Positioning the sugar industry for the future after a year of turmoil

We are delighted that the S&P Global Platts European Sugar Virtual Conference is back, bringing together leading growers, processors, traders and buyers to explore the state of the European sugar markets, and understand the trends, risks and challenges into 2022 and beyond.

As global economies prepare to emerge into a new world, what will be the new normal for the sugar industry? The sugar markets have had to grapple with falling consumption, adverse weather and supply chain challenges. Vaccine optimism brings hope of a return to many industries that the sugar markets heavily rely on, but have consumer habits changed for good?
With the continued uncertainty relating to Covid 19, we have made the decision to host the conference virtually once again. Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our delegates, speakers, partners, colleagues, and vendors.

Why attend?

Essential intelligence – get your burning questions answered
Join over 25 leading growers, processors, traders and experts from across the sugar value chain as they discuss the European sugar markets after the pandemic through an insightful mix of panel discussions and presentations.

Exclusive insights into the sugar markets
Hear international sugar market experts discuss key developments affecting the sector supply & demand dynamics, trade evolution for sugar in a post-Brexit environment, pricing dynamics, and changing consumer behaviours impacting consumption.



    Standard Rate: $799


    Who attends?

    • Regional and international sugar producers
    • Senior sugar traders
    • Refinery managers
    • Sugar buyers and end-users
    • Leading consultants and advisors
    • Financiers, banks and analysts
    • Global press and industry association

    Your virtual pass will include:

    • Access to the virtual platform and all live and on-demand session broadcasts on sugar
    • Convenient access and view the event from anywhere through your mobile, tablet and computer
    • 1 months post event on-demand access to the virtual platform
    • Easy to use networking tools to connect with the whole audience through the virtual environment
    • Virtual attendees will gain access to an UberEats voucher (where available) to order food and drink to your home/office

Going Virtual

While we're running this year’s event virtually, we'll still have the high-caliber content and speakers the industry depends upon. You can expect content-rich sessions, in-depth discussions, lively Q&A, networking, prizes, exhibit booths, and much more, all within an immersive online environment.

Preview the virtual experience    

Preview the Virtual Experience
Virtual Lobby

Virtual Auditorium

Virtual Networking Lounge

Virtual Exhibit Hall
Build your network
— See who else is registered
— Search for attendees by name, title, company, country, keyword, or shared interests
— Participate in group chats to meet new people
— Exchange contact information
— Optimize your profile to help people find you
— Add your LinkedIn profile to your contact card and invite new contacts to connect
— Engage in the public group chat
— Reach out using private 1:1 messaging
— Invite other attendees to join a private group chat
— Tour the exhibit hall to speak with solution provider reps
Customize your agenda
— Participate in the full agenda or add specific sessions to your briefcase
— Attend live sessions or come back later to watch the replay
Explore the exhibit hall
— Explore solution provider booths
— View and collect resources in your briefcase
— Speak directly with booth reps by team chat or 1:1 conversations
— Visit the Platts booth to access bonus material and to enter for a chance to win a prize
Have some fun
— Score points and watch the leaderboard to see where you stand
— Enter for a chance to win prizes at various exhibit hall booths
Enjoy extra content
— Access Platts market news, exclusive content, and more
— Receive speaker presentation materials
Take it with you
— Download the speaker presentations and other materials you collected throughout the event
— Visit the on-demand replay for a refresher or to catch up on something you missed
— Lookup contacts from the virtual environment

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All times in Central European Time (CET)

