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

We are delighted that the S&P Global Platts Geneva Sugar 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?

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.

Network and do business once again
The conference will bring together the sugar community after a year of turmoil. You’ll get the chance to meet your colleagues and peers once again in a covid-safe environment, allowing you to network effectively and safely.

Can't travel to the conference?

As well as offering you the opportunity to meet with delegates face-to-face, we will also host the event online. This means that regardless of your travel circumstances you will be able to stream all the sessions online, chat with other delegates and ask your questions to the speakers via our virtual platform. Even if travel restrictions prohibit you from attending, you can still enjoy the great insights on show.


    Duration: 1.5 days


    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


Day 1: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • 11.30 AM Registration and networking lunch
  • 12.30 PM Chair's welcoming remarks Fabio Morrell, Team Lead, Sugar, S&P Global Platts
Setting the scene for sugar markets globally
  • 12:45 PM Keynote address: The European sugar marketDr. Niels Pörksen, CEO, Südzucker AG
  • 13:10 PMKeynote 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?
    Fabio Morrell, Team Lead, Sugar, S&P Global Platts
European sugar markets from those at the forefront
  • 13:40 PMGrower's perspectiveFranck Sander, President, CIBE
  • 14:00 PMProducer's perspective
  • 14:20 PMEnd user's perspective
  • 14:40 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
    Philippe Huet, VP Sales, Marketing and R&D, Tereos
    José Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Organization
    Dr. Volker Diehl, Head of Sales & Marketing, Nordzucker
    Piotr Banach, Director of Trade Department, Polski Cukier
    Moderated by: Daniel Rebelo, Sugar Analyst, S&P Global Platts
  • 15:20 PMNetworking and refreshment break
  • 15:50 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
  • 16:15 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
    Moderated by: Fabio Morrell, Team Lead, Sugar, S&P Global Platts
  • 17:00 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
  • 17:30 PMNetworking ReceptionJoin us immediately after day 1 for drinks in the networking area
Day 2: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • 08:30 AMRegistration and networking breakfast
  • 09:30 AMChair's welcoming remarksFabio Morrell, Team Lead, Sugar, S&P Global Platts
The sustainability agenda & the changing face of consumer patterns
  • 09:45 AMKeynote address: Sustainable sugar pioneers• Sustainable beet sugar: what is involved?
    • Where is the value?
    Ludovic Brasset, Head of Industry,Cristalco
  • 10:05 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
  • 10:45 AMNetworking and refreshment break
European sugar pricing & risk
  • 11:15 AMEuropean price assessments update• The dynamics of the domestic sugar market
    Emma Thomas, Managing Editor, EMEA Biofuels and Sugar, S&P Global Platts
  • 11:35 AMPanel 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, Associate 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
    Moderated by: Robert Beaman, Associate Pricing Director EMEA Agriculture, S&P Global Platts
  • 12:25 PMNetworking lunch
Sugar around the world
  • 13:30 PMBrazil sugar markets outlook • Outlook for Brazil sugarcane into 2022
    • Are we seeing an increase in sugarcane production as demand for biofuels recovers?
    Emily Rees, Europe Representative, Unica
  • 13:50 PMCIS – outlook and opportunitiesAndrey Bodin, Executive Director, Eurasian Sugar Association
  • 14:10 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
  • 14:30 PMNetworking and refreshment break
  • 15:00 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
Spotlight on Ethanol
  • 15:25 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
  • 16:05 PMPanel discussion: What next?
  • 16:45 PMChair's closing remarks
  • 16:50 PMEnd of conference with coffee networking session

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Niels Poerksen Dr. Niels Pörksen
CEO, Südzucker AG

Studium der Agrarwissenschaften an der Universität Kiel. Seit über 20 Jahren in verschiedenen Regionen und Märkten in unterschiedlichen Führungsfunktionen tätig, zuletzt in Melbourne, Australien. Seit März 2020 Vorstandsvorsitzender der Südzucker AG.

Studied agricultural sciences at the University of Kiel. Over 20 years in multiple regions and markets in various management functions, most recently in Melbourne, Australia. Chairman of the executive board of Südzucker AG since March 2020.

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


Speaker Mikhail Soroko
Head of Raw Sugar Trading, Alvean


Speaker José Orive
Executive Director, International Sugar Organization


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


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.

