Earthquake damages sugar refineries

Following the earthquake last week sugar refining in Japan is now focused in the west of the country away from affected regions. Two refineries were damaged in Chiba.  Although the damage is thought to not have been too serious.

Japan has 12 sugar refineries and imports approximately 1.5 million tonnes of raw sugar per annum.  Domestic raw sugar output is approximately 650,000 tonnes.  Japan makes up approximately 1.5% of global consumption.  Thai sugar for the Japanese market was not being offered following the earthquake.

Efforts are ongoing in Japan to cool two nuclear reactors with water.

 

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