Day 1: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • 10.30 AM Networking time
  • 11.00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks Patricia Luis-Manso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Setting the scene for sugar markets globally
  • 11:10 AM Keynote address: Northern Hemi crops outlook and their implications to 2022 sugar tradeflows
    Rafael Puglieri, Head of Research, LDC
  • 11:35 AM Keynote address: Outlook for the world sugar market • The past 12 months in review
    • Supply and demand outlook for sugar into 2022
    • How does the world sugar market affect the European sugar market?
    Patricia Luis-Manso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts
European sugar markets from those at the forefront
  • 12:05 PMEuropean sugar from the groundElisabeth Lacoste, Director, CIBE
  • 12:30 PMPanel discussion: exploring the current state of play for European Sugar• The aftermath of the pandemic: how has the industry adapted to changing consumer patterns?
    • Global surplus or deficit? And how long can this last?
    • Do we see the EU transitioning back to a net exporter into 2022?
    • Climate change and sugar production: is the industry prepared?
    • Looking forward: the new normal for European Sugar
    Dr. Volker Diehl, Head of Sales & Marketing, Nordzucker
    Jessica Edinger, Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Platts
    Moderated by: Daniel Rebelo, Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Platts
  • 13:05 PMNetworking time
  • 13:20 PMBeet production in the EU going forwards• How is crop acreage varying across Europe?
    • Acreage, field & rotation issues
    • Use of neonics across Europe
    • Prospects for the next 12 months
    Martin Todd, Managing Director, LMC International
Global sugar trade developments
  • 13:45 pmPanel discussion: Traders debate: key market drivers for the year ahead• What are the key influencers and trends impacting the sugar markets today?
    • UK and EU relations post-Brexit: implications for sugar prices?
    • Least Developed Countries: is importing to the EU still a viable option?
    • Sugar trading as banks exit trade finance: a new world?
    • How is European beet faring in an increasingly competitive global market?
    • Maritime logistics: the cost of disruption
    Kona Haque, Head of Commodities Research, ED&F Man
    Cyril Moine
    , European Trade Department, Sucden
    Mikhail Soroko
    , Head of Raw Sugar Trading, Alvean
    Karim Salamon
    , Head of Analysis, Wilmar Sugar
    Daniël Kerkhof
    , President, ASSUC
    Moderated by: Patricia Luis-Manso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts
  • 14:30 PMBrexit – impact on sugar • How will new British Ag policy impact beet growers?
    • Divergence from EU rules: where are the opportunities?
    • The emergence of Brexit related trade flows: impact so far
    • The work of the NFU to meet the challenges and opportunities in light of Brexit
    Michael Sly, Chairman,National Farmers Union
Spotlight on Ethanol
  • 15:00 PMThe European Ethanol market: are we seeing demand recovery? • Ethanol supply & demand in Europe
    • Where are the emerging competition hotspots?
    • Recent policy and regulatory developments affecting Ethanol
    • Latest feedstock developments
    • Where are the opportunities for Ethanol producers
    Maria Afonso, Senior Specialist Sugar, Grains & Oilseeds, Rabobank
  • 15:30 AMEnd of conference day one and networking time
Day 2: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • 10:30 AMNetworking time
  • 11:00 AMChair's welcoming remarksPatricia Luis-Manso, Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts
The sustainability agenda & the changing face of consumer patterns
  • 11:10 AMKeynote address: Sustainable sugar pioneers• Sustainable beet sugar: what is involved?
    • Where is the value?
    Ludovic Brasset, Head of Industry,Cristalco
  • 11:35 AMPanel discussion: Shifting consumer patterns: how does this impact sweetener demand?• How has the demand of sweeteners shifted due to the pandemic, and how did this vary regionally?
    • How have changing consumer patterns impacted demand for sweeteners? And how does this impact sugar demand?
    Peter de Klerk, Senior Economist,International Sugar Organization
    Yury Sharanov
    , Senior Sourcing Manager Sugar,Mars Wrigley
    Moderated by: Maria Nunez, Senior Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Platts
  • 12:15 PMNetworking time
European sugar pricing & risk
  • 12:50 PMEuropean price assessments update• The dynamics of the domestic sugar market
    Rebecca Li, Senior Editor, Rice and Sugar, S&P Global Platts
  • 13:05 PMPanel discussion: Risk management strategies in the European sugar market • Hedging strategies in the European sugar market
    • Managing basis risk in sugar hedging
    Marco Saracino, Procurement CoE – Commodities Risk Management, Director, Coca-Cola European Partners
    Eddie Tofpik, Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADMISI
    Lawrence Cohen, Commodity Risk Manager, Sainsbury's
    Henning Koch, Former President, ASSUC
    Piero Carello, Market Development Manager, S&P Global Platts
    Moderated by: Robert Beaman, Associate Pricing Director EMEA Agriculture, S&P Global Platts
  • 13:50 PMNetworking break
Sugar around the world
  • 14:15 PMBrazil sugar markets outlook • Outlook for Brazil sugarcane into 2022
    • Are we seeing an increase in sugarcane production as demand for biofuels recovers?
    Mariangela Grola, Raizen
  • 14:40 PMCIS – outlook and opportunitiesAndrey Bodin, Executive Director, Eurasian Sugar Association
  • 15:05 PMThailand sugar supply & demand • Regulatory developments affecting Thai sugarcane production
    • The threat of competition in Southeast Asia
    Nidhi Goel, Research Manager, Sugar – Eastern Hemisphere, COFCO International
  • 15:25 PMWhat does the future hold for India’s sugarcane industry? • Logistical challenges impacting Indian sugarcane exports
    • Uncertainty surrounding India's export policy
    Virendra Jain, Head of Global Sugar Research, ECTP
  • 15:50 PMChair’s closing remarks and networking time

