UNICA: Mills continue to focus on ethanol in early October

By Erin Voegele | November 07, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of the country continued to focus on ethanol production during the first half of October.

Mills the in south-central region processed 32.41 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of October, up slightly from the 32.19 million tons processed during the same period of last year.

According to UNICA, the mill continued to favor ethanol in the production mix, with only 43.76 percent of sugarcane used to produce sugar during the two-week period, down from 46.53 percent during the second half of September and 49.62 percent during the first half of October 2016.

Ethanol production grew 11.62 percent during the first half of October, reaching 1.58 billion liters (417.39 million gallons), including 681 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 895.21 million liters of hydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, mills in the south-central region have processed 499.6 million tons of sugarcane, down from 508.44 million tons during the same period of last year. As of Oct 15, UNICA reports that 18 units have closed the 2017-’18 harvest, compared to 32 units that had closed at the same time last year.

The volume of ethanol sold reached 1.05 billion liters during the first half of October, including 46.04 million liters destined for export and 1.01 billion liters sold into the domestic market. In the domestic market, sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 350.31 million liters, with sales of hydrous ethanol reaching 655.39 million liters. Sales of hydrous ethanol were up 9.82 percent when compared to the 596.79 million liters sold during the same period of last year.