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Sugar, ingredients and biofuel market information and resources.
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Fruit Market Insights: Maria Schlaffer

The global fruit juice market reached a volume of 46.3 billion litres in 2019 and is set to continue steady growth over the next 5 years. However, as our recent blog post about the impact of coronavirus on the fruit market explains, we are in a potentially challenging time for those in the fruit and […]

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The Energy Series: The Brazilian Electricity Market

Brazil’s electricity market is the largest in Latin America and plays a vital role in the domestic economy. Around 3% of Brazil’s GDP is represented by the electricity market, and it is unique in being one of the greenest electricity markets in the world. As we move into the energy sector in Brazil, we want […]

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The Energy Series: The Brazilian Ethanol Market

Brazil is the second-largest producer of ethanol, after the USA, with an output of 35 billion litres in 2019. Whereas the USA’s ethanol market is reliant on corn production, the Brazilian market depends on and is largely interconnected with sugarcane production and the global sugar market. Before we begin an in-depth discussion of the Brazilian […]

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Ingredients Supply Update: Fruit

The supply of fruit and sugar trading has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and we have seen usual flows be disrupted. Some crops have been impacted by weather conditions and demand has risen in certain areas. With all of these fluctuations, we decided to create an update blog. Mango Mango supply is currently very […]

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The Packaging Series: PET

As we move into a more diverse range of products including packaging, we wanted to take a closer look at the world of plastic. It is a product which has been a major talking point in recent years, and we have learned that we need to use it in a responsible way to ensure our […]

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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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Port Restrictions Update: The Global Logistics Tracker

The outbreak and subsequent spread of the coronavirus has had a large impact on global commodities supply chains. There have been many factors to consider, as we have seen each stage of these supply chains come under enormous pressure. One of these factors is port restrictions, which have impeded the efficiency of trade in 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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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 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. Czarnikow specialise in trading and logistics […]

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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 Sugar Series: The Top 5 Global Sugar Producers

How is Sugar Made? 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, […]

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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 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. Our expert Market Analysis team has broken down some of the changes below: We have reduced our global sugar consumption estimate […]

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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. Keeping our offices safe Following the latest guidance on how best to prevent the spread of the virus, our teams are now working remotely […]

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