Nordic Sugar invests US$22.7m in new silo at its sugar factory

SWEDEN - Swedish-based Nordic Sugar has invested US$22.7 million in a new silo to increase capacity and also increase the efficiency at its sugar factory in Örtofta. The new silo can store up to 80,000 tonnes of sugar and will increase the efficiency of the entire production chain from production to energy consumption and logistics.…

Sale of State sugar firms resumes after court case flops

KENYA - Five State-owned sugar millers are up for sale again after the  High Court dismissed a petition filed by western Kenya political leaders to block the transaction. Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo, the Council of Governors, Migori and Bungoma counties had in the petition claimed the national government has no authority…

DSM publishes report on consumer concerns about sugar consumption

NETHERLANDS - DSM has published a new report in its Global Insight Series focusing on consumer attitudes and behaviour around the labeling of sugar content and its consumption. The report, based on an international survey, showed that concern about sugar is on the rise globally, with nearly half of all consumers saying they are more…

Brazil’s sugar exports to hit record high, despite China duty hike

BRAZIL - Brazilian sugar exports will hit a record high, boosted by increased production expectations, and despite a slump in shipments to China after Beijing raised tariffs on imports of the sweetener. Brazil's sugar exports will rise by 1.1m tonnes to 29.6m tonnes in 2017-18, on an April-to-March basis, the US Department of Agriculture's Brasilia…

Scientists reveal the relationship between sugar and cancer

BELGIUM - A nine-year joint research project conducted by VIB, KU Leuven and VUB has led to a crucial breakthrough in cancer research. Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer,…

Gaps persist in Zambia’s food fortification system, study suggests

ZAMBIA - A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that most fortified sugar sold at retail outlets in one Zambian community did not contain the minimum amount of vitamin A required by the government. Only 11 percent of sugar tested met the required minimum concentration of vitamin A.…

Mumias Sugar resumes operations after long closure

KENYA - Mumias Sugar whose plant has been undergoing routine maintenance Mumias Sugar Company has started crushing cane after more than eight months of maintenance. The company closed for maintenance early this year, even though inadequate cane also contributed to the closure. Board Chairman Dr Kenneth Mulwa said the factory started operations at the weekend. “I can confirm to…