The Brazilian Sugar/Ethanol Sector

Published 16 Dec 2011
Reference 5856
Topic Strategy
Region South America
Summary

This industry note analyses the sugar and ethanol industry in Brazil and in the world. The note analyses the birth and expansion of this industry between 1975 and 2011. It also looks at the impact of biofuels in the oil and the car industry and the role of public research institutions like Embrapa in Brazil in fostering innovation and increase in productivity in the agricultural sector in Brazil.

Teaching objectives

The industry note provides background information on the: 1) Sugar and ethanol industry in Brazil and in the world, 2) Biofuels and flex-fuel cars, 3) Market for ethanol. The note can be used as background information for the "Cosan: The Making of a Global Leader" case.

Keywords
  • Ethanol Industry
  • Sugar Industry
  • Agribusiness
  • Biofuels
  • Environmental Issues
  • Flex-Fuel Cars
  • Brazil
  • Oil Industry
  • RD1211
  • AR2011
  • AR1112
  • Q21112