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The industry processes sugar beet and sugar cane into sugar, sugar substitutes and related products used by a wide range of downstream industries. The industry is an oligopoly, dominated by two producers: British Sugar and T&L Sugars. The former is the largest company in the industry and is a beet refiner, processing all of the sugar beet grown in the United Kingdom. Since Tate & Lyle sold its UK sugar refineries to the ASR Group in 2010, the latter’s subsidiary, T&L Sugars, has been the only other dominant producer. The company still sells sugar under the Tate & Lyle name and only processes sugar cane. These two firms account for more than 97% of industry revenue...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£857.2m
Annual Growth 14-19
-10.1%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
1,943
Businesses
3

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Automation has increased following significant capital investment by major industry players
  • British Sugar had to reduce output in order to offset the high costs of refining cane sugar
  • Exports are forecast to generate a rising share of revenue, despite international competition
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Although British Sugar makes its products from sugar beet and T&L Sugars uses raw cane sugar, the resulting sugars are very similar in their composition and properties. However, the golden syrup produced by T&L Sugars, which has become a staple food in British households, can only be produced from sugar cane.Crystalline sugarThe most popular of the industry's products is solid sugar in the form of crystals or powder. The size of the crystals often affects what use they are most suited to. White sugar, the most extensively refined product, is available to consumers as icing sugar, caster sugar and granulated sugar, in order of increasing crystal size. Industrial bakers may also use larger sugar crystals for decorative purposes. Bro...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Sugar Production Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sugar Production Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Proximity to key suppliers
  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from chocolate and confectionery production and Real effective exchange rate in the Sugar Production industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Sugar Production Industry?

    This industry covers the manufacture or refining of sugar (sucrose) and sugar substitutes from the juice of cane, beet, maple and palm. It also includes the production of sugar syrups, molasses, maple syrup and raw sugar. The manufacture of glucose, glucose syrup and maltose is excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Crystalline sugar
  • Liquid sugar
  • Molasses and black treacle
  • Beet pulp and other by-products
  • Industry Activities
  • Producing and refining cane sugar
  • Producing and refining beet sugar
  • Producing and refining palm sugar
  • Producing and refining coconut sugar
  • Producing sugar syrups
  • Producing molasses
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from chocolate and confectionery production
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • World price of sugar
  • Demand from soft drink production
  • Health consciousness

  • Current Performance
  • Foreign production
  • Bittersweet regulations
  • Sugar cane tariffs
  • Health concerns
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Sweet deals
  • Sugar tax
  • Uprooted funding
  • Table: Sugar Production Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sugar Production Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Ice Cream Production
  • Bread & Bakery Goods Production
  • Biscuit Production
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Beer Production
  • Soft Drink Production
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations Manufacturing
  • Supermarkets

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Vegetable Growing

  • Products & Services
  • Crystalline sugar
  • Liquid sugar
  • Beet pulp and other by-products
  • Molasses and black treacle
  • Chart: Sugar Production Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Food manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Drinks manufacturers
  • Pharmaceuticals manufacturers and other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sugar Production Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesUtilities, depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sugar Production

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sugar Production Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    British Sugar plc, T&L Sugars Ltd,
  • Table: British Sugar plc - financial performance
  • Table: T&L Sugars Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sugar Production Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Sugar Production Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Exports (2010-2024)
  • Imports (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bagasse
  • A residual fibre that is burnt as a fuel to supply steam and electricity for the milling process.
  • Bioethanol
  • A fuel obtained from sugar cane.
  • Molasses
  • A by-product of processing sugar cane, grapes or sugar beet into sugar.
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