International competitiveness of value chains for sugar beet and sugarcane: a combined approach to estimate production and processing costs in Brazil and Germany

With the liberalization of the European sugar sector, the industry is free to export sugar to the world market, competing with other sugarcane producing countries. To understand competitiveness, it is imperative to compare total production costs, including both raw material (farm) and processing costs (mill). Therefore, farmlevel production costs from agri benchmark combined with an engineering approach to calculate processing costs were merged to calculate sugar production costs in Germany and Brazil. The necessary data related to investment costs and technical coefficients was obtained in collaboration with BMA. Results show that processing one ton of white sugar (excluding raw material . . .

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