Each year alcosuisse purchases around 50 million litres of pure ethanol. During its more than 100-year existence alcosuisse has established close links with ethanol suppliers across the globe. For some years now the best of These suppliers have been incorporated in the alcosuisse panel of suppliers, and we now obtain our crude ethanol exclusively from this panel. All our suppliers have been partners with alcosuisse for many years. They undergo thorough checks and certification, and are also audited on an annual basis. As a result, alcosuisse is able to ensure that it procures and releases for further processing only top-quality products.
The international market for industrial alcohol – including all ethanols apart from biofuels – is not regulated and has neither any common quality standards nor a specific commodity market. Accordingly, the market is diverse and unwieldy. However, alcosuisse has many decades of experience in the ethanol business and, thanks to its longstanding collaboration with producers and traders in all the world’s major production countries, has extensive knowledge of purchasing on the international market.