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Global sugar surplus to hit record level in 2018-19

Staff Writer |
During the 2018-19 season, the global sugar market will record highest level of surplus since 2006-07.

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According to Global Platts/Kingsman, this surplus will be 12.59 million tons, up from the 11.46 million tons achieved the previous season.

The oversupply will mainly be driven by India which is expected to hit a record production level during the period under review. Moreover, South-Eastern Asian countries should produce 35.32 million tons of sugar against 33.69 million in 2017-18, hitting a peak since the 1959-60 season.

While the price per pound of sugar has been falling on the global market since a few years ago, some operators indicated that this could worsen in the future dropping below the 10 cent threshold.


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