Danisco said yesterday that it had seen a rise in its sugar output in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Lithuania.

The output amounted to 1,274,000 tonnes in the recently concluded campaign, up from the 1,242,000 reported in 2004, thereby meeting the previously announced expectations.

The sugar output was helped by the exceptionally warm and sunny autumn in most regions, leading to strong beet growth late in the season and a high sugar content, the Danish company said.

Danisco added that all its sugar factories had a technically successful production with volume records in several days and weeks.

Danisco executive vice president Mogens Granborg said: "We are very satisfied with this year's sugar output. Once again we've proved that our determined effort to bring factory efficiency to European top level has been a success.

"Combined with our technical know-how, we have the best possible basis for creating a production platform that is optimally adapted to the new conditions resulting from the EU sugar reform.

"The high yields, which set new records in Denmark and Finland, also demonstrate that there is a basis for continued sugar beet growing in our producer countries in the years ahead."