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Driving change

We have managed complex global sourcing, financing and logistics requirements in the sugar industry for over 150 years and are applying our expertise to exciting new product areas to drive change and deliver advantage to our clients.

BUY, SELL AND MOVE
We buy, sell and move unrefined (raw) sugar, refined (white) sugar, ingredients and packaging for industrial food and beverage companies, producers, and processors.
ADVISE, ARRANGE AND DERISK
We provide financing, pricing, supply chain and sustainability services to create value and reduce the risks of moving products on behalf of our clients. We also have a specialised Corporate Finance team.

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A start-up with a difference
Read our Annual Review 2018
The VIVE Sustainability Programme
July 22, 2019

How did VIVE come about? In recent years sustainability has becomes a global priority, not only within the commodities sector but in wider private and public spheres. In fact, it gets mentioned so often that the meaning of sustainability can become blurred. At Czarnikow, we take it to mean acting in a way that meets […]

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Knowledge and expertise

ROBIN CAVE
CEO
ROBIN CAVE
CEO
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Robin’s wealth of business experience – built up over a 20-year career in equity derivatives and equity financing, and since 2009 as Czarnikow’s CEO – provides him with the relevant commercial and strategic acumen to lead Czarnikow through a period of unprecedented change and innovation in the commodities trading industry. He has supplemented this knowledge by completing an MSc in Finance from London Business School and, most recently, developing a detailed insight into database programming to effectively facilitate the Company’s ongoing digital transformation.
Joined: 2009
JULIAN RANDLES
CFO
JULIAN RANDLES
CFO
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
After gaining a mathematics degree and qualifying as an accountant with Grant Thornton, Julian has built up global experience in the commodities trading industry through roles at ED&F, Olam, and now Czarnikow. An in-depth knowledge of the commodities industry and international commerce enables Julian to manage and oversee Czarnikow’s diverse operations from a position of strength. Julian holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.
Joined: 2012
JAMES BRITTAIN
DIRECTOR OF ANALYSIS
JAMES BRITTAIN
DIRECTOR OF ANALYSIS
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With over 20 years of service at Czarnikow, James has gained experience across the Group’s major revenue streams – raw sugar, white sugar and derivatives trading – as well as strategy. This exposure, coupled with studies in mathematics and economics, makes James the ideal candidate to lead our Analysis team. He provides unrivalled insight into global sugar market trends, both internally and to our diverse client base, including major sugar industry participants and risk-seeking clients such as investment banks, hedge funds and oil majors.
Joined: 1996
ADAM LEETHAM
HEAD OF RAW SUGAR TRADING
ADAM LEETHAM
HEAD OF RAW SUGAR TRADING
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Adam’s background in languages primed him for an international career within Czarnikow – he opened Czarnikow’s offices in both Moscow and India, and also spent significant periods of time in Singapore and São Paulo. His comprehensive understanding of the nuances of international business makes him ideally qualified to manage our raw sugar business and the complexities of global trade flows. Since leading our Raw sugar team, Adam has transformed this business from a traditional brokerage to a provider of sophisticated supply chain services.
Joined: 1995
TIAGO MEDEIROS
Head of Brazil
TIAGO MEDEIROS
Head of Brazil
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With a background in investment banking, an MBA in Corporate Finance and in-house experience gained in physical and derivatives trading and brokerage, Tiago put his skills to good use by developing our first innovative finance structures. This led to the creation of the Corporate Finance division, which – under Tiago’s leadership – concluded transactions worth over US$3 billion. With responsibilities now covering all operations in Brazil, Tiago is developing Czarnikow’s network of synthetic assets and significantly expanding our raw sugar origination.
Joined: 1998
WILLIAM ROOK
HEAD OF BAGGED SUGAR
WILLIAM ROOK
HEAD OF BAGGED SUGAR
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
With nearly thirty years of in-house experience, William has gained robust global knowledge of the industry and a reputation for strategic innovation, particularly in the white sugar business. Through the development of our service-driven trading model, he has launched our market-leading containerised white sugar business, expanded our refined sugar trading in Africa and the Middle East, and initiated our Sustainability programme, Vive. Will’s track record of innovation continues as he leads our product portfolio expansion for our industrial consumers.
Joined: 1989
NICHOLAS WAINWRIGHT
Head of Asia
NICHOLAS WAINWRIGHT
Head of Asia
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Nick started his career at Czarnikow 19 years ago and has since built up an unparalleled network within our business and across the industry. During his time in London he worked with the industrial user supply chain team and then, after six years in Singapore, he assumed responsibility for our operations across Asia. From this base, he is deepening our presence in the important Thai market, entrenching our Sustainability programme, Vive, across the region, and launching and expanding our Corporate Finance offering.
Joined: 2000
JONATHAN WILLIAMS
HEAD OF AMERICAS AND PREFERENTIAL TRADE
JONATHAN WILLIAMS
HEAD OF AMERICAS AND PREFERENTIAL TRADE
EXPERIENCE AND STRENGTHS
Jonathan’s diverse product and regional experience gained over his 30-year career at Czarnikow equips him well for his wide-ranging remit, which covers both raw and refined sugar trading within EU preferential trade structures, as well as developing key regional markets for white sugar. Jonathan has constantly demonstrated his ability to apply relevant skills to a variety of roles – whether heading up Czarnikow’s ethanol trading division, operations in Asia or, most recently, leading our bold expansion in the fast-changing EU market.
Joined: 1986

