Mauritius Sugar Syndicate Products

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Not all sugars are the same. Mauritius has specialized in the manufacture of a wide range of “special sugars”, ingenuously crafted for locking-in rather than refining out, the natural elements of sugar cane juice while providing all the quality and food safety assurances required by the consumer. Being in the unrefined state, the products are more natural and wholesome, retaining the freshness of sugar cane juice through a complex and delicate blend of flavours and tastes that are typical of the sugar cane plant, while exhibiting a pallet of colours and shininess that enhance their attractiveness to the eyes.

cane-stemMauritius, with its know-how in sugarcane cultivation and cane sugar manufacture forged over more than three and a half centuries, has since 1978, through continuous innovation, developed 17 different types of special unrefined sugars, each “crafted” into valuable ingredients for both household and industrial usage.  Demonstrably superior, the benefits of these sugars are constantly updated and re-invented so as to closely match consumer preferences and make them more appealing to discerning customers. Many agro-industrial ventures will thus privilege the use of these sugars as ingredients for enhancing the health status, wholesomeness and added value of their finished food products. In the same vein, the specialty sugars are at the cutting-edge of new product research and development as they contain more nutrition and trace minerals compared to refined sugars. They are used by major manufacturers in a variety of food products including cereals, dairy products, dry baking mixes, beverages, preserves and jellies, ethnic cuisine, snacks, cookies and baby foods.

“Made in Mauritius” is a label of quality for special sugars. As one of the leading world exporters, Mauritius currently supplies no less than 120,000 tons of unrefined cane sugars to some 40 destinations worldwide, comprising 20 countries in the European Union, the United Sates, Canada, in the Middle East, Far East, Australasia and Eastern Europe. The products are all marketed by the Mauritius Sugar Syndicate which has become a reference for these unrefined  special sugars.

The natural features of the special sugars are underpinned by the adoption of the best management practices at all levels of the supply chain. They include inter alia a cane breeding programme solely based on the traditional method of hybridization and cane selection that excludes recourse to any process of genetic modification or transgenesis; cane cultivation systems favouring land conservation, and prevention of any kind of erosion; optimization of water consumption through adoption of cutting edge irrigation technologies; minimization of pesticides usage through biological control and thrash blanketing of the top soil; water saving  processes at factory level aiming at a zero water balance; renewal energy production from bagasse, the main by-product left after cane biomass has been processed for sugar, amongst others. Building on all these values the Mauritius sugar industry has developed a high sense of Corporate Social Responsibility making it a major contributor to the Maurice Ile Durable  project that aims at making of Mauritius a sustainable island state.

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The special sugars produced by Mauritius have different attributes. At one extreme is the one named “Golden Granulated”, a subtly flavoured free-flowing sugar, a perfect substitute for white refined sugar. At the other extreme are the Muscovado and Molasses soft sugars that will add intensity of colour and flavour to products. These specialty products are praised not only by connoisseur good food magazines but have, a number of times, been listed in the new products catalogues of specialized international food fairs.

Unrefined Special Cane Sugar Production

  1. Lush ripe canes are cultivated in the typical mineral-rich soil and tropical climate of Mauritius.
  2. The freshly cut canes are crushed to extract the juice which is first clarified by sedimentation and filtration
  3. The cane juice is evaporated into a thick syrup for crystallisation in three stages
  4. As the thickened syrup is centrifuged from the first to third crystallisation, each successive crystallised sugar is of a deeper colour and has a richer flavour owing to the higher molasses content both within and around the crystals; Thus a range of special sugars is produced with varied texture, physical characteristics, flavour, aroma and spectrum of colours

Quality Assurance

As the special sugars are meant for direct consumption, they are manufactured in strictest compliance with quality and hygiene standards procedures, which are continuously improved to meet changing customers’ requirements. The mills producing these sugars are BRC (British Retail Consortium) certified. Quality assurance is also ascertained through detailed procedures governing the conditions for warehousing, testing and sampling, and stuffing of containers for export, in order to ensure that the special sugars are free from possible contamination until delivery at port of discharge. An effective traceability system based on production date codes completes the Quality Assurance system in place.

Diversity of usagesugar

  • As a natural sweetener
    • in tea (Golden Granulated), Coffee (Demerara), fresh fruits, cereals
  • As natural ingredients in the  manufacture of a broadening product range
    • Muesli production, jam, health food bars, toffees, confectionery, wine making, chutneys, pickles, sauces, convenience food, topping on ice-cream, etc
  • As natural ingredients in the baking industry
    • Fruit cakes, ginger bread, Christmas cakes, rich cakes, puddings, biscuit making
  • In haute cuisine
    • endorsed by prominent chefs and cook book writers in preparation of savoury dishes and deserts Delia Smith, Rick Stein, Linda McCartney, Simon Hopkinson or Sue Lawrence
  • In the Retail & Catering industry
    • Major distribution chains coffee shops, restaurants