Commercial Uses for Sugar

Australia produces over 5 million tonnes of raw sugar each year... that's a lot of sugar! In fact Australia is one of the world's leading sugar producers.

Very little of the sugar cane grown in Australia gets used to make the sort of sugar you buy at the supermarket.

For a start, eighty five percent of the raw sugar produced by the mills gets sold overseas to be refined. Some of the main buyers of Australian sugar are China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada.

The remaining raw sugar is sent to Australian refineries to be made into a variety of white and specialty sugar products.

Only 22% is made into retail packs for home use. The rest gets used in other ways such as:

  • Beverages
  • Retail
  • Confectionery
  • Bakery Products
  • Preserved Food
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Dairy Products