The Competitive Sugar Industry in Guatemala

With a yield of 12.2 tons per hectare, the industry produced 2.8 million metric tons in the 2013/2014 harvest, generating $1.13 billion for the production of sugar, alcohol and molasses.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

During the 2013/2014 harvest a total of 1.9 million metric tons (MT) of sugar was exported, of which 162,000 were sent to Ghana and Tunisia and 45,000 to China. Guatemala currently ranks third in sugar yield, competing with Colombia and Swaziland, which are in first place with 14.6 and 13.9 tons per hectare, respectively.

Prensalibre.com reports that "... The 2013/2014 harvest reached totaled 2.8 million tons, representing 61 million hundredweight. The Sugar Association of Guatemala (Asazgua) estimates that for the 2014/2015 crop production will be similar ... though the last months of the harvest- April and May could be critical, because this is when the cane is cut and there could be changes in performance due to exogenous factors such as sunlight and climate. "

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Guatemala: Expectations for the Sugar Sector

December 2017

Production from the 2016-2017 cycle amounted to 2.7 million metric tons, 4% less than the previous cycle, but the next is projected to reach 2.9 million metric tons.

Figures from Banco de Guatemala show that in the first semester the exported volume of sugar fell 8%, and $561 million were generated.

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Total production from the 2016/17 harvest surpassed 15.6 million hundredweight, registering an increase of 18% compared to the previous harvest.

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Guatemala: Sustained Growth in Sugar

September 2012

In the last twenty years the sugar industry has been growing at an annual rate of 11%, contributing to 3% of gross domestic product.

According to statistics from the Bank of Guatemala, in 2011 sugar exports accounted for 6.2% of total exports from the country.

The 2011-2012 harvest was very favorable achieving record production of 54.3 million quintals and estimates for 2012-2013 are for 55 million quintals, said Armando Boesche, manager of the Sugar Association of Guatemala (Asazgua).

Sugar Harvest Begins in Guatemala

November 2010

With an estimated production of 48.4 million bushels, the 2010/2011 harvest begins next Monday.

The estimated production for this crop is lower than that of 2009-2010, which was 50 million bushels, due to excessive rains, according to information from the Sugar Association of Guatemala (ASAZGUA).

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