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The Sugar Series: The Top 5 Global Sugar Producers

Sugar is made using two key crops: sugar beet and sugar cane. These crops are grown in different regions across the globe, according to their climate, which dictates which crop is grown. A beet crop thrives in colder, wetter weather. A cane crop, however, is the opposite and thrives in warm, tropical areas. Beet-Growing Regions […]

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Czarnikow launches new Ingredients and Packaging Marketplace on Czapp

With unprecedented volatility and uncertainty surrounding global markets as a result of COVID-19, Czarnikow is committed to providing you and your business with the latest data and market transparency that you need to manage your business. Transparency and innovation have always been at the heart of everything that Czarnikow does, and the launch of our […]

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The Existing Infrastructure is Under Stress: How Coronavirus is Impacting Supply Chains.

When Coronavirus took centre stage in January this year, our strategy shifted its focus from analysing the causes to planning for consequences. With the US election, trade wars, Brexit negotiations and the Saudi Arabia/Russia “game of chicken” taking up global conversations, nobody paid enough attention to the level of impact contamination from Covid19 might have […]

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The Sugar Series: Refined Sugar Production

How does sugar get from sugar cane and sugar beet to looking so enticing on the supermarket shelves? There is some clever chemistry and a lot of science involved in removing all the impurities from sugar to get to the form that goes into our cups of tea. Sugar is naturally white, but when it […]

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Coronavirus and Sugar Consumption

The global sugar market has undergone many fluctuations and changes over the past few weeks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. One area that we think has significantly changed is global sugar consumption. We have reduced our global sugar consumption estimate by nearly 2m tonnes this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.  This means […]

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Coronavirus Update: Persevering Through Challenging Times

Last update: 26.03.2020 Following the World Health Organisation’s classification of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on how best to continue in this challenging time. Following the latest guidance on how best to prevent the spread of the virus, our teams are now working remotely across our global locations. […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Thickeners

History of the Thickener Food thickeners are frequently based on either polysaccharides (starches, vegetable gums and pectin), or proteins.  These ingredients serve the sole purpose of thickening the consistency of a product. Czarnikow trades different thickeners: Corn and tapioca starch, xanthan gum, CMC and pectin. Corn starch was discovered in 1840 by Thomas Kingsford. He […]

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The Sugar Series: Cane Sugar Production | Czarnikow

Sugar is one of the world’s purest natural ingredients and is used in almost every food category. Grown in over 100 countries, over 170 million metric tons of sugar is produced each year. But how is it extracted from sugar cane and produced into pure sugar? How Sugar Cane Is Grown Sugar cane is grown […]

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Vendor Managed Inventory: Building the Modern Supply Chain

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is fast becoming an essential service in global supply chains. As the world shrinks, demand for the movement of goods across the globe and expectations for fast delivery have simultaneously increased. Implemented for efficiency and to simplify the supply chain process wherever possible, VMI is a streamlined approach to order fulfilment […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Fruit Concentrates and Compounds | Czarnikow

Earlier in the series, we took you through some of the major fruits on the market that we work with at Czarnikow. But what happens to them if they are made into concentrate or compounds and used as ingredients further down the supply chain? The fruit is put through a series of processes to ensure […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Preservatives and Antioxidants | Czarnikow

With an often lengthy period between production and consumption in the global food and beverage industry, food preservatives are essential to avoid rotting and spoiling, and necessary to retain products’ flavour, colour and nutrients. At Czarnikow, we work with a number of preservatives and antioxidants. Absorbic Acid Before its discovery, physicians recognised that there must […]

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The Sugar Market in 2019: 5 Key Moments on Czapp

Mid-way through 2019 we launched Czapp, our new client portal and app. Throughout the year, all of the major developments in the sugar market have been analysed in our opinion pieces. We’ve now sent on average 3 per day. Here, we’ll take you through five of the most significant moments of 2019. 1. Sugar Taxes […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Tomato Paste | Czarnikow

Fruit or vegetable? Tomayto or Tomarto? The immortal questions that have been haunting every culinary linguist for centuries. We are none the wiser, although we can tell you the history, current market, and product segmentation of the delicious red vegetable. History of the Tomato and Tomato Paste The tomato was originally a resident of Western […]

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Price Risk Management: How We Use Derivatives

What are Derivatives? Before we can begin looking at different types of derivatives-based risk management in detail, we first must understand what derivatives are. Simply put, a derivative is a form of financial tool that is reliant upon (or derived from) an asset (often referred to as the ‘underlying asset’). Derivatives are most frequently traded […]

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The Sugar Series: How is Beet Sugar Made? | Czarnikow

What is Sugar Beet? It is a common misconception that all sugar is produced from sugar cane. In fact, sugar is naturally produced in both sugar cane and sugar beet. In this article, we will explore how sugar is made from sugar beet. Sugar beet is a white, parsnip-like taproot which makes sugar through the […]

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The Sugar Series: The History of Sugar | Czarnikow

Present in 74% of foods sold in supermarkets, sugar is such a fundamental ingredient in almost everything we eat that it’s hard to imagine what people ate before the discovery of sugar. Flavourless pottage comes to mind. But what are the origins sugar? To whom do we owe a knighthood for the discovery of this […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Acidity Regulators | Czarnikow

Overview Whilst there are many different acidity regulators which are used in various foods, the fundamental application remains the same: improve food safety and taste. And despite the bad press about the implications of E-numbers used as food additives, acidity regulators play an instrumental role within the food and beverage sector, as well as an […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Orange | Czarnikow

Oranges are used in many different products. Their flavour has become universally recognised and loved. But despite its versatile harvestability, its monumental health benefits, and the fact that around 85% of all the oranges produced are used for juice, there is one question that continues to trouble even the wisest of philosopher-chefs: Is orange called […]

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Quality Control Measures in Sugar | Czarnikow

When it comes to sugar production, there are a number of variables that affect the overall quality and ‘grade’ of the sugar. In general, sugar quality can be separated into two distinct varieties, raw and refined. Each has a distinct set of purposes and associated quality control measures, which we will look at in this […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Lemon | Czarnikow

Lemons are a highly versatile and popular ingredient across the food and beverage industry. They come in many variations of form, each with their own advantages. We are very used to seeing them in our local shops, but in fact all citrus fruits were once only found in a small part of Asia before becoming […]

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