Mumias Sugar Company resumes ethanol production after securing raw materials

KENYA – Kenyan state-owned sugar company, Mumias Sugar has re-embarked on ethanol production after getting supplies of molasses from other sugar millers i.e. Nzoia, Butali and Muhoroni. According to reports by Business Daily, the financially struggling company has been depending on ethanol as its mainstream of income. It halted sugar production over two years ago due to shortage of raw material and a huge debt portfolio. “We have started processing ethanol after we got supplies of molasses and we expect the current stocks to run for some time,” said an…

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Diageo pledges 8m bottles of sanitizer for frontline healthcare workers

UK – Diageo has pledged to enable the creation of more than 8 million bottles of hand sanitizer to help protect frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19). To achieve this, the world’s leading distiller revealed that it will be donating up to two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners in the UK, Ireland, Italy, USA, Brazil, Kenya, India and Australia. Diageo said that it will provide Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS) – a 96% strength ethyl alcohol used primarily in production of vodka and gin –…

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Mumias Sugar set to re-embark on ethanol production as part of the millers revival plan

KENYA – Mumias Sugar Company is expected to resume ethanol production Friday, 17th January 2020 after reconnection of power supply to the factory. Mr Ponangipalli Venkata Ramana Rao, the receiver-manager appointed by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to oversee the revival of the miller said yesterday a team from Kenya Power had visited the factory to inspect transformers before reconnecting the power supply. “We are set to start ethanol production by Friday as we finalise plans to resume milling operations. Everything is so far moving according to plan,” he said. The…

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China may face ‘tight’ corn supplies, due to subsidy, demand reforms

CHINA – China, which last year held more than one half of world corn stocks, could soon “find itself tight” in supplies of the grain, thanks to reforms such as a farm subsidy shake-up, and moves to boost domestic consumption. The US Department of Agriculture’s Beijing bureau, cut to a five-year low of 79.2m tonnes its forecast for Chinese corn stocks at the close of 2017-18, citing a series of investments in corn processing capacity, largely in the country’s North East – the main growing region. Stocks at that level,…

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