UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of May

By Erin Voegele | May 31, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of the country sold 1.13 billion liters (289.51 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of May, up 17 percent from the same period of last year.

Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol reached 759.75 million liters during the two-week period and set a new record for the first half of May. When compared to the same period of 2017, domestic hydrous ethanol sales were up 34.68 percent.

Domestic anhydrous ethanol sales reached 327.29 million liters, up from the 282.62 million liters sold during the second half of April, but down 9.87 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region exported only 47.13 million liters during the first half of May, including 46.76 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 42.65 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of May, up 10.55 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began April 1, 102.52 million tons of sugarcane has been processed, up from 80.52 million tons during the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, 64.77 percent of sugarcane has gone to ethanol production. From April 1 through May 15, ethanol production has reached 4.81 billion liters, including 1.24 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 3.57 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. The production of hydrous ethanol is up 81.25 percent when compared to the same period of last year.