UNICA: Ethanol sales continue upward trend in early July

By Erin Voegele | August 01, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production and sales remained relatively high during the first half of July. Sugar production and the volume of sugarcane processed during the period, however, were down.

According to UNICA, mills in the southcentral region of Brazil processed 40.90 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of July, down 9.53 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Weather conditions are cited as the primary cause of the reduction.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, which began April 1, approximately 258.13 million tons of sugarcane have been processed, down 4 percent from the same period of last year.

Sugar production fell to 1.94 million tons during the first half of July, down 19.08 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Ethanol production reached 2.17 billion liters (573.25 million gallons), during the two-week period, including 1.44 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 724.29 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. When compared to last year, 2.28 percent more sugarcane went to ethanol production during the first half of July.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, ethanol production has reached 12.83 billion liter, including 8.87 billion liter of hydrous ethanol and 3.96 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Corn ethanol production reached 44.12 million liters during the first half of July. Since the beginning of the current harvest season, corn ethanol production has reached 338.68 million liters, up 80.34 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Mills in the southcentral region sold 1.38 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of July, with 1.28 billion liters sold domestically and 109.44 million liters destined for export. Domestically, sales of hydrous ethanol reached 914.08 million liters, up 17.37 percent from last year. Sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 361.2 million liters, up 9.14 percent from the same period of 2018.