About us
A 160 year old company with a forward focus
Our deep knowledge of the sugar industry gives you a service built on experience, while our commitment to change delivers innovation with every new project.
Doing the right thing
It’s important to embrace change whilst still being led by core values. It’s why we’re still here 160 years on.
BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
We nurture mutually rewarding and sustainable relationships with our clients, colleagues, and stakeholders.
EMBRACING CHANGE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Challenging convention is key; whether to make existing processes more efficient or to find new ways to benefit clients, partners and the environment.
INVESTING IN OUR TEAM
Our people are Czarnikow’s most important asset. By investing in them and creating an environment in which they can excel, they and the business benefits.
ACTING RESPONSIBLY AND WITH INTEGRITY
We treat others as equals and the planet with respect. We have a duty to ensure our activity is not to the detriment of others.
What others say about us
You don’t have to take our word for it. Hear about how we work with partners here:
Czarnikow has been a consistent supplier of high quality refined sugar to MCS Coca- Cola for more than a decade. Professional yet personable, Czarnikow continues to deliver supply chain services and savings to MCS Coca Cola. A special mention goes to the team in Asia for their ceaseless dedication!
Our people
Our people are located in every continent in the world, across 11 offices and 5 local presences.

Our people power our ability to create solutions. They are a diverse, specialised talent base from a range of backgrounds. As our business develops, our people continue to be the driving force behind new ventures and technologies.
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Knowledge and expertise
Our senior leaders use their combined knowledge and experience to guide our business into the future.
ROBIN CAVE
CEO
ROBIN CAVE
CEO
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Robin’s wealth of business experience – built up over a 20-year career in equity derivatives and equity financing, and since 2009 as Czarnikow’s CEO – provides him with the relevant commercial and strategic acumen to lead Czarnikow through a period of unprecedented change and innovation in the commodities trading industry. He has supplemented this knowledge by completing an MSc in Finance from London Business School and, most recently, developing a detailed insight into database programming to effectively facilitate the Company’s ongoing digital transformation.
Joined: 2009
JULIAN RANDLES
CFO
JULIAN RANDLES
CFO
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
After gaining a mathematics degree and qualifying as an accountant with Grant Thornton, Julian has built up global experience in the commodities trading industry through roles at ED&F, Olam, and now Czarnikow. An in-depth knowledge of the commodities industry and international commerce enables Julian to manage and oversee Czarnikow’s diverse operations from a position of strength. Julian holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
Joined: 2012
JAMES BRITTAIN
DIRECTOR OF ANALYSIS
JAMES BRITTAIN
DIRECTOR OF ANALYSIS
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With over 20 years of service at Czarnikow, James has gained experience across the Group’s major revenue streams – raw sugar, white sugar and derivatives trading – as well as strategy. This exposure, coupled with studies in mathematics and economics, makes James the ideal candidate to lead our Analysis team. He provides unrivalled insight into global sugar market trends, both internally and to our diverse client base, including major sugar industry participants and risk-seeking clients such as investment banks, hedge funds and oil majors.
Joined: 1996
ADAM LEETHAM
HEAD OF RAW SUGAR TRADING
ADAM LEETHAM
HEAD OF RAW SUGAR TRADING
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Adam’s background in languages primed him for an international career within Czarnikow – he opened Czarnikow’s offices in both Moscow and India, and also spent significant periods of time in Singapore and São Paulo. His comprehensive understanding of the nuances of international business makes him ideally qualified to manage our raw sugar business and the complexities of global trade flows. Since leading our Raw sugar team, Adam has transformed this business from a traditional brokerage to a provider of sophisticated supply chain services.
Joined: 1995
TIAGO MEDEIROS
HEAD OF BRAZIL
TIAGO MEDEIROS
HEAD OF BRAZIL
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With a background in investment banking, an MBA in Corporate Finance and in-house experience gained in physical and derivatives trading and brokerage, Tiago put his skills to good use by developing our first innovative finance structures. This led to the creation of the Corporate Finance division, which – under Tiago’s leadership – concluded transactions worth over US$3 billion. With responsibilities now covering all operations in Brazil, Tiago is developing Czarnikow’s network of synthetic assets and significantly expanding our raw sugar origination.
Joined: 1998
WILLIAM ROOK
HEAD OF BAGGED SUGAR
WILLIAM ROOK
HEAD OF BAGGED SUGAR
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With nearly thirty years of in-house experience, William has gained robust global knowledge of the industry and a reputation for strategic innovation, particularly in the white sugar business. Through the development of our service-driven trading model, he has launched our market-leading containerised white sugar business, expanded our refined sugar trading in Africa and the Middle East, and initiated our Sustainability programme, Vive. Will’s track record of innovation continues as he leads our product portfolio expansion for our industrial consumers.
Joined: 1989
NICHOLAS WAINWRIGHT
HEAD OF ASIA
NICHOLAS WAINWRIGHT
HEAD OF ASIA
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Nick started his career at Czarnikow 19 years ago and has since built up an unparalleled network within our business and across the industry. During his time in London he worked with the industrial user supply chain team and then, after six years in Singapore, he assumed responsibility for our operations across Asia. From this base, he is deepening our presence in the important Thai market, entrenching our Sustainability programme, Vive, across the region, and launching and expanding our Corporate Finance offering.
Joined: 2000
JONATHAN WILLIAMS
HEAD OF AMERICAS AND PREFERENTIAL TRADE
JONATHAN WILLIAMS
HEAD OF AMERICAS AND PREFERENTIAL TRADE
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Jonathan’s diverse product and regional experience gained over his 30-year career at Czarnikow equips him well for his wide-ranging remit, which covers both raw and refined sugar trading within EU preferential trade structures, as well as developing key regional markets for white sugar. Jonathan has constantly demonstrated his ability to apply relevant skills to a variety of roles – whether heading up Czarnikow’s ethanol trading division, operations in Asia or, most recently, leading our bold expansion in the fast-changing EU market.
Joined: 1986
Shareholder structure
ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PLC
42.5%
Associated British Foods plc is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group operating in 52 countries, and a FTSE 100 company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED
42.5%
Macquarie is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities, and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TRUST
15%
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