UNICA reports increased ethanol production, lower export sales

By Erin Voegele | July 16, 2014

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released a new harvest update, reporting that the south-central region of Brazil produced 1.89 billion liters (499.29 million gallons) of ethanol during the second half of June, up 46.34 percent from the same period of last year. Since the start of the season through the close of June, ethanol production has totaled 8.45 billion liters, up 10 percent from 2013. OF that 8.45 billion liters, approximately 4.86 billion liters was hydrous ethanol and with 3.59 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

According to UNICA, ethanol sales for the second half of June equaled 1.06 billion liters, up 15.02 percent from the first half of the month, but down 9.78 when compared to the same two weeks of last year. Export sales for the second half of June were 103.6 million liters, with sales to the domestic market of 961.21 million liters.

Domestic anhydrous ethanol sales totaled 436.53 million liters during the second half of June, up 18.53 percent from last year. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol equaled 524.69 million liters, down slightly from last year.

From April through June, producing units in south-central Brazil sold 5.92 billion liters of ethanol, nearly equal to the 5.95 billion liters sold during the same period of last year. Export sales, however, were down 35.43 percent, with domestic sales up 4.59 percent.

More than half, 54.37 percent, of the sugarcane processed in the south-central region of Brazil was used to produce ethanol during the second half of June, with 45.63 going to sugar production. A total of 44.05 million tons of sugarcane was processed in the region during the second half of June. Since the start of the season, 202.94 million tons of sugarcane has been processed, up 11.05 percent from last year.