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Sugar - Sweet greetings from nature

Sugar is a natural in all plant types. Sugar is created from sun, water and carbon dioxide in a process called photosynthesis. Sun is the prime mover, so it would be fair to say that sugar is in a way stored solar energy.

Two plants contain more sugar than all others: sugar canes and sugar beets. They are also the only plants suitable for sugar extraction.

The far majority of sugar produced by Nordzucker Group stems from sugar beets. Beets are roots with green leaves. They grow directly in the soil, where they absorb water and key nutrients. The photosynthesis develops in the green leaves, generating and storing sugar in the root or beet. Beet sugar is saccharose, the same type as sugar extracted from sugar cane. Sugar beets mainly consist of water (75 %) and sugar (17-19 %) in addition to minerals, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins, etc. 

Did you know that …

One sugar beet can become 30 sugar cubes

By nature, sugar is bright white

The colour of brown cane sugar stems from a small layer of cane sugar juice on the sugar crystal surface 

We produce more than 250 different sugar products

Nordzucker processes approx. 18 million tonnes of sugar beets annually 


Sugar consumption in the Nordic region has largely remained stable since the 1960s