Sugarcane crushing in Brazil is expected to last considerably longer this year than it did in the 2014/15 harvesting season, according to UNICA’s latest release. UNICA reported that 26 sugar mills were closed by the 15th of November this year, while 78 mills had completed their harvest by the same stage in November 2014. A large amount of Brazilian sugarcane crushing is expected to continue through to the middle of December. 61.76% of sugarcane is being used so far this season in ethanol production, as the low concentration of ATR and heavy rains have left sugar production as the less attractive option.
Production of anhydrous ethanol fell 44% MoM, with total production so far this harvest season sitting at 18,983,782m3. This is lower than last year’s harvest of roughly 20,000,000m3. Exports of anhydrous ethanol for the first two weeks of November sat at 70,716m3, compared to 10,000m3 this time last year. Domestic sales sat just under first half of Nov 2014/15 levels at 387,000m3.
Hydrous ethanol production for the first half of November sat at 1,336,228m3, down 36% MoM and sitting just below production for the first half of November 2014. Total production so far this harvest season is still sitting up 9% YoY at 30,826,944m3. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol for the first half of November are up 17% YoY at 713,652m3, with foreign sales of hydrous ethanol falling slightly YoY to 56,985m3 for the first half of November 2015, as high domestic demand dominates the market.