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About us

Global leaders are searching for clean, renewable options to provide energy and reduce petroleum use. Sugarcane has emerged as an important alternative for meeting those needs. This powerful plant is grown in more than 100 countries and holds the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, diversify energy supplies and create jobs.

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) developed this web site to serve as a global information hub on sugarcane products and their economic, environmental and social benefits around the world.

This website is part of a larger partnership between UNICA and Apex-Brasil that aims to promote the benefits of Brazilian sugarcane ethanol in North America, Europe and Asia. Activities covered by this agreement include participation in international conferences, economic and regulatory intelligence studies, marketing activities, and public relations strategies targeted at key stakeholders.

Click here to see news related to the joint UNICA and Apex-Brasil project.



UNICA is the leading trade association for the sugarcane industry in Brazil, representing 60 percent of the country’s sugarcane production and processing. UNICA’s priorities include serving as a source for credible information and analysis about the efficiency and sustainability of sugarcane products, particularly ethanol. The association works to encourage the continuous advancement of sustainable practices throughout the sugarcane industry and to promote sugarcane-based biofuels as a clean, reliable alternative to fossil fuels.


The mission of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) is to promote exports of Brazilian products and services, contribute to the internationalization of Brazilian companies and attract foreign investment to Brazil.

Apex-Brasil is a Brazilian government agency linked to the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). Apex-Brasil gives currently support to more than 13,000 companies in 80 productive sectors of the Brazilian economy exporting to more than 200 markets. Through initiatives undertaken in a partnership with industry organizations, the Agency organizes trade promotion activities and produces trade and competitive intelligence studies with the objective of guiding the decisions of domestic corporations on the entry into international markets.

Besides its headquarters in Brasilia, Apex-Brasil has Desks in the Brazilian states and Business Support Centers (CNs) around the world to assist the process of internationalization of Brazilian companies exploring business opportunities and increase their participation in key global markets. The agency also coordinates efforts to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) for the country, working to identify business opportunities and promoting strategic events and assuring support to foreign investors throughout the whole process in Brazil.