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German sugar factories


About the Warburg factory
  • Started operations in 1882
  • 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: more than 15,000 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 five seconds. The factory can produce enough sugar in one year to satisfy the needs of one to two million consumers. The silos can hold more than 15,000 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.
White sugar is shipped loose in dry bulk tankers as well as in big bags and sacks to the processing industry.
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.


Bahnhofstraße 80
34414 Warburg
Phone: +49 5641/94-0