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…
- The United States of America
- The Russian Federation
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.
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...
- North Dakota
- New York
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.