HC&S: Sugar ‘at the top,’ can anything knock it off?

PUUNENE Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Hawaii will arrive on Maui this summer to work with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. to study crops, growing conditions and other issues in developing biofuels on the island. The 130-year-old plantation is working with federal and state partners to help determine...

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Brush fire burns sugar cane on Maui

A brushfire burned about 10 acres of cane field in Paia early this morning, Maui County officials reported. Firefighters responded to the 1:22 a.m. fire at the Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. site on Baldwin Avenue between Paia Elementary School and Rainbow County Park, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said. Plantation workers helped firefighters...

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A&B’s agribusiness sector recovers but shipping down – Mauinews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Visitor’s Information – The Maui News

Although its agribusiness sector continued its recovery in the first quarter, Alexander & Baldwin’s usual profit center, Matson Navigation Co., lost money, and the company reported a thin profit of $5.2 million, or 12 cents per share, Tuesday. President Stanley Kuriyama said Matson couldn’t adjust its fuel surcharges fast enough to keep up with...

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Is Sugar Toxic?

On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of...

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A&B long the target of takeovers

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has been in business 141 years, and for most of that time the kamaaina company has stood on three legs, each representing a major industry closely tied to Hawaii — agriculture, shipping and real estate. The stool has been pretty sturdy, enabling the Honolulu-based company to realize or improve gains from...

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