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Sugar Situation in Belize – Statement by Santander Sugar Group

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2024. 9:06 pm CST.

Contributed by Santander Sugar Group: The shortage of sugar in Belize is one of great concern especially knowing that Belize is the largest sugar producing country in the Caribbean. The decreased availability of sugar in our local market is a problem that Santander Sugar Group can provide an almost immediate solution to. We have started our 2024 harvesting season without a hitch and will be producing the types of sugar as dictated by the demands of the market.

At Santander, we produce both brown and white direct consumption sugars and is certainly able to provide sugar in the local market if granted a quota by the local authorities. During the sugar shortage in the country, Santander was unofficially called upon on numerous occasions for the provision of white sugar, however, it is important for the public to understand that Santander Sugar Group, a Belize company, is not allowed to sell any of the sugar it produces in the local market and is strictly for the export market.

Santander Sugar Group analysis of the present situation has led to the conclusion that there is no need for the importation of refined sugar as the existing gap can be filled by the sugar produced right here by Santander. Our local consumers are not users of refined sugar and should not be inflicted by the higher cost of an imported sugar product. The sugar produced by Santander can be provided to the local consumers at a lower price with certainty, especially when compared to the price of the imported refined white sugar.

The principals of Santander Sugar Group remain available to having an official conversation with the decision makers regarding the supply of sugar to Belizeans as a long-term solution. Sugar is a product that we should never have a need to import into Belize. Let us focus on food security for our people in our country.

 

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