2008: Factory closures in Europe/partnership with Mauritius
Due to the EU sugar market regulation reforms, Südzucker Group too had to surrender sugar quotas. In total, the company returned 871,000 tonnes, or 21 % of its former quota. As a result, it was no longer possible to properly load all of the sugar factories, and after the 2007 campaign, nine factories had to be closed in Europe. Two of these, Groß-Gerau and Regensburg, were in Germany.
To safeguard its EU market position in spite of this, the company signed a contract with Mauritius for the supply of 400,000 tonnes of sugar annually. The white sugar deliveries from Mauritius started in 2010. In September 2015 the agreement expired.