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Sugar News

Europe's cane sugar refiners what is fair competition

Agra Europe, 01 May 2012 – Casual observers of Europe’s sugar market may be perplexed by the current situation. White sugar prices in Europe have risen 36% in 12 months, leaving them at 40% premium to world prices. At the same time, Europe’s cane sugar refineries must pay increasingly high import duties though a series of...[more]

London MEP calls for level playing field for sugar cane importers

07 March 2012 – Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis today met with officials from the European Commission to fight EU rules which are threatening jobs at Tate am; Lyle Sugars Silvertown refinery in her London constituency. Because of strict EU preferential access rules, Tate & Lyle Sugars is currently unable to source...[more]

London MEP says Brussels rules must not put jobs at Tate & Lyle at risk

15 February 2012 – Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has today condemned nonsensical EU rules which are threatening jobs at Tate & Lyle’s Silvertown refinery in her London constituency. EU preferential access to sugar cane from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and least developed countries (LDCs)...[more]

Refiners call on Commission to stick to import plan

AgraNet, 25 January 2012 – The European Sugar Refiners Association (ESRA) criticised the European Commission for cancelling the three remaining tenders for imports at reduced duties in January and February.


European sugar refiners say imports have cost them 35 millions Euros

Bloomberg News, 15 December 2011 – European sugar refiners have paid an additional 35 million euros in seven days to import raw sugar because of the European Union’s auction process. “Our industry has been forced to pay nearly 35 million euros in the last seven days alone to get its hands on raw material supply that its...[more]

Refiners say EU sugar tender plan threatens their future

Bloomberg News, 8 December 2011 – European Union plans to import sugar at reduced duty still forces refiners to pay almost three times as much as the rest of the bloc’s sweetener industry, threatening their viability, according to a refiners’ group. The EU awarded licenses today to import 100,000 metric tons of raw sugar for...[more]

Sweets for my sweet’ costly for Bulgarian confectioners

Confectionery News, 12 September 2011 – EU-wide sugar shortages have led to particular problems for confectioners in Bulgaria, according to recent comments from a trade body in that country. Mariana Kukusheva, who chairs the Federation of Bread Bakers and Confectioners in Bulgaria said that, if sugar prices kept rising,...[more]

EU sugar refiners want bloc to abolish a duty on sugar import

Bloomberg News, 06 September 2011 – The European Union should abolish a 98 euros ($137) a metric ton duty on sugar imports from a group of countries including Brazil and Australia to ensure refiners have “fair access” to raw materials, an industry group said. The bloc suspended the so-called CXL duty from December 2010 to...[more]

Portugal asks EU to provide for more sugar imports without duty

Bloomberg News, 22 February 2011 - Portugal asked the European Union to provide for additional imports of raw sugar into the bloc at zero duty to ease supply, according to the Portuguese Association of Sugar Refiners. The government yesterday proposed permitting inbound shipments of at least 500,000 metric tons of tariff-free...[more]

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