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We are one of the top 5 sugar merchandizers worldwide.

Our position has been consolidated through the acquisition of Imperial Sugar, a leading US sugar refiner, and its brands (including Imperial Sugar, Dixie Crystals, Holly...).

Our investment in Asia includes two greenfield sugar refineries.

We have recently entered the domestic distribution markets in Russia and Mexico.

About Sugar

Sugar is a bulk commodity produced from sugarcane or sugar beets. Sugarcane grows best in tropical areas whereas sugar beet is produced in temperate zones.

Once harvested, cane or beet is crushed to extract juice. This juice can be utilized to produce sugar or ethanol. In the case of sugarcane, the remaining vegetable matter (bagasse) can be burned to produce energy to run the plant and supply the local grid.

To produce sugar, the extracted juice is purified and the mixture is then dehydrated and thickened into syrup which is crystallized. The crystals are separated from the remaining liquid to produce molasses and raw sugar, which is then sent to refineries for further processing.

It is not possible to store sugarcane as it loses sugar content. As a result, raw sugar is typically processed in the growing area and exported from there.

South America and Asia dominate the world of sugar. Brazil is by far the largest producer and exporter. The largest importers are the Middle East, Indonesia, the countries of the Black Sea and Africa.

India, China and the EU are both large producers and consumers. They swing from being net exporters to net importers depending on local production conditions, and those swings have significant consequent influence on the world market.

Our strengths in Sugar

Our Sugar Platform is a global merchandizing, marketing and logistics business responsible for delivering raw and white sugar and ethanol to key destination markets worldwide.

We originate raw and white sugar mainly from Brazil, Thailand and Central America and distribute principally to the Middle East, South East Asia, the Black Sea region and East Africa.

We have a reputation for being one of the most reliable sources of market intelligence thanks to our strong fundamental research on trade flows and our futures market analysis. Our insights have helped us deepen the customer relationships we have in key consumption markets and increase our volumes significantly.


Imperial Sugar Company, acquired in 2012, is the second largest standalone sugar refiner in the US


Imperial Sugar Company, acquired in 2012, is the second largest standalone sugar refiner in the US

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