NORTH DAKOTA

SUGAR INDUSTRY

142,000
JOBS IN SUGAR PRODUCTION IN 22 STATES
31,000
SUGAR BEETS IN EACH TRUCKLOAD
DID YOU KNOW?

AMERICA IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST SUGAR IMPORTER!

TERMINOLOGY

BEET SUGAR

Sugar that is processed directly or indirectly from sugar beets, sugar beet molasses or in-process beet sugar

CANE SUGAR

Sugar derived directly or indirectly from sugarcane, including sugarcane molasses

RAW SUGAR

Any sugar not suitable for human consumption without further refinement

REFINING FACILITY

Facility that processes raw sugar or imported molasses into refined sugar

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The average sugar beet weighs 2 lbs. and contains 5 oz. of sugar. It takes 40 2 lb. beets to make a 10 lb. bag of sugar. Sugar has 15 calories per teaspoon. Sugar generates $20 billion in economic activity for the U.S. Over 1 ton of sugar is produced per minute. 120 countries produce sugar. Sugar prices in the US are lower today than 30 yrs ago, yet the price of a candy bar has increased 300% over that time. Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative tare lab analyzes up to 55,000 sugar beet samples per harvest. MDFC processes up to 12,000 tons of beets per day and produces 3,500,000 pounds of sugar per day.