Germany’s sugar production is set to rise 1.6% on the year to 4.26 million tonnes in the 2019-20 (October-September) season according to the first crop estimate released on 10th September by the sugar industry association WVZ.
Sugar beet acreage in Germany is down by 2.8% to about 379,000 hectares this year, according to the WVZ German sugar industry association.
Germany – WVZ calls for the end to coupled payments for sugar beet growers in some EU countries [Full subscriber]
There is widespread resentment amongst the sugar beet farmers in Germany against the practice of coupled payments for beet growers in some of the countries in the EU. Industry leaders are calling for the abolition of the payment system, according to local press reports.
Increased levels of mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEA) were detected in beet harvested during the 2018 campaign. Although there are no legal limits for sugar beet pulp with regard to this parameter, the load in the raw material could result in exceeding the EU guideline values for compound feed (eg piglet feed: 0.1 mg / kg) in the processed product.
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.
For farmers growing organic sugar beet for Nordzucker to be processed at the Schladen factory, weed control has been found to be fairly cost prohibitive, reports Land & Forst.
Global Bioenergies new demonstration plant in Germany ready to produce biobased isobutene [Registered]
The biotech start-up Global Bioenergies has completed the construction of its demonstration plant in Leuna in eastern Germany for the production of biobased isobutene.
Germany – Nordzucker’s 2015/16 beet sugar output drops and just manages a tiny profit in Q3 [Registered]
The Nordzucker Group has ended the 2015/2016 beet campaign with sugar yields at its operations in six countries declining on average by between 7 and 30%.Beet sugar yields were in the range 5.3 t to 13.1 t/ha in 2015/16 compared with 7.6 t 14.3 t in the previous year. The company made the announcement at its website.
Operating profit in the third quarter to the end of November more than doubled to EUR64 mln from EUR27 mln last year.
The newly-released figures from the association notes food crops accounted for the largest share of Germany’s bioethanol output at nearly 63.4%. Meanwhile, there was a 21.1% year-on-year jump in the production of ethanol from sugar beet. It reached 131,608 tonnes in H1, taking a 35.5% share.