By John Lee.
Iraq is increasingly importing raw sugar instead of white, as a new sugar refinery has ramped up production faster than expected, according to Reuters.
Ir is estimated that the Babylon refinery south of Baghdad, which serves the domestic market, had imported around 375,000 tonnes of Brazilian raw sugar in the past six months, having opened earlier this year.
That would represent more than half of Iraq's estimated consumption of 1.1 million tonnes a year, previously met by imported white sugar.
Sources also said that the refinery, owned by Etihad Food Industries, had fewer technical problems than typical for new plants.
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