AB Sugar is a leading producer of sugar and sugar-derived co-products in Africa, the UK, Spain and north east China.





We are a world-leading sugar business that employs 35,000 people and operates 27 plants in 10 countries, with the capacity to produce some 4.5 million tonnes of sugar annually – but that’s not all.

Our sugar-making plants are highly efficient ‘bio-refineries’ that enable us to produce a range of products maximising the value from every root of sugar beet and every stick of sugar cane. Our products include sugar, animal feed, biofuels and speciality products, sold into industry sectors including food and drink, fuels, pharmaceuticals, industrials, agriculture, horticulture, power and energy. We are also a largescale renewable power generator for both our own use and for export into national power infrastructure.

In Europe, Azucarera is the largest sugar producer in Iberia and British Sugar is the sole processor of the UK beet sugar crop. Illovo Sugar Africa is the biggest sugar producer in Africa and has cane sugar operations in Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. We also have a beet sugar business in north east China which is cost-competitive with cane sugar production.

As a global business, we operate in a diverse and continually changing environment with many opportunities and challenges. Although we have a global portfolio, we operate with a local heart, working together to do what is right for the location and market. 

As we continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of customers, growers and others, it is our role to ensure we use resources responsibly, build strong rural economies and ensure thriving healthy communities.

By drawing upon everything we have learnt over many decades as a sugar producer, we continue to build upon our successes, invest wisely, and work collaboratively for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

Our Sugar brands



Azucarera is the leading sugar company in Iberia offering a wide range of product choice for in-home consumption, from brown and white sugar to syrups and sweetener.

Azucarera website
Bwana Sukari

Bwana Sukari

Bwana Sukari is produced by Kilombero Sugar and is a market leader in the branded sugar category, known and enjoyed by many across Tanzania.

Bwana Sukari website
Illovo "Trusted Quality"

Illovo "Trusted Quality"

Under the “Trusted Quality” brand, sugar produced by Illovo Sugar Malawi leads the sector - we are proudly local and in the homes of many Malawians starting their every day with Illovo – Tseketseke!

Illovo Sugar website


Zambia Sugar produces the famous and trusted Whitespoon brand which is a household name and remains the market leader in the branded sugar category.

White Spoon website

Our Sugar businesses

AB Sugar is a leading producer of sugar and sugar derived co-products in Africa, the UK, Spain and north east China. We operate 27 plants in 10 countries and have 32,000 employees. We have the capacity to produce some 4.5 million tonnes of sugar annually. Our products are sold into industry sectors including food and drink, pharmaceutical, industrial, agricultural and horticultural, power and energy.

AB Sugar China operates two sugar beet plants in northern China, producing over 180,000 tonnes of sugar annually, with co-products including molasses and animal feed. 

Azucarera is a leading sugar producer in Iberia, supplying industrial and retail customers in Spain and Portugal. With sugar beet plants, a logistics and packaging plant, a research and development centre, a raw sugar cane refinery and a power plant situated across northern and southern Spain; the business also produces co-products including animal feed, agricultural fertilisers and electricity.

British Sugar is the sole processer of the UK’s sugar beet crop, producing around 1.2 million tonnes of sugar at its four advanced manufacturing plants across East Anglia and the East Midlands each year. We also produce a variety of co-products including animal feed, bioethanol, topsoil, aggregate, LimeX and electricity through our combined heat and power plants.

Illovo is the largest cane sugar producer in Africa, with over 1.7 million tonnes produced annually. We have operations in Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. We produce raw and refined sugar from sugar cane supplied by our own farms and independent growers, as well as a range of co-products including furfural and its derivatives, ethyl alcohol and co-generated electricity. 

Germains Seed Technology delivers value-added seed technology solutions to the seed industry and its growers. Specialising in seed priming, pelleting, filmcoating, polymers and health technologies, our investment in R&D continues to deliver innovative seed technologies that are compatible with ever-changing seed genetics, field conditions and regulations. Established in California 150 years ago, we now have nine locations across Europe and North America.

Vivergo will be one of Europe’s biggest bioethanol producers and the United Kingdom’s largest single-source supplier of animal feed when it reopens in early 2022. At full production, we can produce enough bioethanol to meet half of the UK’s current demand.

Other sectors to explore


Grocery comprises brands which occupy leading positions in markets across the globe. In the UK, nine out of 10 households use our brands.


AB Agri is a leading international agri-food business operating across the supply chain, producing and marketing animal feed, nutrition and technology-based products.


Our Ingredients businesses are leaders in yeast and bakery ingredients and supply specialty ingredients for the food, human and animal nutrition, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.


Primark is one of the largest fashion retailers in Europe, the largest by volume in the UK and has a growing presence in the US.

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