Sugar Producing Countries 2022

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It might surprise you to learn about just how many countries in the world produce sugarcane. Would it shock you to hear that 124 are responsible for sugar production? Sugar is an important export in many countries worldwide. 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, Pakistan, Mexico, Russia, France, and Germany.

India was the first country to ever produce sugar, which 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. Sugar is often produced from beets. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 124 countries produce sugar. 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. 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. Although 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 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 the 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 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 on farms in 14 U.S. states. However, there are sugar distribution centers in 24 states and sugar beet factories in about nine states. The seventeen U.S. states that generate jobs for people within the sugar production industry are Minnesota, Louisiana, Idaho, North Dakota, Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, California, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Maryland, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, and New York. An estimated $3.36 billion flows into the United States solely from Minnesota's sugar production industry. The sugar industry also creates about 28,021 jobs in Minnesota. New York is a state that does not produce or grow sugarcane anywhere within the state; however, 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 related to sugar distribution centers within N.Y.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest sugar production:

  1. Brazil (37,300,000)
  2. India (26,605,000)
  3. China (11,474,000)
  4. Thailand (10,024,000)
  5. United States (7,666,000)
  6. Pakistan (6,103,000)
  7. Mexico (6,021,292)
  8. Russia (5,249,339)
  9. France (4,692,000)
  10. Australia (4,364,000)

Sugar Producing Countries 2022

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Sugar Producing Countries 2022

Country Sugar Production (tonnes) 2022 Population
Brazil37,300,000215,313,498
India26,605,0001,417,173,173
China11,474,0001,425,887,337
Thailand10,024,00071,697,030
United States7,666,000338,289,857
Pakistan6,103,000235,824,862
Mexico6,021,292127,504,125
Russia5,249,339144,713,314
France4,692,00064,626,628
Australia4,364,00026,177,413
Guatemala2,734,40017,843,908
Colombia2,378,76551,874,024
Philippines2,321,000115,559,009
Ukraine2,262,00039,701,739
Poland2,224,00039,857,145
Turkey2,223,95185,341,241
South Africa2,192,00059,893,885
Argentina2,192,00045,510,318
Egypt2,114,000110,990,103
Indonesia2,100,000275,501,339
Cuba1,640,00011,212,191
Vietnam1,500,00098,186,856
United Kingdom1,445,00067,508,936
Iran1,380,00088,550,570
Netherlands1,223,00017,564,014
Peru1,203,49234,049,588
Belgium888,00011,655,930
El Salvador812,0006,336,392
Sudan762,00046,874,204
Nicaragua736,0006,948,392
Japan729,000123,951,692
Eswatini707,0001,201,670
Czech Republic648,00010,493,986
Serbia642,0007,221,365
Spain630,00047,558,630
Ecuador593,00018,001,000
Belarus593,0009,534,954
Kenya592,66854,027,487
Austria576,0008,939,617
Venezuela565,00028,301,696
Morocco522,00037,457,971
Honduras521,13610,432,860
Denmark518,0005,882,261
Dominican Republic510,00011,228,821
Costa Rica481,4945,180,829
Germany456,38083,369,843
Zambia455,00020,017,675
Bolivia433,22912,224,110
Italy424,00059,037,474
Mozambique423,00032,969,518
Sweden420,00010,549,347
Mauritius400,1791,299,469
Ethiopia397,000123,379,924
Uganda360,04047,249,585
Switzerland339,6668,740,472
Tanzania332,70065,497,748
Malawi295,00020,405,317
Chile287,00019,603,733
Croatia247,0004,030,358
Guyana240,000808,726
Slovakia232,0005,643,453
Romania231,99819,659,267
Fiji226,000929,766
Panama180,0004,408,581
Ivory Coast179,00028,160,542
Moldova177,7003,272,996
Lithuania158,0002,750,055
Cameroon150,00027,914,536
Jamaica143,2002,827,377
Bangladesh139,000171,186,372
Nepal129,00030,547,580
Mali125,00022,593,590
Belize122,914405,272
Hungary115,0009,967,308
Senegal114,00017,316,449
Finland100,0005,540,745
Madagascar98,00029,611,714
Canada96,00038,454,327
Syria90,00022,125,249
DR Congo81,00099,010,212
Republic of the Congo69,0005,970,424
Paraguay60,0006,780,744
Guadeloupe59,000395,752
Greece58,00010,384,971
Sri Lanka52,19021,832,143
Angola51,00035,588,987
Zimbabwe46,00016,320,537
Turkmenistan40,0006,430,770
Chad39,00017,723,315
Nigeria37,500218,541,212
Papua New Guinea33,00010,142,619
Burkina Faso32,00022,673,762
Malaysia28,14933,938,221
Kyrgyzstan28,0006,630,623
Burundi25,00012,889,576
Guinea24,00013,859,341
Gabon23,7872,388,992
Myanmar23,10054,179,306
Somalia23,00017,597,511
Niger20,00026,207,977
Azerbaijan18,05310,358,074
Barbados15,745281,635
Rwanda11,00013,776,698
Central African Republic10,5005,579,144
Haiti10,00011,584,996
Uruguay9,0003,422,794
Cambodia8,00016,767,842
Armenia7,5682,780,469
Laos7,2417,529,475
Sierra Leone6,0008,605,718
Suriname6,000618,040
Martinique6,000367,507
Benin5,00013,352,864
Liberia4,5005,302,681
Albania4,0002,842,321
Afghanistan2,45041,128,771
Saint Vincent And the Grenadines1,800103,948
Iraq1,00044,496,122
Kazakhstan1,00019,397,998
Tunisia1012,356,117
Djibouti51,120,849

Sugar Producing Countries 2022

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