European Commission forecasts EU sugar beet area will decline by 3% compared with the 5yr average

European Commission
Thursday, March 30, 2023
The EU Court of Justice’s preliminary ruling in January 2023 on the derogations to the use of neonicotinoid substances is due to impact planting decisions, and the EU sugar beet area in 2023 is forecast to drop 3% below the 5-year average to 1.455 million ha. Sugar beet yields are expected to be in line with the long-term average at 77 t/ha, resulting in a sugar beet production of around 111 million t. EU sugar use for bioethanol production in 2022/23 is expected to decrease by 0.1 million t to 0.6 million t, as other feedstock alternatives, like cereals, become more competitive. Similarly, demand for sugar in other industrial applications is expected to decline. Nevertheless, the lower demand for sugar use is expected to be less pronounced than the decline in availability. EU sugar ending stocks are therefore forecast to decrease slightly by 0.1 million to 1.4 million t in 2022/23.
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