Past Events


8th Sugar World & Ethanol Feedstocks
26-27 Sep, 2011 – Bangkok
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit – Ballroom A, 7th Floor

Rising Sugar Supplies – Impact on Pricing, Trade, Ethanol Feedstocks & Economics

Market attention is increasingly focusing on prospects for the upcoming 2011/12 season.

ISO’s tentative projections indicate that the upcoming crop cycle may bring a significantly higher surplus exceeding three-million tons, putting further pressure on world market prices.

The surplus is very much attributed to a record harvest in Thailand, reappearance of India as an exporter and the bulk production from the new season’s crop in Brazil.

Although India’ announced that it would double exports this year to 1 million tonnes Reuters recently reported that global sugar markets may have to wait until November to see if they will get any further supplies from India, as its government waits to check next season’s output before allowing more exports.

In Brazil, the early expectations for a large crop of 35m tonnes of sugar or more could be scaled back as recent reports indicate a drop in production output.

Can world sugar production return to surplus ? what is the size of the surplus and in which countries is production expected to grow significantly ?

With the cloud looming over Brazil production – How far will Brazil’s cane and sugar output in 2011-2012 drop below initial expectations ? How much of the sugarcane will be diverted to ethanol production ?

What are the investment plans driven by the region’s governments to spearhead ethanol growth ?

All these questions and more will be answered at the 8th SugarWorld & Ethanol Feedstocks conference.

Will the fall in sugar prices, would this mean that alternative feedstocks that are being explored now will be less competitive and projects will be abandoned ?

Cultivation of cassava & sweet sorghum for ethanol production have a high potential in the region. However, high production costs currently hamper a noticeable market expansion. What are the economic viability of these alternative feedstocks ?

With recent breakthroughs in enzymes development, cellulosic ethanol production is expected to become more affordable and increasingly important. Feedstocks like bagasse, straw, palm oil waste are currently being explored and will be discussed at this event.

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Key Highlights

  • Development of Brazil’s sugarcane crop
    – Forecast for next harvest- will production start to recover
    – Can Brazil sacrifice sugar for ethanol ?
  • India’s 6 largest sugar producer – Mawana Sugars will give a true account on the country’s long-awaited re-appearance as sugar exporter
  • Thailand -Recently listed sugar producer – Khonburi will share their views on the country’s production outlook
    – What is the ethanol future for Thailand and what feedstocks challenges are faced ?
  • Philippines is expecting a bigger crop this year, does this mean ethanol projects will be viable again ?
  • Sugar industry in Pakistan continues to deal with uncertainties due to decreasing sugar production and a lack of coordinated government policy
  • Fertiliser is a major cost component for the sugarcane industry. Hear from an analyst on what has been driving prices in the last few years, what led to much higher fertilizer prices in 2010 and the expectations for pricing in next five years
  • Ethanol markets are hugely dependent on the prices of the feedstock, as producers switch between various feedstocks depending on raw material prices

You will network with:

  • Sugarcane Plantations Companies
  • Sugar Producers
  • Buyers
  • Traders
  • Ethanol Producers
  • Technology Providers
  • Fertiliser Cos


3rd Americas Sugar & Ethanol Trade 2008
October 16 & 17 / Miami USA


3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol maps the changing dynamics of the Sugar-Ethanol Link- Latest on Export, Consumption, Trade & Case-Studies from Mexico, America, Brazil and the Caribbean.

Sugar has remained comparatively low priced but sugar prices are now rising, heralding growth and a strengthening market. As more hedge funds and equity investors divert capital into sugar, the prices of sugar are bound to increase.

In fact, sugar prices have been steadily surging upwards despite a large global surplus. This trend is compounded by rising oil prices, additional demand for Brazilian sugarcane as an ethanol feedstock and increasing demand for sugar from Mexico, the rest of Latin America & the Caribbean.

Under such auspices, it remains critical for the world’s key sugar & ethanol players to meet and exchange critical insights on the emerging opportunities in the industry.

3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol builds upon its reputation over 3 years as the region’s most important Sugar Trading Summit.

Every year, the Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol summit serves as a meeting place for the region’s sugar & ethanol players, investors, technological suppliers. It is where key players meet, network and exchange views and up-to-date information, as well as brainstorm to find resolutions to real issues faced by the Region’s sugar marketplace.

Over the past two years, our Sugar Trade & Ethanol series has welcomed over 800 key personnel from all over the world.


AT 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol, we carefully set the focus to reflect REAL Market Conditions in North & South Americas, guaranteeing a unique ‘regional’ perspective of the marketplace.

3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol in Miami provides an annual update on the region’s sugar and ethanol industries, from debate on US to Mexico sugar / sweetener trade, to the latest mandates & current perspectives on the burgeoning sugar & ethanol industries in the Caribbean, Central America & South America as well as fresh insights on alternative feedstocks technology for ethanol production.

