Sugar imports from Australia are expected by the summer, according to Gerald Mason, Tate & Lyle Sugars, senior vice-president. This would be the first import of Australian sugar in more than 40 years.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved an emergency temporary authorisation for using a neonicotinoid on this year’s sugar beet crop – the third year in a row – just days after the EU ruled out the practice.
British Sugar and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have confirmed that an insurance policy which covers sugar beet growers for frost damage has been triggered following the spell of freezing weather in December and January.
UK – Significant plant failure forces closure of British Sugar’s Cantley factory for the remainder of 2022/23 campaign [Full subscriber]
British Sugar’s Cantley factory will remain closed for the rest of the 2022-2023 season following the significant failure of its limekiln plant on December 19th.
With the 2022/23 campaign in full swing in the European Union, sugar production is forecast to fall by 6.9% to 15.5 million tonnes following a drop in beet acreage and a severe summer drought in many parts of the trading bloc, according to the European Commission.
Brazil and the European Union (EU) have concluded a bilateral agreement whereby low-tariff quotas for several agricultural products, including sugar, have been recalibrated following United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, reported Valor Economico.
The Saudi-based engineering giant Alfanar Group will invest £1 billion to build a plant on Teesside that will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from household waste.
Several top sugar companies in France, UK and Germany have offered high prices for sugar beet to encourage them to stay in the sector and supply beet to their factories
UK – British Sugar loses post-Brexit sugar trade policy challenge at the High Court [Full subscriber]
The legal challenge brought by British Sugar in response to a decision in December 2020 by the UK government to allow the import of 260,000 tonnes of raw cane sugar duty-free to over 12 months from 1 January 2021 as part of the UK’s post-Brexit global tariff schedule has been quashed in the country’s High Court.
A UK local authority is trialling bollards made from sugarcane on its pavements as part of its sustainability pledge.