Raw Sugar Purchasing
Sugar is one of the most valuable commodities in the world. The World consumption of sugar is now reaching 145 Million tons a year with a growth rate of 2.5% annually.
Sugar is produced in 121 Countries and global production now exceeds 140 Million tons a year. Approximately 70% of production is coming from sugar cane, which is largely grown in the tropical and semi tropical countries.
Sugar cane is a class of the tropical grasses, which requires strong sunlight and abundant water for satisfactory growth.
All sugar refined by USC comes from sugar cane.
Raw Sugar is obtained from the cane at mills located near centers of production. The process begins after the harvest of the cane. The cut canes need to be processed as soon as possible for good preservation. Normally, cane is processed within 24 hours of cutting.
The cut canes are shredded into pieces, a process known as “grinding”. During grinding, hot water is sprayed on to the sugarcane to dissolve any remaining hard sugar and to extract the juice from it, a stage known as “Extraction”, which is carried out through a series of heavy duty-rollers. The remaining “bagasse” is then dried and used as fuel.
The clear juice resulting from clarifying process is put under a vacuum, where the juice boils at a low temperature and begins to evaporate. At this stage called “Evaporation”, the outcome is crystallized, forming a thick mass of large crystals, which sent to a centrifuge. The dried product is raw sugar, still unfit for human consumption.
Raw sugar is transported by bulk carriers, to a Sugar Refinery. United Sugar Company, one of the biggest refineries in the world located close to the Red Sea water terminal, receives a huge amount of raw sugar for further refining, making it fit for human consumption.
Raw Sugar Purchasing Department handles the planning, Organizing, Controlling and execution of the Raw Sugar bulk carriers to fit the refinery needs.