The sugar segment produces and markets sugar, sugary Special products and animal feed.
- The sugar division comprises the four production companies Südzucker AG, Raffinerie Tirlemontoise, Saint Louis Sucre and Südzucker Polska as well as sales companies in Greece, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and Spain.
- The AGRANA sugar division combines sugar production in Austria, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
- Sugar production division in Moldova.
- The agriculture division comprises the agricultural division of Südzucker AG, Loberaue Agrar GmbH and Terra Sömmerda GmbH.
- There are investments in the British trading company ED&F Man Holdings Limited and the AGRANA-Studen Group; there is a sales joint venture with the Italian Maxi S.r.l.
Südzucker AG Germany
Südzucker AG operates 9 sugar factories in Germany which have a processing capacity of over 100,000 tonnes of beet per day and produce a wide range of sugar for households and the processing industry.
Südzucker Polska produces sugar in 4 factories in Cerekiew, Ropczyce, Strzelin and Świdnica. The Cukier Królewski brand has been known on the Polish market for 20 years.
The Südzucker Group has been present in Moldova since the mid-1990s and operates 2 sugar factories there.
Raffinerie Tirlemontoise has been part of the Südzucker Group since 1989 and is the market leader in Belgium. It operates 2 sugar factories.
Saint Louis Sucre
Saint Louis Sucre in France has been part of the Südzucker Group since 2001 and operates 4 sugar factories and 3 packaging plants.
AGRANA Zucker GmbH manages the Austrian sugar business and acts as the holding company for the subsidiaries in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary with a total of 7 sugar factories and 2 refineries.
Südzucker holds 35 % minus one share in the British trading company founded in 1783. ED&F Man's activities include sugar trading, investments in production and refinery capacities, the marketing of coffee, molasses and pulses, cargo shipping and financial services.
Agriculture and beet cultivation
Südzucker has a strong association with agriculture and thus with nature. The core of the business model is the refining of agricultural raw materials into high-quality products. In order to maintain the economic basis, it is essential to ensure the long-term availability of these raw materials. The agriculture segment supports this with its own agricultural operations and the further development of modern cultivation methods.
Bodengesundheitsdienst GmbH in Ochsenfurt and the Justus Liebig Laboratory in Rain am Lech carry out essential investigations and make recommendations for agriculture. The main business field is the analysis of soil for nutrients according to the EUF method and the preparation of fertiliser recommendations for all common field crops, vines, grassland, orchards and many special crops.
EU sugar policy and framework conditions for the sugar market
Since the elimination of the sugar quota system and the minimum beet prices in October 2017, the EU has one of the world's least regulated sugar markets. Unlike other major producing countries, sugar exports are not subsidised. This means that the EU does not face fair competition on the world sugar market and there are also clear distortions of competition within the EU - such as coupled premiums or exemptions from bans on plant protection agents.
Further information on these topics and on the sugar market in Germany can be found on the joint website of the Wirtschaftliche Vereinigung Zucker (WVZ; Sugar Economic Association) and the Verein der Zuckerindustrie (VdZ; Sugar Industry Association).