• Cane refiners assist in delivering Europe's development goals as they use different raw material for sugar

Sugar News

ESRA presents study on raw materials

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?” 

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Commission reports that trade agreements deliver tangible benefits to agriculture

Overview of recently published European Commission report on the implementation of FTAs


European Commission releases agri-food export data

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.


Será viável a produção de açúcar de beterraba em Portugal continental?

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.

EU referendum: Tate & Lyle Sugars joins campaign to leave EU

BBC News, 22 June 2016 - Tate & Lyle Sugars has written a pro-Brexit letter to staff saying leaving the EU would benefit the business.

Sugar Industry Headed for a Shake-Up

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.

Refiner Tate & Lyle Sugars says best served by Britain leaving EU

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.

Sugar market braced for EU exports

Financial Times, 24 February 2016

Tate & Lyle boss: We may push for Brexit unless David Cameron gets sweeter EU deal

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.

EU: Questions hang over the future of the CXL quota

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.

Worst EU Sugar Crop in 40 Years Spurs Imports as Refiners Profit

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.

The Monstrous Idiocy Of Europe's Sugar Trade Policy

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.

Tate & Lyle Sugars: We need to renegotiate our EU membership or leave altogether

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

Tate & Lyle Sugars: We'd be better off outside the EU unless Cameron secures major reforms

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.

EU sugar glut, tariff sour the cane versus beet contest

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.

Sugar policy shake-up to squeeze cane producing countries

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.

Europe's big comeback will shake up sugar

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 dismantle the current...

EU to become net sugar exporter after quotas end in 2017

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.