For the quarter, adjusted gross margin decreased by approximately $3.2 million, when compared to the same quarter of last year. On a per metric tonne basis, adjusted gross margin was $131.87 compared to $157.45 for the second quarter of last year. The decrease in the adjusted gross margin rate is due to the sales mix with higher industrial and liquid volume combined with lower export volume. In the comparable quarter of last year, high margin rate export volume was realized under a U.S. special quota. In addition, the Montreal facility incurred approximately $1.0 million in additional energy costs due to the purchase of expensive auxiliary natural gas and oil when supply was interrupted during cold winter days as per the delivery terms of the natural gas provider. Year-to-date adjusted gross margin was $11.4 million lower than last year's comparable period while the adjusted gross margin rate per tonne was $160.96 as compared to $190.62 in fiscal 2012. The decrease was due mainly to an unfavourable sales mix with no volume of higher margin rate export volume sold under a U.S. special quota in fiscal 2013.
Adjusted EBIT of $13.1 million was $3.7 million lower when compared to the same quarter last year due in large part to the decrease in the average selling margin rate and to higher administration expenses of approximately $0.6 million as a result of timing in expenses. Year-to-date adjusted EBIT of $35.7 million was $11.9 million lower than last year due mainly to the higher gross margins earned on export volume against the special U.S. quota shipments in fiscal 2012.
For the quarter, free cash flow was $7.2 million, as compared to $12.8 million in fiscal 2012. Year-to-date free cash flow was $25.3 million, a decrease of $9.2 million over last year's comparable period. The decrease for the quarter of $5.6 million was due mainly to the lower adjusted EBIT of $3.7 million and higher current income taxes of $2.3 million from last year's comparable quarter. The year-to-date decrease of $9.2 million is also due to the lower adjusted EBIT of $11.9 million and higher current income taxes of $1.2 million somewhat offset by deferred financing costs of $2.7 million incurred in fiscal 2012 on the issue of the 5th series convertible debentures and higher pension contribution of $0.7 million in fiscal 2012.
Industrial volume will be higher in fiscal 2013 as additional volume has been contracted for calendar 2013 with new and existing accounts. In addition, the Company was able to contract for one year, starting in the spring of 2013, additional liquid sugar with one large bottler in western Canada. This should increase liquid volume in the second half of the fiscal year. Export volume is forecast to be lower this year as no U.S. special quotas are expected during the year due to large crops in the U.S. and Mexico. Overall the annual sales volume is forecast to be higher than last year.
The Taber sugar beet slicing campaign was completed in early February. We are now estimating total beet sugar production of approximately 122,000 metric tonnes, once the thick juice campaign is completed in the spring of 2013. This production volume is larger than our current sales estimate for that region which will result in a significant level of inventories being warehoused until next year if other export or domestic sales opportunities do not occur. This will increase distribution costs in the second half of the fiscal year. As a result of the large beet crop harvested in the fall of 2012 and processed this year only 24,000 acres is targeted for planting this spring.
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