Sugar Producing Countries 2020

It might surprise you to learn about just how many countries in the world produce sugarcane. Would it shock you to hear that one hundred twenty-four countries out of the one hundred ninety-five countries in total are responsible for sugar production? Here is a summarized list of the top ten countries in order of the amount of overall sugar they produce…

Brazil India China Thailand The United States of America Pakistan Mexico The Russian Federation France Germany

India was the first country to ever produce sugar, and that was more than two thousand years ago, if you can believe it. Something that not many people realize is that sugarcane is not the only ingredient used to make sugar. In fact, sugar is often produced from beets. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the one hundred twenty-four countries that produce sugar, in order of greatest to smallest levels of production -- followed by the amount of sugar produced there, in metric tonnes -- are…

As you can see from the very exhaustive and thorough list above, Djibouti produces the least amount of sugar, whereas the South American powerhouse country of Brazil easily out-produces every country in the world in terms of sugar. Since the information was gathered and published by United Nations officials, the measurements used were metric tonnes. Unless you are used to this method of weighing items, a tonne but not make a ton of sense to you. The United States of America and Canada both make use of a unit of measurement called a "ton," but this value is different from the British "tonne." For clarification, a metric tonne is equal to 1,000 kilograms, or roughly 2,204 pounds.

Returning to the topic of how much sugar is grown and manufactured around the world, the sugar industry is 80% comprised of sugarcane production. The rest of the sugar production is broken down into beet sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, and then very small amounts of other unclassified types of sugar.

The global industry of sugar manufacturing is no longer accelerating as rapidly as it once did. Despite the fact that the industry is experiencing a slight decline in jobs, revenue, employees, and overall production levels of sugar, the industry has gone through a dip in sales and production in prior years. It would not be surprising to find that the industry begins to take off once more in the near future.

First, sugar is planted, just like any other type of budding plant. During the harvesting process, sugar plants receive the nutrients they require in order to grow. Once the sugar cane stalks are at their prime, they are pulled from the soil and redirected to processing mills for the next phase of the production process. Mill yard employees prepare sugar for extraction, and sugar is then turned into a liquid, called sugar juice. Once the sugar has crystallized, it is then put through a centrifugal machine in order to finalize the process. From there, sugar is dried, sorted, packaged, and then distributed to their respective locations.

According to the American Sugar Alliance, sugar is produced by Within the United States, there are fourteen states that have sugar farms where the sugar is actually cultivated. But there are sugar distribution centers in twenty-four of the fifty states in the US, as well as sugar beet factories in about nine states.

The seventeen US states that generate jobs for people within the sugar production industry are...

Minnesota brings in the most money for the economy of America as a result of the 28,021 jobs in that state. An estimated $3.36 billion flows into the United States solely from Minnesota's sugar production industry. New York is a state that does not produce or grow sugarcane anywhere within the state, New York is still responsible for $292 million in revenue from the sugar industry. There are just over 1,000 jobs in New York State, all of which are related to sugar distribution centers within NY.

Country Sugar Production (tonnes) Population 2019
Djibouti5973,560
Tunisia1011,694,719
Iraq1,00039,309,783
Kazakhstan1,00018,551,427
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines1,800110,589
Afghanistan2,45038,041,754
Albania4,0002,880,917
Liberia4,5004,937,374
Benin5,00011,801,151
Martinique6,000375,554
Sierra Leone6,0007,813,215
Suriname6,000581,372
Armenia7,5682,957,731
Cambodia8,00016,486,542
Uruguay9,0003,461,734
Haiti10,00011,263,077
Central African Republic10,5004,745,185
Rwanda11,00012,626,950
Barbados15,745287,025
Azerbaijan18,05310,047,718
Niger20,00023,310,715
Somalia23,00015,442,905
Myanmar23,10054,045,420
Gabon23,7872,172,579
Guinea24,00012,771,246
Burundi25,00011,530,580
Kyrgyzstan28,0006,415,850
Malaysia28,14931,949,777
Burkina Faso32,00020,321,378
Papua New Guinea33,0008,776,109
Nigeria37,500200,963,599
Chad39,00015,946,876
Turkmenistan40,0005,942,089
China43,0001,433,783,686
Zimbabwe46,00014,645,468
Angola51,00031,825,295
Sri Lanka52,19021,323,733
Greece58,00010,473,455
Guadeloupe59,000400,056
Paraguay60,0007,044,636
Republic Of The Congo69,0005,380,508
Dr Congo81,00086,790,567
Canada96,00037,411,047
Madagascar98,00026,969,307
Finland100,0005,532,156
Senegal114,00016,296,364
Hungary115,0009,684,679
Belize122,914390,353
Mali125,00019,658,031
Nepal129,00028,608,710
Bangladesh139,000163,046,161
Jamaica143,2002,948,279
Cameroon150,00025,876,380
Lithuania158,0002,759,627
Moldova177,7004,043,263
Ivory Coast179,00025,716,544
Panama180,0004,246,439
Fiji226,000889,953
Romania231,99819,364,557
Slovakia232,0005,457,013
Guyana240,000782,766
Croatia247,0004,130,304
Chile287,00018,952,038
Malawi295,00018,628,747
Tanzania332,70058,005,463
Switzerland339,6668,591,365
Uganda360,04044,269,594
Ethiopia397,000112,078,730
Mauritius400,1791,269,668
Sweden420,00010,036,379
Mozambique423,00030,366,036
Italy424,00060,550,075
Bolivia433,22911,513,100
Zambia455,00017,861,030
Germany456,38083,517,045
Costa Rica481,4945,047,561
Dominican Republic510,00010,738,958
Denmark518,0005,771,876
Honduras521,1369,746,117
Morocco522,00036,471,769
Venezuela565,00028,515,829
Austria576,0008,955,102
Kenya592,66852,573,973
Belarus593,0009,452,411
Ecuador593,00017,373,662
Spain630,00046,736,776
Serbia642,0008,772,235
Czech Republic648,00010,689,209
Japan729,000126,860,301
Nicaragua736,0006,545,502
Sudan762,00042,813,238
El Salvador812,0006,453,553
Belgium888,00011,539,328
Peru1,203,49232,510,453
Iran1,380,00082,913,906
United Kingdom1,445,00067,530,172
Vietnam1,500,00096,462,106
Cuba1,640,00011,333,483
Indonesia2,100,000270,625,568
Egypt2,114,000100,388,073
Argentina2,192,00044,780,677
South Africa2,192,00058,558,270
Turkey2,223,95183,429,615
Poland2,224,00037,887,768
Ukraine2,262,00043,993,638
Philippines2,321,000108,116,615
Colombia2,378,76550,339,443
Guatemala2,734,40017,581,472
Australia4,364,00025,203,198
France4,692,00065,129,728
Russia5,249,339145,872,256
Mexico6,021,292127,575,529
Pakistan6,103,000216,565,318
United States7,666,000329,064,917
Thailand10,024,00069,625,582
India26,605,0001,366,417,754
Brazil37,300,000211,049,527