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Shipping and Sustainability

Recent years have seen changes to the policies of many leading businesses in many sectors, not least those involved in global trade. As our understanding of the threat of climate change becomes greater there is a drive from consumers to make sustainable change. This has led many industry leaders in the food and beverage, packaging […]

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The VIVE Programme: First Fully Sustainable Sugar Trade

2020 has shown us the vulnerability of many of the systems we rely on for basic human needs, including food and beverages. Alongside the clear damage that climate change threatens in years to come, it is now apparent that innovation and change needs to take place in many of our long-held processes. Therefore, it is […]

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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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Supply Chain Logistics: Meet Our Manager

Without Logistics, supply chains would not be able to function. Moving commodities from A to B is the foundation of everything we do at Czarnikow, and we have a dedicated team who manage the movement of goods for our clients. We caught up with Emma Cullen, Manager of Global Logistics, to find out more about […]

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Trade Finance Terms: Letters of Credit

In a recent blog we shared a glossary of commodities trading terms, aiming to de-mystify the many terms that are commonly used in the industry. Some of these benefit from a little more explanation so we decided to dive deeper and share some further blogs with you. What is a letter of credit? Letters of […]

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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 Introduction to Incoterms

What are Incoterms? Incoterms are a crucial aspect of international sales contracts. They are a series of 3-letter terms which define the roles of both the seller and the buyer in international transactions. They can also be known as ‘trade terms’ and are put in place in order to inform both the buyer and seller […]

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Commodities Trading Glossary

The world of commodities trading has a range of technical jargon which, if you’re new to the industry, can be like learning a new language. Here, we’ve provided a guide of the most common terms to help de-mystify these words. Commodity Terms Accounts Receivable – a fancier way of saying money owed for a service […]

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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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Glossary of Trading Terms

The world of trading is full of jargon, and in an already complicated industry this can leave those wanting to find out more about the market feeling despondent. In this blog, we will take you through some of the main terms used in trading and explain what they mean. For more information about trading with […]

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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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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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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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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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Running Low On Gas: The Competition For Ethanol Feedstocks

The global ethanol market has grown 400% in the last decade, driven by the United States and Brazil.

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