Read about the latest developments in the sugar industry,
and hear our expert views and news as it happens.

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    Oct 2018

    Quality and Food Safety – Policies and Practices at Ragus

    Ragus pure sugar manufacturing was founded by Charles Eastick in 1928. Since then the family run company has been passed from generation to generation to become the last independent sugar manufacturer in the UK – a great achievement. So, the Ragus company and its owners certainly know sugar product ingredients. As does someone else… Ragus’ […]

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    Sep 2018

    What’s Going on in the Sugar Industry?

    Andrea Pluck, of Kennedy’s Confection chats to Ben Eastick, Director at Ragus, a leading supplier in the production of brown sugars, syrups and treacles, to get his views on the future of sugar So, tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into sugar… Ben: The Eastick family have been in the sugar […]

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    Sep 2018

    Natural And Refined Sugars What Are The Differences?

    Sugar, in its many varied forms, is simply a carbohydrate that your body converts into glucose to use as energy. Naturally occurring sugars derived from sugar cane, beets, fruits, vegetables and honey come in the form of sucrose, dextrose, fructose and glucose. Lactose sugar is found in dairy products.  Natural sugars are simply sugars that […]

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    Sep 2018

    UK Consumers Unfazed by Sugar Tax!

    In April 2018, the ‘Sugar Tax’ came into effect in the UK, in the hope of tackling childhood obesity.  Public Health England imposed the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, which added tax onto sugary drinks, thus hiking up prices for manufacturers and consumers. Since, the ‘Sugar Tax’ has come into force, 50% of beverage manufacturers have […]

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    Sep 2018

    UK Bakery & Confectionery could be the next Sugar Tax Victims!

    In 2018 the food and drinks industry have taken a good bashing from the government, the media, celebrity chefs, Public Health England and various health campaigners in respect of the sugar content in products available on the market. The argument will be ongoing for years to come with health organisations now wanting to introduce an […]

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    Aug 2018

    Can chocolate really taste the same with reduced sugar?

    In 2017, Public Health England (PHE) proposed that the food and drink industry reduce sugar levels in their products by 20% by 2020 in a bid to tackle the growing concerns of child obesity. Yet, more than a year on, food and drink manufacturers have failed to meet the sugar reduction targets, with only cereal, […]

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