Danish food ingredients firm Danisco has said the output at its sugar factories in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Lithuania and Sweden totalled around 1.24 million tonnes of sugar in the campaign just ended.

The production output is somewhat above its EU quota of some 1.14 million tonnes of sugar, meeting the company’s expectations. Sugar production was lower than the 2003 figure of 1.29 million tonnes due in part to a reduction of the sugar beet acreage by a little over 3%.

“With the rainy and not very sunny weather conditions in the summer, the beets did not get off to the best start, but the close-to-perfect weather in the autumn meant good growing conditions and high yields, in some places equalling last year’s record levels. Along with a good and effective campaign at the factories, this contributed to the satisfactory production output,” said executive vice president and COO Mogens Granborg.