Sugar Producing Countries 2021

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:

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.

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. 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...

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 2021

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Sugar Producing Countries 2021

Country Sugar Production (tonnes) 2021 Population
Brazil37,300,000213,993,437
India26,605,0001,393,409,038
China11,474,0001,444,216,107
Thailand10,024,00069,950,850
United States7,666,000332,915,073
Pakistan6,103,000225,199,937
Mexico6,021,292130,262,216
Russia5,249,339145,912,025
France4,692,00065,426,179
Australia4,364,00025,788,215
Guatemala2,734,40018,249,860
Colombia2,378,76551,265,844
Philippines2,321,000111,046,913
Ukraine2,262,00043,466,819
Poland2,224,00037,797,005
Turkey2,223,95185,042,738
Argentina2,192,00045,605,826
South Africa2,192,00060,041,994
Egypt2,114,000104,258,327
Indonesia2,100,000276,361,783
Cuba1,640,00011,317,505
Vietnam1,500,00098,168,833
United Kingdom1,445,00068,207,116
Iran1,380,00085,028,759
Netherlands1,223,00017,173,099
Peru1,203,49233,359,418
Belgium888,00011,632,326
El Salvador812,0006,518,499
Sudan762,00044,909,353
Nicaragua736,0006,702,385
Japan729,000126,050,804
Eswatini707,0001,172,362
Czech Republic648,00010,724,555
Serbia642,0008,697,550
Spain630,00046,745,216
Belarus593,0009,442,862
Ecuador593,00017,888,475
Kenya592,66854,985,698
Austria576,0009,043,070
Venezuela565,00028,704,954
Morocco522,00037,344,795
Honduras521,13610,062,991
Denmark518,0005,813,298
Dominican Republic510,00010,953,703
Costa Rica481,4945,139,052
Germany456,38083,900,473
Zambia455,00018,920,651
Bolivia433,22911,832,940
Italy424,00060,367,477
Mozambique423,00032,163,047
Sweden420,00010,160,169
Mauritius400,1791,273,433
Ethiopia397,000117,876,227
Uganda360,04047,123,531
Switzerland339,6668,715,494
Tanzania332,70061,498,437
Malawi295,00019,647,684
Chile287,00019,212,361
Croatia247,0004,081,651
Guyana240,000790,326
Slovakia232,0005,460,721
Romania231,99819,127,774
Fiji226,000902,906
Panama180,0004,381,579
Ivory Coast179,00027,053,629
Moldova177,7004,024,019
Lithuania158,0002,689,862
Cameroon150,00027,224,265
Jamaica143,2002,973,463
Bangladesh139,000166,303,498
Nepal129,00029,674,920
Mali125,00020,855,735
Belize122,914404,914
Hungary115,0009,634,164
Senegal114,00017,196,301
Finland100,0005,548,360
Madagascar98,00028,427,328
Canada96,00038,067,903
Syria90,00018,275,702
Dr Congo81,00092,377,993
Republic Of The Congo69,0005,657,013
Paraguay60,0007,219,638
Guadeloupe59,000400,020
Greece58,00010,370,744
Sri Lanka52,19021,497,310
Angola51,00033,933,610
Zimbabwe46,00015,092,171
Turkmenistan40,0006,117,924
Chad39,00016,914,985
Nigeria37,500211,400,708
Papua New Guinea33,0009,119,010
Burkina Faso32,00021,497,096
Malaysia28,14932,776,194
Kyrgyzstan28,0006,628,356
Burundi25,00012,255,433
Guinea24,00013,497,244
Gabon23,7872,278,825
Myanmar23,10054,806,012
Somalia23,00016,359,504
Niger20,00025,130,817
Azerbaijan18,05310,223,342
Barbados15,745287,711
Rwanda11,00013,276,513
Central African Republic10,5004,919,981
Haiti10,00011,541,685
Uruguay9,0003,485,151
Cambodia8,00016,946,438
Armenia7,5682,968,127
Laos7,2417,379,358
Martinique6,000374,745
Suriname6,000591,800
Sierra Leone6,0008,141,343
Benin5,00012,451,040
Liberia4,5005,180,203
Albania4,0002,872,933
Afghanistan2,45039,835,428
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines1,800111,263
Kazakhstan1,00018,994,962
Iraq1,00041,179,350
Tunisia1011,935,766
Djibouti51,002,187

Sugar Producing Countries 2021