Sugar beet as a raw material
What is the sugar content of sugar beet?
The sugar content of sugar beet is about 18 % on average. It can vary from below 15 % to over 23 % depending on the variety, weather conditions and location.
Do sugar beet contain more sugar during hot summers?
Sugar beet need the sun to grow in summer, but also sufficient rain. If there is insufficient rain, the beet cannot grow enough and remain small. Although they then generally have a higher sugar content, the sugar yield per hectare remains small.
Who determines the sugar content?
A sample of approximately 20-25 sugar beet is taken from each consignment of sugar beet. The sugar content and other important constituents are determined for each consignment of sugar beet in a special laboratory at the sugar factory.
How many sugar beet does it take to make 1 kg of sugar?
It takes about 9 sugar beet to make 1 kg of sugar. This corresponds to an area under cultivation of about 1 square metre.
Out of 1 kg of sugar stored in sugar beet, about 1 g per day is lost under normal storage conditions.
The beet therefore need to be covered and protected against frost.
Are genetically modified sugar beet processed in Germany?
No. No genetically modified sugar beet are converted into sugar in Germany.