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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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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Dairy Products | Czarnikow

Dairy products are a recent addition to Czarnikow’s product portfolio. They were were traditionally difficult to transport around the world, therefore limiting the geographies within which this commodity could be traded. Today however, there are more advanced methods of preserving, packaging and transporting dairy products, allowing for a more global movement of the various products […]

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How Czarnikow Develops Software | Czarnikow

Go back 10 years, and Czarnikow was a typical non-tech company when it came to how we structured and implemented our IT systems. Our needs were met through a combination of various external providers who supplied the company with off-the-shelf solutions, which were then adapted to fit our requirements. We would work with external consultants […]

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Trade Finance and Corporate Finance: What’s The Difference? | Czarnikow

Trade Finance and Corporate Finance – they’re terms you’ve probably heard a lot but if someone asked you to explain the difference, would you be able to? For those of us without a business or finance background or who are new to the commodities or financial sector, it might seem easier to keep quiet. In […]

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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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High Intensity Sweeteners: A Report On 5 Of The Key Ingredients | Czarnikow

For centuries, sugar ruled the world of all things sweet. Along with honey, it was the main source of sweetness available to people all around the world. However, advances in science have since challenged sugar’s position with the discovery and production of high intensity sweeteners. Most of these are synthetic, though there are some exceptions […]

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Broadening Our Portfolio: The Expansion Into Ingredients | Czarnikow

Our strong relationships are what set us apart from other supply chain service companies, and have formed the basis of the way we operate. Working with clients over a number of years has built a secure platform from which we can support their supply chains at every step of the way from producer to end […]

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