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  • Cane sugar has been a sweetener of choice for over two thousand years.

  • It is used in all types of foods due to its versatility.

  • It enhances flavor, aroma, texture, and browning.

  • It also helps retain moisture and preserve freshness.

  • Sugar starts with sugar cane. A tall tropical grass that can grow up to 20 feet high.

  • When it is ready for harvest, the tops are removed leaving the base stocks behind so they can grow into the next crop.

  • Sugar cane is a renewable resource that doesn't have to be replanted to produce a new crop.

  • After harvesting and transporting to the mill, the sugar cane is washed and cut into shreds.

  • Next, huge rollers crush the cane really really hard.

  • This mixture goes down to the separators, where the fibers are removed and the juice is sent on to the evaporators.

  • Which are basically huge pots heated by a furnace burning the dried sugarcane fiber.

  • How efficient is that?

  • The syrup is thickened by boiling off the water.

  • Once the syrup is cooled, it is time for it to be crystallized.

  • To get crystals from the syrup, it is seeded with, well crystals of sugar.

  • Just a sprinkle is enough to kickstart the process.

  • From there it is moved into centrifuges where centripetal force squeezes out any remaining liquid.

  • Leaving, you guessed it dry sugar crystals.

  • Now the crystals are purified, decolorized, recrystallized, and dried in a large granulator.

  • Next they are sized by running them through a variety of screens all to remove any impurities and to make the sugar crystals just the right size and color.

  • The end result is pure cane sugar, no bleaching or added chemicals required.

  • Different types of sugar are created at various steps in this manufacturing process.

  • Turbinado sugar has only been partially refined and only the surface molasses washed off.

  • Brown sugar contains some of the surface molasses syrup which imparts that characteristic molasses flavor.

  • Granulated sugar is the last step in the manufacturing process.

  • Now that the sugar is ready, there is one final step before it can be packaged and shipped.

  • Every batch is tested in a lab to ensure that it meets the highest standard of quality.

  • Because at Imperial sugar and Dixie crystals we take great pride in turning pure cane into pure love.

  • From our family to yours.

Cane sugar has been a sweetener of choice for over two thousand years.

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How Cane Sugar Is Made

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