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Kraft CEO attacks trade barriers on sugar prices

The chairman of Kraft Foods, the world's second biggest food company, Roger Deromedi, has launched an attack on EU and US trade barriers that are driving up the price of...

China to sell sugar reserves to ease prices

Sugar prices on China's futures market fell sharply this week as the government announced that it would auction 552,000 tons, mostly from its reserve stocks, to stabilise prices.

Chinese sugar mills face bankruptcy, says report

The Chinese government expects more than 150 small sugar mills to be faced with bankruptcy in the near future, according to a new report.

Agrana moves sugar operations to Balkans

Agrana, which claims to be the leading sugar and starch producer in Central and Eastern Europe, plans to expand its activities towards the Western Balkans.

Could monoacyl sugar alcohols be used as emulsifiers?

Japanese scientists have reported that monoacyl sugar alcohols could be 'very promising emulsifiers' and could offer an alternative to the widely used monoacyl glycerols.

Tate & Lyle year profits hit by sugar reform

Tate & Lyle's full year profit fell by 79 per cent to £ 42m due largely to reform of the European sugar market.

ABF's African sugar offer shows global vision

ABF's offer to acquire 51 per cent of Illovo, Africa's largest sugar producer, underlines how the new EU sugar regime has forced European sugar producers to think truly globally.

Australian sugar tax remains in new budget

Australian food and beverage makers face another year of tax on sugar but some further tax deductions when buying machinery, shows the new budget.

ADM plans new cocoa plant

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is to build a new US cocoa processing facility in a move designed to meet growing demand for its cocoa ingredients.

High sugar prices favour corn-based sweeteners

China's production of starch-based sweeteners is expected to grow by 20 per cent in the coming year, as high sugar prices make them more competitive.

China may trade palm oil futures

Dalian Commodity Exchange, China's largest futures exchange by volume, is considering introducing palm oil futures, allowing food processors to hedge risks on the increasingly used ingredient.

Cargill involved in major Middle East sugar project

Construction of a million-tonne state-of-the-art sugar refinery in Syria is set to begin next week.

US sugar industry wins round against Splenda

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by McNeil Nutritionals, the marketer of Splenda, against the Sugar Association, accusing it of false advertising.

High sugar price may boost shift to premium products in China

Food and beverage firms making premium products will cope best with the current surge in price of both Chinese and imported sugar, with higher margins to cover the rise in...

Greencore pull-out to end Ireland's sugar industry

Greencore, the ingredients and food service group, said EU sugar reform would force it to pull out of the sugar sector this year, effectively spelling the end of sugar processing...

Danisco gears up for EU sugar reform

Danisco says that the finalisation of the new EU sugar regime and the recently announced transitional measures will not affect the firm's planned efficiency drive.

EU agrees to one-year cut in sugar production

The EC's proposal for a one-year cut of 2.5 million tonnes (13.6 per cent) in sugar, isoglucose and inulin syrup production has been accepted.

EC warns of looming sugar oversupply

The European Commission argues that quotas will have to be cut for the 2006/07 marketing year to prevent a serious oversupply of sugar.

US confectionery jobs threatened by high sugar prices

Thousands of confectionery industry jobs have been lost as a result of manufacturers relocating due to high sugar prices, according to the US Department of Commerce.

World sugar production increases but prices remain high, says USDA

Soaring sugar prices are set to continue with supplies remaining tight, despite increased production, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

EU firms can withstand sugar reform, says study

The slow nature of EU sugar regime reform should enable European producers to offset the worst effects, according to a new credit rating report.

Can sugar be addictive?

Researchers at Penn State university remain open to the question over whether sugar is an addictive substance or not.

USDA agrees to extra sugar imports to stem shortage

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will allow extra sugar imports into the country in an effort to prevent market shortages after hurricane damage to sugarcane crops,...

EU sugar reform: producers cautious, users frustrated

The EU is confident that the sugar reforms announced last week give producers a long-term competitive future, though firms such as Tate & Lyle remain cautious.

EU sugar reform balanced between success and failure

Four key factors will determine whether this week's EU discussions regarding the sugar regime have been a success or a failure, says a key industry body.

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