International Sugar Journal

France – New build micro organic beet sugar factory scheduled [Full subscriber]

The Bio en Hauts-de-France collective is planning the construction and operation of the first 100% organic beet sugar factory in northern France, according to local press reports.

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France – Cristal Union to invest €100 million to store water produced from beet during processing and install biogas units [Full subscriber]

One of the top French sugar producer Cristal Union is planning to invest €100 million at its plants to store water recycled during sugar beet processing as well as install methanizers to produce biogas from wastewater effluent.

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France – Soaring gasoline prices boost demand for conversion kits to power cars with cheaper ethanol [Full subscriber]

Sales of kits that convert gasoline-powered cars to run on bioethanol are surging in France as drivers switch to using the sharply cheaper crop-based fuel amidst soaring oil prices.

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France – AKS plans to build over 650,000 tonnes beet sugar factory in Normandy [Full subscriber]

The port management group of Le Havre-Rouen-Paris Haropa Port announced on 17th March that it had selected the Dubai company Al Khaleej Sugar (AKS) for a beet sugar factory project on a 75-hectare wasteland located downstream from the port of Rouen (Seine-Maritime ) formerly occupied by the car-maker Renault.

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France – Motorists opt for the cheaper E85 blend [Full subscriber]

Consumption of super ethanol E85 fuel rose 33% in France in 2021 and is expected to continue growing this year as a surge in gasoline prices makes the biofuel more attractive to consumers, reported Reuters.

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French government to invest €420 million biobased products sector [Full subscriber]

The French government announced on 10th December ’21 that it will invest €420 million in public funds towards the national strategy “Biobased products, industrial biotechnologies and sustainable fuels”.

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France – Two workers at Cristal Union’s sugar factory seriously burned [Full subscriber]

Two maintenance workers who worked at the Cristal Union sugar refinery, located in Villers-Faucon, in the east of the Somme, were badly burned on the morning of 9th November. They were sprayed with jets of boiling water. An investigation is underway

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France – Drivers opt for ethanol amidst rising petrol prices [Full subscriber]

Ethanol sales will hit record highs in France this year and next, supported by strong demand for fuel blend E85 as car owners seek cheaper alternatives to gasoline, reported Reuters.

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France – 5000 hectares of beet will have to be destroyed due to farmers spraying banned herbicides – supplied mistakenly [Full subscriber]

Around 300 farmers in the Marne and the Ardennes mostly will have to destroy 5000 hectares of sugar beet. This is due to farmers being supplied with herbicides – two batches – containing molecules that have been banned.

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France – National agency admits that alternatives to neonicotinoids are not as effective in controlling aphids causing beet virus yellows

In a report published by France’s National Health Security Agency (ANSES) on 2nd June, the central conclusion was that none of the alternatives to neonicotinoids for protecting sugar beet are effective “to reduce the levels of damage to an acceptable economic threshold”.

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