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The international export market is dominated by Brazil. This concentration is set to increase over the next decade, giving Brazilian producers greater power to influence prices. Even countries which can produce sugar relatively cheaply face being undercut by Brazil, since its producers can turn large volumes onto the world market at any one time.





Brazil is expected to consolidate its position as the leading global exporter and will account for over 55% of global trade and over 63% of all additional sugar exports by the close of the projection period. While the bulk of Brazil’s exports will continue to comprise high quality raw sugar (VHP), which increase to 21 Mt in 2020-21, the composition of trade will also start to favour white sugar shipments which grow by 50% and amount to over 12 Mt, in the same period.


A giant in the world of sugar, Brazil is currently the largest sugar producing nation in the world. So powerful is Brazil when it comes to sugar that fluctuations of sugar production in Brazil alone can affect world sugar prices substantially, and should Brazil choose to do so, some say that it could be possible for Brazil to swamp the world market with cheap sugar.


In Brazil, most sugar cane is grown in the northeast region or in the center south region adjacent to and in the Sao Paulo state. The south-center region is well known for its large expanses of flat fields, fertile soils, and clement climate which are all ideal for growing sugar cane, which thrives in tropical or subtropical climates. Brazil is well known for spending much time and energy in the pursuit of better strains of sugar cane that grow faster and have higher sucrose contents than traditional forms of sugar cane which are still grown in many countries. This investment of time and money has paid off with high yield crops which are eminently suitable for the production of VHP sugar.


The sugar season in Brazil runs from April to March of the following year. Sugar cane is generally planted in the summer months, left to grow between twelve and sixteen months, and then harvested in the cooler months. Typically the harvesting season in the South-Center region of Brazil runs from April to December and in the Northeast, it runs from September to March.






For additional information on the types of Brazilian sugar we source, please follow the links below:


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White Refined Cane Sugar Icumsa 45   Raw Brown Cane Sugar Icumsa 600-2000