chief Operating Officer Frank Randazzo of NFR BioEnergy announced the company will make a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more than 10 sugar refining hubs in South Louisiana.

UP: Cane pricing policy conundrum

The UP sugar industry is passing through its worst financial crisis ever. The depleted cash reserves of many sugar mills including some becoming sick are clear signs of a beleaguered industry. The situation is so grave that rating agencies have downgraded the credit ratings of almost all sugar companies in UP.

Sugar solutions

ONE Fiji Party claims it has the solution to revive the sugar industry and ensure benefits to farmers increase.

Sugar 'not addictive' says Edinburgh University study

People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, new research suggests.

Eastern Region to get new sugar mill

A GhC925 milion (US$250 million) sugar mill project is to be set up in the Eastern Region to produce sugar and ethanol for export to the West Africa market.

Ethiopia: Nation Saves U.S.$38.9 Million Through Blended Gasoline

Ethiopia has managed to save 38.9 million USD, used to spend on gasoline imports, over the past six years by supplying ethanol blended benzene, the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy said.

Sudan: Protests Against Soaring Prices in Sudan's Sennar

Sennar Students in Sennar state went out on Thursday to demonstrate against the soaring prices of consumer goods, and the entire lack of bread in the area.

ABF weighed down by weak sugar sales

Associated British Foods expects to see improved full-year profits despite substantially lower revenues and earnings from its sugar business.

British Sugar sees bigger beet crop this season

British Sugar expects this season's beet crop to be well ahead of last year and is upbeat about its ability to process the higher volumes.

Sorry, Raw Sugar Is No Better For You Than Refined

Along with plain white refined sugar, most hip coffee shops now offer "raw" sugar. I usually go with raw: The golden crystals and brown paper packets somehow make me think it's more wholesome than the conventional white stuff, which, as highlighted in a previous Mother Jones investigation, many scientists now believe is far worse for you than the industry would have us think.

Middleman must be eliminated from sugar industry

LAHORE,Sept 8 (APP)-Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan has said that sugarcane growers and mills were inter dependent and problems should be resolved for efficient working.

ABF warns of 'substantially lower' sugar profits

Shares in Associated British Foods dropped 5% after the clothing-to-grain trading group cautioned of a "substantially lower" profit at its sugar division, hurt by the drop in prices of the sweetener to levels it deemed "unsustainably low".

New sugar law in the offing

Cabinet has approved principles that will form the basis for the enactment of a new sugar law, the junior minister for Industry said last week.

Sugar bill in the offing

CABINET has approved principles for a proposed new sugar control law, intended to regulate the industry that has been riddled with controversy.

Exotic and unusual harvesters: Sugar cane

The earliest sugar cane harvesters date from the 1920s and a single machine could replace up to 100 labourers. In Australia, mechanical harvesters first appeared in the 1950s and were harvesting 85% of the crop by late 1960s. Today that figure is 100%.

Sugar disappears at USC

The sugar, a major kitchen item, is not available at any outlet of the Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan for the last more than one month despite the corporation has increased the rate of sweetener by Rs7 per kg to Rs60.

10 sugar-producing provinces vulnerable' to Asean integration

WORKERS in the country's top 10 sugar-producing provinces are in danger of losing their jobs if the local industry could not keep pace with the competition in Southeast Asia, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Sunday.

Egypt: UAE Company to Build Sugar Factory in Minya

Minister of Trade, Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour said that a UAE company would set up a sugar plant in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya.

Angola: Cacuso Industrial Unit to Yield 18,000 Tons of Sugar Per Year

Luanda The Agro-Industrial Unit of Cacuso, northern Malanje province, is expected to produce about 18, 000 tons of sugar/year, after its inauguration on October this year.

Ethiopia: Sugar Project Aims to Boost Power Production

Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious project to grow more sugar crop as it would not only allow the government to meeting soaring demand for sugar but also help it boost electricity production and cut carbon emissions.

Zimbabwe: Green Fuel Sets Up New Ethanol Plant in Zambia

LOCAL tycoon Billy Rautenbach's Green Fuel company is setting up an ethanol project in Zambia after being frustrated by government in his plans to set up a second plant in the province's Nuanetsi Ranch in Mwenezi district.

Tanzania: PTA Bank Gives Tanzania U.S.$138 Million

Dar es Salaam The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) has approved grants totaling $138 million for three projects and three syndicated loans in Tanzania.

Ethiopia: Indian Company's Failure With Sugar Plant Causes in House Manufacturing, Repair

The Indian company that won the restricted overhaul bid of Metehara Sugar Factory last year has failed leading the factory for in-house manufacturing of machinery and repair, according to employees and the new management.

UP sugar mills reject state government aid and conditions

New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Beleaguered private sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh Monday rejected the assistance of Rs.6 per quintal of cane announced by the state government as inadequate, saying they are unable to meet the aid conditions.

Florida's sugar barons grow fat on subsidies, diabetes and Everglades destruction

Big Sugar is the new Big Tobacco, writes Alan Farago - lethal to human health, wreaking environmental devastation, gouging huge public subsidies, and with the political clout to stop First Lady Michelle Obama from breathing a word against it. Only an alliance of 'green', health and taxpayer campaigners can kill the beast.

North Qld sugar mill's multi-million dollar investment will survive 'disappointing' RET recommendations

A north Queensland sugar miller is disappointed at the recommendations being considered by the Federal Government in relation to the Renewable Energy Target, but says it will withstand the changes.

Mackay Sugar CEO, Quinton Hildebrand discussing the recommended changes to the Renewable Energy Target

Quinton Hildebrand says the $120 million co-generation plant, run with sugarcane by-product, will survive proposed changes to the RET scheme, but future investment is stifled by the policy uncertainty

Cool spring hurts Louisiana sugar crop

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) The cold spring is coming back to haunt local sugarcane farmers who are expecting a stunted crop and later harvest season.

Uttar Pradesh sugar mills reject state government aid and conditions

Beleaguered private sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh Monday rejected the assistance of Rs.6 per quintal of cane announced by the state government as inadequate, saying they are unable to meet the aid conditions.

Germany's refined sugar production in the new 2014/15 season is forecast to rise 0.9 million tonnes

German farmers have planted about 374,400 hectares of sugar beet for harvesting in the new season Germany's refined sugar production in the new 2014/15 season is forecast to rise 0.9 million tonnes on the year to 4.39 million tonnes, Germany's Agriculture ministry said on Friday in its first harvest forecast.

More Sour Times In Sugar Industry

Tonight, there are concerns coming from cane farmers in the north following a letter from Tate and Lyle, the British company a major purchaser of Belizean sugar. According to the letter, in the next sugar crop, they stand to lose 83% of their revenue from that overseas sale.

US/MEXICO: Washington plans duties on Mexican sugar

The US government has announced plans to put duties on sugar imports from Mexico, claiming the shipments are subsidised by the Mexican government.

Subvented loan scheme for sugar industry to end this season

The government has decided to not to extend the financial assistance to sugar undertakings through interest subvented loan beyond this current season.