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History of the company

1837
Formation of the first sugar company, Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation, in Waghäusel
Formation of Württembergische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation in Züttlingen
1839
First campaign in the sugar factory Altshausen
1850
Formation of the sugar factory Vitzenburg
1851
Formation of the sugar factory Friedensau in Limburgerhof by Johann Conrad Reihlen
1853
Formation of the sugar factory Heilbronn
1856
Formation of Zuckerfabrik Böblingen AG
1858
Formation of the sugar factory Zeitz
1861
Acquisition of Zuckerfabrik Böblingen AG by the sugar factory Heilbronn
1865
Formation of the sugar factory Artern by Böving, Lüttich & Comp. oHG
1868
Registration of the sugar factory Stuttgart with the commercial registry of the royal district court Stuttgart
1869
Formation of the sugar factory Oberröblingen by Schmidt, Hoch und Co.
1871
Formation of the sugar factory Straußfurt
1872
Formation of the sugar factory Lützen
Formation of Actien-Zuckerfabrik Mühlberg a./E. (Brottewitz)
Formation of the sugar factory Oldisleben
1873
Badische Gesellschaft für Zuckerfabrikation acquires the sugar factory Altshausen
Zuckerfabrik Franz und Carl Karcher in Frankenthal converts to a AG
Formation of the sugar factory Walschleben
1880
Formation of the cooperative sugar factory Wabern by 119 north Hessian farmers
1882
"Constitution for the formation and operation of the sugar factory Warburg" by farmers from Warburg
Formation of the sugar factory Wetterau, Friedberg.
1883
Formation of the sugar factory Groß-Gerau
Formation of the sugar factory Löbau
Formation of the sugar factory Offstein
Formation of the sugar factory Soest
1886
Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal acquires the sugar factory Friedensau
1889
Formation of Zuckerfabrik Delitzsch AG
1897
Formation of Rheinische Zuckerfabrik Gernsheim
1899
Formation of Bayerische Zucker AG, the later Zuckerfabrik Regensburg
1902
Acquisition of Rheinische Zuckerfabrik Gernsheim by Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal
1907
Acquisition of Zuckerfabrik Böblingen AG by the sugar factory Stuttgart
1913
Formation of the sugar factory Rheingau in Worms
1919
Acquisition of the sugar factory Regensburg by Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal
1920
Foundation of the special interest group of South German sugar factories
Merger of the sugar factories Offstein and Groß-Gerau
1921
Formation of Zuckerrübenkontor GmbH with the sugar factories Frankenthal, Groß-Umstadt, Waghäusel and Worms
1929
Formation of the "Syndikat Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktien" [South German sugar shares trust]
1931
Formation of the "Wirtschaftliche Vereinigung der Deutschen Zuckerindustrie" [Economic association of the German sugar industry] in Berlin
1931
Signing of the Chadbourne Agreement in Brussels
1932
Decommissioning of the sugar factory Friedensau
1933/34
Acquisition of shares in the "Interessengemeinschaft ostdeutscher Zuckerfabriken GmbH" [Special interest group of East German sugar factories Ltd.]
1934
Conversion of the "Verein der deutschen Zuckerindustrie" [Association of the German sugar industry] into the "Wirtschaftsgruppe Zucker" [Economic group of sugar]
1937
Dissolution of the "Syndikat Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktien" [South German sugar shares trust] and formation of a new trust composed of Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Bank in Berlin and Rabbethge & Giesecke AG in Kleinwanzleben
1938
Construction of a drying plant in Ochsenfurt
As from campaign 1940/41
Forced laborers and/or prisoners of war are employed in every sugar factory of the Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft
1943
The plant in Frankenthal is almost entirely destroyed during a bombardment in the night of 23/24 September and is not rebuilt
1950
Foundation of Süddeutsche Zuckerrübenverwertungs-Genossenschaft (SZVG)
1951
Formation of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH
1957
Sugar factory Rain starts up
1959
Formation of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH Zeil as subsidiary of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH Ochsenfurt
1961
Construction of sugar factory Plattling
1971
Closure of plants in Heilbronn, Stuttgart and Züttlingen
Sugar factory Offenau starts up
Zuckerfabrik Obernjesa AG becomes subsidiary of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH
1972
Acquisition of majority of shares in Zuckerfabrik Warburg AG by Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH
1975
Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH acquires Actien-Zuckerfabrik Wabern
1977
Merger of sugar factories in Wabern, Warburg and Obernjesa to form VZAG Obernjesa, Wabern, Warburg as subsidiary of Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH
1988
Second merger: Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
Merger of the Süddeutsche Zucker-Aktiengesellschaft with Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH
1989
Investment in AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG, Vienna
Investment in Raffinerie Tirlemontoise S.A., Brussels
1991
Formation of Südzucker GmbH, Zeitz
1992
Closure of sugar factory Artern
1995
Formation of Schöller Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Nuremberg
1996
Acquisition of majority interest in Freiberger, Berlin
Beginning investments in Poland
1998
Acquisition of outstanding minority interests in Freiberger
Beginning investments in Moldova
2001
Südzucker celebrates 75 years
Acquisition of Saint Louis Sucre S.A., Paris
Sale of Schöller Holding
Closure of sugar factory Delitzsch
2002
Closure of sugar factory Löbau
2006
BENEO-Orafti factory in Chile comes on stream
IPO for the Südzucker subsidiary CropEnergies (bioethanol)

European-wide expansion of the bioethanol division
First joint venture with a leading apple-juice concentrate producer in China
2007
Production start for the fruit preparations factory in Brazil
BENEO Group founded
Decommissioning of factories in Groß-Gerau and Regensburg
2008
Plant in Zeitz expands production capacity of bioethanol to 360,000 m³ per year
Südzucker partners with Mauritius
Bioethanol plant in Wanze/Belgium with an annual capacity of 300,000 m³ starts production
Bioethanol plant in Pischelsdorf/Austria with an annual capacity of 240,000 m³ starts production
2009
Freiberger takes over the pizza production site in Osterweddingen
2010
New pizza factory starts up in Westhoughton, Great Britain
CO2 production facility starts up in Zeitz, Germany
2012
Investment in ED&F Man, a Britisch commodities trading company
Joint venture AUSTRIA JUICE GmbH founded
2013
CropEnergies builds a facility at the Zeitz site which will produce high-end food-grade rectified spirit
CropEnergies acquires UK bioethanol producer Ensus
AGRANA opens wheat starch plant at site in Pischelsdorf, Austria
2014
Südzucker and Austrian shareholders increase participation in AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG
AGRANA starts up fruit preparations plant in Lysander, New York, USA
First stone laying of wheat starch facility in Zeitz
Introduction of new logo
2015
Change of the company's name to Südzucker AG
Completion of renovation and new construction of headquarters in Mannheim
End of partnership agreement with Mauritius
2016
Wheat starch factory starts operations