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The history of sugar

Sugar cane and the beginnings of sugar production

The origin of the German word Zucker leads us to India, as do the first evidences of using sugar cane for sweetening. The word’s origin is the Old Indic śárkarā, which firstly designated anything ground or grainy and was then transferred to the dry, granular mass of sugar. If you consider the further development towards today’s term, it seems that you trace the way of cane sugar to Germany...

The discovery of sugar beet – a revolution in European sugar production

In 1747, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf discovers that beet contains the same sugar as sugar cane and thus paves the way for the beet sugar industry...

Industrialization and the triumph of sugar beet

In the 19th century, sugar production from beets develops into a significant economic factor...