UNICA reports continued prioritization of ethanol production

By Erin Voegele | November 26, 2014

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released an updated sugarcane harvest report, reporting ethanol production for the current harvest season is up 5.11 percent through the first half of November when compared to the same period of last year.

Producing units in Brazil’s south-central region processed 23.12 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of November, down 28.45 percent from last year. From the start of the current season through mid-November, the crush totaled 538.38 million tons, down 1.24 percent from last year. As of the middle of the month, UNICA reported 82 united had wrapped up seasonal production, compared to 31 units during the same period of last year.

Only 40.33 percent of the sugarcane was destined for sugar production during the first half of November, down from 47.94 percent during the same period of 2013. Sugar production for the first half of the month was down 38.88 percent when compared to last year. From the start of the current season, sugar production is down 3.08 percent.

According to UNICA, units in the south-central region of Brazil produced 1.1 billion liters (290.59 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of November, including 438.54 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 662.79 liters of hydrous ethanol. Since the start of the current season, ethanol production has increased 5.11 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

UNICA data indicates producing units in the south-central region sold 1.07 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of November, with 1 billion of that sold into the domestic market and 67.58 million liters destined for export. Sales of hydrous ethanol in the domestic market reached 609.97 million liters during the first half of the month, while sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 390.9 million. From the start of the current season through mid-November, ethanol sales totaled 15.34 billion liters, with 14.45 billion liters sold into Brazil’s domestic market and 891.17 million liters destined for export.