Russian Beet-Sugar Output Seen Above 5 Million Tons by Union

Russian production of sugar from domestically grown beets is expected to exceed 5 million metric tons in the marketing year that started yesterday, the trade group representing local producers said.

Average growing factors for beets are “significantly better” than a year ago, Russia’s Sugar Producers’ Union said on its website. Last year the country produced a record 5.1 million tons of the sweetener, according to union figures.