How Sweet It Is

Growing Sugarcane for Your Favorite Foods

The Root of Our Business

We’re all about sugarcane. Each year, we plant, harvest and process sugarcane into about 800,000 tons of refined sugar, making us the country’s largest totally integrated producer of sugarcane and cane sugar. Statewide, sugarcane farming is a major economic contributor, providing nearly 12,500 jobs and more than $3.2 billion a year in economic activity.

Nature’s Sweetest Crop

Sugarcane is a giant grass that thrives in South Florida’s sunshine, abundant rainfall and mucky soil. Each stalk is made up of more than 70 percent water, and the rest is sugar and fiber. It has a 12- to 15-month growing cycle and is planted annually between September and January and harvested between late September and late April.

Easy on the Environment

Sugarcane is considered one of the most environmentally friendly crops because it requires minimal fertilizer and pesticides. It gets most of what it needs from the region’s rich, moist soil. Not only do our fields of sugarcane produce food, they also provide shelter to many native plants and animals.



U.S. Sugar is one of the country’s largest producer of sugarcane and cane sugar, generating more than 800,000 tons of refined sugar each year.



Sugarcane grows well in South Florida’s warm climate and mucky soil, which provides most of the nutrients it needs to thrive.



Sugarcane stalks are made up of mostly water and sugar and are crushed to extract the sweet juice, which is processed into sugar.



About three-quarters of sugarcane grown and processed into sugar is used to make bread, canned fruits and vegetables, beverages, cakes, candies, cereal, ice cream and other favorite foods. The rest is packaged in large industrial bags or small family-sized bags to sell directly to consumers.