On 30 January, the European Sugar Refineries Association (ESRA) presented a study on access to raw materials in the EU cane refining sector. A roundtable event in the European Parliament - hosted by MEP Sofia Ribeiro - focused on the topic “EU free trade agreements – a fair balance on agricultural market access?”
Overview of recently published European Commission report on the implementation of FTAs
Update after the 6 - 10 November negotiating round
European Commission, 26 June 2017 - figures presented show growth in sugar imports and exports.
EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Hogan confident on Mercosur trade deal amid Brazilian meat scandal
Farmers Journal, 12 June 2017 - A recent EU audit into Brazilian meat exports showed that beef, horse meat and poultry were contaminated. Amid the controversy, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan remained positive about the EU-Mercosur trade deal.
Publico, 13 July 2016 - O regresso da beterraba sacarina a Portugal Continental só se concretizará se o Governo Português desrespeitar o mais basilar critério de eficiência económica.
BBC News, 22 June 2016 - Tate & Lyle Sugars has written a pro-Brexit letter to staff saying leaving the EU would benefit the business.
Wall Street Journal, 17 May 2016 - Sweeping changes to the trade barriers governing the sugar industry are redrawing the map for one of the commodity world’s most protected markets.
Reuters, 24 March 2016 - Cane refiner Tate & Lyle Sugars is in favour of Britain leaving the EU unless the bloc introduces reforms to create a more level playing field with the beet sector, a senior executive said on Thursday.
Financial Times, 24 February 2016
Evening Standard, 09 February 2016 - One of Britain’s most high-profile companies today warned it may campaign to leave the EU unless reforms are made to Brussels rules that it fears could cripple its business.
Sugar Online, 02 February 2016 - The future of the famed CXL quota that allows Brazilian and limited other origin raw sugar into the European market with a prevailing duty of EUR98 per metric tonne is a major unknown moving into the post-quota world in 2017, reports Sugaronline.
Bloomberg News, 27 October 2015 - The European Union is poised for its worst sugar production in more than four decades, pushing domestic prices higher and spurring a wave of imports by the region’s refiners.
Forbes, 07 June 2015 - None of us needs to read around very far to find things that government does that we disapprove of. And it’s also fairly easy to find government doing things that government probably shouldn’t be doing.
London loves Business, 09 June 2015 - EU rules discriminate against good British businesses, says Gerald Mason, vice president of Tate & Lyle Sugars – the historic business with 800 employees in its East London factory
The Telegraph, 06 June 2015 - Britain's last cane sugar refiner said the referendum is the last chance to get a fairer deal on regulation.
Reuters, 28 April 2015 - A sugar glut in Europe threatens the closure of some cane refineries and drives a deeper wedge between winners and losers in a sharply divided industry.
Food Navigator, 31 October 2014 - The Fairtrade Foundation has urged food companies and retailers to choose Fairtrade sugar, amid concerns that a sugar price slump and CAP reforms could push thousands of workers into poverty.
Financial Times, 15 October 2014 - The Financial Times published an article about the future of the sugar market in Europe after 2017 and the lifting of quotas. “The market will especially be tough for sugar cane refiners in the EU, which need to import their raw materials from outside the region as there are no plans to...
Reuters, 08 April 2014 - The European Union will become a net sugar exporter after output quotas are ended in 2017 but volumes will depend on EU and world prices, freight and exchange rates and competition from cereal-based sweeteners, delegates at a conference said.