Indian sugar mills’ debt to cane growers rises spikes, will keep rising

Per ISMA estimates, sugarcane farmers in India were owed US$2.8 billion by sugar mills at the end of January. Both mills and growers have been lobbying the state and national governments for various forms of assistance and favorable policy shifts. The sum owed to [...]

Indian sugar output up nearly 7 percent, but exports disappoint

Output from October through December reached 11.05 MMT of sugar, up from 10.36 MMT a year ago. According to ISMA, the bump in production is due to early starts for crush in Maharashtra and Karnataka, but the association warns that sugarcane output will be [...]

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Could dry weather pressure Brazil’s soybean, corn, and cane crops?

With January among the wetter months for Brazil, rains in the weeks ahead will be key to crop development. With Brazil’s growing role as an exporter of corn and soybeans, the trade will be watching the rains closely. Below-average rains have been observed and [...]

Indonesia’s share of the global cinnamon market is falling

In 2017, global cinnamon production totaled nearly 224,150 metric tons, up 7 percent from five years earlier as demand continues to grow. The U.S. and India, the world’s top two destinations, are expressing robust demand for the spice. Indonesia has managed to hold on [...]

A monk fruit plantation… in India?

Extracted from luo han guo or monk fruit, mogroside compounds can be refined to yield a low-calorie sweetener. The result is a high-intensity alternative sweetener, around 150 to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. Like stevia, the sweetener has a slightly odd flavor that requires some form of flavor remediation. [...]

Indian sugar 2018/19 crop update

With Brazil keeping its focus firmly on cane ethanol manufacturing, the market has been keeping an eye on India, which despite weather concerns is still the heir apparent as the top sugar producer in 2018/19. News of pest damage and prior dry conditions cutting [...]