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Vincent O’Rourke

Trader and Market Analyst

Vincent began his career at CZ in 2016 as an analyst in the London Office, focusing on raw sugar flows and the Refineries in North Africa and the Middle East. Since 2019 Vincent has moved to the Miami office, leading the Americas analysis (excluding Brazil) and implementing the new data capture and database processes. Vincent graduated from Edinburgh with a master’s in theology in 2015 and completed a Masters in Emerging Economies from King’s London University in 2016

  • March 3, 2023

World Sugar Market: 2023 and Beyond

Insight Focus India sugar supply to decrease. Thailand production to s...

  • January 20, 2023

Ask the Analyst: Why are Colombia Sugar Prices so High?

Insight Focus Colombia is the 15th largest sugar producer in the world...

  • August 9, 2022

Peru Fails to Curb Domestic Sugar Price Rise

Insight Focus Peruvian prices of household goods, including sugar have...

Food and Ingredients Sugar
  • May 27, 2022

Ask the Analyst: Could Mexico Restrict Sugar Exports?

Insight Focus ‘Food nationalism’, restricting exports to cap domes...

  • May 18, 2022

Why Are Sugarcane Yields in Mexico Declining?

Insight Focus Cane yields in Mexico have been in steady decline. This ...

  • April 20, 2022

Our Global Sugar Outlook for 2022 and Beyond

Insight Focus Sugar supply problem seen longer term as Indian exports ...

  • April 5, 2022

US Beet Sugar Output Could Be Hit by Post-Harvest Rain

Insight Focus   US beet sucrose yields could hit a five-year low ...

Ethanol Sugar
  • February 4, 2022

Ask the Analyst: The Ukraine Conflict and Commodities

Insight Focus The Ukraine conflict has been making the headlines for a...

  • December 13, 2021

The US Has Too Many Shipping Containers

We’ve spent the past 14 months talking about a container shortage. T...

  • October 14, 2021

WASDE: Record US Beet Production Despite Drought?

The USDA now thinks the US will produce a record 5.35m short tons of b...

  • October 11, 2021

High Freight Rates Hit Central American Raws Exports

Central America exported 1.25m tonnes of raw sugar this year, down 300...

  • September 22, 2021

Mexican Sugar Production to Rebound Following Drought

Mexico should produce 6mmt of sugar in 2021/22, up 270kmt year-on-year...

  • September 16, 2021

WASDE: USDA Reduces Mexico’s Market Access

The USDA has increased its US beet production estimate, even after the...

Ethanol Sugar
  • September 6, 2021

Our Colombian Road Trip (In Pictures)

In case you missed it, I just travelled through Colombia’s Cauc...

  • September 3, 2021

Ask the Analyst: Why is Mexican Sugar So Expensive?

Mexico is part of the USMCA (US, Mexico, Canada Agreement). Both the U...

Ethanol Sugar
  • September 3, 2021

Our Colombian Road Trip: Rocky Roads

In case you’re tuning into this series for the first time, we...

Ethanol Sugar
  • September 2, 2021

Our Colombian Road Trip: Onto the Mills

In case you’re tuning in for the first time, our Miami-based Ana...

Ethanol Sugar
  • September 1, 2021

Our Colombian Road Trip: Into the Cane Fields

In case you’re tuning in for the first time, our Miami-based Ana...

  • August 13, 2021

US WASDE: Beet Yields Hold Up For Now

Opinion Focus The USDA WASDE report for august continues to predict a ...

  • August 4, 2021

US Beet Production Hit by Drought

The USDA’s reduced its beet production forecast for the US. The July...

  • August 4, 2021

Costly Freight Weakens Refiners’ Profitability

Toll (re-export) sugar refinery profitability is under pressure. High ...

  • July 14, 2021

Central American Raws Exports Wind Down

Central America has exported 1.15m tonnes of raw sugar so far this sea...

  • July 9, 2021

USDA Acts to Curb Sugar Rally

The USDA has reallocated the raw sugar Tariff Rate Quota. This should ...

  • June 22, 2021

Central America’s Sugar Exports Recover

Central America has exported 1.1m tonnes of raw sugar so far this seas...

