• Cane refiners provide customer choice and food security as they use different raw material for sugar

About us

The European Sugar Refineries Association (ESRA) is the leading voice of Europe’s sugar refining industry. Established in 2011 and headquartered in Brussels, the association represents the majority of the full-time cane sugar refineries in the EU.

Our members are full-time cane sugar refineries located in 9 EU Member States. Cane refiners provide consumer choice, competition, food security and a link to global markets, thanks to their use of a different raw material for producing sugar.

ESRA members employ 4,500 workers, mostly in high grade jobs (chemists, engineers, plant operatives) and provide several more jobs indirectly. They have 2,400 active customers ranging from food & drink processors and retail chains to pharmaceuticals.

ESRA members market several types of sugar products derived from sugar cane for a number of different uses and purposes across various different market segments, namely industry and distribution.