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The sugar market - Italy

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1.1 Definition and presentation

The name "sugar" refers to sucrose, a sweet-tasting disaccharide composed of a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule harvested mainly from sugar plants. Sugar cane and sugar beet are the two main sources of sugar; additional sources of sugar include coconut and maple trees. Brazil and India, which together account for one-third of world sugar production, dominate the world market; the European Union is the third largest producer in the world. Sugar is the basic building block of many food products such as snacks, cakes, cookies, and is present in most carbonated beverages. Sugar has applications not only in the food sector but also in the pharmaceutical sector such as in the production of syrups and children's medicines. The extraction techniques for these two plants differ, but purification, concentration, refining and crystallization follow the same course. We get about 15 kilograms of crystalline sucrose and about 5 kilograms of molasses from 100 kilograms of beets, which still contain about two and a half kilograms of sugar.

in 2023 the global industrial sugar market reached a total value of 48.4 billion dollars. In the period 2024-2028 this market is expected to grow modestly, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.0 percent . By the end of the period, the world industrial sugar market could reach a total value of 59.2 billion dollars. The world's leading sugar producers are Brazil and India, which contributed 41.9% of world production in 2023. On the consumption side, India and the European Union collect the largest shares worldwide and together contribute 26.6% of the total.

This study focuses on the sugar market in Italy, analyzing consumption trends, competitive dynamics and growth prospects for the sector. For information on related markets, such as confectionery, please consult the specific studies available in the Businesscoot catalog.

1.2 The global market

in ****, the global industrial sugar market reached a total value of $**.* billion. This market is expected to grow modestly over the period ****-****, with a projected compound annual growth rate (***) of *.*%. By the end of the period, the world industrial sugar market could reach a total value of $**.* billion. Industrial sugar ...

1.3 The Italian market

To analyze the Italian sugar market, the total turnover of sugar production enterprises and sugar production in the territory are considered.

The total turnover of active enterprises under Ateco Code **.** "Sugar production" appears to have been declining in recent years. Between **** and ****, there is a **.* percent decline in total turnover, with ...

1.4 Import - Export

hS Code **** "Cane and beet sugar, chemically pure sucrose in solid form" is considered for the analysis of sugar trade flows to and from Italy.

Between **** and ****, growth is shown in both imports and exports. Regarding the latter, during the period analyzed, the total value of Italian exports grew by **.* percent, ...

1.5 The consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February **** has led to, among other things, a general increase in consumer prices. The sugar consumption sector is particularly affected by the consequences of the conflict. Between January **** and January ****, the consumer price index for sugar rose by **.* points, indicating a **.* percent increase in ...


2.1 Demand in Italy

In order to analyze the demand for sugar in Italy, the trend of average monthly household expenditure on sugar purchases and the development of confectionery enterprises in Italy are considered. Regarding the second point, enterprises under Ateco Codes **.** "Production of rusks and cookies; production of preserved pastry products" and **.** "Production of ...

2.2 Demand drivers

The demand for sugar finds explanation in a multiplicity of aspects, as sugar plays a central role in multiple aspects of cuisine, gastronomy and global food culture:


Sugar is the ultimate sweetener in many cultures, used to sweeten beverages such as coffee, tea, juices, and cocktails, as well as to ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

To visualize the geographic distribution of sugar demand in Italy, the distribution of average monthly household expenditure and that of enterprises active under Ateco Code **.** "Production of cocoa, chocolate, candies and confectionery" in each Italian macro-region are considered.

As for the average monthly household expenditure, the Mezzogiorno has the highest value ...

2.4 New demand trends: organic sugar

The growing demand for organic sugar reflects a broader trend toward conscious and sustainable consumption, with consumers seeking more natural and ethically produced products. Interest in organic sugar is fueled by several factors, including health concerns, the environmental impact of conventional sugar production, and the quality of the final product. Here ...


3.1 The market structure

to analyze the market structure in Italy, enterprises under Ateco Code **.** "Sugar production" are considered. In particular, the number of active enterprises, the number of employees in active enterprises and the legal form of activities are analyzed.

Number of enterprises

Sugar production in Italy appears to be extremely concentrated around a ...

3.2 Sugar Production

The sugar chain consists of several stages, the main ones of which are as follows.

Sugar, also called sucrose, is formed by photosynthesis in sugar plants. Sugar plants, namely sugar cane and sugar beets, are harvested and transported to sugar mills, often near fields.

Industrial processing is the extraction of sugar ...

3.3 Main Actors

The following is a list of the main players active in sugar production in the Italian market:

Suedzucker: founded in **** by the merger of five sugar companies, it has established itself as the world's largest sugar producer. The company has marked its path with a constant commitment to innovation and growth, ...

3.4 The distribution


The sugar wholesale industry is expanding in Italy. Between **** and ****, the total number of active enterprises increased from **** to ****, marking a growth of **.*%. In particular, as shown in the graph below, almost all of the growth is concentrated in the two-year period ****-****, when the number of enterprises grew by ...


4.1 Types of sugar

There are several types of sugar on the market, the most popular of which are definitely white and cane sugar. These differ because of the molasses. This syrupy, brown compound is a by-product of sucrose refining; nothing more than a sugar solution formed during the boiling of beets in water, or ...

4.2 Prices

Between **** and ****, the consumer price index for sugar increased **.* points. This is reflected in a **.* percent price increase for consumers. However, as shown in the graph below and as detailed in Section *.*, the price increase is concentrated in the two-year period ****-****, when due to the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict ...


5.1 Regulation

The sugar market, as with many other markets for agricultural products, is regulated by both national and European laws. The legislative framework is aimed at ensuring the quality, safety and origin of the product consumed. Some of the main laws related to the sugar market in Italy are:

Regulation (***) No. ****/****: establishing ...


6.1 Segmentation

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