International Sugar Journal

Monthly Snapshot February [Full subscriber]

Sugar futures trading saw prices plummet on January 19th. Analysts suggest a combination of reasons. Focus Economics says “”The elimination of sugar quotas in the European Union starting this year will likely boost supply and is expected to cause sugar prices to drop in the near future”.

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Addressing productivity challenges through data analytics

During the early ‘80s, I worked as a volunteer at an agricultural development project in Malkerns, Swaziland training and rehabilitating young adults with physical handicaps and minor mental disability. A […]

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The Blackboard

Material balances: Pan floor [Registered]

Material balances over the pan floor are often needed. Here a 3-boiling system with a refinery liquor input, producing high pol raw sugar and final molasses is considered. Again the […]

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Material balances: Cane handling [Registered]

Figure 1 represents an imaginary cane cleaning station which receives green whole stalk cane. For cane payment purposes the cane is weighed, sampled and analysed. It is then dry cleaned […]

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Monthly Snapshot January [Full subscriber]

Market Overview There should be little doubt that the raw sugar futures (basis March 2017 contract) price drop of 17% from the peak of some USc23.0/lb in September ’16 to […]

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Transformative technologies on the horizon – crystal gazing

During the cocktail reception hosted by Mitr Phol at the recent ISSCT congress in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to speak with the company’s CEO Krisda Monthienvichienchai. Some ten […]

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Monthly Snapshot December [Full subscriber]

Market Overview In the week commencing 14th November, raw sugar price plunged while there have been equally hefty falls in future sugar price. Raw sugar for March fell to 20.15¢ […]

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Thailand to reform its sugar regime

Lord Palmerston, who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century said, that amongst nation states, there is no such thing as permanent friends only permanent interests. Brazil, Thailand […]

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Material balances: Introduction [Registered]

In sugar factories and refineries material balances are very much part of the work done by sugar technologists. Material balances are required to calculate efficiencies and quantities of products in stock, to investigate potential problems, and to provide information in many other areas.

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Monthly Snapshot November [Full subscriber]

Sugar prices maintained dull range trading path in mid-October after climbing to a near four-year high in September, as the market awaits new fundamentals and at the same time faces some technical pressures. The jump from about US21¢ to about US23¢ happened on a single day in mid-September.

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