June 18, 2021

Industrial Sugar


Sugarcrops offer production alternatives to food, such as livestock feed, fibre and energy, particularly biofuels (sugar-based ethanol)

and/or co-generation of electricity (cane bagasse). Sugarcane is generally regarded as one of the most significant and efficient sources

of biomass for biofuel production. Stronger linkages between world sugar and oil prices have emerged, driven in part by the relationships

between sugar as the primary ethanol feedstock in Brazil, the world’s dominant producer of sugarcane-based ethanol in the world.

A wide range of environmental and social issues are connected with sugar production and processing, and sugarcrop growers, processors,

plus energy and food companies, are seeking ways to address  concerns related to sugar production, biofuels and sustainability.



Currently more than 130 countries produce either sugarcane or sugar beet, and ten of these produce sugar from both cane and beet crops.

Sugarcane, on average, accounts for about 80% of global sugar production. Production has become increasingly concentrated. In 1980 the

top ten producing countries accounted for 56% of global, whereas in 2016 the top ten accounted for 76%.



11,000 family farmers grow sugar on 2 million acres.

Sugar generates 142,000 jobs and adds $20 billion to the economy.



Jobs Economic Impact
Minnesota 28,021 $3.36 billion
Louisiana 16,353 $3.52 billion
Idaho 15,039 $2.08 billion
North Dakota 14,324 $1.78 billion
Michigan 12,641 $1.28 billion
Florida 12,311 $3.27 billion
Nebraska 11,477 $397 million
California 6,437 $942 million
Colorado 5,562 $333 million
Montana 4,332 $434 million
Wyoming 3,568 $404 million
Texas 3,409 $196 million
Maryland 2,660 $456 million
Georgia 1,976 $474 million
Hawaii* 1,426 $210 million
Oregon 1,222 $33 million
New York 1,105 $292 million