3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol agenda has been set to cover 7 CRITICAL ISSUES central to the regional Sugar & Ethanol Marketplace.

  • ISSUE 1 – 10 Months Post NAFTA- trade with Mexico & Progress Report on America’s Re-export program
  • ISSUE 2 – 2007 Farm Bill & Feedstock Flexibility Program- effect on American Sugar & Ethanol
  • ISSUES 3 – Can Brazil maintain its comparative advantage in the sugar & ethanol market? Learning from Brazil’s success.
  • ISSUE 4 – Is commercial BioEthanol manufacture from Cellulose & Municipal Solid Waste the best solution?
  • ISSUE 5 – How will the Expansion of regional sugar & ethanol production across Central America, Caribbean, Peru & Argentina impact global sugar & ethanol marketplace?
  • ISSUE 6 – Converting Sugarcane Ethanol to Ethylene-What are the technologies? Are they economically viable?

The panel of speakers who have been specifically selected to share at 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol will present papers in line with these 6 CRITICAL ISSUES.

ISSUE 1 – 10 Months Post NAFTA – trade with Mexico & Progress Report
on America’s Re-export program

There are many who argue that NAFTA will open the door to a huge new market in Mexico for U.S sugar & sugar based products, corn fructose and processed foods.

Critics on the other hand, claim that NAFTA will drive up Mexican production and exports to the U.S. The US Sugar industry itself has a high chance of relocating Sugar production & processing to Mexico.

10 Months post NAFTA, 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol delivers a market update on the impact of this landmark agreement on the region’s sugar markets.

Francis Nehama, Sucden’s director of Trade will provide his insights from a trade perspective. Not only will he discuss the impact of NAFTA on the US domestic sugar market, but he will also dissect the impact of NAFTA on the region. Francis will also discuss the impact of the Refined and Sugar-Containing Products Re-Export Programs.

Is NAFTA kind on the regional Sugar Markets? How can your Sugar Business leverage on the opportunities created by this agreement?

Find you answers, and made your voice heard by Registering for 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol Summit.

ISSUE 2 – 2007 Farm Bill & Feedstock Flexibility Program
– effect on American Sugar & Ethanol

Stunning growth in the US ethanol market poses both threats and opportunities, as was seen with the sharp increase in Corn prices this year, and the push towards new ethanol technologies.

With corn receiving so much of bad press, how will it impact the sugar markets? Will the farm bill & the BioEnergy feedstock flexibility program lend Sugar that extra boost?

Will Sugar emerge as the winner in the fast growing BioEnergy business?

To share insights on this critical question, we’ve invited Dr. Daniel Colacicco from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Dr. Colaccio will look into American Sugar supplies, and provide his analysis on the impact of the 2007 Farm Bill & Feedstock Flexibility programs in the US sugar markets, and provides insights into the future direction of the domestic sugar industry.

Dr. Colaccio is also going to announce changes that are going to be implemented to the feedstock flexibility program, that will benefit the US sugar industry greatly.

How effective is the 2007 Farm Bill? Will the Feedstock Flexibility Program benef the Sugar industry? Register for 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol and to find out more on this critical Sugar industry update.

ISSUES 3 – Can Brazil maintain its comparative advantage in the
sugar & ethanol market? Learning from Brazil’s success.

Brazil has consistently proven to the world that it is possible to adopt sugar-cane ethanol for domestic fuel usage. While the rest of the world scrambles to emulate Brazil’s successful model, Brazil is leading the sugar & ethanol markets with new innovations and their dominance over the marketplace.

At 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol, we bring you key Brazilian ethanol & sugar players to share their strategies & experiences in the Sugar & Ethanol markets, and how they have successfully combined both markets with their constant innovations in R&D on sugar cane.

We’ve put together a panel of speakers to discuss the latest innovations in Brazil’s sugar and ethanol industries.

Hear from Jaime Fingueret of CTC Brazil, & Frank D Haagensen of Novozymes North America who will share insights on the latest developments in Brazil turning Sugar-Cane Bagasse into Ethanol & adopting a Bio-Refinery approach to improve the linkage between sugar & ethanol.

ISSUE 4 – Is commercial BioEthanol manufacture from Cellulose &
Municipal Solid Waste the best solution?

BioEthanol from non-food and renewable sources are seen as the future of ethanol biofuels. With companies racing to perfect and commercialize their new BioEthanol technologies, the need to understand the marketplace for BioEthanol is critical.

At 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol, we discuss the feasibility of using non-food feedstocks like cellulose and municipal solid waste for commercial ethanol manufacture.

