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Albert Markusse to succeed Robert Smith as CEO of Royal Cosun


Robert Smith is to stand down as President of the Executive Board and CEO of Royal Cosun on 1 June 2017. The managing director of Suiker Unie, Albert Markusse, will succeed him as Cosun’s CEO. Paul Mesters will succeed Albert Markusse as managing director of Suiker Unie.
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Suiker Unie once again awarded gold status from EcoVadis


In 2016, Suiker Unie was awarded gold status by EcoVadis for the third consecutive year. This independent supplier rating system assesses industries on four important sustainability themes: environment, fair trade, labour conditions and sustainable purchasing.
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Press release - SAI gold for sustainability at Suiker Unie


The Sustainable Agricultural Initiative (SAI) has awarded the Gold Level for the Unitip system at Suiker Unie, following extensive benchmarking. The company is the only sugar producer in Europe that has been awarded this prestigious status, which means that Suiker Unie is the market leader with its sustainable beet cultivation. The SAI platform consists mainly of major international food producers, with the aim of promoting sustainable agriculture.
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European Commission closes investigation


The European Commission, DG Competition, recently announced that it has closed an investigation into distortion of competition involving Royal Cosun and its subsidiary Suiker Unie.
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Suiker Unie at FiE in Frankfurt


Suiker Unie will be present at FiE Frankfurt from 19 to 21 November. We would be pleased to meet you at our stand 8H47. Please use the scheme below to see when your contact person is present:
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Political agreement to end sugar quota regime


More than two years after the proposal of the European Commission to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, which includes the sugar CMO, a political agreement was reached yesterday. The European Commission wanted to abolish the sugar CMO as of 2015, the European Parliament, just like the sugar industry, was in favour of extending it till 2020 and the Council of Ministers wanted to extend it till 2017.
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Commission investigates European sugar sector


Recently, the European Commission launched a competition investigation within the European industrial sugar sector. Royal Cosun, and more specifically its business group Suiker Unie, is also involved in this investigation. The investigation covers the period from the sugar campaign of 2011/2012 to today. The European Commission has investigated the offices in Breda and Dinteloord. Cosun is fully cooperating with the investigation and is confident about the outcome.
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Nieuw Prinsenland Sustainability Report 2011


The Nieuw Prinsenland Sustainability Report for 2011 provides an open insight into the development of the Nieuw Prinsenland Agro & Food Cluster arising next to Suiker Unie's sugar factory in Dinteloord (West Brabant, the Netherlands). A sustainable production location is being created for businesses operating in or associated with the agro and food industry. The ambition is to facilitate profitable symbiosis and cooperation between businesses, not only in environmental areas but also in social and economic areas.
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Suiker Unie working on biodegradable plastic


Sugar beet are full of useful components: sugar and fibre for animal feed (pulp) are the best known. But there are also many other components that can be used in very specific applications. Beet residues can be converted into fatty acids, for example, that can in turn be processed into fully biodegradable bioplastics. We have the know-how, we just need the large-scale production facilities to put it into practice. To this end, Suiker Unie is working with other companies in Groningen in the innovative BioTRIP programme.
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Suiker Unie en route to sustainable transport


The first Suiker Unie green gas station was opened at the Dinteloord site on Tuesday afternoon, 29 May 2012. Suiker Unie has won the Lean & Green Award. The Award is presented to businesses that have set themselves the goal of reducing their CO2 emissions by at least 20% over the next five years. Suiker Unie intends to reduce the emissions from its bulk transport of sugar by 30% by 2014.
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Cosun Sustainability Report 2011 published


Cosun has published its Sustainability Report 2011 in digital PDF and HTML formats at The report outlines Cosun's ambitions, activities and results in the fields of profit, planet & people. The two largest business groups, Aviko and Suiker Unie, will publish their own sustainability reports on their websites in June.
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Acquisition for Nieuw Prinsenland in full swing


The hub of the green economy. That's the ambition set for the Nieuw Prinsenland business park next to the Suiker Unie sugar factory in Dinteloord. The acquisition of businesses for the site is in full
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Suiker Unie at FiE Paris


Suiker Unie will be present at FiE Paris from 29 November to 1 December. We would be pleased to meet you at our stand 2E31. Please use the scheme below to see when your contact person is present:
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