Sugar and bioenergy

Sugarcane to feed and fuel Brazil and the world

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We are a leading producer of sugar and ethanol in Brazil and a leading trader and merchandiser of sugar worldwide.



Brazil is the world’s largest sugarcane producer and exporter.

Our eight sugarcane mills in Brazil have a combined capacity of over 20 million metric tons. They produce both sugar and ethanol and we are able to adjust our production mix depending on market conditions. They are also equipped via cogeneration to produce renewable electricity that is sold to the Brazilian power grid.

Additionally, we have a joint venture in Brazil with the biotech company Solazyme that uses microalgae to convert sugars into tailored oils.

We are a leading producer of sugar and ethanol in Brazil and a leading trader and merchandiser of sugar worldwide.



Brazil is the world’s largest sugarcane producer and exporter.

Our eight sugarcane mills in Brazil have a combined capacity of over 20 million metric tons. They produce both sugar and ethanol and we are able to adjust our production mix depending on market conditions. They are also equipped via cogeneration to produce renewable electricity that is sold to the Brazilian power grid.

Additionally, we have a joint venture in Brazil with the biotech company Solazyme that uses microalgae to convert sugars into tailored oils.

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Sugar

World sugar demand and trade is predicted to grow at 2% a year until at least 2020. 

We produce two types of sugar: raw sugar that is similar to the sugar traded on major commodities exchanges and sold almost exclusively for export and non-refined white crystal sugar that is sold mainly in Brazil.

Electricity

Through cogeneration facilities at our sugarcane mills, we produce electricity by burning sugarcane bagasse (the fibrous portion of the sugarcane that remains after the extraction of sugarcane juice) in boilers. 

Over time, electricity could generate 15-20% of cogen-equipped mills’ profits.

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Ethanol

At present, the ethanol markets are largely domestic. 

Demand in Brazil is growing, with an expected 18% a year increase in the country's flex fuel auto fleet. 



However, export opportunities are also growing. Countries representing around 80% of global petroleum demand are introducing blending targets. This is because, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, sugarcane ethanol produces 61% less CO2 emissions than gasoline.

We also have interests in corn ethanol plants in the United States and Argentina. 

Sugar

World sugar demand and trade is predicted to grow at 2% a year until at least 2020. 

We produce two types of sugar: raw sugar that is similar to the sugar traded on major commodities exchanges and sold almost exclusively for export and non-refined white crystal sugar that is sold mainly in Brazil.

Electricity

Through cogeneration facilities at our sugarcane mills, we produce electricity by burning sugarcane bagasse (the fibrous portion of the sugarcane that remains after the extraction of sugarcane juice) in boilers. 

Over time, electricity could generate 15-20% of cogen-equipped mills’ profits.

Ethanol

At present, the ethanol markets are largely domestic. 

Demand in Brazil is growing, with an expected 18% a year increase in the country's flex fuel auto fleet. 



However, export opportunities are also growing. Countries representing around 80% of global petroleum demand are introducing blending targets. This is because, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, sugarcane ethanol produces 61% less CO2 emissions than gasoline.

We also have interests in corn ethanol plants in the United States and Argentina.