14 Feb 2020 (Nikkei Asian Review) Removing tariff-free access will drive Phnom Penh toward Beijing's orbit.
14 Feb 2020 (Euractive) US consumer goods group Mondelez International is being investigated for suspected anti-competitive practices covering EU several member states, a European Commission spokesperson confirmed to EURACTIV. The EU executive has concerns that the maker of Oreo, Milka and Toblerone may have restricted cross border sales of its products in the EU’s Single Market.
12 Feb 2020 (Reuters) “Planting will decrease because we closed four mills,” Pierre Raye, director of the General Confederation of Beet Growers (CGB), said adding that the situation varied significantly between companies and regions. Marcello Moreira, head of market research at French producer Tereos, said he did not expect any decrease in the acreage for his company while noting other players in the French market could see a fall. “When you look into Europe, you have a mixed scenario but the net will be a decrease of around 2% in acreage,” he said.
13 Feb 2020 (Birmingham Mail) Low-sugar chocolate has been axed by Nestle just months after it was first launched. Milkybar Wowsomes were launched by the confectionery giant less than two years ago. Nestle said it is now working on new sugar reduction technology that it aims to introduce next year.
12 Feb 2020 The European Commission has decided to withdraw part of the tariff preferences granted to Cambodia under the European Union’s Everything But Arms’ (EBA) trade scheme due to the serious and systematic violations of the human rights principles enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
11 Feb 2020 (ACT media) The European Commission adopted two decisions that forbid Lithuania and Romania from issuing unjustified emergency licenses for pesticides containing three types of neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, the EC said in a release.
10 Feb 2020 (Reuters) Chinese commodities trader COFCO said on Monday it did not predict a recovery in Thailand’s sugar crop any time soon. COFCO’s Managing Director Softs Marcelo de Andrade made his comments during a panel discussion at an industry conference in Dubai. Thailand’s sugar production in the 2019/20 crop year is likely to fall 28% from a year earlier to a nine-year low of 10.5 million tonnes, as drought curtails cane supplies.
10 Feb 2020 (gov.uk). The UK government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. This approach will not apply to the flow of trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
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10 Fen 2020 (Financial Review, Australia) The Morrison government may have a fight on its hands to win market access for farm exports to Britain. "We would consider beef, lamb and sugar as sensitive sectors in the UK just as they're considered sensitive in the European Union," the National Farmers Union (NFU) international trade adviser Tori Morgan told The Financial Review.
10 Feb 2020 (Farmers Weekly) Scottish Enterprise national opportunities director David Smith said sugar beet could help Scotland cut back on fossil fuels and reach net-zero emissions by 2045. “If this project is successful, the environmental benefits of sugar beet as an alternative manufacturing feedstock will be investigated for use across a wide range of sectors.”
7 Feb 2020 (Australian Sugar Milling Council) The fourth factsheet explains how sugar mills generate renewable electricity using cane fibre is used as a fuel.
7 Feb 2020 CEFS and EFFAT report that, "Despite the ... market price decline, the report shares a positive story and presents a sector that is on a sustainability journey ... Beet sugar factories offer skilled, remunerative industrial employment and are often at the heart of the rural communities in which they operate. The factories generate important economic multipliers: supporting sugar beet farmers; providing food producers with high-quality, sustainable sugar; making bioethanol and molasses ... and animal feed from beet pulp".
7 Feb 2020 (ESM Magazine) French sugar group Tereos said a rebound in sugar prices and strong ethanol demand should help it boost its performance until the year-end after posting improved third-quarter results, although its debt level continued to rise.
7 Feb 2020 (WTO) The WTO launched a revamped WTO Data portal and a new WTO API portal to improve access to its international trade statistics and other WTO-related information.
7 Feb 2020 (DTI) The Department for International Trade has today launched a public consultation to inform the UK’s new independent global tariff policy.
6 Feb 2020 (Reuters) The Brazilian government will seek to strike a Mercosul-United Kingdom trade deal similar to that with the EU.
5 Feb 2020 (S&P Global Platts) Thai raw sugar cash premiums spiked to a historic high of 223 points over New York No. 11 May futures for May 1 to July 15 shipment window, up 28% on the day.
3 Feb 2020 (The Gleaner) The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Saturday provides a “real opportunity” to create preferential access for sugar industries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).
3 Feb 2020 (YouTube) Boris Johnson has said the UK must become champion of global free trade as he warned that protectionists were "gaining ground". The Prime Minister told those gathered at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich that free trade was "being choked" and that "the mercantilists are everywhere, the protectionists are gaining ground".
1 Feb 2020 (Eurostat) Eurostat is making a new aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States available for some 2530 datasets, covering around 90% of all datasets including EU28 aggregates. During the transition period until the end of 2020, the UK is continuing to send data to Eurostat. This data will be loaded in the database and made available to users.
1 Feb 2020 (Reuters) India's 2019-20 sugar production should fall to 26.9 million tonnes.