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Sugar

GWS Trading and Contracting Pvt. Ltd. is one of the world leaders in supplying brazilian sugar from both sugar cane and brown colour sugar. With over 25 year of experience of exporting brazilian sugar. And one of the largest brazilian sugar exporters to middle east and russia. In many respects, the words ’sugar’ and ‘Brazil’ are practically synonymous. 40% of the world’s sugar exports are made up of Brazilian sugar, and Brazil produces almost 30 million tons of sugar every year for both domestic consumption and sale abroad. Brazilians also love their sugar at a national level, consuming more than fifty kilograms of sugar per person every year.

The bulk of Brazilian sugar is grown in the Sao Paulo region, a large, flat, fertile region which is very well suited to growing sugar cane. As demand for sugar, and other sugar cane products has grown in recent years, sugar cane cultivation in this region has exploded to new levels, prompting concerns about the impact the many plantations, mills, and refineries have on the environment. The other major sugar cane growing region exists in the northern reaches of the country in the states of Algolas and Pernambuco which are not quite as fertile and which contain much rougher terrain. These states are the historical homes of sugar production in Brazil however, as it was in these regions that the Dutch set up the first sugar cane plantations and boiling houses using slave labor in the early 16th century.

Brazilian Sugar
In many respects, the words ’sugar’ and ‘Brazil’ are practically synonymous. 40% of the world’s sugar exports are made up of Brazilian sugar, and Brazil produces almost 30 million tons of sugar every year for both domestic consumption and sale abroad. Brazilians also love their sugar at a national level, consuming more than fifty kilograms of sugar per person every year. The bulk of Brazilian sugar is grown in the Sao Paulo region, a large, flat, fertile region which is very well suited to growing sugar cane. As demand for sugar, and other sugar cane products has grown in recent years, sugar cane cultivation in this region has exploded to new levels, prompting concerns about the impact the many plantations, mills, and refineries have on the environment. The other major sugar cane growing region exists in the northern reaches of the country in the states of Algolas and Pernambuco which are not quite as fertile and which contain much rougher terrain. These states are the historical homes of sugar production in Brazil however, as it was in these regions that the Dutch set up the first sugar cane plantations and boiling houses using slave labor in the early 16th century.

Making Brazilian Sugar
Modern sugar production has progressed in leaps and bounds, and technology has replaced slave labor. Brazil has been at the forefront of development in the sugar industry for many years, sequencing the sugar cane genome, developing over 100 strains of sugar cane, and devising milling and refining methods that are so advanced that mills and refineries are often able to sell excess energy back on to the national grid rather than pay for power with which to conduct their operations. Brazil was also the inventor of VHP raw sugar, a raw sugar product with a minimum sucrose content of 99.4% . Prior to the invention of VHP raw sugar, raw cane juice would be boiled or evaporated until all that was left was a dark brown natural sugar product full of contaminants and mixed with molasses. This raw sugar required a great deal of processing to refine it into the sparkling white ICUMSA 45 sugar which has gained dominion throughout most of the developed world as a sweetener of choice.

VHP sugar, on the other hand, is made by processing the raw cane juice by boiling it until the solution is concentrated enough for sucrose crystals to form, allowing the juice to cool so that the crystals do form, and then centrifuging the solution and the crystals. During the centrifugal process, the crystals are separated from the remaining liquid content, which is molasses. The molasses drawn off in the first centrifugal process are called ‘first molasses’, and still contain a significant amount of sugar. These molasses are then put through the entire process once more. The sugar crystals produced at each stage of the process are a light brown color and are what is called ‘VHP sugar’. Though still raw, they contain less contamination, and can be refined much more quickly and easily than traditional raw sugar. It is no surprise then that the bulk of Brazil’s sugar exports are in the form of VHP sugar.

Purchasing Brazilian Sugar
Brazilian sugar is traded on futures markets (south America Stock Ex, London Stocks, NY Stocks), and also on various commodities exchanges. License Sugar Dealers /Brokers are also good source of sugar, especially if one is looking to purchase on a spot price basis. Spot sugar trading involves the buyer purchasing relatively small amounts of sugar at the current market rate for immediate shipment. Larger orders areusually not subject to spot trading, but are purchased from suppliers at negotiated prices and are often shipped over a period of months. It is quite common for sugar to be sold before it is actually produced ( Sugar allocations), and in the case of large orders it is fairly standard practice for a supplier to have a deal with a growers/farmers whereby the mill is contracted to do the processing/ refining the produce a certain amount of sugar over certain period of time. This sugar is then transported to the port of departure on a monthly scheduleand subsequently sent to the buyer who makes payment once each shipment is confirmed.
As has been mentioned, the bulk of Brazil’s exports are VHP raw sugar, however ICUMSA 150, 100, and 45 sugar shipments are also sometimes available. One should be wary of suppliers promising unrealistically large amounts of refined sugar at very low rates, as these are likely to be scam deals. Most of the refined sugar produced in Brazil stays in Brazil for local consumption, and whilst smaller amounts of ICUMSA 45 are sometimes available, the bulk of export ICUMSA 45 is sold ahead of time, so newcomers to the market should be aware of these logistical restrictions before proceeding with any deals which seem to good to be true.Five Star Trading, management.


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