  • June 11, 2021

WASDE: US Sugar Imports Hit by High Prices

50kmt of US duty-paid world market sugar imports may not materialise t...

  • June 4, 2021

Sugar Following Peru’s Presidential Election

Peru’s presidential election will finish on Sunday. If Pedro Castill...

  • May 13, 2021

US Imports: Less TRQ, More Mexican Sugar

The US Dept of Agriculture expects American sugar stocks remain high f...

  • May 12, 2021

The US: Not Enough Raws in 2020/21?

Note: The US can import 1.117m tonnes of raw sugar each year via the R...

  • April 30, 2021

Ask the Analyst: US Sugar Supply After the Refinery Fire

As far as we know, Baltimore Sugar Refinery is operational once again....

  • April 22, 2021

Central American Raws Exports Slow Down

Central America has exported 764k tonnes of raw sugar so far this seas...

  • April 21, 2021

Fire at Baltimore Sugar Refinery

Smoke has been sighted from 3pm local time coming from the Baltimore s...

  • March 19, 2021

Central American Raws Fill Thai Void

600k tonnes of raw sugar has left Central America already this season;...

  • March 9, 2021

US Reduces Mexican Sugar Imports to Relieve Stocks

Note: All the numbers in this Opinion are in short tons. To convert in...

  • March 9, 2021

Global Sugar Production in 2021 and Beyond

Note: All the data seen throughout this discussion is housed in Czapp...

Ethanol Sugar
  • February 26, 2021

Ask the Analyst: Thai Cane, Sugar Tax, Petrobras

The Thai crop will be heavily scrutinised this year.  Over the la...

  • February 10, 2021

US Must Slow Sugar Imports to Keep Stocks Under Control

The February WASDE revealed that the US could now produce a record 9.3...

  • February 8, 2021

Guatemalan Refined Exports Start Strong, Despite Harvest Delays

Guatemala has exported 236k tonnes of refined sugar so far this season...

  • January 14, 2021

US Raws Imports Make Rapid Start After Quota Expansion

500k tonnes of raw sugar has already been cleared into the USA as Tari...

  • January 12, 2021

As US Domestic Production Increases, Mexican Quota Set to Fall

The January WASDE note is forecasting a significant increase in beet s...

  • November 11, 2020

November WASDE: 2020/21 Beet Yields Reduced

The latest WASDE balance for the USA has reduced the country’s overa...

  • November 4, 2020

Market Talk: Hurricane Eta Hits Central America

Hurricane Eta reached category 5 as it reached Nicaragua yesterday.&nb...

  • November 3, 2020

How La Niña Could Impact Colombian Sugar Production

A fall in the temperature of the equatorial Eastern Pacific Ocean is c...

  • October 7, 2020

Wet August Helps Mexican Cane Crop

Mexico was graced with above average rainfall in August. This eliminat...

  • September 14, 2020

WASDE: Record US Sugar Production Dwarfs Mexican Imports

The US could have its largest-ever crop next season, totalling 8.45m m...

  • September 2, 2020

Hot and Dry Mexican Summer Puts Cane at Risk

Mexico’s rainfall was poor during the key growing month of July. If ...

  • August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura: Louisiana’s Cane Crop at Risk

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana last night; this is the reg...

  • July 24, 2020

Czapp Explains: Colombian Sugar Duty

Czapp’s Arancel Calculator  Our Duty Calculator estimates t...

  • July 13, 2020

July WASDE: Are the New Import Expectations Realistic?

The July WASDE indicated that the US Department of Agriculture expects...

  • July 13, 2020

Will Locusts Reduce Colombia’s Cane Yields?

Colombia’s locust population has grown following its particularly ra...

  • June 12, 2020

June WASDE: The USA’s Sugar Import Bump Rescues Closing Stocks

532 words / 2.5 minute reading time The June WASDE has normalised the ...

  • May 13, 2020

May WASDE: 2019/20 Stocks Projected 400k Below Target

546 words / 2.5 minute reading time The May WASDE projection expects a...

  • May 11, 2020

US 20/21 Sugar Production: A Return to Normality?

