Companies in this industry produce raw sugar from sugar cane, refine raw cane sugar, and produce refined beet sugar from sugar beets. Major companies include Amalgamated Sugar, American Crystal Sugar, Fanjul Corp, Imperial Sugar, and US Sugar (all based in the US); as well as Cosan and Copersucar (both in Brazil); Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing (Japan); Nordzucker and Südzucker (both in Germany); Royal Cosun (Netherlands); Tereos (France); and Tongaat Hulett (South Africa).
The world produces about 185 million metric tons of sugar annually in about 120 countries. The US produces about 8 million metric tons of sugar annually. The largest producers are India, Brazil, and the EU, according to the USDA.
The US sugar manufacturing industry consists of about 100 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $10 billion. Key growth opportunities include new packaging for products and commercial uses for byproducts.
Demand is driven by domestic sugar consumption and government controls on imports and pricing. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and cost controls. Large companies have economies of scale in production and distribution. Small companies can compete effectively by serving local markets. The US industry is highly concentrated: the eight largest companies account for about 70% of industry revenue.
Sugar manufacturers compete with makers of lower-cost sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup.
Products, Operations & Technology
The major product of sugar manufacturers is refined sugar (sucrose) for industrial and consumer use. Sugar is produced in various forms, including granulated,
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