TORONTO — On Monday, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) welcomed UNICA as its newest member. "Brazil is truly a trailblazer in the global biofuels industry, not only as one of the world's largest producers of biofuels, but one of the first," said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the GRFA. "As the largest ethanol producer in Brazil, we are honoured to have UNICA join our ranks to represent the industry on the world stage." The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) is the largest organization in Brazil representing sugar, ethanol and bioelectricity producers. It was created in 1997, following a consolidation process involving regional organizations in the State of SÃ£o Paulo after government deregulation of the sugar and ethanol sectors. UNICA members answer for more than 50% of all ethanol produced in Brazil and 60% of overall sugar production. "As a global leader in ethanol production, UNICA is proud to be a member of the GRFA," said UNICA President Elizabeth Farina. "We look forward to working with the other members of over 44 biofuel producing countries to collectively promote the expanded use of renewable fuels throughout the world and advocate for sound public policy and responsible research."