Sugar Producing Countries 2019

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