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Speaker Rafael Puglieri
Head of Research, LDC

Rafael leads research activities for the sugar platform at LDC over the past four years. He joined the group in 2015 as a futures trader at Biosev’s Hedge Desk where he focused on the development of mid/long run price views and quantamental trading tools. Since 2017 he’s working with Market Intelligence activities for the sugar platform where the focus is the development of quantitative models applied to production, consumption, international flows and prices outlook. Rafael is an economist with specialization in applied microeconomics and energy industries.

Speaker Kona Haque
Head of Commodities Research, ED&F Man


Speaker Mikhail Soroko
Head of Raw Sugar Trading, Alvean

Born in the USSR. Joined commodity merchandizing with Cargill at the onset of Russia commercial opening of the 90s, then moved to Geneva and stayed around in the sugar trading, with short-term forays into ocean freight and grains. After trading and managerial stints with Noble Agri, LDC and Olam sugar, have been with Alvean sugar team since 2019.

Speaker Christiano Coltro Évola
Market Intelligence Analyst, Tereos


Speaker Maria Afonso
Senior Specialist Sugar, Grains & Oilseeds, Rabobank


Speaker Michael Sly
Chairman, National Farmers Union


Speaker Ludovic Brasset
Head of Industry, Cristalco


Speaker Dr. Volker Diehl
Head of Sales & Marketing, Nordzucker


Speaker Karim Salamon
Head of Analysis, Wilmar Sugar


Speaker Martin Todd
Managing Director, LMC International


Speaker Henning Koch
Former President, ASSUC

Henning was born and grew up in Lima, Perú. At the age of 16 he moved to Germany, finished school and attended University, which he left to start working with August Töpfer & Co., Hamburg, where he remained, acting as sugar trader, until retirement in 2019. Over the years he assumed several posts in National and International professional Associations, e.g. The Refined Sugar Association in London and ASSUC Brussels, perfoming as its President from 2018 til 2020.

Speaker Yury Sharanov
Senior Sourcing Manager Sugar, Mars Wrigley

Yury Sharanov has over 13 years’ experience in the area of R&D and procurement of FMCG sector. The biggest part of his career is within the business of the world largest confectionery producer Mars Wrigley. In his current role he leads the sugar sourcing for of Mars Wrigley for the markets of Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and India. In his previous role he was in charge of Mars global sourcing strategy in the area of starch sweeteners. Yury also holds a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry.

Daniel Rebolo Daniel Rebolo
Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Platts

Daniel is a sugar analyst at S&P Global Platts where his main areas of focus include supply and demand forecasts, tracking global trade flows and other trends in the sugar industry, with a key focus on EU and CIS markets. Daniel has joined Kingsman as a biofuels analyst in June 2011, which has been acquired by S&P Global Platts in November next year. He graduated from University of Lausanne (HEC Lausanne) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.

Nidhi Goel Nidhi Goel
Research Manager, Sugar – Eastern Hemisphere, COFCO International

Nidhi Goel is the Research Manager (Sugar) for Cofco International, overseeing the Eastern Hemisphere. She has over 7 years of experience in various research related roles. After a short stint with the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), she joined COFCO International’s sugar team in New Delhi. She tracked sugar market for the Indian Subcontinent region and also Europe/FSU. She subsequently moved to COFCO’s Singapore office. She is currently managing sugar research for South-East Asia, China, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. Besides research, she gained a perspective on commodity trading as well.

