In EU-27, sugar beet is grown and processed in 18 Member States by over one hundred factories. This generated a production of almost 19.7 million tonnes of sugar (data 2017). Sugar factories employ over 23.000 jobs in areas where few alternatives exist and support over 360.000 additional jobs along the supply chain, ranging from beet technical and research institutes, machinery manufacturers, seed companies and so on, driving the economies of some of the EU’s most vulnerable rural areas. The EU sugar industry makes a € 3.6 billion direct contribution to EU-27 Gross Domestic Product and of € 15.6 billion indirectly.
The sugar sector is also a highly productive sector with an average labour productivity of €154,300 GVA (gross value added defining the economic contribution) per employee, making it a highly efficient and capital intensive industry, comparable to industries such as the telecommunications sector.
Our high-quality and cost-competitive sugar supports the business of hundreds of thousands of sugar users and sugar beet growers. Furthermore, our factories provide a whole range of beet-derived products in food, feed and many other uses, making sure almost all parts of the beet are used and no waste is generated.