Emily Rees Emily Rees
Europe Representative, Unica

Emily Rees serves as Europe Representative for UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. A Franco-British national, Emily comes from an extensive career in trade policy and economic diplomacy, having led Brazil’s trade and investment agency relations with the European Union and served as Deputy Trade Attaché of France to Brazil. An economist by training, Emily’s expertise lies at the intersection of trade, sustainability and agriculture. /p>

Fabio Morrell Fabio Morrell
Team Lead, Sugar, S&P Global Platts

Fabio Morrell joined the Sugar Analytics team at S&P Global Platts in 2021. His career in commodities spans over 15 years. Fabio held the position of Head of Research at Cofco International for over 6 years. Prior to this, he spent 9 years on Grains & Oilseeds and Sugar Research with Louis Dreyfus and Noble Group. Having started his career in Brazil, allowed Fabio to travel to the main producing regions of the country, visiting mills and interacting with producers. His experience abroad in Geneva and Stamford (USA) contributed for a wider view of the Commodities Trading, focusing on Fundamentals. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and is currently engaged on a Data Science & Analytics MBA program at the University of São Paulo.

Piotr Banach Piotr Banach
Director of Trade Department, Polski Cukier

Over 40 years in sugar business, being resposible for various activities form sugar trading in Poland and U.K. to management of sugar production company in Poland. Start of career in late seventies in Polish state owned company „Rolimpex” in sugar sales department.

In nineties director in London based trading company „Rolimpex UK Ltd” and later in Warsaw.

From 2000 onwards - chairman of the board of J.V. of Danish sugar producer „Danisco” and Polish „Rolimpex S.A.” and later sales director in Polish branch of British Sugar.

Finally from 2010 till now with no.1 in Poland and no. 7 in EU sugar producer „Krajowa Spolka Cukrowa SA – Polski Cukier”.



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This is 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 packages available: Irina Bondareva [email protected]

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Are you keeping your company's brand at the forefront of your clients and prospects' minds? We offer a range of impactful branding packages from lanyard sponsorship to large-scale evening entertainment.

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Position your company as an expert in the market by providing relevant information to clients and prospects. Many of our sponsorship packages include opportunities to present to an audience. Discover the key questions from your customers and show them specifically how you can help them with their businesses.

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For more information on the full range of opportunities available and what S&P Global Platts can do for your business, please contact: Irina Bondareva [email protected]


Early-bird Rate*
Register by September 17, 2021
Standard Rate*
Register by October 18, 2021
$749 +VAT   
$999 +VAT    

* Rates are in USD

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Hotel accommodation

S&P Global Platts Geneva Sugar Conference will be held on October 19-20, 2021 at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva in Switzerland.

Your conference registration does not include accommodation. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference attendees at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva at a discounted group rate.

Please note that these rates apply for the nights of October 18-20, 2021. The discounted room rate will be available until 18th September, 2021 – or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Room Rates:
Fairmont Double Room (single occupancy) – 300 CHF
Fairmont Double (double occupancy) – 340 CHF

Rates are quoted in Swiss Frances (CHF) and include VAT on accommodation and buffet breakfast. City tax is additional at CHF 3,75 per person per night.

To book your accommodation please click here.

** Please note: S&P Global Platts is not associated with any third-party reservation agents. Making any reservations through a third party may put your credit at risk of a compromise. To make your reservation, please contact the hotel directly.


How do I register?

We offer three easy ways to register: online, by phone, and by email.

Online: Click here or click any of the "Register Now" buttons
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

What forms of payment do you accept?

For this online event we only accept payment by credit card.

I am no longer able attend. May I send someone else in my place?

If you’re not able to attend, we’re happy to transfer your registration to a member of your organization at no cost, up to 3 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected], and are subject to approval. For assistance, you may also reach out by phone: +44 (0)20 7176 6111

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If you're not able to attend or send a colleague in your place, and do not want to retain access to the on-demand replay and speaker presentations (included with registration), we accept cancellations and provide refunds if received in writing to [email protected] at least 30 days before the event. In the event of non-attendance, the full invoice fee will be payable.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes, we offer a variety of standard and tailor-made sponsorship opportunities to fit your marketing and business-to-business needs—and your budget. Please reach out directly to the Business Development Manager for this event:

Irina Bondareva
Phone: +44 20 7176 0253
Email: [email protected]

Are press passes available?

Yes, we allow accredited media writing on behalf of major industry publications to cover the event at no charge. Please reach out to the contact below for press pass approval.

Alex Baird
Phone: +44 207 176 0508 
Email: [email protected]

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