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Traditionally, independent surveyors carry out weight control of sugar-beet directly at sugar plants. However, this service does not eliminate the problem of underestimation and overstatement of some critical characteristics of sugar beet earlier in the supply chain - at receiving points.

In 2009, expert from SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of the SGS Group, developed the monitoring scheme for sugar beet and implemented it in the framework of a pilot project in Central  Black Soil Russia at a few sugar plants. The project appeared to be quite effective: the customer (a large agricultural holding) reduced its financial losses related to biased and contradictory information on the quality of sugar beet delivered for further processing. During the 2010 season SGS launched a full-scope service package for sugar market players in the Russian Federation.

The functions of SGS inspectors at sugar beet receiving points include sampling inspection, measuring instruments verification, pollution analysis monitoring and sugar content analysis monitoring. As a result, sugar plants’ owners and agricultural groups having sugar plants in their organization get an objective picture about sugar beet coming from both their own suppliers and third organizations with regard to such parameters as physical pollution, sugar content and weight, which allows to save significant financial resources of the owner.

‘Quality and quantity of sugar beet have a direct influence upon sugar output. Underestimation (for own suppliers) and overstatement (for third suppliers) of parameters such as for example sugar content while receiving the beet might be profitable for some unscrupulous managers of a specific plant. However, this brings harm and important losses to agricultural holdings, which are interested, on the one hand, in the rise of the output of ready product, and on the other hand, in maintaining of the business reputation, - comments Sergey Derzhavin, Head of Agricultural Services at SGS Vostok Limited. – This problem is topical not only for Russia, and in the nearest future we intend to launch the sugar beet quality control service also in Ukraine and in Kazakhstan’.

For more information please contact:
Sergey Derzhavin
SGS Agricultural Services Business Manager for Russia
t: +7 495 775 44 55

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.