The November/December issue of The Sugarbeet Grower carried information on the new cane sugar refinery being built at Gramercy, La., by a partnership comprised of Cargill, Inc., Imperial Sugar Company and Sugar Growers and Refiners (“SUGAR”), a group of cane mills owned by Louisiana sugarcane producers. The joint venture
Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR) — is expected to refine approximately 75% of the raw sugar coming from Louisiana-grown cane.
Now comes word of another possible new cane sugar refinery in the state. According to a recent report from New Orleans-based Sugar Journal, this effort involves the company whose mills grind the other 25% of Louisiana cane — M.A. Patout and Son, Ltd. — and the Amalgamated Sugar Company, the Idaho-based beet processor.
Here is the mid-January Sugar Journal report:
M.A. Patout and Son, Ltd., a Louisiana sugarcane producer and raw sugar manufacturer, and the Amalgamated Sugar Company LLC, an Idaho sugarbeet processor, are pursuing the feasibility of building and operating a 400,000-ton-per-year cane sugar refinery in Patoutville, La.
The refinery is expected to process 100% of the annual raw sugar production from Patout's three operating factories: Enterprise, Raceland and Sterling. In 2009, the three factories produced over 400,000 tons of sugar. The refinery, located in Patoutville, La., would allow access to TRQ sugar if required.
“Patout and Amalgamated are pleased to pursue the feasibility of such a venture that will allow the owners of Patout, the sugarcane growers supporting the three factories and the owners/producers of Amalgamated, an opportunity to capture value added return for their production,” Craig Caillier, president/CEO at M.A. Patout, said. “Patout and Amalgamated, if approved, will make a substantial investment and commitment in the Louisiana sugar industry for themselves and the farmers who produce the sugarcane.”