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The Current Landscape: An Interview With Our Raw Sugar Traders

Following on from the previous interview with one of our team’s traders, we thought it would be interesting to hear from the raw sugar trading side of the business. With the current market volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have turned to some of our team members for inside information on trading at Czarnikow, and how […]

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The Current Landscape: An Interview With Our Traders

With the current market volatility due to the coronavirus pandemic, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our team members for some inside information ontrading at Czarnikow, and how the trading team have been impacted. We asked Christopher Morrow, who works on the EU trading desk, some questions about the practical challenges of […]

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An Extract From Our Annual Review 2019: Business Model

This year we have published our longest ever annual review, once again focusing on transparent reporting and the building of trust between stakeholders, clients and employees. As such, our business model has been improved this year to reflect not only our core group of clients according to their function and our activities along our supply […]

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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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Buy High, Sell Low

For many people, the phrase ‘buy high, sell low’ may seem surprising. It appears to go against most well-known financial advice when it comes to markets and trading, as well as one’s natural instinct. However, it is extremely important to know that commodity transactions are not always as simple as buying low and selling high. […]

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The Current Infrastructure is Under Stress: Global Food Supply

Consumers stockpiling in supermarkets around the world is already a concern for local supply. But what happens if the key exporting regions also decide to stockpile? It looks like we’re about to find out. The latest system to feel intense pressure from the coronavirus pandemic is global food supply, confirmed by the UN releasing a […]

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The Existing Infrastructure is Under Stress: How Coronavirus is Impacting Financial Services’ Future.

In our previous article focusing on the global supply chain, we touched upon how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the available liquidity within global financial services, with policymakers acting in unison by taking actions beyond monetary policy to cushion supply chain disruption and keep illiquid firms solvent. Put simply, governments are playing their part by […]

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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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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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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: Nutritive Sweeteners | Czarnikow

Nutritive sweeteners are historically the most common type of sweeteners traded globally, and we are now working with them in our supply chains. In our previous blog taking a closer look at high intensity sweeteners, you may have noticed that a majority of the ingredients discussed were created under rather perilous circumstances. In contrast, nutritive […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Pineapple | Czarnikow

Pineapples are now a common sight in most supermarket aisles, but this was not always the case. This spiky-headed fruit has one of the most interesting histories of all our ingredients, and its maintained presence as one of the most popular fruits makes it an interesting one to work with. Production and Trading History Though […]

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World Sugar Market Outlook – Thailand Seminar Report | Czarnikow

This is a transcript of a sugar market report speech given on 23/05/19 in Bangkok. It gives a sugar industry outlook for 2019 and 2020, with a special emphasis on the Thai sugar market. If you are interested in being invited to future seminars hosted by Czarnikow, please email support@czapp.com with “Invite Me” in the […]

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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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Czarnikow Annual Review 2017 Market Report | Czarnikow

2017 was characterised by extremely difficult trading conditions. Many major trading houses were poorly positioned throughout the year, which led to an accumulation of losses.

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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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