Danish ingredient giant Danisco said its sugar production reached an all-time high of 1,363,000 tonnes in the 2002 beet campaign.

Combined, Danisco’s factories in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden beat the record from 2000 when output totalled some 1,345,000 tonnes of sugar.

The total sugar output in the four EU member countries Denmark, Finland, Germany and Sweden exceeded Danisco’s EU quotas by some 25%, while production in Lithuania was somewhat above the factories’ national quota. Danisco said the results met with its expectations.

The company said the large sugar output was helped by favourable growth conditions, resulting in record-high sugar yields in several countries, coupled with efficient production.

Commenting on the campaign result, executive vice president, COO, Mogens Granborg said: “Sugar yield per hectare has steadily increased over the past few years helping to provide the basis for continued high-quality sugar production in the Nordic region.”