Danish giant Danisco‘s 2001 beet campaign has been very satisfactory with a total sugar output of 1,246,000 tonnes, close to 2000’s record-high production of 1,345,000 tonnes, said the company.
Production at Danisco´s sugar factories in the four EU countries Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Germany yielded a total output that was about 10% above the countries´ EU quotas, respectively. In Lithuania, output was nearly on a par with the factories´ national quotas.
The sugar content has been below normal standards, whereas the volume of beets was larger – the main reason being favourable weather conditions during the last part of the growing season. This resulted in a large sugar production on a par with the forecast based on field samples made in September 2001, and as stated in Danisco´s announcement of results for Q2 2001/02.
Production was highly efficient at all factories and a number of factories reached record-high levels.
Executive VP Mogens Granborg underlined that Danisco´s factories now have the right structure: “We´ve reached the efficiency targets set for the new production structure, which was finally in place by the completion of the expansion of Örtofta Sugar Factory in Sweden just before the start of this year´s campaign.”
The results of the five production countries are:
In Denmark, production at the three factories in Nakskov, Nykøbing and Assens reached 479,000 tonnes of sugar against 533,000 tonnes in 2000. The sugar yield amounted to 9.1 tonnes/ha against 9.7 tonnes/ha in 2000. The beet campaign started on 2 October and ended on 13 January 2002.
In Sweden, production at the factories in Örtofta and Köpingebro reached 402,000 tonnes of sugar against 412,000 tonnes in 2000. The sugar yield amounted to 8.1 tonnes/ha against 8.3 tonnes/ha in 2000. The beet campaign started on 18 September and ended on 3 January 2002.
In Finland, production at the two factories in Salo and Säkylä reached 146,000 tonnes of sugar (153,000 tonnes in 2000). The sugar yield amounted to 5.5 tonnes/ha, largely unchanged from that of 2000. The beet campaign started on 25 September and ended on 18 December.
In Germany, production at the factory in Anklam totalled 132,000 tonnes of sugar (142,000 tonnes in 2000). The sugar yield amounted to 7.8 tonnes/ha against 8.2 tonnes/ha in 2000. The campaign started on 25 September and ended on 18 December.
In Lithuania, production at the Kedainiai, Panevezys and Kursenai factories reached a total of 88,000 tonnes of sugar against 105,000 tonnes in 2000. The sugar yield amounted to 5.0 tonnes/ha against 5.6 tonnes/ha in 2000. The beet campaign started on 17 September and ended on 3 December.