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German sugar factories


About the Rain factory
  • Started operations in 1957
  • Annual beet processing capacity: 1.3 to 1.6 million tonnes
  • Annual sugar production: 200,000 to 250,000 tonnes
  • Raw material supplier: approximately 2,900 farmers
  • Employees: about 240
  • Campaign duration: about 120 days
  • Storage capacity of the silos: more than 100.000 tonnes 
Factory and production performance
The factory operates twenty-four hours per day during the campaign, which lasts from September to January. Several thousand tonnes of beets are delivered and converted daily. During an average sugar 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 four to five million consumers. The seven silos can hold more than 100,000 tonnes of sugar.
Most workers are specialists qualified to handle the sugar extraction equipment, as well as repair and maintain the sophisticated technical systems.
In addition to the systems for manufacturing sugar, the factory has a laboratory in which soil samples or plant diseases are analyzed, depending on the time of year. Every year, lab technicians analyze about 50,000 soil samples for the purpose of making fertilizer recommendations and carry out around 4,000 investigations into plant diseases.
Partnership with farmers
Südzucker Group relies on its close partnership with the agricultural industry. Sugar beets are planted for the factory by 2,900 farmers. The area covered includes Swabia, upper Bavaria and parts of Württemberg. 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 Rain factory
The sugar produced in Rain is shipped loose in dry bulk tankers as well as big bags. Also produced at the plant are fine sugar in one-kilogram packages, 3plus1 and 2plus1 jam sugar in 500-gram packages and sugar syrup. Animal feed, molasses and carbolic lime, sold as "Carbokalk", are valuable byproducts also produced at the Rain factory.


Donauwörther Straße 50
86641 Rain/Lech
Phone: +49 9090/998-0