Sugar In Brief
Why do we use it?
Sugar is essential to delivering the unique taste and texture of our products. We commonly use sucrose, an ingredient which is formed of the sugars glucose and fructose. Sucrose is usually obtained from cut sugar beet and crushed sugar cane. Both plants produce a sugary liquid that is filtered and purified. The liquid is then heated to evaporate the water leaving small crystals, which become bigger and more numerous as the product is cooled. Ferrero’s sugar comes roughly three quarters from sugar beet and one quarter from sugar cane.
Products with distinctive properties may contain other sugars in varying quantities, such as dextrose, glucose syrup and glucose-fructose.
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Read about how Ferrero helps consumers reduce or limit their consumption of sugar here.
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The science of sugar: an important study (read it here) using a new methodology to show that total sugars consumption is not associated with Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular risks.
Where do we get it from?
We use sugar from both cane and beet sources, generally using locally produced sugar when we can.
How do we address quality and sustainability?
For our sugar cane supply, we actively seek to improve the sustainability of the sector. To do this, we maintain strong and trusted relationships with our sugar suppliers. One of our key commitments is source all our refined cane sugar from sustainable sources by 2020, and we’re formally engaging with suppliers who have sustainable strategies. At the end of 2016 we reached our intermediate objective of sourcing 40% of our cane sugar sustainably.
To achieve our 2020 goal we have been members of the Bonsucro-Better Sugar Cane Initiative since 2010. The organisation fosters the sustainability of the industry through its metric-based certification scheme. Today its members total over 400 in 32 different countries, representing all stages off the production chain.
We continue to actively seek out and utilize more sustainable sources where possible, with the aim of identifying opportunities to reach our 2020 sustainability goal.