WVZ first estimate of German sugar production is 4,072,698 tonnes

Thursday, September 1, 2022
In the next few weeks, the harvest and processing of the sugar beet will begin. The lack of precipitation is also putting a significant pressure on earnings expectations in the sugar industry. The cultivation area is slightly larger than before. Nevertheless, both the volume of beet and sugar production will be significantly lower than last year and even below the three-year average. "We expect disappointing harvest results. In addition, the industry is driven by the gas shortage situation. Without a reliable energy supply, it is difficult for customers to be supplied with regional and sustainable beet sugar," says Günter Tissen, Managing Director of the German Sugar Economic Association, summing up the situation. Sugar beet is not storable for long. Therefore, in the short energy-intensive campaign, sufficient energy must be reliably available for harvesting, transport and processing. "The sugar industry is working feverishly on location-adapted solutions for this purpose. These mean considerable additional costs for companies. In addition, the prices for energy and other equipment have risen significantly." A secure energy supply will continue to be important in the future. By 2045, the energy for the operation of the factories is to be obtained from biogenic residues – beet pulp from our own production. "This would allow us to produce sugar almost independently of external energy sources and in a climate-neutral manner. However, the regulations on the Renewable Energy Directive must not put a spanner in the works here. MEPs and the member states can still set the right course," Tissen appeals to politicians.
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