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Panela Monitor is the global entry point for scientific, economic, and commercial information on panel, the non-centrifugal sugar also known as jaggery (South Asia and Africa), muscovado (Philippines), and kokuto (Japan), among many other names.

We aim at promoting the consumption and use of panela by overcoming its lack of recognition as a discrete product because of the names used in different countries and the confusion between non-centrifugal sugar and other partially refined sugars, such as turbinado, or refined sugars mixed with molasses (brown sugar).

We believe that the reversal of the historical decline of panela as a significant food will have important global health, environmental and development effects.

What is Panela?

Panela is pure dried sugar cane juice. Given the high sugar content of cane juice it is therefore essentially non-refined cane sugar, retaining the many additional constituents of cane juice, principally minerals, but also vitamins and other trace substances, many still unknown. Depending on its manufacturing process it is either presented in solid or granulated form. Learn More

Advances in the building of an international product identity for non-centrifugal sugar

The creation of an international customs code for panela by the World Customs Organization (WCO), as well as the drafting of a Codex Alimentarius food quality norm for panela by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius, are crucial recent steps for the international recognition of non-centrifugal sugar (NCS) as a discrete and unique product. These advances are the result of a long term strategy of Colombia which aims at valorizing this product because of its importance for the economy and rural development. Learn More


Business and technological opportunities and challenges for panela and panela-based products production and marketing. Learn More