709 words / 3.5 minute reading time The May WASDE usually sets out ear...

  • April 9, 2020

US Sugar Arrivals: Refined Sugar Imports Ahead

298 words / 2 minute reading time   The USA recently announc...

  • April 2, 2020

US to Import More Sugar

336 words / 1.5 minute reading time As expected, the US has expanded R...

  • April 1, 2020

Coronavirus Lowers US Sugar Consumption

517 words / 2.5 minute reading time US sugar consumption could fall by...

  • March 26, 2020

US Sugar Imports: Good, But Not Great

533 words / 2.5 minute reading time Mexican sugar flows into the USA n...

  • March 10, 2020

March WASDE: USDA Signalling for More Refined Imports

482 words / 2 minute reading time The latest WASDE release has reduced...

  • February 12, 2020

February WASDE: Mexican Import Estimate Reduced

292 words / 2 minute reading time The February WASDE shows a reduction...

  • February 10, 2020

USTRQ Re-allocation: No Change to Supply Estimates

402 words / 2.5 minute reading time The USDA has redistributed 78k ton...

  • February 5, 2020

Mexican Cane Crop Update: No Alarm Bells Yet

779 words / 5 minute reading time Key players in the Mexican sugar ind...

  • January 16, 2020

US Imports: Is The Wrong Sugar Coming In?

651 words / 4 minute reading time There may not be enough sugar in the...

  • January 13, 2020

January WASDE: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

270 words / 1.5 minute reading time As the estimates for US beet sugar...

  • December 27, 2019

El Salvador: Extra Supply in Central America?

259 words / 1.5 minute reading time The crop in El Salvador is now und...

  • December 24, 2019

Guatemala: Steady Crop Start

237 words / 1.5 minute reading time  Crops in Central America hav...

  • December 11, 2019

December WASDE: Mexico to the Rescue!

528 words / 3 minute reading time  The latest WASDE release has f...

  • December 5, 2019

Mexican Crop Start: Look Through the Data

350 words / 2 minute reading time The US market will be very reliant o...

  • November 26, 2019

America Allows More Refined Imports, Not More Imports

291 words / 2 minute reading time The USDA will change the sugar mix M...

  • November 20, 2019

How Will the USA Ensure It Has Enough Sugar?

757 words / 6 minute reading time American sugar supply is likely to b...

  • November 11, 2019

November WASDE: Beet Production Falls to 10 Year Low

American beet sugar production will be the lowest in 10 years. This me...

  • November 7, 2019

2018/19 US Imports Summary

448 words / 3 minute reading time In 2018/19, the US imported 2.8m ton...

  • October 15, 2019

US Snow Storms Slow Beet Harvest

 343 words / 2 minute read  Heavy snowfall has hit North Dak...

  • October 14, 2019

US Overview: What to Look Out For This Year

The beet crop is starting in the US; the crop performance will impact ...

  • October 10, 2019

October WASDE: American Sugar Consumption Falling

The US Government thinks American sugar consumption has been falling o...

  • September 25, 2019

Mexico 2019/20 Overview: The Good, The Bad, and The Drought

Mexico looks set to supply 550k tonnes in 2019/20 to the world market....

  • September 24, 2019

El Salvador: Chinese Purchases Expected

We suspect China will show political support to El Salvador by purchas...

  • September 12, 2019

September WASDE: More Mexican Sugar to the USA

Mexico can ship 1m tonnes sugar to the USA in 2019/20 under the USMC A...

  • August 21, 2019

Mexican Exports Displacing Brazilian VHP

Mexico has exported 945k tonnes of sugar this season. This is more tha...

  • August 13, 2019

August WASDE – Record American Sugar Production

America is set to make a record amount of sugar in 2019/20. This will ...

  • July 21, 2019

India Tries to Muscle into Indonesia

For the last year India has been trying to develop new export markets ...

  • June 11, 2019

June WASDE: Looking at 19/20

The USDA should announce an increase in imports for 135k tonnes soon t...

  • April 11, 2019

April WASDE: Small Changes in Production

The WASDE has reduced the domestic sugar crops; this is likely to resu...

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