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Stuck at Home, the World Is Eating Less Sugar

  • Sugar demand to fall for first time in four decades: Czarnikow
  • Demand growth slowed in recent years amid health concerns
A Coca-Cola Co. Delivery As Company Expects Earnings Growth In 2020
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For years, governments, doctors and celebrity chefs tried and failed to get the world to consume less sugar. Then the pandemic hit.

The global closure of restaurants, sports arenas and cinemas means sugar demand will drop this season for the first time in four decades, according to Czarnikow Group. Drink and confectionery sales at giants including Coca-Cola Co. and Nestle SA have fallen, and while economies start to reopen, it’s unclear how quickly demand will recover as incomes and employment fall.