September 6, 2016


To further enrich Informa Economics’ IEG sugar and cocoa research and analysis, IEG Chief Executive Officer Tom Scott announced that IEG is expanding its Memphis-based work with that of sister company, F.O. Licht, to extend its global industry expertise. With over 150 years of industry experience, F.O. Licht provides customers with unrivaled historical data and timely expert analysis in sugar, sweeteners, ethanol and biofuels, among other commodities.

"Expanding the soft commodities capabilities of Informa Economics IEG and F.O. Licht is part of our ongoing aim to create a center of excellence by integrating expertise throughout the Agribusiness Intelligence vertical within Informa’s Business Intelligence division," said Scott. "Combining data assets and global industry knowledge will greatly enhance our forecasting and analysis offering to assist clients with their ongoing market needs."

The client service function will remain with Informa Economics Vice President Mark van Stolk. He initially joined Informa Economics IEG in 2015, analyzing domestic and international sugar and cocoa markets, but was soon promoted to his current position as vice president in Informa Economics’ Client Advisory and Development Group. His extensive and diverse background covers many aspects of commodities, ranging from merchandizing for an export company to running logistics at an export grain elevator, analyzing commodity markets and agricultural policy, running an international brokerage company, managing bulk commodity ocean transport, trading client accounts in the futures markets, and spearheading a number of business consulting projects.

The fundamental sugar and cocoa analysis work will be published from F.O. Licht’s office in Ratzeburg, Germany, by its sugar and cocoa analyst, Sergey Chetvertakov. Chetvertakov received his first agricultural economics doctorate at the State Agrarian University in Voronezh, Russia, and has completed his responsibilities for a second doctorate degree in the management of enterprises in the sugar and beet sector from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

For statistical questions, contact Chetvertakov at +1 901-766-4512 (+49 4541 88920); Mark van Stolk may be reached at +1 901-766-4557.

About Informa Economics IEG
A part of the Business Intelligence Division of Informa PLC, Informa Economics IEG is a world leader in comprehensive agriculture, food industry, agribusiness and commodity research, information, analysis and consulting. With a core team of research analysts and consulting specialists, Informa Economics IEG serves many of the world's leading agribusinesses. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company has offices in Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minnesota; Winnipeg, Canada; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the company’s economic expertise and client base that combine to provide unique insights and strategic and long-term planning for agribusinesses around the world. For more information, see the Informa Economics IEG web site at

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