Positioning the sugar industry for the future

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 changing weather conditions, rising energy prices and changing consumer habits.


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 through an insightful mix of panel discussions and presentations.

Gain 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 two years. You’ll get the chance to meet your colleagues and peers once again, allowing you to network effectively and safely during our dedicated networking breaks.


    Super Early Bird Rate:
    $1,199 in-person / $499 online

    Full Rate:
    $1,599 in-person / $749 online

    3 for 2 offer available (in-person delegates only)

    Duration: 2 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

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.
Your virtual pass will include:
• Access to the virtual platform and all live and on-demand session broadcasts on 26-27 April
• 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 audience through the virtual environment


Tuesday, April 26, 2022
  • 11.30 AM Registration and networking lunch 
  • 12.30 PM Chair's welcoming remarks
    Luciana Silveira Soncin, Global Manager, Sugar Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Setting the scene for sugar markets globally
  • 12.40 PM Keynote Address: The new normal for the European sugar market
  • 13.10 PM Keynote address: Sugar market fundamentals: global outlook
    • The global commodities market in review & impact on sugar markets
       ◦ Security of supply: are the markets starting to rebalance?
       ◦ Economic growth recovery and rising inflation
    • Global supply and demand outlook for sugar for the next 12 months
       ◦ Sugar consumptions trends
       ◦ Weather conditions impacting crop yields
    • Sugar pricing: further volatility expected?

    Luciana Silveira Soncin, Global Manager, Sugar Analytics, S&P Global Platts
European sugar markets from those at the forefront
  • 13.40 PM Panel Discussion: Exploring the current state of play for European Sugar
    • How has the shift in supply/demand balance changed over the years?
    • Expectations for the second half of the year and into the 2022/23 season
    • What are the challenges currently facing the industry?
       ◦ Can we expect Europe to carry on exporting to its captive markets amid tight regional supply?
    • Domestic sugar pricing: striking the balance between world market prices, using alternative crops and Ethanol production
    • Global consumption: changing consumer patterns and product reformulation

    Lars Gorissen, CEO, Nordzucker
    Piotr Banach, Director of Trade Department, Polski Cukier
    Cyril Moine, European Trade Department, Sucden

    Moderated by: José Orive, Executive Director, International Sugar Organization
  • 14.25 PM Panel Discussion: European crops outlook: how is beet production faring in 2022?
    • How is beet production varying across Europe?
    • Acreage, field & rotation issues
       ◦ How is this comparing with other beet producing regions?
       ◦ Changes in weather pattens
    • Challenges with EU regulatory framework
       ◦ Ban of neonicotinoids
       ◦ EU Green Deal: CAP, Farm to Fork, and EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
    • Prospects for the next 12 months

    Elisabeth Lacoste, Director, CIBE
    Michael Sly, Chairman, National Farmers Union
  • 15.05 PM Networking and refreshment break
Global sugar trade developments
  • 15:35 PM Panel Discussion: Traders debate: key market drivers for the year ahead
    • Current market conditions: what are the key trends impacting the global sugar market today?
       ◦ Macroeconomic factors impacting sugar
       ◦ Rising energy prices and impact on the industry
    • Supply chain challenges: impact of freight rates on trade
    • Global trade dynamics: exports vs domestic market

    Alexander Stewart, Head Trader – White Sugar, Raizen
    Tracey Allen, Agricultural Commodities Specialist, JP Morgan
    Ekaterina Tsyplakova, Sugar Analyst, Wilmar Sugar

    Moderated by: John Stansfield, Analyst/Trader, Group Sopex
  • 16:20 PM Brexit and the wider European sugar market
    • Post Brexit UK-EU sugar trade and impact of the new UK trade arrangements
    • Regulatory developments impacting the markets
       ◦ The UK’s Path to Sustainable Farming: how will this impact the UK and EU?
       ◦ EU regulatory developments: Common Agricultural Policy
    • Internal restructuring of the UK market: impact in the short term

    Julian Price, Former ASSUC President, julianprice.com
  • 16.50 PM Global freight challenges: how will high freight rates and the containers crisis affect sugar trade?
  • 17.20 PM Networking Reception
    Join us immediately after day 1 for drinks in the networking area
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
  • 08:30 PM Registration and networking breakfast
  • 09:30 PM Chair's welcoming remarks
The sustainability agenda & changing consumer patterns
  • 09:40 PM Keynote Address: A circular sugar economy
    • How can the industry play a proactive role in the EU’s target of net-zero emissions by 2050?
       ◦ Disparities amongst developing and developed regions globally
    • How can sugar producers communicate their sustainability achievements to consumers and regulators?
    • Building a sustainable sugar supply chain
  • 10:10 AM Panel Discussion: The changing face of sugar consumption: shifting consumer patterns and sugar reduction initiatives
    • Shifting consumer habits: have they changed for good since the pandemic?
       ◦ Where are we seeing rebound’s globally, if any?
       ◦ How are sustainability claims affecting consumption in the industry?
    • The war against sugar; how have anti-sugar campaigns, sugar taxes and initiatives against obesity impacted supply and demand sugar?
       ◦ Reformulation challenges in confectionary
    • Regulatory initiatives and commitments to reduce sugar intake
       ◦ WHO Sugar and Calorie Reduction Network
       ◦ Legislation on labeling

