International Sugar Journal

UK – Sugar use in soft drinks drops by 29% as companies reformulate their products [Full subscriber]

Researchers at Oxford University recently found that the soft drinks industry, amidst clamour against sugar, have responded by changing their products portfolio whereby there has been a significant reduction in the use of sugar. They found that there was a 29% reduction in the total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK between 2015-2018.

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UK government funds 4 waste-to-fuel plants [Full subscriber]

The UK’s Department for Transport recently announced funding for four new biofuel plants in its drive towards net-zero emissions.

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UK – Shell, British Airways and Velocys to build waste-to-biofuels plant pending planning permission [Registered]

Shell, British Airways and Velocys (subsidiary Altalto Immingham) have applied for planning permission for waste-to-biofuels plant from local authorities in North East Lincolnshire. The feedstock will be non-recyclable domestic or commercial waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators.

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Germany, UK and France report increased beet yields in 2019 [Full subscriber]

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.

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UK – The Treasury pockets sugar tax cash [Full subscriber]

The new chancellor Sajid Javid has admitted that the taxes raised through the soft drinks sugar levy that was supposed to support children’s health will go to Treasury coffers, reported The Grocer.

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UK – Govt rejects plea for the use of neonics in sugar beet [Registered]

The Government has rejected an appeal by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) for an exemption to the ban of the use of neonicotinoids as a seed treatment for sugar beet next year.

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UK – 2019 minimum price for sugar beet set at US$25/t by British Sugar [Full subscriber]

British Sugar and the NFU (National Farmers Union) Sugar announced 13th September that they have reached an agreement on sugar beet contract terms for 2019/20 in a move to help deliver better transparency and certainty in a highly competitive market, according to reports from the local farming press.

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Caribbean sugar industry leaders see hope in Brexit for their output [Full subscriber]

With the EU sugar sector becoming market-driven following the abolition of sugar quotas, Caribbean sugar producers are looking to the UK to provide preferential access post-Brexit. Sugar Association of the […]

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UK – Ten biobased chemicals for advancing economic growth [Registered]

The UK is well placed to benefit from the emerging bioeconomy and has the potential “to reclaim its world leading position, building new industries out of old ones” as it has the “leading biochemical R&D, relevant skills and infrastructure to build the industry, and established supply chains to chemical buyers at home and abroad” according to a recently published report.

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UK – Sugar factories struggling to process bumper beet crop [Full subscriber]

British Sugar’s factories are battling to process the bumper sugar beet harvest – with growers complaining that their crops are not moving from their clamps, according to Farmers Weekly.

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