Molasses is a thick, sweet syrup obtained during the transformation of beet or cane into sugar.
It constitutes the remaining syrup from the crystallisation stage of the sugar production process, making it an inevitable final material arising from sugar production.
In the case of the EU beet sugar sector, the processing of beet into sugar results in an estimated 3 million tonnes of beet molasses which is used in a variety of market applications. Beet molasses represents a resource that has considerable potential for growth. The capacity of the beet sugar industry to maintain the existing markets, and find additional markets, for its molasses will be a key factor for the future competitiveness of the sector.
To increase information about molasses, CEFS joined with CIBE – representing European sugar beet growers – to produce a factsheet on the product.