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Global Sugar Industry Report: Country Overview; Recent Events; Value Chain Analysis; Production Process; Price Analysis; Indicator Analysis; Market Dynamics: Drivers & Constraints, Innovations & Trends, SWOT Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces; Industry Best Practices: Sourcing Strategy, Procurement Model, Key Factors Influencing the Quotation; Key Supplier Analysis, 2022-2027

Sugar Industry Report by Regional Category Spend, Price Analysis, Key Demand and Price Indicators, and Best Buying Practices


The Global Sugar reached a value of about 176.75 million tonnes in 2021. The industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 1% in the forecast period of 2022-2027 to reach a value of about 187.62 million tonnes by 2027.

The global sugar industry report gives a comprehensive analysis of the industry including key segments, trends, drivers, restraints, the competitive landscape, and other essential market aspects. According to USDA, Global output for Marketing Year 2021/22 is predicted to remain unchanged at 181 million tonnes, with gains in the European Union, India, Russia, and Thailand expected to offset a dip in Brazil. The key demand indicator in the industry report is the highest category spender by region—Asia Pacific.

Industry Definition and Segmentation

Sugar is a sweet substance that is utilised in the food business for a variety of purposes. It serves as a preservative and inhibits the growth of microorganisms. It's also used to prevent giant ice crystals from developing in frozen foods like ice cream. On the other hand, it promotes the fermentation of foodstuffs. Sugar comes from two primary sources: sugarcane and sugar beet with Brazil, India, the United States, the European Union, China, Thailand, and Other Countries being the major sugar-producing countries. The global sugar industry report comprises segments based on type (white, brown, and liquid), form (granulated, powered and syrup), application (dairy, bakery, confectionery, beverage, canned and frozen foods, and pharmaceuticals), source (cane and beet) and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa).

South America and the Asia Pacific Regions are Driving the Growth of the Market

The market in South America and the Asia Pacific is increasing significantly. The growing adoption of new technologies in these regions, and the presence of major players, are likely to supply the market with a plethora of prospective opportunities. India is one of the world's major agricultural countries, making it an excellent market to develop into due to its rising sugar demand. Farmers and millers have a better possibility of increasing their efforts toward cane sugar production and processing with new regulatory policies and adjustments to existing ones.

Growth in economies such as China, India, and Russia are likely to boost consumption. Population growth, per capita incomes, sugar and alternative sweetener prices, and the health issue debate are all factors to consider are the most important factors that influence sugar demand.

Factors like uncertain production volume, low yield of sugarcane, short crushing season, low sugar recovery rate, high production cost, and government policies and control are the some of the limitations faced by the farmers cultivating sugarcane and producers of sugar that restricts the growth of the sugar market globally.

Best Procurement Practices

The global sugar industry report by Procurement Resource gives an in-depth analysis of the best buying practices followed by major global sugar utilisation regions across the globe, such as engagement models, contract terms, and buyer and supplier negotiation levers, among others.

Category Management Studies

Sugar processing involves two processes, raw sugar made from sugar cane or sugar beets, and refined sugar is made from raw sugar. Its extracts from cane and beets contain sucrose and unwanted levels of polysaccharides, lignins, proteins, starches, gums, waxes, and other colloidal contaminants that add colour and flavour to the crystalline product while lowering yield. As a result, the raw juice is heated, liming added, then clarified to eliminate proteins and colloidal debris. Its refining process is an energy-intensive operation, hence membrane technology appeals to many people. However, due to high osmotic pressure and viscosities, the usage of membranes in the juice extraction step is limited to dilute streams for clarifying and purification. The following are the steps involved in cane sugar processing: The juice from sugarcane is crushed, boiled, and filtered before being transported through a series of crystallisation procedures to produce raw sugar crystals, followed by centrifugation to remove any leftover juice or syrup. The final stage yields a small stream of syrup known as cane mill molasses, containing up to 55 percent wt sucrose and significantly invert sugar impurities.

The leading producer of sugar is Brazil, both geographically and economically. The sugar sector is an essential part of the Brazilian economy, accounting for a significant portion of the country's GDP. Aside from that, due to favourable climatic circumstances, the Central-South region of Brazil produces a considerable amount of sugar. India, China, Thailand, and other countries follow Brazil.

Rising Demand for Food and Beverages, Skincare, and Pharmaceuticals are further driving the Procurement of Sugar

The food and beverage industry are currently a significant driver of sugar consumption and will benefit from its business. It is extensively used for manufacturing products in bakery and confectionery, dairy, beverages, and others. Furthermore, the market expansion is expected to continue in the long run. It is also used in a variety of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. In the pharmaceutical industry sugar is used to make antibiotics and cough syrups; on the other side, it is utilised in the beauty industry to make scrubs because of its exfoliating capabilities.

