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The Sugar Series: The History of Sugar

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 porridge comes to mind. But what are the origins sugar? When was sugar made? To whom do we owe a knighthood for […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Acidity Regulators

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

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

When it comes to sugar production and sugar trading, 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. Refined Sugar vs Raw Sugar Each has a distinct set of purposes and associated quality control […]

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Lemon

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

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

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Ingredients Product Portfolio: Nutritive Sweeteners

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

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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Cheap Sugar – Changing Behaviour?

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

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

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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Czarnikow Annual Review 2015 Market Report

The sugar market has been in surplus for four years. This has made trading conditions difficult; prices have been declining and volatility has reduced. But is this set to change?

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

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

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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Outlook for the Global Sugar Economy

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

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