International Sugar Journal

France – Government requests Suedzucker to reconsider beet sugar factory closures [Full subscriber]

The French government asked Suedzucker on 13th March to review its plans to close two beet sugar factories and a packaging plant in France, as the publicly listed German sugar maker seeks to cut costs of its operations amidst reduced profitability amidst global glut and low sugar prices.

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Suedzucker to close two beet sugar plants each in France and Germany [Full subscriber]

As part of a wider restructuring plan, the sugar giant Suedzucker is to close two beet sugar factories in France and two in Germany, reported Reuters.

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France – Rising gasoline prices boosts demand for fuel ethanol [Full subscriber]

Public anger in France over increasing fuel prices, which gave rise to the anti-government “yellow vest” movement, has further boosted demand for crop-based ethanol fuel from motorists seeking cheaper deals, according to industry representatives, reported Reuter.

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France – Cristal Union to expand production of organic beet sugar [Full subscriber]

Following tests with a small group of farmers in 2017 and 2018, the French sugar co-operative Cristal Union is considering increasing the production of organic beet sugar, according to the press release on its website.

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Cuba imports sugar from France [Full subscriber]

France exported 40,000 tonnes of sugar to Cuba between summer 2017 and August 2018 according to the French agricultural agency FranceAgriMer.

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France – Tereos requests growers to cut acreage by 5% for 2019/20 campaign [Registered]

One of the top global sugar producer Tereos is seeking to cut its sugar beet production next year by 5%. The company asked its cooperative members on 20th September to reduce 2019/20 acreage, citing difficult market conditions, according to Reuters.

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France – Tereos seeks to diversify further and looks to raising capital from non-co-operative members [Full subscriber]

The French sugar co-operative group Tereos, following a net loss in 2017/18, triggered by low world sugar prices, is considering opening up its capital as part of a diversification and internationalisation strategy, it said on 12th June according to local press reports.

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France – Cristal Union scraps previous pricing mechanism for beet growers amidst market volatility [Full subscriber]

The sugar co-operative Cristal Union is scrapping minimum price for tonnage of beet for farmers as it expects sugar prices to fall further in 2018, reported Reuters.

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France – Record 2017/18 sugar beet output by Tereos [Registered]

The Tereos 2017/2018 beet campaign has set a new record in France, supported by forward planning and innovative initiatives along the value chain from agricultural production to processing.

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France – New sugar silo at the Le Havre port inaugurated [Full subscriber]

Sucre Oceane, a subsidiary of SHGT (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sogena) and Euroports, inaugurated its new sugar silo in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) on 31 October.

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