AGRANA successfully concludes its longest ever sugar beet processing campaignDate: 09.03.2015
2014/15 campaign extends for a total of 177 days
Sugar production volume amounts to around one million tonnes (of which 0.5 million tonnes in Austria)
At the weekend AGRANA successfully concluded its processing of sugar beet from the 2014/15 harvest at its sugar mills in Leopoldsdorf and Tulln. With processing periods of 176 days in Tulln and 177 days in Leopoldsdorf, these were AGRANA's longest ever campaigns in Austria.
Despite the particularly high quantities of beet, which represented new challenges in terms of storage, logistics and technology in 2014/15, it was possible to successfully overcome these in the course of this year's sugar beet processing campaign.
In total, around one million tonnes of sugar, of which around 500,000 tonnes in Austria, were produced from 7.7 million tonnes of sugar beet (prior year: 6.2 million tonnes) at AGRANA’s seven sugar beet refineries in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania over the course of an average processing period of 164 days (prior year: 125 days). AGRANA's domestic sugar mills alone processed 2.1 and 1.8 million tonnes of sugar beet in Tulln and Leopoldsdorf respectively, which is a remarkable increase compared to the prior year (approx. 3.3 million tonnes in total).
The yield per hectare, from a total growing area of around 98,000 hectares in all of the producing countries, amounted to an average of 79 tonnes. The average sugar content was 15.2% (prior year: 17.1%). The weather conditions prevailing during the entire growing period had a very positive impact on the growth of the beet as such, albeit with the reverse effect in terms of the sugar content.
In addition, the rainfall at harvest time led to more difficult harvesting conditions in certain areas. The extraordinarily long storage period also had negative impacts on the quality of the beet and, as a result, the sugar content. The environmentally friendly transportation of the sugar beet this season was again one of the main focuses while organising the campaign. Considering all of the producing countries, around 40% of the beet was transported to the sugar mills by train, with the share of rail-based shipment being the highest in Austria, at approximately 55%.
AGRANA turns agricultural raw materials into high-quality foods and numerous industrial intermediate products. Around 8,800 employees at more than 50 production sites worldwide generate annual revenues of around three billion euro. Established in 1988, the company is today the leading sugar producer in Central and Eastern Europe and its Starch segment is a major European manufacturer of speciality products. AGRANA is also the world market leader in fruit preparations and Europe's largest producer of fruit juice concentrates.