    Yury Sharanov, Senior Sourcing Manager Sugar, Mars Wrigley Marc Painsmaye, Business Development Director, Couplet Sugars
  • 10:55 AM Networking and refreshment break
European sugar risk
  • 11.25 AM Hedging risk in EMEA sugar markets
  • 11.55 AM Panel Discussion: Risk management strategies in the European sugar market
    • How is the sugar industry managing risk in 2022?
       ◦ The move away from traditional to fixed price contracts
    • Is there a case for an EU domestic futures contract?
    • The role of exchanges: how can they help the sugar industry?
    • How can the industry help to shape risk management strategies going forward?
       ◦ Can we learn from other commodities markets?
  • 12.40PM Networking lunch and refreshment break
The global sugar markets
  • 13.50PM Outlook for Brazilian sugarcane
    • Supply & demand forecast for the next 12 months
       ◦ Weather risks impacting production
    • Attractiveness of sugarcane compared with other crops
    • Ethanol outlook in Brazil
       ◦ Sugar vs Ethanol: expectations into 2023
       ◦ 2022 elections: potential impact on ethanol prices?
  • 14.15PM CIS: regional market trends
    • What factors are impacting CIS markets in 2022?
    • Prices trends in key regions
    • Import expectations for the year ahead
    • Domestic sugar stocks: more infrastructure in place needed
  • 14.40PM Asia sugarcane supply & demand
    • What’s driving the price of sugarcane in key Asia regions?
    • Regulatory & policy developments affecting sugar markets
       ◦ Chemical bans, sustainable harvesting, Ethanol policy
    • Regional trade dynamics
       ◦ Emerging new regional players
  • 15.05PM Networking and refreshment break
  • 15.30PM West Africa: still an opportunity for EU sugar?
Spotlight on Ethanol
    • 15.55PM Panel Discussion: Decarbonizing transport: how will this impact the industry?
      • What’s driving Ethanol market growth in Europe?
         ◦ Increased national blending mandates
      • Upcoming legislation and policy revisions impacting the Ethanol markets
         ◦ Revision of REDII and FQD
         ◦ The role of Ethanol in the EU Green Deal
      • Where does the big drive to decarbonise transport leave the sugar industry?
         ◦ The rise of electric vehicles
         ◦ The growing interest in Hydrogen

      Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, ePURE
    • 16.35PM Ask the experts Q&A session
    • 16.50PM Chair’s closing remarks
    • 17.00PM End of conference with coffee networking session

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We are in the process of confirming speakers for this program. Please check back for updates, or let us know you're interested and we'll email you as soon as available.


The S&P Global Platts Geneva Sugar Conference will take place Online / Geneva, Switzerland on April 26-27, 2021 at 11:30 am - 17:00 pm CET.

Super Early Bird Rate
Register by February 18
Early Bird Rate
Register by March 18
Standard Rate
Register by April 26
In-person Delegate
Virtual Delegate

Register 2 at any given rate and get a 3rd pass free (in-person delegates only)

Rates are in USD and are not inclusive of the Switzerland tax rate of 7.7% for in-person delegates.

Commitment to Safety

The health and safety of our attendees are of utmost importance. S&P Global Platts will follow local Government guidelines during this event. Currently, we ask that all physical attendees provide visual proof of their vaccination at registration or proof of a negative lateral flow test. We ask that participants wear facemasks at all times during our events. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will adjust these guidelines as needed. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe during these challenging times.

• We request visual proof of vaccination at registration or proof of a negative lateral flow test
• We ask that participants wear facemasks at all times during our event
• Participants are asked not to attend if feeling unwell and to participate virtually

Cleaning & Hygiene
• We will undertake enhanced cleaning before and during our events, working with our venue partners to attain the highest standards of cleanliness
• We will provide face masks, hand sanitizing stations, personal sanitizing materials, contactless registration and encourage all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands

Physical Distancing
• We request participants avoid physical contact, such as handshakes and embraces
• We will work to room capacity limits to ensure safe physical distancing
• We will maintain a density of participants in line with local government guidelines

We will continue to monitor government guidance to ensure the health and safety of all.


S&P Global Platts Geneva Sugar Conference will be held on April 26-27, 2022 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 Geneva at a discounted group rate.

Please note that these rates apply for the nights of April 25-27, 2022. The discounted room rate will be available until March 24, 2022 – or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
Hotel Details:
Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva
Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 908 90 81
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.fairmont.com/geneva/
Room Rates:
Fairmont Double Room (single occupancy) – 300 CHF
Fairmont Double (double occupancy) – 340 CHF

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

The accommodation link will be provided shortly, so please check this website again for updates soon.

** 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.

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Position your business in expert company, distinct from your competitors. At S&P Global Platts Geneva Sugar 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: Jon Fleming on +44(0)7815 019864 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 Geneva Sugar 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: Jon Fleming, Commercial Partnerships Manager, at +44(0)7815 019864 or [email protected].

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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

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 2 business days in advance of the event. Requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected] on or before Thursday, April 21, 2022, and are subject to approval.

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 (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:

Jon Fleming
Phone: +44(0)7815 019 864
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
Email: [email protected]

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