France's Cristal Union has acquired four drying cooperatives (SICAs) in the Somme, Loire, Marne and Seine-Maritime départements. It enables the company to offer a single beet price to beet growers.
An open dispute has evolved between Südzucker and some of its sugarbeet farmers in Poland about the terms of the beet contract for the 2017/18 campaign.
Dutch Royal Cosun reported a constant consolidated turnover of €2bn and an operating profit that rose €18mn to €77mn (30%) from €59mn in 2015.
Agrana Beteiligungs-AG has issued 1.4 mn new shares, raising €132mn in cash. Together with a stock sale by Südzucker, both companies raised a total of some €182mn in fresh capital.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has sold its participation in Agri Europe, the owner of Serbia's MK Group and its Sunoko sugar company.
The European soft drinks industry association (UNESDA) has announced that its member beverage-makers will reduce the sugar content of their products another 10% by 2020.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new assessment of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are attributable to upstream production and use of sugarbeet as a biofuel feedstock.