Brazil sugar output to hit three-year low, as ethanol hits back.

Sugar production in Brazil key Centre South region drop to a three-year low next season as a dearth of replanting takes its toll on cane yields, and with ethanol raising its take of the harvest. Kingsman pegged sugar output in the Centre South, which is responsible for more than 90% of output in the top producing country, at 33.99m tonnes for 2018-19, on an April-to-March basis. Sugar output at that level would represent a fall of 2.1m tonnes year on year, and would be the lowest since the 31.22m tonnes produced in 2015-16. The decline would represent a double whammy of a lower cane crush, seen dropping to a four-year low of 575.0m tonnes, and a lower proportion of cane being processed into sugar rather than ethanol.