First sugar import from Brazil

Nordic Sugar has received delivery of 23,000 tonnes of sugar, which was unloaded in CMP. The sugar came from Brazil and will be followed by more imported sugar from Africa.

Sugar is a product we are all use to some extent. The need is great, which means that large quantities of this sweet commodity are required. When the sugar beet harvest is underway in the autumn Nordic Sugar’s factories need 18,000 tonnes of beets a day to keep a factory running.

On 24 May the MV Ocean Star arrived in Malmö carrying 23,000 tonnes of sugar from Brazil, which was loaded onto lorries and taken by road to Nordic Sugar’s factories for processing and marketing in Scandinavia. More than 20 years have passed since Nordic Sugar last imported sugar from Brazil by ship.

“We are normally self-sufficient in sugar in Europe, but the EU’s Sugar Regime from 2006 has opened the doors to imports of sugar from third countries, and prices have dropped by 40 per cent. It is therefore a part of our strategy to import more sugar from countries like Brazil,” Jesper Nielsen, Transport Manager at Nordic Sugar A/S in Copenhagen, says.

“Our production of 1 million tonnes of sugar takes place at our factories in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Lithuania. We offer a wide range of products for industry, which buys about 80 percent of our production, as well as to retailers, which account for 20 percent.”

The sugar from Brazil is cane sugar, whereas European sugar is normally made from sugar beets, but it can go straight into the production as a complement to beets. The cane sugar arrives as an intermediate, which Nordic Sugar then refines at its factories.

Nordic Sugar is the market leader in Scandinavia and the Baltics, and the company is part of Nordzucker Group, Europe’s leading sugar producer.

“The big delivery from Brazil will be followed by several more cargoes of sugar from Mozambique in Africa during the summer,” Jesper Nielsen says.
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