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Sugar Consumption Update: The First Fall in 40 Years

In March this year, which now seems a lifetime ago, we predicted that due to the coronavirus sugar consumption was likely to fall. We reduced our consumption estimate for 2020 by 2m tonnes, meaning sugar consumption per capita would fall. Two months on, we have further reduced our estimates and can now be fairly certain […]

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The Sugar Series: Bagasse

What is Bagasse? Bagasse is another by-product of the sugar production process. It is a dry and pulpy residue left behind when sugarcane stalks are crushed. There is a similar material called ‘agave bagasse’ made from the agave plant. Bagasse is principally used in the manufacturing process of paper, pulp and building materials as well […]

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The Sugar Series: Molasses

What is Molasses? Molasses, also known as black treacle, is a thick syrup which is a by-product of the sugar refining process. Its name originates from the Latin word ‘melaceres’ meaning ‘honey-like’ as it is extremely viscous. Molasses is the result of sugar crystallizing out of sugarcane or sugar beet juice during the clarification stage […]

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The Sugar Series: Ethanol

Sugar is typically associated with the food and drink industries therefore its other uses can often be overlooked. Sugar is in fact a vital component in the production of ethanol: a compound which is in high global demand due to its many properties and uses, especially in manufacturing industries. What is Ethanol? Ethanol is an […]

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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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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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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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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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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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The Sugar Market: In Transition? | Czarnikow

We expect prices to bottom in H1’19, if they haven’t already. However, high global sugar stocks will make it hard for the market to strengthen significantly. We therefore expect market action to be choppy in 2019. [3,000 words/15 minutes’ reading time] This article first appeared for paying subscribers last week.

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Cheap Sugar – Changing Behaviour? | Czarnikow

Since the V’18 expiry the sugar market has rallied strongly London Sugar Week showed most people are no longer bearish Is the sugar market surplus really over? [2,650 words/13 minutes’ reading time] This article first appeared for paying subscribers last week. No-One Knows Anything Any More

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Czarnikow Annual Review 2016 Market Report | Czarnikow

In 2017, it looks as though the sugar market will move back into a surplus position, following two years of deficit production. The sugar market has already reacted strongly. Speculators have removed their record long position in the market, which was reached in October 2016. Increased crop planting grows supply The transition to a surplus […]

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2015/16: Deeper Sugar Deficit | Czarnikow

Global sugar production falls 6.5% in 2015/16, to 174.1m mtrv (metric tonnes raw value). 2015/16 is in deficit by 11.4m mtrv, the second largest production deficit on record.

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The Inconvenient Truth about Sugar Consumption (it’s not what you think) | Czarnikow

The rise in obesity is a problem. And it is being blamed on a rise in the consumption of sugar. However, while global sugar consumption is rising in aggregate, in the developed total world sugar consumption has been surprisingly stable.

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Sugarcane production and water risks; a longer term view | Czarnikow

Weather risk in the sugar market is usually seen as coming about when heavy rainfall disrupts crushing – just as we have seen in Brazil this season.

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Sugar and the Commodity Supercycle | Czarnikow

While Asian economies have high growth potential, they will become increasingly in need of the agricultural production of the west.

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Sugar in 2013: Any Change in the Outlook? | Czarnikow

At first glance it looks as though sugar will be in for quiet year. However, as prices fall so too does the incentive to produce, while demand will be encouraged by rising affordability.

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Outlook for the Global Sugar Economy | Czarnikow

A summary of Toby Cohen’s presentation at Kingsman’s 5th Delhi Sugar Conference

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