One of our panelists, Dr. George Philippidis, recently wrote in an article published in the Wall Street Journal, “the U.S. should treat the commercialization of cellulosic technologies as a matter of national security”

Dr. Philippidis, the Associate Director of the FIU-Florida Crystals bagasse-to-ethanol project, supports the widespread commercialization of cellulosic ethanol in the US and the region, citing its viability and non-food environmentally friendly nature.

Speaking on the Cellulosic Ethanol Prospects in the Americas, Dr. Philippidis will share on the ongoing Florida Crystals Bagasse-to-Ethanol project.

Cellulosic ethanol will also be addressed by Santiago Arcila of Verenium Corporation. Verenium currently operates one of the US’ first cellulosic ethanol pilot plants, an R&D facility in Jennings, Louisiana. They are currently in the race to start up the first generation of commercial cellulosic ethanol plants with their scheduled 1.4 million-gallon-per-year demonstration-scale facility.

Sharing on Verenium’s first hand experience in scaling up cellulosic ethanol projects, Santiago Arcila will discuss the challenges and rewards of cellulosic ethanol, and why cellulosic ethanol will overtake conventional ethanol and the optimal biofuel of the future.

We are also proud to announce Gary Luce, CEO of Terrabon, as our panelist. Gary will be sharing on his company’s patented MixAlco™ technology that converts readily available, low cost, non-food biomass like municipal solid waste and sewage sludge into acetic acid and alcohols that can be converted into ethanol and renewable gasoline fuels.

Terrabon recently made news when they too announced their semi-works demonstration plant with plans to scale up into commercial production.

With so many critical players in the BioEthanol field sharing at 3rd Americas Sugar Trade and Ethanol, you don’t want to miss out on their insights.

Don’t hesitate any more.

ISSUE 5 – How will the Expansion of regional sugar & ethanol production across Central America, Caribbean, Peru & Argentina impact global sugar & ethanol marketplace?

The recent closure of many small and mid sized ethanol projects in the US is indicative of the rising opportunities in the region’s sugar and ethanol industries.

In Guatemala, Jamaica & Costa Rica, the focus is on expanding the infrastructure and legal framework for sugar-cane cultivation & sugar production and expanding the sector to include ethanol production for domestic and international markets.

In Peru, the sugar industry is undergoing a privatization, with the aim of increasing sugar production to reach self-sufficiency. Peru is also on the track towards expanding into ethanol production for domestic use and export to the Pacific Rim nations.

Argentina’s domestic ethanol demand is also set to increase. With the 2010 dateline for 5% ethanol blend around the corner, Argentina’s sugar and ethanol industries are set to expand exponentially.

3rd Americas Sugar Trade looks at the expansion of Sugar & Ethanol production in Guatemala, Jamaica, Peru, Argentina and Costa Rica, rounding it off with a comparison to the US ethanol industry.

With a panel of top government officials and key business executives sharing expertise, 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol summit is the only regional summit that has such an in-depth examination into the region’s up-coming sugar & ethanol powerhouses.

So don’t miss out on this opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with the region’s most important players.

ISSUE 6 – Converting Sugarcane Ethanol to Ethylene-What are the technologies?
Are they economically viable?

There is tremendous market interest for plastics and chemicals derived from renewable, sustainable sources.

The utilization of sugarcane ethanol as a chemical feedstock is the next logical step. The conversion of ethanol into chemicals is not a new process, and in fact, some of the first plastics were originally produced from ethanol.

The route is now a compelling, eco-efficient route once again due to the rising cost of petroleum, and rising awareness of the impact of traditional petrochemical production on global warming

At 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol summit, Nexant’s Ronald Cascone will be sharing on the current prospects for converting sugar cane ethanol to ethylene.

So is Ethylene production from sugar cane the next frontier? Find out more at 3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol summit.

3rd Americas Sugar Trade & Ethanol, the region’s most important Sugar Trading Summit offers you over 8 hours of business networking, and a dedicated panel of top executives from the following organizations:-

∙ USDA ∙ Sucden ∙ CTC Brazil ∙ Louisiana Green Fuels ∙ Newedge USA ∙ Sugar Industry Authority, Jamaica
∙ Valcomex Peru ∙ RECOPE ∙ Ingenio La Union, Guatemala ∙ Novozymes ∙ Evolution Markets Inc.
∙ Verenium Corp. ∙ Lallemand ∙ Terrabon ∙ Nexant ∙ National Sweet Sorghum Association
∙ Centro Azucarero Argentino ∙ Agroindustrial Pomalca ∙ Maple Energy Peru ∙ Central Motzorongo Sugar

So what are you waiting for?

Your Investment to Attend Americas Sugar & Ethanol Trade 2008 in Miami:
Conference Fee: US$ 1395 per person and US$ 1195 per person for groups of three (This includes all sessions, luncheons, coffee/tea and all documentation).

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