The Mercury

Retailers limit sugar sales

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Some German retailers were limiting the amount of sugar that customers could buy to 4kg per purchase due to a shortage, weekly magazine Focus reported, without citing sources. “Our outlets can decide how much they limit sales,” the magazine cited Germany’s biggest food retailer, Edeka, as saying in an excerpt of an article to be published today. Edeka was not immediatel­y available for comment yesterday. The magazine said the rising price of sugar around the world was making it less attractive for sugar producers to sell their goods in the EU, where prices are regulated. It also said the EU was temporaril­y raising quotas for the bloc’s sugar makers to meet demand. White sugar prices have surged by more than 50 percent over the past year. – Reuters

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