MUTUAL DEPENDENCE: Sugar manufacturers are dependent on beet growers to keep our factories running. 

Growers are reliant on sugar manufacturers companies to provide the fixed capital and expertise to extract the sugar from their beets.

A SPECIFIC SECTOR: Sugar production is seasonal (90-150 days), following the beet harvest. But it is also industrial with high capital and energy intensity.

A LIBERALISED SYSTEM: Since the end of production quotas in 2017, the EU sugar market is one of the most deregulated in the world.

A SHRINKING TOOLBOX: Almost 30 active substances have been banned in sugar beet cultivation over the past 5 years.

The Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products Regulation will have a major impact on how beet is cultivated moving forward.