Mexico sugar output falls

Mexico produced 5.05 million tonnes of sugar during the 2011/12 harvesting season, down 2.5 percent from the previous harvest, according to figures published on Friday by Mexico’s National Cane Workers’ Union. Output for the 2011/12 season was in line with forecasts by Mexico’s national sugar committee Conadesuca.

The union said Mexico expects to harvest 5.3 million tonnes of sugar in the coming 2012/13 cycle, which begins in November. Sugar exports for the current 2011/12 cycle, nearly all of which are sent to the United States, are expected to total about 1 million tonnes. Mexican sugar exports in the previous season reached a record 1.4 million tonnes.

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