Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida is a vertically integrated agricultural enterprise that brings sugar from cane fields in South Florida to dinner tables, restaurants and food manufacturing facilities throughout America and around the globe.
Our Roots Run Deep
In 2022, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida celebrated the close of our 60th crop. A momentous occasion that highlighted 60 years of environmental stewardship, innovative advancements in farming, and employing both members of our local community as well as world-class experts.
The Cooperative is comprised of small to medium-sized member farms that grow sugarcane on approximately 70,000 acres of what is among the most fertile and productive farmland in America, located in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA).
Sugarcane grown by its members is harvested, transported and processed, and the raw sugar is marketed to one of the ASR Group’s sugar refineries. The Cooperative produces more than 350,000 tons of raw sugar annually that once refined, is enough to serve the average annual demand of more than 9 million people.
Florida is the nation’s largest producer of cane sugar, accounting for one in every five teaspoons consumed. The Florida sugar industry has a $2 billion economic impact and generates tens of thousands of jobs.
Marketing, Refineries & Brands
The Cooperative jointly owns with its partner, Florida Crystals Corporation, the largest cane sugar refining company in the world, ASR Group. The refining operation spans across North America, Europe and Central America. It consists of nine sugar refineries, two raw sugar mills and its associated farmland, and numerous distribution and specialty division facilities located in seven countries. ASR Group markets more than 1,500 products in 100 countries under the premier brand names of Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Tate & Lyle®, Lyles Golden Syrup®, Sidul® and Sores®. With over 6,000 employees, 6 million tons of refined sugar capacity, and net sales in excess of $4 billion USD per annum, ASR Group has a strong global presence in the refined sugar market.
All of the Cooperative’s raw sugar and molasses is marketed through the Florida Sugar and Molasses Exchange, Inc. The exchange is an agricultural marketing cooperative responsible for the selling and shipping of raw sugar and molasses for its members consisting of Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, Osceola Farms Company and Okeelanta Corporation.