June 21, 2017 / 5:57 PM / in a year

BRIEF-Copersucar says rains in Brazil's center-south may cut cane crushing

June 21 (Reuters) -

* Brazil’s sugar and ethanol merchant Copersucar says Alvean, its joint venture with Cargill, increased sugar sourcing in Brazil adding volumes from independent sugar mills

* Brazil’s Copersucar has not seen changes on sugar/ethanol production mix; says sugar still gives better returns

* Copersucar says sugar futures fall caused by expectations of large 2017/18 northern hemisphere sugar crop

* Copersucar says sugar trading JV Alvean could grow 4 or 5 percent more in volumes in the 2017/18 crop year

* Copersucar says U.S.-based subsidiary Eco-Energy trying to attract new ethanol suppliers to grow volumes

* Copersucar says there is risk of Brazil center-south mills not being able to crush all available cane this year due to excessive rains Further coverage: (Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira)

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