Sugar output in Europe in 2012/2013 is expected to be lower than last season


The 2012/2013 sugar beet slicing campaign in the EU and Eastern Europe is almost concluded. For this season production is expected to be lower compared to the record levels achieved the last year, according to senior researcher at LMC International, John Adams .

The specialist explained that despite a small increase in area in the EU, the weather this year has not been favourable for crop development, particularly across the Northwestern belt, which includes the surplus-producing industries of Belgium, France, Netherlands and Germany.” As a result, beet sugar production is expected to decline by around 6% from the record level achieved in 2011/12, to 17.0 million tonnes, raw value.”

In Russia and Ukraine, the harvests are virtually complete, and final sugar production is expected to be around 4% and 8% lower, respectively.

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