FDBusiness.com

The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

 Breaking News
  • Burts Snacks Announces New Managing Director Spread the loveBurts Snacks, one of the UK’s leading independent snacking companies, has announced that its chairman and managing director, David Nairn is stepping down after 14 years leading the...
  • Kerry Group Shows Resilience Spread the loveKerry Group, the global taste & nutrition and consumer foods business, has reported a 4.3% decrease in revenue to €3.4 billion for the first half ended 30 June...
  • A Year of Two Halves For Diageo Spread the loveDiageo has reported an 8.7% decline in net sales to £11.8 billion and a 47.1% decrease in operating profit to £2.1 billion for the year ended June 2020...
  • Heineken Impacted by Unprecedented Challenges Spread the loveNet revenue at Heineken declined by 16.4% organically to €9.243 billion in the first half compared to the corresponding period last year, driven by a 13.4% decline in...
  • Deal Activity in Food and Beverage Sector Falls Heavily Spread the loveNew research from leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has found that deal activity in the food and beverage sector has fallen in the second...

The End of EU Sugar Production Quotas

October 02
11:42 2017
Spread the love

The very last agricultural quota system in place, managing sugar production in the European Union, was scrapped on 30 September 2017, after nearly 50 years. The decision to end the sugar quotas was agreed between the European Parliament and Member States in the 2013 reform of the Common Agricultural policy (CAP) after a major reform and restructuring process initiated in 2006.

Between 2006 and 2010, the sugar sector had been thoroughly restructured with the support of €5.4 billion. As a result, the sector has been able to carefully prepare for this moment and productivity has improved substantially over the last years. The end of the quota system gives producers the possibility to adjust their production to real commercial opportunities, notably in exploring new export markets. It also significantly simplifies the current policy management and administrative burden for operators, growers and traders.

The EU is the world’s leading producer of beet sugar (roughly 50% of the total).

Various measures from the Common Agricultural Policy can be used to continue supporting the EU sugar sector to face unexpected disturbances on the market. This includes a substantial EU import tariff (outside preferential trade agreements) and the possibility to give support for private storage and crisis measures that would allow the Commission to take action in case of severe market crisis involving a sharp increase or decrease of market prices. Income support for farmers in the form of direct payments is also available, including the possibility for EU member states to provide so-called voluntary coupled support for sectors in difficulty, including sugar beet production.

The possibility to collectively negotiate value sharing terms in the contracts between EU beet producers and sugar processors is maintained after the end of the quotas.

The European Commission has also improved transparency on the sugar market in anticipation of the end of the quota system. A new Sugar Market Observatory provides short-term analysis and statistics about the sugar market, as well as analysis and outlook to help farmers and processors manage their businesses more effectively.

The end of the quota system follows the significant reform of the sector from 2006-2010. The average EU sugar price has recovered since the end of 2016 to around €500/t and has been stable in the last few months.

The EU is the world’s leading producer of beet sugar (roughly 50% of the total). However, beet sugar represents only 20% of the world’s sugar production; the other 80% is produced from sugar cane. Most of the EU’s sugar beet is grown in the northern half of Europe, where the climate is more suited to growing beet. The EU also has an important refining industry that processes imported raw cane sugar.


Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/fdbusiness/public_html/wp-content/themes/legatus-theme/includes/single/post-tags.php on line 5

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles

Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber

Subscribe Here



Advertisements