Sugar Falls to 2010-Low on Brazil, Thailand Output

Sugar fell to the lowest level since 2010 in New York as cane processing surged in leading producer Brazil and in Thailand, the world’s second-largest exporter. Cocoa retreated and arabica coffee advanced.

Sugar cane processing in Thailand was just above 100 million metric tons by May 15, up from about 98 million tons a year earlier, according to data from the Office of Cane and Sugar Board. In Brazil’s center south, the country’s main growing region, millers crushed 31.5 million tons of cane in the second half of April, compared with 9.4 million tons a year earlier, data from industry group Unica showed.

“The week kicked off with a higher than expected Brazilian sugarcane crush figure,” Christina McGlone, a strategist at Deutsche Bank AG, said in a report e-mailed today. Producers inThailand still have the incentive to plant more, she said.

Raw sugar for delivery in July fell 0.3 percent to 16.90 cents a pound by 6:17 a.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York, the lowest since July 2010. Futures trading volume was 34 percent lower than the average for the past 100 days for this time of day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

In London, white, or refined, sugar for delivery in August was down 0.4 percent to $475.60 a ton on NYSE Liffe.

While Brazil said last month it will give tax breaks for mills in a bid to boost ethanol output, producers still directed 42 percent of all the cane processed to making sugar in the second half of April, up from 40.1 percent a year earlier, Unica data showed. Both sugar and ethanol are made from raw material sugar cane in the South American nation.

The cane allocation to sugar was larger than many had assumed, McGlone said. “This comes despite the price signal which should have encouraged a shift to ethanol.”


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