Links to trade associations representing sugar traders, millers, growers and workers, as well as industry-level organisations and commentators writing about sugar politics. There is a particular focus on groups connected to the European sugar market.

Trade associations

The European Association of Sugar Traders (ASSUC) represents sixty sugar trading companies across the EU.

The International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) represents 400,000 sugar farmers in the EU, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Comite Europeen des Fabricants de Sucre CEFS) represents all European sugar manufacturers and refiners in the EU and Switzerland.    

The Committee of European Users of Sugar (CIUS) represents the European sugar-using food and beverage industries.

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) connects unions and workers in the global sugar sector.

The Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) represents millers that collectively account for the majority of sugar and ethanol produced in Brazil.

The World Association of Beet and Cane Growers (WABCG) provides a forum where beet and cane growers meet internationally.

Industry-level organisations

Bonsucro is a multi-stakeholder organisation that oversees certification of sugarcane producers against its global metric standard of sustainability.

The International Sugar Organization is the intergovernmental body devoted to improving conditions on the world’s sugar market through debate, analysis, and statistics.

The International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists promotes the research, development and adoption of new plant and processing technologies.

Sugar Nutrition UK (formerly The Sugar Bureau) provides information on the links between sugar and health and is funded principally by UK sugar manufacturers.

Sugaronline provides independent news, prices and reports for the global sugar and ethanol industries.

The World Sugar Research Organisation explores the links between sugar and health and is supported principally by sugar-producers.


Agritrade has a sugar-specific webpage with news and analysis of the EU trade with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Julian Price provides excellent data and commentary on this topic from a trader’s perspective.

Cristin Kearns Couzens blogs on the politics of sugar consumption, with a focus on the USA at Sugar Politics.

Hugh Crosfield blogs on anti-slavery food activism including sugar boycotts at Chomping at the Bloodied Bit.


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