The regional markets for the industry can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

Key Industry Players Mentioned in the Sugar Industry Report

  • Cargill, Incorporated
  • The Tereos Group
  • Nordzucker AG
  • E.I.D.- Parry (India) Limited
  • Südzucker AG
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Louis Dreyfus Company B.V.
  • Raizen Energia S.A.
  • Tongaat Hulett Sugar Limited
  • British Sugar plc

Market Landscape

Sugar is one of the essential commodities that is produced and used worldwide, with around 70% of output consumed in domestic markets and only 30% traded on international calls. Its white form is the most prevalent industrial form that is used globally; hence it has the most significant and fastest-growing market. Global demand for industrial sugar is being driven by rising demand for confectionery items, a growing retail sector, and the development of product selection. The changing customer tastes for various items have increased the consumption of different food and beverage products, cane sugar is expected to grow at a high rate during the projection period, depending on the source. Sugarcane output is higher than sugar beet production internationally, as cane sugar is produced in several of the world's major developing countries.

Key Initiatives by Companies

  • By 2030, AB Sugar has pledged to deliver objective scientific knowledge about sugar, diet, and health to more than 25 million individuals worldwide. This bold promise aims to aid in the fight against obesity, hunger, and other dietary challenges in the nations where we operate.
  • The Corporate Laboratory, officially established in June 2018, will combine Wilmar and NUS's expertise to solve significant public health challenges by identifying food ingredients and dietary components capable of regulating the glycemic index, decreasing triglycerides, and lowering cholesterol. Integrate Photonics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to develop quick ways to detect food contaminants, increase quality control, and ensure food safety. Develop cost-effective and sustainable bio-based technologies for producing industrial enzymes and biochemicals.

1.    Executive Summary
2.    Sugar Market Snapshot

    2.1.    Sugar Market Outlook
    2.2.    Sugar Industry Analysis by End Use
        2.2.1.    Food and Beverages
        2.2.2.    Pharma and Personal Care
        2.2.3.    Household
        2.2.4.    Others
    2.3.    Region Overview
        2.3.1.    Asia-Pacific
        2.3.2.    Europe
        2.3.3.    North America
        2.3.4.    Latin America
        2.3.5.    Middle East & Africa
3.    Impact of Recent Events 
4.    Sugar Value Chain Analysis 
5.    Sugar Production Process
6.    Trade Analysis 
7.    Major Risk Factors in Sourcing
8.    Sugar Cost Structure
9.    Sugar Price Analysis 
10.    Key Demand Indicator Analysis
11.    Key Price Indicator Analysis
12.    Sugar Market Dynamics

    12.1.    Drivers & Constraints
    12.2.    Industry Events 
    12.3.    Innovations & Trends
    12.4.    Swot Analysis
    12.5.    Porter’s Five Forces
        12.5.1.    Buyer Power
        12.5.2.    Supplier Power
        12.5.3.    Threat of New Entrants
        12.5.4.    Threat of Substitutes
        12.5.5.    Industry Rivalry
13.    Industry Best Practices
    13.1.    Sourcing Strategy
    13.2.    Procurement Model
    13.3.    Contract Structure
    13.4.    Negotiation Levers
    13.5.    Pricing Model
    13.6.    Key Factors Influencing the Quotation 
14.    Key Supplier Analysis
    14.1.    Cargill Incorporated
    14.2.    Archer Daniels Midland Company
    14.3.    Ingredion Incorporated
    14.4.    Tate & Lyle PLC
    14.5.    Roquette Freres SA.

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global sugar market size was valued at USD 189.0 Million Tons in 2022.

As per the type, the white sugar segment is anticipated to lead the market between the period 2021 – 2028.

The major demand for food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and skincare are important drivers of the market growth.

Suedzucker AG, Tereos, Cosan, Mitr Phol Sugar Corporation., Ltd., Associated British Foods, Nordzucker AG, Biosev (Louis-Dreyfus), Wilmar International Limited, and Thai Roong Ruang Group are some of the leading companies in the global sugar market.

The food and beverages sector of the sugar industry holds the major share in the market.

Analyst Review

The global sugar market is expected to grow at an annualized rate pace of one percent to 187.62 million tonnes by 2027. Because fructose is widely used in various applications, from enhancing texture to extending product shelf life, the food sector is driving the market. South America and the Asia Pacific have commanded the global market with a gross market share. The popularity of packaged food products and beverages in the region, such as candy, cold drinks, juices and other liquid beverages, and biological mediums, has aided the market development. Sugar is used in the pharmaceutical industry to make antibiotics and cough syrups; on the other side, it is utilised in the beauty industry to make scrubs because of its exfoliating capabilities. The major regions in its global market is North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The key players in the global fructose market include  Cargill, Incorporated, The Tereos Group, Nordzucker AG, E.I.D.- Parry (India) Limited, Südzucker AG, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Louis Dreyfus Company B.V., Raizen Energia S.A., Tongaat Hulett Sugar Limited and British Sugar plc.

Procurement Resources’ detailed research approach explores deep into the industry, encompassing the macro and micro aspects of the industry. Its team of experts uses a combination of cutting-edge analytical tools and their expertise thus, delivering its customers with market insights that are accurate, actionable, and help them remain ahead of their competition.

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