Our commitment to product quality in Russia is such that Sucden has developed advanced production capabilities to complement our agricultural facilities. We now have two sugar plants in the Lipetsk region, the Dobrinsky plant and the Elets plant, the Atmis Sakhar plant in the Penza Region, and the Tbilisky sugar plant in the Krasnodar region.
Sucden’s direct involvement in sugar processing in Russia began in the late 1990s. Our continuous introduction of advanced technologies across the plants has enabled us to increase the intake of sugar beets. Following the acquisition of the Elets sugar plant in 2019, one of the top three sugar plants in Russia with a processing capacity of ten thousand tonnes of sugar beet a day, we now have four advanced manufacturing plants with an annual capacity of around 4,750,000 tonnes. Similarly, the resulting production of sugar has grown from 110,500 tonnes to 710,000 tonnes.
Sustainability is of equal concern to us as efficiency. In addition to sugar, our plants co-produce approximately 160,000 tonnes of molasses each year. We have also pioneered the production of dry pulps and currently produce around 215,000 tonnes of pellets a year.
In 2018, Sucden entered into an ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification process for its sugar beet plants. To date, the Atmis-Sakhar plant achieved this certification and we expect the Dobrinsky and the Tbilisky plants to be certified by 2020.
Sucden’s plants play a significant role in their local economies and employ around 2,000 people.