The EU beet sugar sector has a long tradition of using every part of the sugar beet to produce a wide range of products in addition to table sugar. Other applications include food ingredients, animal feed, and renewable ethanol for food and non-food uses. Other products such as lime fertiliser, agricultural soil, and stones serve as inputs to agriculture and the construction sector. Increasingly, sugar producers are also diversifying into the production of bio-based products used by such industries as plastics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. The sector is thus a key contributor to the bio-based economy in Europe.