In the course of the latest reform of the EU sugar market regime, talks are currently taking place in Hungary between sugar beet growers, the Ministry of Agriculture and the sugar industry, with the goal of returning 50% of Hungary’s sugar quota to the restructuring fund.

This step, and the associated compensation payments to farmers, is aimed at safeguarding the sugar beet supply for the remainder of the Hungarian quota. This move would result in a pro rata reduction in the sugar quota held by both the Nordzucker subsidiary Mátra Cukor Zrt, and the AGRANA subsidiary Magyar Cukor Zrt.

Given that the remaining volume of sugar available to AGRANA is no longer sufficient for the economical utilization of two refineries, AGRANA intends, subject to the appropriate board resolutions, to concentrate its Hungarian refining activities at the Kaposvár facility in order to make production as efficient as possible. A redundancy scheme is being worked out for around 140 employees affected by the restructuring of the second Magyar Cukor refinery at Petőháza. (Press release)