Sugar mills shut early as drought hits cane crop – trade body

More than two dozen mills in India’s top sugar producing Maharashtra state have stopped crushing due to cane shortage while many more mills are likely to shut before February end, a producers’ body said on Tuesday. Sugar mills in Maharashtra typically operate between November to April, but this year cane supplies have fallen due to back-to-back droughts. Out of 147 sugar mills that started operations this year, 25 mills have stopped crushing as on Dec. 31, Indian Sugar Mills Association said in a statement. The country produced 8.09 million tonnes…

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UK pushes ahead with sugar tax

The UK government has published draft legislation for a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, which is set to begin from April 2018. There will be two bands – one for soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml and a higher one for drinks with more than 8g per 100ml. Ministers hope it will help tackle the nation’s obesity problem. Many companies have already begun cutting the amount of sugar in their drinks. Pure fruit juices will be exempt – but health officials stress people should limit consumption of…

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