She has attended crop tours in India, Thailand, Brazil and also in Europe and is well versed sugarcane and sugar-beet crops. She is a self-starter and always strives to find new ideas and solutions. In her leisure time, she loves reading and spending time with her four-year old son.

Patricia Luis Manso Patrícia Luís-Manso
Head of Agriculture and Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Patrícia Luís-Manso has +15 years’ experience in analytical and leadership roles in commodities, investment banking and network industries. In her current role at S&P Global Platts, Patricia is responsible for Agriculture and Metals Analytics, leading a global team of experts in Sugar, Grains, Oilseeds, Biofuels and Metals to generate essential data and intelligence for the Energy and commodities markets.

Prior to this role, Patrícia was Head of Sugar and Ethanol Research at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, where she managed a global team with focus on developing critical market analysis to design trading strategies. Patrícia has also worked at Kingsman SA, now part of S&P Global Platts, for 7 years  as Senior Analyst and Head of Research & Reports.

Patrícia holds a PhD in Regulatory Economics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland. She also holds a Diploma in Organizational Leadership from Oxford University and a Msc. in Economics from Nova SBE in Portugal.

Speaker Eddie Tofpik
Head of Technical Analysis & Senior Markets Analyst, ADMISI

Eddie started in the markets in 1980 and has worked on trading desks in Bullion, Energy, Agricultural, Softs, Metals Futures & Options. In the late 1980’s he added FX, Equities and Fixed Income to his abilities and by 1990 he’d managed desks in all of these. He joined Esprit Brokers (precursor to ADMISI) in 1991 to develop FX business & started the 24 Hour FX Desk. By 2018, after 27 successful years as Head of FX he moved over to a new role as Head of Technical Analysis and Senior Markets Analyst. Eddie is a Director of The Society of Technical Analysts in the UK. He’s also a Member of ACI-UK (the FX dealers association) and an Associate Member of the CISI. Eddie publishes the ‘Eddie’s Crayons…’ series on YouTube of Technical Analysis reviews on FX and commodity futures markets. He regularly speaks at conferences and on TV & radio.

ADM Investor Services International Limited (ADMISI) is a full service brokerage company with a 106 year history in London & international markets. ADMISI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland (UK) Limited & indirectly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company of the U.S.

Speaker Peter de Klerk
Senior Economist, International Sugar Organization

Peter de Klerk joined the International Sugar Organisation as Senior Economist in January 2018. He arrived from Itochu Europe PLC where he was responsible for sugar market operations, ranging from analysis, logistics, futures market operations and commercial transactions. Prior to his four years at Itochu, Peter worked in the analysis and commercial teams at Armajaro, Czarnikow and ED&F Man. Peter holds a BSc in econometrics from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Economics from the University of York.

Speaker Lawrence Cohen
Commodity Risk Manager, Sainsbury's

Lawrence is a commodities risk management professional with over 12 years exposure to the physical trade gained at a Hong Kong based trade house, financial markets with an Australian bank, and corporate retail trade and advisory with a major UK supermarket. His unique work experience across several global locations gives him a wealth of expertise in managing complex sourcing decisions and improving transparency across the supply chain.


Become a sponsor

Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At S&P Global Platts European Sugar Virtual Conference, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their product or service to industry-wide professionals. We provide an environment that encourages an honest and open dialogue among attendees. If you would like to lead the conversation as an event sponsor, contact us for more details on available packages: Irina Bondareva on +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].

Download the brochureDemonstrate your strengths, raise your company profile, and maximize your ROI as we bring key industry players and decision-makers to you. At the S&P Global Platts European Sugar Virtual Conference, each sponsor has the opportunity to showcase their products and services, and distinguish themselves from the competition. We offer a full range of opportunities and packages, and can even tailor solutions to suit your needs.

Contact us to start a conversation about your goals and how you can lead the pack as an event sponsor: Irina Bondareva, Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +44 (0) 7976 684 617 or [email protected].


Early-bird Rate*
Register by September 17, 2021
Standard Rate*
Register by October 18, 2021

* Rates are in USD

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