UNICA: Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol up in June

By Erin Voegele | July 19, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data for the second half of June. The volume of sugarcane processed during the period was up slightly from last year. Production and sales of ethanol remained relatively high.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 46.08 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of June, up slightly from 45.54 million processed during the same period of last year. Approximately 216.88 million tons of sugarcane has been processed since the beginning of the current harvest season, which began April 1, down 3.02 percent when compared to the same period of 2018.

Ethanol production reached 2.33 billion liters (615.52 million gallons), including 814.92 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.52 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. Hydrous ethanol production was down 2.74 percent when compared to last year.

Ethanol production since the beginning of the season has reached 10.64 billion liters, including 7.4 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 3.23 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Corn ethanol production reached 42.85 million liters during the second half of June. UNICA said corn ethanol production for the full harvest year could exceed 1.2 billion liters.

Ethanol sales by mills in the south-central region reached 1.38 billion liters during the second half of June, including 1.24 billion liters sold domestically and 142.77 million liters destined for export. For the full month of June, sales reached 2.68 billion liters, including 2.5 billion liters sold domestically and 185.05 million gallons destined for export. Monthly sales included 696.34 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.8 billion liters of hydrous ethanol, which was up 5.51 percent when compared to June 2018.