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Profile of registrant

T&L Sugars Limited

Identification number in the register: 50465929991-70
Registration date: 25/10/12 09:49:40

The information on this organisation was last modified on 02/09/14 16:50:40
The date of the last annual update was 07/10/13 13:11:24

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: T&L Sugars Limited
Acronym: Tate & Lyle Sugars
Legal status: Private Limited Company
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Ian Bacon
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Ms  Gail Orton
Position: Director, Government Affairs, Europe

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: Thames Refinery, Factory Road, Silvertown
London E16 2EW
Telephone number: (+44) 207 476 4455
Fax number: (+44) 207 473 1167
Other contact information: Brussels Office

Tate & Lyle Sugars
Square de Meeus 37
Office 5.04
1000 Brussels

Telephone +32 (0) 2791 7680 - Brussels
Telephone +44 (0) 203 194 6846 - London

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The main activity of the EU Affairs team is to ensure that EU legislation treats cane sugar refining in a parallel and fair way to our main European competitor, sugar from beet.

Tate & Lyle Sugars is a historic and cherished brand in the sugar market in Europe. Specialists in cane sugar refining, the business has around 1,200 direct and contract employees manufacturing sugar at our two refineries and associated manufacturing sites in Europe.

Tate & Lyle Sugars is almost unique in Europe in focusing solely on cane sugar. Our cane sugar supply chain stretches across developing countries around the world.

In Europe, sugar is manufactured from both sugar beet and sugar cane. The two models have co-existed since the early 1800s. A competing sweetener, isoglucose manufactured from cereals, now also plays a role in the European sugar market.

Sugar is a very heavily regulated market in Europe. Cane sugar currently accounts for around 17% of the total sugar and isoglucose availability in Europe. Beet sugar accounts for around 78% and isoglucose around 5%. In the global sugar market the situation is the reverse, with cane sugar playing the lead role. Cane sugar accounts for around 78% of total sugar production, with beet accounting for 22%.

Around 70% of Europe’s cane sugar imports are typically sourced from developing countries with which the EU has a preferential trading relationship. These relationships are formalised under both the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the Everything But Arms Agreements (EBA). The remaining 30% of cane sugar imports are largely sourced under the “CXL” quota. This is a quota that exists as a result of trade negotiations with countries that previously supplied countries that have subsequently joined the EU. Most of this sugar is subject to a €98 per tonne import duty.

The operation of the EU sugar market is governed by the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This sets production limits, through quotas, for beet and isoglucose, and defines the terms for importing from preferential and other cane sugar suppliers. High import duties exist for imports sourced from outside of the preferential suppliers. The basic import duty for cane sugar is €339 per tonne, but can be supplemented by further duties when world prices for sugar are low.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information: Gail Orton
Director, Government Affairs, Europe
+44 (0)203 194 6847

Gerald Mason
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
+44 (0)203 194 6846

Claire Campbell
Corporate Affairs Executive
+44 (0)203 194 6861

EU Affairs twitter address @TateLyleSugars
EU Affairs website

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Gerald Mason 14/11/13 12/11/14
Claire Campbell 05/09/14 03/09/15
Gail Orton 05/09/14 01/09/15


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Main EU initiatives included:

- campaigning for a fair deal on access to raw materials for cane sugar refiners

- improving relationships with the European Parliament following the introduction of co-decision in European Agriculture policy

- working for a fair, balanced deal in the Common Agricultural policy reform

- building new relationships with DGs and Permanent Representatios to the EU that have an interest in agricultural policy but are not directly involved with it

- following various international trade dossiers

- following various development dossiers

- following various competition dossiers

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Food Safety
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Trade


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Full Membership of the following:

- European Sugar Refineries Association (ESRA)
- British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (Britcham)

Financial data

Financial year: 10/2011 - 09/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 400000  € - 450000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The above costs represent the costs estimated to have been incurred representing our interests to the European institutions in our last full and closed financial year.

The estimate includes:

- salary costs representing the proportion of time spent by staff representing interests to European institutions

- administrative costs of our Brussels office including rent and general office expenditure

- travel costs

- expenditure on professional advice even if the external advisor is represented elsewhere in the register

- costs of any campaign work

The cost range excludes membership fees of the trade associations listed above who appear seperately on the register.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.