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German sugar factories


About the Warburg factory
  • Started operations in 1882
  • Daily beet processing capacity during the campaign: about 4,700 tonnes
  • Annual beet processing capacity: 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes
  • Annual sugar production: 80,000 to 100,000 tonnes
  • Raw material supplier: approximately 800 farmers
  • Employees: about 60
  • Campaign duration: about 120 days (including organic campaign)
  • Storage capacity of the silos: about 21,000 tonnes  
Historic significance
On November 21, 1882, the farmers who lived in Warburg and Hofgeismar founded Zuckerfabrik Warburg AG. At the time, 331 common shares with limited transferability and valued at 1,500 German marks each were issued for a total original capital of 496,500 marks. In 1972, the factory was annexed by the sugar mill in Ochsenfurt. From 1977 onward, the Warburg factory belonged to the "Vereinigte Zucker Aktiengesellschaft Obernjesa-Wabern-Warburg", which merged with Südzucker AG in 1993.
Factory and production performance
The factory operates twenty-four hours per day during the campaign, which lasts from September to January. About 4,700 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 five seconds. The factory can produce enough sugar in one year to satisfy the needs of almost two million consumers. The silos can hold 21,000 tonnes of sugar.
Most workers are specialists qualified to handle the sugar extraction equipment, as well as repair and maintain the sophisticated technical systems.
Partnership with farmers
Südzucker Group relies on its close partnership with the agricultural industry. Sugar beets are planted for the factory by 800 farmers. The district is comprised of the Soester Boerde, East Westphalia and parts of South Lower Saxony and North Hessen. 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.
Sugar varieties produced at the Warburg factory
Warburg is the only factory in Germany that produces organic sugar before the actual campaign. The process is certified to official European organic product standards from the beet field right through to shipment. Much of the organic sugar produced is used throughout Europe by downstream processors; for example, the baby food or organic baked goods industries. Brown sugar is sold in 25-kilogram sacks and 1,000 kilogram big bags. Another special sugar variety made in Warburg is "Brillant Décor", a very coarsely refined product, which is shipped to customers in the baked goods industry throughout the rest of Europe.
Animal feed and carbolic lime, sold as "Carbokalk", as well as organic grade molasses, are valuable byproducts also generated at the Warburg factory. Warburg also produces bulk molasses, which is shipped in forty-kilogram sacks to customers throughout Germany.
address = Bahnhofstraße 80, 34414 Warburg
Südzucker AG Werk Warburg
Bahnhofstraße 80
34414 Warburg


Bahnhofstraße 80
34414 Warburg
Phone ++49 56 41/94-0