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Algeria opens new 350,000 tonne capacity sugar refinery

A sugar refinery in Algeria, run by France’s Cristal Union and local company La Belle, has started production with a capacity of 350,000 tonnes a year, an official at the industry ministry said on Tuesday.

The official told Reuters production capacity would double to 700,000 tonnes a year “within months”.

The refinery’s output is expected to serve the domestic Algerian market, which is estimated to consume 1.2 mln tonnes a year.

Family-owned Cevital had been the sole sugar refiner in the North African country with a capacity of around 1 million tonnes a year. It imports most of its raw sugar from Brazil.

(Reuters)

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