Australia’s 24 sugar mills crush a total of 30-35 million tonnes of sugarcane per season to produce approximately 4.7 million tonnes of raw sugar, over 85% of which is exported.
Locomotives hauling bins of freshly cut sugarcane are a common sight along the Queensland coast between June and November each year. Local rail tracks (610 mm gauge) and rolling stock are owned, operated, upgraded and maintained by each sugar milling company.
Paddock to Plate
To understand more about the journey from sugarcane seedling to raw sugar and the process to produce food-grade sugar see How Sugar Is Made
Co generated Electricity
Australia’s sugar mills are almost self-sufficient in energy. Sugar mills generate electricity and steam to power all factory operations by burning the fibrous cane by-product called bagasse.
Bioethanol (ethyl alcohol) can be derived from sugarcane or its by-product, molasses.
In Australia, one of our sugar milling members produces pure and methylated ethanol to meet the demands of a wide range of applications: the printing industry, cosmetics, toiletries, aerosols, industrial chemicals, household cleaners, pharmaceutical, medical and biological products, food and beverages, flavours and fragrances and surface coatings.