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German sugar factories


About the Brottewitz factory
  • Started operations in 1873
  • Annual beet processing capacity: 700,000 to 800,000 tonnes
  • Annual sugar production: 110,000 to 130,000 tonnes
  • Raw material supplier: approximately 350 farmers
  • Employees: about 90
  • Campaign duration: about 120 days of beet campaign, about 40 days of syrup campaign
  • Storage capacity of the silos: more than 15,000 tonnes 

Factory and production performance
Today's Brottewitz factory was founded and built as "Actien Zuckerfabrik Mühlberg a. E." in 1872/73. The plant is located in Brottewitz, which is part of the small town of Mühlberg on the Elbe River. The town is situated between the larger towns of Riesa and Torgau, which are also on the east bank of the Elbe River. The Brottewitz mill is currently the state of Brandenburg's only sugar factory. Südzucker has owned the plant since 1991. It has since been extensively renovated and expanded.
The plant operates twenty-four hours per day during the beet campaign between September and January. During an average campaign, the annual sugar needs of a German citizen are met in less than five seconds. The factory can produce enough sugar in one year to satisfy the needs of 2-3 million consumers. Its sugar silos can accommodate more than 15,000 tonnes of sugar. Some of the syrup produced daily during the sugar campaign is stored instead of being converted to sugar immediately. This syrup is converted to crystallized white sugar during a separate beet syrup campaign in May and June of the following year.
The heat and electrical energy required for the production process are generated by an on-site cogeneration plant, which burns locally sourced lignite. Modern flue gas desulfurization and dust collection systems and a multistage wastewater treatment plant ensure compliance with strict environmental protection regulations.
The workforce consists of specialists who are qualified to handle the engineering and process aspects of sugar extraction, as well as the repair and maintenance of the ultramodern technical systems.
Partnership with farmers
Südzucker Group relies on its close partnership with the agricultural industry. About 350 farms are contracted to plant sugar beets for the factory. The area covered spans from the Dübener Heide to Nossen on the west side and right to the state border on the east and south sides. Beet cultivation and payment are regulated by a contract. In areas such as beet growing and the associated logistics, among others, Südzucker and farmers work in partnership in order to ensure that the quality of the raw materials supplied to the factories; i.e., beets, is the best possible, and that they arrive at the right time.
Important industrial location
The Brottewitz sugar factoryl is an important industrial location in a region that relies mainly on income from agricultural products. Not only does it provide jobs for the local residents, it also enters into partnerships with the farmers and has contracts with tradespeople and service providers.
Varieties of sugar produced at the Brottewitz factory
The sugar produced in Brottewitz for the secondary processing industry is shipped loose in dry bulk tankers, in twenty-five-kilogram and fifty-kilogram sacks, as well as 500 to 1,500-kilogram big bags. Icing sugar is also sent to processors in twenty-five-kilogram sacks. Animal feed and carbolic lime, sold as "Carbokalk", are valuable byproducts also produced at the Brottewitz factory.


Mühlberger Straße 10
04895 Brottewitz
Phone: +49 35342/9-0