UPDATE 1-Brazil sugar output at 427,000 T late in Nov. as season winds down

(Adds report details, tables and comments) SAO PAULO/NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Mills in Brazil's center-south region produced 427,000 tonnes of sugar in the second half of November, 22% more than in the same period a year earlier but 60% less than in the previous fortnight as the season winds down. According to industry group Unica, mills crushed 8.73 million tonnes of sugar cane late in November, 19% less than in the similar period a year earlier. Ethanol production stood at 587,000 liters, 22% less year-on-year. Unica said that 214 mills have finished crushing operations for the season compared with 206 plants at this time a year earlier, a sign that cane processing was quicker in 2020 due to drier-than-normal weather. Cumulative cane crushing for the season reached 594 million tonnes compared to 575 million tonnes at this time last year. The crop officially ends in March, but there are only marginal processing yet to be done in the region and cane development for the next season has been delayed by insufficient rains, which means few mills will start the next season earlier. Total sugar production in the season was a record 38 million tonnes (see tables), 44% more than the previous output, as mills earmarked a lot more cane to sugar production and less to ethanol as prices and demand for the sweetener were stronger. See below detailed figures from Unica's crop report (cane and sugar in million tonnes, ethanol* in billion liters, total recoverable sugar-TRS in kg per tonne): BRAZIL'S CENTER-SOUTH - 2ND HALF OF NOV. (ANNUAL COMPARISON) 2019/20 2020/21 % CHANGE CANE CRUSH 10.88 8.73 -19.69 SUGAR OUTPUT 0.348 0.427 22.61 ETHANOL OUTPUT 0.757 0.587 -22.55 TRS (kg/T) 140 144 2.45 CANE TO SUGAR 23% 35% BRAZIL'S CENTER-SOUTH CUMULATIVE DATA - 2019/20 VS 2020/21 2019/20 2020/21 % CHANGE CANE CRUSH 575 594 3.32 SUGAR OUTPUT 26.42 38.08 44.16 ETHANOL OUTPUT 31.76 28.91 -8.98 TRS (kg/T) 139 145 4.24 CANE TO SUGAR 34% 46% Source: Cane Industry Group Unica * Includes corn-based ethanol (Reporting by Roberto Samora and Marcelo Teixeira; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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