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EU sugar sector more competitive since dramatic 2006 reform [Registered]

The drastic 2006 reform of the EU sugar sector has made the bloc far more competitive on world markets, but there is still work to be done before the industry reaches its full potential, especially with respect to technology. Speaking at the International Sugar Organisation’s annual conference in London, Eric Lainé, president of growers’ group Confederation Generale des Planteurs de Betteraves, explained that the streamlining of the industry has lowered costs and increased average yields, making the 27-state bloc a far more competitive entity on world markets. However, the bloc now depends on just 18 of its 27 countries to…

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