The global sugar price continues its strong rally this year, jumping 5 per cent in overnight trading in New York.
It is currently buying 20.82 US cents a pound, its highest level since August 2012.
A worldwide supply shortage plus a slow harvest in Brazil has seen sugar attract increased interest from investors.
Analyst Tom McNeill said it was good news for Australian sugar cane growers.
“These levels at in excess of 20.5 cents a pound are well over the cost of production for virtually all global producers,” he said.
“I think we’ve still got a little way for this strength in the market and these deficits, whether they can be resolved before the start of 2017 remains to be seen.”
Growers welcome spike, but not all good news
For Wilmar growers still without contracts, it has been frustrating to watch the continuous rise in sugar prices.
“It is very disappointing not to be able to forward sell with any certainty at the moment,” grower Peter Hackett said.
“There are some good prices out there and it would be great for all of the industry to be able to take advantage of that.
“Banks like to see – in this era where we have been able to forward price – that we have locked something in for a reasonable price.”
Mackay region cane grower Greg Plath supplies Mackay Sugar and already has contracts in place.
He said it had been some time since he had seen such high prices.
“It has been a long time, I have seen it at 20 cents which was five or six years ago but at the time we had an exchange rate of about $1.10, which really spoilt the party,” Mr Plath said.
“This time we have an exchange rate in the 70s so that pushes the Australian dollar up.”
Mr Plath said while the price spike was good, the full benefits would not be felt this year.
“For us, for this year’s crop, a considerable amount of our sugar is already priced, so we won’t be able to take full advantage of those high prices.”