Südzucker raised its forecast for group operating profits in its financial year to February 2023 to between €530 million and €630 million ($524.4 million-$623.3 million) from a previous forecast of €450 million to €550 million.
The year before it posted operating profit of €332 million.
A spokesperson for Südzucker, which has a wide range of non-sugar interests ranging from processed foods to biofuels, told Reuters the increase would be driven largely by an improved performance in its sugar sector.
"As we said in our last quarterly report, we are achieving and we expect to be able to achieve higher sugar prices in the second half of our financial year in our main markets," the spokesperson said.
"This will help compensate for the impact of higher raw materials and energy costs.”
The sugar processing season to refine this year’s beet crop is now underway in Germany and usually ends around early January.
“We have taken steps to ensure energy supplies in our factories this winter,” the spokesperson said. “We are now feeling confident that we will be able to come through this year’s sugar processing season with sufficient energy,”
“But overall, the situation in Europe with energy supplies is still uncertain.”
Südzucker stressed on Wednesday that the impact of the Ukraine war on its markets remain difficult to assess, while risks from the coronavirus pandemic also remain.