Santander Sugar Group Seeks Approval for Local Sugar Sales Amidst Shortage
Now that the country’s main sugar supplier, BSI/ASR, isn’t able to identify who’s sending the large quantities of sugar across the border, many are asking what about the other sugar factory. The Santander Sugar Group has been operating in western Belize since 2016, but the sugar it produces is strictly for exportation. The company says it has shown interest in selling its sugar in the domestic market but will need GOB’s support. Today, the company’s Public Relations Manager, Beverly Burke, spoke about how Santander could have eased the sugar scarcity if it had received a quota for local distribution.
Burke says that while there is now a need for more locally produced sugar, Santander wouldn’t be able to provide any if allowed to sell during this time. She explained that if the company as given prior permission, it would have ensured there was sugar left over for local distribution.