SHAREHOLDER STRUCTURE

AB SUGAR
42.5%
One of the world’s largest sugar producers. It is wholly owned by Associated British Foods plc, a FTSE 100 company on the London Stock Exchange.
MACQUARIE GROUP
42.5%
Global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. It is a leading provider of trading and risk management services to agricultural producers, consumers and market participants.
EMPLOYEE BENEFIT TRUST 15%

Innovative and ethical

We have a long-standing reputation for being an innovative and dependable partner, able to embrace change and entrepreneurship, whilst guaranteeing integrity and high ethical standards.
Our Values
GOVERNANCE

Our Board has ultimate responsibility for the Group’s governance, business ethics, and compliance. It is aided by the Compliance Manager and Head of Risk, who focus on combatting the financing of terrorism, anti-money laundering, anti- bribery and corruption, and respecting sanctions, and take all necessary actions in accordance with local regulatory requirements in our countries of operation.

We monitor transaction variations continuously and we conduct ongoing reviews of all governance processes and frameworks to ensure that they are in line with best practice, our risk tolerance and our operational environment.

In order to get set up to do business with us as seamlessly as possible, we have developed an information pack for all new clients, which has been designed to facilitate best practice compliance and credit approval processes.

REGULATORY

C. Czarnikow Sugar Futures Limited is a company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales, registered in England No. 2647739, operating as a broker for clients wishing to trade sugar future contracts and an advisor to clients requiring commodity futures and options advice.

C. Czarnikow Sugar Futures Limited is authorised and regulated by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Register No. 150142. The services and products provided by C. Czarnikow Sugar Futures Limited are not available for, or intended for use by, retail customers.

Doing the right thing

Our values reinforce the culture which underpins our success as an organisation. We use them to support and drive all our business activities.
BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS
We recognise the benefits of long-term partnerships and believe in developing mutually rewarding and sustainable relationships with our clients, suppliers and colleagues, and other stakeholders.
EMBRACING CHANGE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Core to Czarnikow’s culture is a desire to encourage creativity and challenge convention to improve our business practices, whether to make existing processes more efficient or to find new ways to benefit clients, our stakeholders, and the environment.
INVESTING IN OUR TEAM
Our people are Czarnikow’s most important asset, and we are committed to building and supporting world-renowned teams across the business. By investing in our people and creating an environment in which they can excel, we can enhance efficiency within the business and the value we deliver economically, as well as to society and the environment.
ACTING RESPONSIBLY AND WITH INTEGRITY
We aim to act professionally at all times, taking responsibility for our own actions and treating others with respect and as equals. We promote environmentally, socially, and economically responsible actions across our business.