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FAQ

Sugar beet delivery

How is the soil tare of a consignment of sugar beet determined?
The soil tare is estimated at most of works of Südzucker AG. The estimate is performed at the time of unloading by a representative of the sugar beet farmers and a representative of Südzucker, who agree on an estimated value.
At two works (Brottewitz, Zeitz), a sample is mechanically taken from each sugar beet consignment and washed. The soil content of the consignment can be determined by weighing before and after washing.

What is done with the soil delivered with the sugar beet?
After having been stored and dried in special soil boxes, usually over several years, the soil is returned to the fields.

How are the sugar beet delivered and how is transportation organised?
Transporting sugar beet during the campaign is a major logistical challenge. Each sugar beet farmer is given a precise delivery time and quantity. The aim is to avoid hold-ups and overloading transportation facilities by ensuring an even inflow of sugar beet.

How large is the catchment area from which sugar beet is delivered?
The average distance between a sugar beet farmer and their sugar factory is 40 km.

How are the sugar beet transported to the factory?
Nearly solely by lorry. Südzucker buys the beet "ex field" and transportation to the factory is paid for by Südzucker.

Why aren't the sugar beet delivered to the factory by railway?
Deutsche Bundesbahn [Federal German Railways] pulled out of the transportation of sugar beet in the early nineties for economic reasons, which meant that all sugar beet transportation had to be switched to the roads.