UKRAINE: Two Astarta beet refineries still producing sugar

Published: 01/12/2018, 5:26:41 PM

Two sugar refineries of Astarta - Narkevусhi (Khmelnytsk region) and Zhdanivsky (Vinnytsia region) - continue sugar beet processing, according to Ukraine's Ukrsugar.

Six refineries of the company located in Poltava and Kharkiv regions have already completed the production season. As of January 9, more than 430,000 tonnes of sugar, about 100,000 tonnes of molasses and 40,000 tonnes of granulated pulp were produced.

This season Astarta increased the share of first category sugar to 86% of total production (compared to 71% of the previous season) resulted in long-term company's investment strategy for the modernization of sugar refineries. In addition to sugar quality upgrade, sugar refineries are also developing the energy efficiency: the average rate of gas consumption for the processing of ton of sugar beet, the most expensive resource in the sugar industry, decreased by 6% y-o-y.

The high yield of sugar beets in Astarta's farms in the Western regions of Ukraine has offset the decline of the harvesting in the East. That is why the refineries in Khmelnytsk and Vinnytsia regions continue the production season. Also the volumes of sugar beet supply from partners have increased, as in cooperation with Astarta's refineries they get higher output and quality of sugar.