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German sugar factories


About the Ochsenfurt factory
  • Started operations in 1952
  • Annual beet processing capacity: 1.6 to 2.0 million tonnes
  • Annual sugar production: 260,000 to 320,000 tonnes
  • Campaign duration: about 120 days
  • Raw material supplier: more than 3,500 farmers
  • Employees: about 330 (including plant and administration)
  • Storage capacity of the silos: more than 100,000 tonnes in Ochsenfurt and in Zeil/Main
The Ochsenfurt plant was founded in 1951 and was the first new factory built after 1945. But the origins of the factory date back to 1919. That was when Zuckerfabrik Frankenthal AG purchased lands in Ochsenfurt to build a raw sugar mill. However, no plant was constructed. In 1938, Süddeutsche Zucker AG finally built a drying facility for beet pellets on today's site. A few of the buildings remain and parts of some systems are still in operation. These properties and suboperations represented forty-nine percent of Süddeutsche Zucker AG's share capital in Zuckerfabrik Franken GmbH, of which a fifty-one percent majority was owned by Süddeutsche Zuckerrübenverwertungs Genossenschaft (SZVG).
Factory and production performance
In its first campaign in 1952, the plant had already achieved a daily processing capacity of 2,400 tonnes of beets, a peak value for European sugar factories at that time. Ochsenfurt is still one of the largest and most important factories in the Südzucker Group.
The plant operates twenty-four hours per day during the beet campaign between September and January. Several thousand tonnes of beets are delivered and converted to sugar daily. During an average campaign, the annual sugar needs of a German citizen are met in less than two seconds. The factory can produce enough sugar in one year to satisfy the needs of 6-7 million consumers.
The site employs about 330 workers and employees, including specialists who are qualified to handle the sugar extraction equipment, as well as repair and maintain the sophisticated technical systems. In addition, engineers and commercial staff work in administration.
Partnership with farmers
Südzucker Group relies on its close partnership with the agricultural industry. Over 3,500 farmers plant sugar beets for the factory. The area covered spans from the Rhön River in the north to greater Ansbach in the south and from Bamberg in the east to Spessart in the west.
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.
Varieties of sugar produced at the Ochsenfurt factory
The majority of the sugar produced during the campaign is sold over the course of the year as bulk crystals for conversion by the food industry. A wide range of special products are also manufactured. This includes sugar cubes, liquid sugar for soft drinks, fudge for fillings or icing on cakes, as well as invert products used for bee food (Apiinvert, Apifonda). Animal feed, molasses and carbolic lime, sold as "Carbokalk", are valuable byproducts also produced at the Ochsenfurt factory.


Marktbreiter Straße 74
97199 Ochsenfurt
Phone: +49 9331/91-0